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I'm visiting my Dad's, and he has no wireless Internet in his house. Unfortunately where he lived has poor 3G coverage etc as well. As a tech-addict this does my head in as there is so much I cannot do. It got me wondering, given how simple setting up s wireless router is nowadays, is there any reason, or excuse not having one?

asked Oct 08 '11 at 06:24

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Tommy Turner

Not everyone needs wifi.

Let's take REALLY old people for example. What are the chances that an elderly couple both aged 80+ living alone in a house, would require an iPhone or laptop? Yeah sure, maybe their children would buy them an iPad or two to keep them entertained during their last years of their lives. But the last thing I want my parents to do at such an old age would be to sit or lie down the whole day while playing with their tablets.

I do a lot of deliveries of furniture from time to time, to all those offices. Most of these offices have PCs or laptops that are connected via Ethernet. Hell, some of them don't even have wifi.

Oh and one REALLY good example of places where wifi is lacking, would be somewhere in Africa.

answered Oct 09 '11 at 23:26

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Billy Aoki

As Tim said, not NEEDING it would be a good reason not to have it or just can't get it. Otherwise, the only other excuse not to have it is thinking Windows 95 is still new and not having heard of WiFi.

answered Oct 09 '11 at 19:02

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The main reasons used for not having ones are the rumored health implications. While I do not personally believe this to be the case, many others do.

Another reason that I have seen used by my friends, was that their parents did not wish to facilitate the use of the computer all over the house. This was more down to trust issues, and protective parents not wish their children to have free, harder to monitor, use of the internet.

I also know of people in rented accommodation that has no phone line, they use a mobile for calls, and don't need internet, so don't use it. If I go there, I use the local wifi hotspot that my ISP gives me access to.

On top of this, and probably the most obvious reason not to is not needing it. Why spend money on a wireless router, which costs a reasonable amount of money, and uses significantly more power, when the only device that will connect to it is a single desktop, which will not be moved, and can be connected at the same standard via the same cable to a non wireless router.

As well as all these, despite 802.11 being encrypted, it is still possible for the security to be passed, so many people, if they do not need it, or can live with out it will ignore this commodity in favour of a little extra peace of mind.

answered Oct 08 '11 at 06:36

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Tim Fontana

edited Oct 09 '11 at 17:22

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