A massive 78 per cent of Macworld Online readers want to get wireless, or are already wire-free.

A wired 10 per cent think unconstrained technology is unnecessary, another 8 per cent don't trust it, while it's too confusing for the remaining 4 per cent of the 887 who voted.

A debate on the forum reveals some of the pros and cons of going wireless. "Wireless is the future," says one reader, another says: "Wireless is becoming essential", while other readers express concerns about the long-term effects "of all the RF miasma around us".

One reader describes why wireless is catching on in education. He writes: "It removes wires – a major health and safety risk in a classroom – and means that teachers need to connect less kit in the morning."

Another institution that has just caught on to the benefits of being wireless is the House of Commons. UK MPs are set to get a wireless network to give them access to emails and parliamentary systems via PDAs, mobile phones and laptops.

Wireless networks are also catching on in local government. One reader notes that Westminster Council uses a wireless network for their plumbers and street workers. He explains: "They use it to get their job schedules on PDAs without having to call into a depot. They also log new calls and completed jobs with it. That's how it should be."

Let the games begin

One organisation which hasn't yet had the confidence to go wireless is the Olympic Games. The VP of Atos Origin – the company that has set-up the technology for the Games – told BBC News: "We have not been brave enough to go down the route of wireless technology."

"The risk of frequency breaks scrambling systems was an option we did not even want to look at," he explained.

One reader believes careful set-up of a wireless network should relieve any security concerns. He advises: "As long as you're sensible with the security features, it should be reasonably secure. Make your network a closed network, use the best WEP/WPA encryption available with your kit and reduce the transmitter power to stop the signal travelling to far."

Security concerns are a minor concern to some readers. "I'm acutely conscious of the significant damage radio frequency (RF) transmissions cause (especially) digital sound," says one.

Another says: "What about all these radio waves travelling through the air, passing through us? In the long term is it safe? If people who live near mobile phone masts or pylons are apparently at a higher level of risk regarding cancer what about people exposed to wi-fi?"

Regardless of whether they are concerned about going wireless, for some people being without wires can never be more than a dream. One reader says: "The walls in my Edwardian house are too thick."