QFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2025 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1497 times:
I don't use it but my mum does, she has one of those little cards and if she and my stepdad are going somewhere she will often be sitting there working while he's driving. It also means she can go anywhere on holidays and still do her work, she'd be in trouble if she didn't have it. It has unlimited hours and 1GB downloads, unfortunately I racked up a AU$660 bill on it for going over the download limit in December.
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1472 times:
This is sort of an update I'm in Hopkinsville kentucky at my hotel. Seems like this is one you could park in the parking lot and cruise to your heart's content. But it lets me stay in touch with my work and my students which is important.
Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 33 Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1468 times:
First time I ever used it was in a restaurant in Salmon, ID. I really don't have any use for it unless I'm traveling for any extended period of time and have my laptop with me, but it's certainly nice to have when it's available.
At the current rate, you should be in Jackson, TN sometime tomorrow morning - moving up in the world, I see. All the best for your son.
Wifi free on the road? Not a bad idea for a trucker per se - plenty are away from their homes enough, not to mention gas and tolls paid all the time - wouldn't surprise me a bit to see a pesky tax involved in free Wifi.
Jetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1523 posts, RR: 10 Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1397 times:
I have seen them around, but basically they are useless because they do not differentiate between a secured and an un-secured signal. You are better off just using the wireless locate part of your wireless program to find an un-secured signal.
Just recently a friend of mine got a new laptop and he wanted to try out the wireless, so we drove around the neighborhood, but just picked up lots of secured signals so he kept hitting the refresh button until we found an un-secured signal.
On the road I have found un-secured signals by doing the same thing, driving around a neighborhood.
You can do a Google search for WiFi by state, or city or zipcode, sometimes it will list it as free. Last year I was in Las Vegas and by doing this search I found a free signal at a UPS store
My favorite story about free Wifi was the day of the first A380 flight. It was late at night in a hotel in Rapid City, SD, and the only way I could get a signal was sitting in the bathtub of our bathroom. So there I was, in the early AM hours, sitting in a bathtub in SD watching the live stream of the A380 flight.
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1307 times:
Quoting Newark777 (Reply 10): My favorite story about free Wifi was the day of the first A380 flight. It was late at night in a hotel in Rapid City, SD, and the only way I could get a signal was sitting in the bathtub of our bathroom.
Jeez, newark, you hit all the high spots. Well, could be worse, North Platte for one. I'll try and snap a couple pics of east St. Louis for you. I'm back in another Mickey Dees north of Marion....a number of them seem to have wifi and I'm going to see if it works in the parking lot.
Well, my son's got his readiness and equipment check tomorrow am at 5:30 and then they could go any time prolly as soon as they can find an airplane to charter. I've got a pretty good load of Uncle's goodies to store for him. His crib in Ft. Campbell was like a monk's cell. Very spartan. We both got a chance to talk about a lot of things that were on our minds and I was just stunned at how much he's grown up in the past two years. We talked about the different levels of reality checks and how there are are a couple more like when he gets on the plane and when he gets off the plane and he realizes he can't get back on the plane and go home.
He seems to have taken his medic training very seriously. A lot of the younger fellows in his unit call him Doc, and they come to him for all sorts of advice because they trust him more than the army doctors.
It's a wonderful thing to see, and if I was 30 years younger I'd be doing the same thing.
LHRjc From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 1961 posts, RR: 23 Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1262 times:
Luckily my employer provides me with an Orange HSDPA card for my laptop which gives me up to 3.6MB over the mobile network, which is great as there aren't too many official free hotspots in the UK. Usually you can find some fool who's left their ADSL Router unsecured though... Like my next door neighbour for example
"Our 319's are very reliable. They get fixed very quickly."
Surfpunk From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 227 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1254 times:
Quoting Dougloid (Reply 7): Is there such a device as a hand held wireless node locator?
Along with the Kensington device, if you have a Windows Mobile/PocketPC phone, there is an application that you can run on it called WiFiFoFum which can pick up WiFi points in the area. Handy little app.
Moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2009 posts, RR: 12 Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1245 times:
Quoting J_Hallgren (Reply 13): Last I knew of, all Panera Bread locations had free wifi...I was able to get it while parked so didn't have to go in...nice on a rainy day!
A few months back I was in Kokomo, IN, and the hotel I was staying in had a piss poor wireless signal. I stopped at Panera, and was even going to go in for coffee, but just as I got there a huge rain storm hit. I sat in the car and logged in to check e-mail and such.