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Chapter 5. The Wireless Web > Cellular Modems for Your PC or PDA

Cellular Modems for Your PC or PDA

Another aspect of the wireless Web is adding wireless access to existing portable PC or handheld device. You gain this type of mobile access when you use your Web-enabled digital cell phone as the modem for your PC/PDA.

Don’t confuse this type of mobile wireless access with the stationary broadband wireless access (BWA) for home PCs, discussed in Chapter 2, “Making the Broadband Connection.” When you use your cell phone as a modem, you get true go-anywhere access; with BWA, you’re locked in place with a big stationary antenna. Because of this fixed access, BWA sends and receives at broadband speeds (1Mbps is typical); mobile wireless access is at sub-dial-up speeds, typically around 14.4Kbps.


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