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Home Wi-Fi Brings Internet To Every Room

Thu, 16 Sep 2004

Home Wi-Fi Brings Internet To Every Room

Xtra has launched a new Broadband Wireless Network Kit, allowing users to connect to the Internet from any room of their home, without cables.

Home wireless networking, or Wi-Fi, is common in many overseas markets, and Xtra expects the self-install kits will make Wi-Fi more attractive to internet users in New Zealand.

The Xtra Broadband Wireless Network Kits comprise the wireless router needed to connect PCs and laptops to broadband without plugging the computer into a telephone jack.

The wireless network router is an ADSL modem, so it allows customers to access Xtra JetStream from anywhere around the home.

Chris Thompson, Telecom’s Head of Broadband and Internet, says the Wireless Network Kit provides customers with another way to make the most of broadband in the home.

“People can quickly check emails in the kitchen, surf the web while relaxing in the lounge, or finish off that work report at the end of day in bed,” says Thompson. “Wi-Fi can significantly improve the convenience and efficiency of broadband use in the home.”

The self-install kits include a CD that guides users through the set-up process. Xtra also provides support for Wi-Fi users through its JetStream helpdesk.

“We have designed the kits for the average consumer,” says Thompson. “Wi-Fi is no longer exclusive to just the techies and whiz kids, but available to any internet user wanting increased mobility and flexibility.”

The self install kits are priced at $279.95 and are available through Telecom approved retail stores, online or by phoning 0800 JET XTRA (0800 53 89 87).

Many new laptop computers are already Wi-Fi enabled, so can easily connect up to the wireless router. Customers whose computers aren’t Wi-Fi enabled can purchase a wireless USB adaptor or wireless laptop card while ordering the self install kit from Xtra.

“Kiwis are moving to broadband in a big way, and home Wi-Fi provides another exciting broadband option,” says Thompson.

“We are confident that wireless networking in the home will become common and widespread, and Kiwi households will love the convenience.”


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