Wireless High Speed Internet in Detroit

by Josh Patrick

Detroit is a major metropolis in southeast Michigan. There are countless locations around the city where residents and visitors can access the World Wide Web for business or pleasure. In addition to these hotspots, there are services that allow consumers to access wireless Internet from virtually anywhere.

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Verizon

Customers of Verizon can purchase a 4G modem to plug in to their laptop. Verizon's coverage extends throughout Detroit, so users can surf the Internet from anywhere. You must subscribe to one of Verizon's data plans to access the network. The download speeds enabled by the 4G network are comparable to cable and DSL connections. The modem fits easily in your pocket, so there are no bulky cables or equipment.

AT&T; Wi-Fi

AT&T; has several public wireless Internet hotpots in the Detroit area. For a monthly fee, customers can access all these hotspots with their phone or laptop. Otherwise, a usage charge applies each time that you connect. AT&T; offers another service called laptop connect. With laptop connect, customers lease a special card for their laptops that grants access to AT&T;'s cellular network. Provided signal strength is adequate, laptop connect provides high-speed wireless Internet almost anywhere in Detroit.

Networking

Building a wireless network in your Detroit home or office has become relatively simple. If you already have high-speed Internet through cable, DSL or satellite, you can add a wireless router to create a local network. Spending the extra money on a fast and reliable router may be a worthwhile investment. Routers also add a level of security you ordinarily lack. The presence of your computers and devices is hidden behind the router, keeping all your technology safe from hackers.

Detroit Wireless Project

The Detroit Wireless Project is a nonprofit organization working to make Detroit a fully wireless city. The project asks that business and information technology (IT) workers volunteer a small amount of time and expertise to get the network operational. As of June 2011, it is hoped that in the near future, anyone with a laptop and the necessary software will be able to access Detroit's wireless network, ideally free of charge. The project's website has a map of current hotspots and a guide on how to help the mission.

About the Author

Josh Patrick has several years of teaching and training experience, both in the academy and the private sector. He presented original work at the 20th Century Literature Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Patrick worked for three years on the editorial board for "Inscape," his alma mater's literary magazine. He holds a Master of Library and Information Science.