The internet is now so cheap that many people are using a USB cable to access it from home.
Many have found that the cable is cheaper than buying a router or paying for the internet themselves, according to a new study from research firm comScore.
The internet has been a big driver of the rise of wireless and cordless phones and tablets, but with cable prices increasing and internet access becoming so cheap, there’s more demand for a cheaper alternative.
“People want to make sure that they have internet access, they want to be able to access content online,” said ComScore research director Greg LeVine.
“They want to get their kids on the internet.
That’s the whole goal of this study.”
A typical USB cable can cost anywhere from $10 to $20, with some companies offering freebies such as “unlimited downloads” and “no-hassle streaming” that provide unlimited access.
But even if you’re not paying the full cost of a USB, it’s still possible to get a decent internet connection.
For example, a USB can stream movies from Amazon Prime Video, and a lot of people have been able to get high-quality streaming video from YouTube and Hulu.
“A lot of our customers do have access to high-speed Internet,” said LeVines company spokesperson, Mike Wroblewski.
“Some of the data is coming from them as they are downloading their data, but it is going to be more of a limited bandwidth connection than they are used to.”
It’s important to note that internet connections vary widely from device to device, with USB-C cables and wired Ethernet being the most common types of devices, although they’re not the only ones.
In fact, some devices that have USB-cable ports can’t be used as a full-fledged wired internet connection, since those devices require an Ethernet adapter.
For this reason, most USB-connected devices are not equipped with an Ethernet port.
And some devices are just as capable as a wired connection, though it will require an additional Ethernet adapter, and sometimes even a USB-to-USB cable.
In the future, the next big step for USB cables will be the adoption of more advanced connectivity, including wireless and wired networking, which will allow us to have more connectivity options for our homes, workplaces, and schools.
“We think that wireless and wireless networking are going to play a bigger role in the future,” said Wrobleski.
The next big thing for USB-based internet is more connectivity, but more connectivity means more competition, which could ultimately mean higher prices for those of us who can’t afford to pay for a wireless connection.