These days, every second phone, laptop and radio seems to have a wireless connection - we can barely move for the bristling of the airwaves. Even 3G wireless has finally taken off, some five years since mobile-phone operators paid a king's ransom for the privilege of acquiring a piece of the cellular action.
Our recent broadband survey found a small but significant number of consumers are now using 3G Wi-Fi on their laptops in favour of an ADSL broadband connection, while Wi-Fi itself has finally come of age and can cope with streaming TV and video around the home.
Business phones such as the BlackBerry Bold, the Palm Treo Pro and almost every Windows Mobile 6.1-based handset all have Wi-Fi. Even Tesco has got in on the act with its Talk Wi-Fi handset (tinyurl.com/TescoWiFi). And, of course, 3G is a key part of the Apple iPhone and Google Android platforms.
In the following workshop, we'll show you how to share devices wirelessly with Vista.
1. Found under Start, Network, Vista's Network and Sharing Center is where you first set up your home network and adjust settings to make wireless-enabled peripherals visible. It's also where you check the network's status and alter settings to optimise its performance.
2. From the Tasks list at the left of the Network and Sharing Center, choose ‘Connect to a network' and let Vista browse for available connections and wireless-enabled devices. You may need to enter your password in order to use your Wi-Fi connection. However, you should be able to ‘find' other Wi-Fi hardware within range.