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Is this about "physical media" or about "standards"?[edit]

It's not clear to me whether the intention is to have a list of different physical media that can be used to connected to the Internet ("cable", "optical fiber", etc gives that impression) or a list of standards, even if many of them use the same medium ("W-Fi", "bluetooth", etc are all wireless technologies). I think this should be clarified, because now the list is confusing. Itusg15q4user (talk) 06:58, 16 March 2009 (UTC)

I suggest using the table below as a way to differentiate between "media" and "standards". Unless somebody objects, I plan to update the Template with this:

Internet Access
Network Type Wired Wireless
Optical Coaxial Cable Ethernet Cable Phone line Power line Unlicensed terrestrial bands Licensed terrestrial bands Satellite
LAN 1000BASE-X G.hn Ethernet HomePNA  · G.hn G.hn Wi-Fi · Bluetooth · DECT · Wireless USB
WAN PON DOCSIS Dial-up · ISDN · DSL BPL Muni Wi-Fi GPRS · iBurst · WiBro/WiMAX · UMTS-TDD, HSPA · EVDO · LTE Satellite

Itusg15q4user (talk) 00:00, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

Not having seen any objection, I'll update the template tomorrow. Itusg15q4user (talk) 04:13, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

  • I have renamed the "ethernet cable" header to "twisted pair", as there is no such thing as an "ethernet cable". Additionally, I have added ethernet to several other categories, as ethernet is a prominent residential Internet access technology over both fiber and copper, and on LAN and WAN sides. (talk) 01:30, 9 November 2009 (UTC)
This template is still a mixed bag of standards like Wi-Fi and HomePNA, general network types like power-line communication and physical formats like cable as well as networking technologies which really are peripheral to internet access such as Bluetooth. Probably it should be renamed as something like "Networking". or broken out into two templates, one for network and one for internet access. --Cornellier (talk) 01:40, 21 February 2016 (UTC)

Power-Line Internet[edit]

I am not really sure. But I think Power-Line Internet is a unique media (amone optical, telephone line, cable line, wireless, etc )for Internet access.--Leo 21:04, 9 December 2005 (UTC)


Can we please stop adding xMax to this template. Given that there are no products available (commercial or otherwise), nor any infrastructure, xMax cannot be used to access the internet, neither by wire nor by wireless.

Needless to say, anyone with a background in comms theory will tell you that this situation is not likely to change; all of xG's claims regarding xMax make no mathematical or practical sense. Oli Filth 11:01, 25 January 2007 (UTC)


You sound like an idiot. Of course xMax can be used for exactly what it states. Spreading your Filth seems to be your full time job. (talk) 09:17, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

Mobile internet[edit]

Mobile phones can access the internet over GSM or GPRS. (talk) 00:15, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Table doesn't really work[edit]

The table is organised according to the type of cable/wireless frequency in the WAN. This tallies well with the protocols (right choice of word?) in the line of the table corresponding to WAN. But the LAN options are independent of the transmission medium in the WAN. You can have Wi-Fi-, Ethernet, G.hn, Bluetooth, Dect - whatever you want to have on the LAN side, it is not related to the choice of technology in the WAN (I think I said that already!) So that means you should have all LAN technologies in every cell of the table. Am I making sense? --Opticalgirl (talk) 23:30, 2 November 2010 (UTC)

Well perhaps the problem is that it mixes home networking (LAN) and internet service access (WAN) in the same template at all. Maybe split into two? With links to each other? The LANs are not Internet "access" at all, but just ways of sending IP packets around a house. Unless there are providers that use them in multi-unit dwellings, or somesuch? Also seems to be missing Fixed wireless, but that can be licensed or not too. Similar is the general mobile broadband article which seems relevant. W Nowicki (talk) 00:03, 20 July 2011 (UTC)


Please consider using one of the navbox templates to improve the appearance of this template. --Kvng (talk) 16:55, 21 November 2010 (UTC)

Agreed, although not sure exactly how to do it. It seems it was a navbox until unregistered user at IP changed it to a table in 2009 adding the "LAN" options. I did one for {{Ethernet}} but this is even more complicated. I also ran across {{Internet}} which is so huge it would be out of proportion to most of the articles. Perhaps with a bit of trimming, see other comments. Need to think about this and come up with a proposal. It is also missing a link to the main Internet access article! W Nowicki (talk) 00:03, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

MoCa should be added[edit]

I think MoCa belongs in the coaxial category.-- (talk) 04:12, 26 June 2011 (UTC)

Perhaps yes, along the lines or G.hn it seems to be a home networking LAN option. As above, this probably is not relevant to Internet "access", sigh. W Nowicki (talk) 00:03, 20 July 2011 (UTC)