boyshane
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Internet For Laptops...

Sun Sep 01, 2002 12:20 pm

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
 
portcolumbus
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RE: Internet For Laptops...

Sun Sep 01, 2002 12:39 pm

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
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RE: Internet For Laptops...

Sun Sep 01, 2002 1:25 pm

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.
 
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RE: Internet For Laptops...

Sun Sep 01, 2002 1:31 pm

LOL, are you serious Barcode?
 
174thfwff
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RE: Internet For Laptops...

Sun Sep 01, 2002 1:36 pm

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

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Barcode
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RE: Internet For Laptops...

Sun Sep 01, 2002 1:40 pm

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.
 
N751PR
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RE: Internet For Laptops...

Sun Sep 01, 2002 2:26 pm

Hmm I wonder if there are any wireless connections in LAX.......
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jared
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RE: Internet For Laptops...

Sun Sep 01, 2002 2:36 pm

I'm sure there are.

There are a LOT around boston. Some companies, but also people with cablemodem or dsl and an unencrypted signal.
 
sccutler
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RE: Internet For Laptops...

Mon Sep 02, 2002 4:47 am

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.
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portcolumbus
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RE: Internet For Laptops...

Mon Sep 02, 2002 4:53 am

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
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RE: Internet For Laptops...

Mon Sep 02, 2002 2:38 pm

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
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ryu2
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RE: Internet For Laptops...

Tue Sep 03, 2002 4:21 am

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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