The Advantages of USB High Speed
- USB flash drives (such as this one) can connect you to the Internet.usb image by Steffi Mueller from Fotolia.com
A USB Internet stick is similar to a USB media or flash drive. It inserts into the USB port of your personal computer or laptop. Once it's connected, it can enable Internet access on your computer through a wireless network. People use USB Internet sticks when they don't a wireless network enabled onto their computers. These can be a convenient and cheaper alternative to having a router or DSL Internet. The speeds are relative to those of cable or DSL Internet. Another name for them is USB High Speed.
- With USB Internet, you can take your laptop anywhere with you. There is no need to connect any of your Ethernet wires to your router or DSL modem. You would just put the USB Internet flash stick into your USB port. Once it's connected, your computer should recognize the flash stick and install it right away. You will have connection to wireless hotspots that you can access. With these hotspots, you can check your email, surf the Web or chat with your friends. You can use an USB Internet stick at cafes, airports, hospitals and other areas of business.
- With USB High Speed, you can watch videos, download music and view documents. The speeds are equivalent to DSL or broadband Internet. Some may even be faster than those types of Internet plans. Most USB Internet sticks are 3G (or 3rd Generation), which means that they have speeds of 7.2 megabits per second. Others on the market are coming out with 4G. Plus, these USB Internet sticks can double as a USB flash drive. You can save important documents, photos or other information on it.
- Even if the USB Internet sticks are pricey, their plans are not. Some plans will start at $19.99 or $29.99, which is cheaper to the costs of DSL and cable Internet. It all depends on how much you plan on connecting to the Internet every month. These starting plans will give you 1GB (gigabytes) of Internet use each month, which is enough if you don't download photos, videos and music. If you're planning to download a lot, then you may want to up your plan. Some USB High Speed plans come with contract or pay-as-you-go plans. With a pay-as-you-go plan, you add as many gigabytes as you want to your Internet plan.