Boyshane From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 128 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 970 times:
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!
Portcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1612 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 965 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.
Barcode From Switzerland, joined Dec 2001, 678 posts, RR: 12 Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 953 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.
Barcode From Switzerland, joined Dec 2001, 678 posts, RR: 12 Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 941 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.
Sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5093 posts, RR: 28 Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 903 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.
Portcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1612 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 903 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.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 21 Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 883 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
Ryu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 460 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 869 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.