Many talk about their internet and Wi-Fi connection as if they are one in the same. It’s true they do work together, but they are different.
If you’ve ever paused to wonder about this, let’s take a moment to break it down:
The internet is comprised of all the data that’s shared across a comprehensive worldwide network of computers—hence the “www” (WorldWideWeb) that appears at the start of website names/URLs. It might be helpful to think of the internet as a large package you order from a store or business. Inside the package are all the websites you like to visit, and all the data, such as emails, photos, and silly cat videos that you receive.
Wi-Fi is just one of the many ways you can receive that package you ordered. If, like most people, you receive the internet wirelessly on your laptop, tablet, or cell phone—Wi-Fi is usually the way it’s delivered. In short, Wi-Fi is a wireless access point for your wireless device to connect to the internet via a radio signal. Often the Wi-Fi you use is a part of your own private home network, although you may encounter Wi-Fi access almost anywhere, such as hotels and coffee shops.
Is it possible to get the internet without Wi-Fi?
If you use a strictly wired connection, such as ethernet, network cable, or landline, that links your computer to the internet, you’ll still have access to the internet (the package you ordered), and Wi-Fi won’t play a significant role. In this situation, the device you’re using is usually meant to stay in a specific location fairly near the access line.
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