WLAN is the abbreviated form of wireless local area network. A WLAN is a local network which uses radio waves to communicate between devices. The trademark Wi-Fi is often used synonymously with the term WLAN.

Many Swiss broadband service providers provide their customers with modems which include built-in WLAN routers. Users can connect their computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, e-book readers, consoles, televisions and many other devices to the Internet via WLAN networks.

Public WLAN connections are offered by many Swiss cafés, restaurants, supermarkets and public areas. Most Swiss hotels and long-distance bus lines, and all postal buses in Switzerland offer complimentary Internet connectivity via WLANs. In Switzerland, anyone can use WLAN antennae without limitations, which can sometimes lead to disruptions or low data transfer speeds.

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