With the new modem, the company said, its DSL (digital subscriber line) customers will not need a direct Ethernet connection from their wireless-enabled PC to send data to other computers in their home or over the Internet. The Actiontec Wireless DSL Gateway is designed to provide a 54-megabits-per-second wireless connection within a radius of 300 feet of the modem.
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Wireless broadband has been catching on. But as a stand-alone service, it still represents only aof broadband connections.
The Qwest offering can be purchased for $59.99 or rented for a monthly fee of $3.