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User currently offlineBoyshane From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 128 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1366 times:

Hi Everyone,

I'm buying a laptop tommorrow for the first time and was wandering what I should do about getting internet for it. Does anyone know how I would go about getting wireless internet for it for when I travel and for use on planes and such? Does anyone know how I'd go about getting this service, how it works, cost? Any help would be appericiated and thanks!

-Shane

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User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1361 times:

You need a wireless router for wireless internet. You cannot just buy a wireless card and expect to be able to get online anywhere. I know there is a satellite internet coming online, but that's about 5 grand/month.

User currently offlineBarcode From Switzerland, joined Dec 2001, 678 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1349 times:

Go to a public building like a train station or an airport. The wireless connections are so strong you can pick up a connection for free, thus circumventing the outrageous per minute charges for wireless connections.

The legal way is to do what the poster said above.


User currently offlineNational_757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

LOL, are you serious Barcode?

User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1338 times:

Sometimes when I am in my dads office building my Palm gets a connection for a few minutes.

-174thfwff


User currently offlineBarcode From Switzerland, joined Dec 2001, 678 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

Yeah I'm serious. There's a practice called " warchalking " that's started up in London. Savvy net users are chalking strange symbols onto paving stones to indicate that the wireless connection is especially strong in that building. My flatmate claims it's possible to sit in Waterloo Station and access the net for free. Hummmmm.

User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1330 times:

Hmm I wonder if there are any wireless connections in LAX.......


"Ladies and Gentlemen it's happy hour. You will get two approaches for the price of one."
User currently offlineJared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1326 times:

I'm sure there are.

There are a LOT around boston. Some companies, but also people with cablemodem or dsl and an unencrypted signal.


User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5615 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

As mentioned above, there are many unprotected and unencrypted 802.11b (WiFi) access points, and you can frequently hit one for quick use.

For a more robust solution, subscribe to Boingo (http://www.boingo.com), and you can secure access through a great many commercial accesspoints, including Strabucks Coffee, many airports, and many hotels.

Read more of value at http://www.dslreports.com.



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

Yep barcode, it's called "war-driving" here in the states. Get in the car and drive around neighborhoods looking for wireless networks. Then you have access to their network if it's not protected and you can steal programs, but I wouldn't do that unless you want to go to jail.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1279 times:

Correct Portcolumbus. Hijacking someone elses network is illegal as hell.

Regular wireless access is still in its infancy (apart from wireless office networks).
A few hotels and airport lobbies might have been equipped, but access charges are as yet high (which is always the case with pioneer technology).
Expect those to drop as more people make use of it.
For now, just get a phone outlet and a regular ISP and dial in  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



I wish I were flying
User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1265 times:

Wireless accesss is growing. Almost all Starbucks in major cities in the US, and some in Singapore and Taiwan have the wireless access, but you have to pay a monthly subscription fee, like US $10 or so, or pay as you go.

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