Remote Control

JUSTIN LEIGHTON/NETWORK for TIME

Our intrepid reporter gets connected on the roof of his South London apartment

Imagine sitting in the garden and accessing your main computer 10 or 20 times faster than you can with broadband. Add an Internet connection, and you will be able to send e-mails and surf the Net. You can use the technology to chat to your robot dog, and soon you will even be able to monitor your fridge — from the coffee shop next door. By the end of next year, according to analysts at IDC, 1.2 million European homes will have this miracle: a broadband wireless computing network.

I wanted my home to be among the first....

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