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Old 01-12-2004, 11:43 PM   #15
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Good deal. We were at the Verizon store this weekend trying to decide what to do. First we have to upgrade or phone, because it can't be connected to the computer (it's a pretty old phone). So we're checking out the maps of where we can get digital and it's pretty spotty out here in the NW. We finally decided to do nothing and see if we can find places to plug into a phone line along the way.

Does anyone know more about the wi-fi network access at Borders and Starbucks? I've never been in a starbucks (not a coffee drinker), but that sounds like it might be an option to look into.
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Old 01-13-2004, 03:46 AM   #16
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Run a google search on "wardriving" it is another whole option. Some people don't like the idea, and others feel it is okay. It isn't a guaranteed method but an option.

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Old 01-13-2004, 05:39 AM   #17
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Speed is 50-60 bps with above restrictions.There is unlimited service that costs $79 at 50-60 bps or $29 at 14.4 bps; no minutes charge.
You mean kbps? Otherwise, that's one SLOW rate~lol
It's sounds like a huge improvement of the past rates that they used to charge for wireless internet..

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Old 01-25-2004, 11:48 AM   #18
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Internet Access

Hello,
I would like to set up a mobile work station in my '71 Safari so I can work on the road. I need to be able to set up a means of sending/receiving email and perusing the internet on the road. I don't watch much TV at home, so don't think that's a high priority on the road.

My question is what means of internet access has anyone any real world experience using. Wardriving pertains primarily to urban areas and that would not be my location. Most of my camping is pretty remote from large cities.

I would like to set a full computer station, with a 19" LCD monitor. I am an architect and all my work is done in AutoCad and I really can't do CAD on the monitor supplied in most laptops.

There is a device sold by SmithMicro called "QuickLink Mobile" that promises to turn your mobile phone into a wireless device to access the Internet. Anyone with experience with this device.

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Old 01-25-2004, 12:02 PM   #19
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I just got a Dell inspiron 1100 laptop with the Celeron processor for taking with us on trips. It has the DVD player for entertainment, and we wanted to be able to keep up on email on the road. I'm really happy with it, it's a fast little machine. Leaves my old desktop in the dust. This is our second Dell machine, and we wouldn't have bought it if we hadn't been so happy with the last one.

My experience is that processors have gotten so fast now, that most tasks you do, like surfing, word processing, photo editing, really are not going to tax your processor. The human is the slow part of the loop. When surfing, the response time from your provider is the limiting factor. I'd say go with the cheaper one and you should be fine.

Now, have you figured out how to hookup while on the road? that's the part I'm still puzzling over...
I have a cell phone with a modem for my notebook, also a Dell Inspiron 1100, with a Pentium4, 2.4 Ghz, got on sale for only a few bucks more than the Celeron, in which case it is worth it. I have noticed the video is much better with the Pentium, than the Celeron, because the Celeron has motherboard-based video, versus the P4 separate, it does make a difference. My previous notebook was a Gateway. 2Ghz, Celeron, and I can definitely tell the difference in the two. Having had both, and being able to get the better processor, the P4 is much better, although the Celeron is very much acceptable. My new one also got the free memory upgrade, which helps also. A lot of RV parks and campgrounds now offer internet access, it is usually listed in their ads.
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Old 01-25-2004, 12:27 PM   #20
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Satellite ISP?

No one has mentioned satellite-delivered Internet service.

You still need a land line (phone or cell) for the upload, but the download speed sounds good. Directv directway download boasts up to 500kbs.

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Old 01-25-2004, 12:30 PM   #21
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Satellite ISPs

I would think the telephone upload connection is still the problem here. Love to know it works for someone though...anybody ou there with experience with mobile satellite connections?
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No one has mentioned satellite-delivered Internet service.

You still need a land line (phone or cell) for the upload, but the download speed sounds good. Directv directway download boasts up to 500kbs.
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Does anyone know more about the wi-fi network access at Borders and Starbucks? I've never been in a starbucks (not a coffee drinker), but that sounds like it might be an option to look into.
Look at the starbucks (www.starbucks.com) web site for details. I think it is affiliated with T-Mobile and a fee is involved to use the service.
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Old 01-26-2004, 12:40 AM   #23
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Re: Satellite ISP?

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No one has mentioned satellite-delivered Internet service.

You still need a land line (phone or cell) for the upload, but the download speed sounds good. Directv directway download boasts up to 500kbs.

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Well, there is this option....


Datastorm, mobile satellite service


It isnt cheap though.
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Old 01-26-2004, 06:13 AM   #24
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I love forums like this. My two passions, Computers and Airstreams. I have played around with sattilite modems before on boats. They work fine for email and smaller size web sites. They loss signal strength a lot. Unless you get a expensive automatic unit you have to aim the dish everytime you want to use it.(getting up on the roof). Very poor reception in any kind of cloudy weather.. The internet signal is more sensitive than the Tv signal. Most Nokia cell phones will work as a modem now(PC only, no macs). It requires a $50 usb to phone cable.($30 on ebay) Plus a national dial up account. Netzero is free and works enough to get email and small web pages over the cell phone. AOL or something like that would get better performance. My mother has a Dell laptop and loves it. It was missing a cable when she first got it, and had to jump through hoops to get the overseas tech support to understand what cable she was missing. The manual listed the part number of the missing cable, but the tech support couldn't find it. Then they sent her another powercord instead of what she needed. After 6 tries she gave up and bought the cables at Radioshack. Other than the tech support nightmare she loves the computer and has had no troubles with it.
I have been using a Apple powerbook G4 667 with 768mb of ram, OSX 10.3, and a airport card for 2 1/2 years now. It has taken more abuse than I care to see my baby take. Drops, spills on the keyboard, constant use day in and day out. I do need a new battery, but 2 1/2 is a good life span for a laptop battery. I could get three hours of run time when it was new. The newer small models get 5 hours. I just wish my nokia cell phone would work as a modem for it.

As for Wi-Fi hot spots, There are web sites dedicated to listing wireless internet "hot spots". Not an option outside of city limits. If you are passing through a town then it is something to think about. I have a free program from downloads.com that beeps when I come into a wireless network. You could drive around town and the computer will start beeping when you come into a hot spot. Kind of like stealing cable from your neighbor.
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Here is a few hot spot web site.
www.wi-fihotspotlist.com
www.wififreespot.com

You can do a google search for more.

You would be surprised how many hot spots are out there. I even found one 15 minutes from me. Most are coffee shops and hotels. They say Free on the web site, but I am sure you have to at least buy some coffee from most of the places.
I also know most hospitals have Wifi. If they have a good transmitter you could get a signal from the parking lot.

The program for finding hot spots is called Mac Stumbler

http://download.com.com/3000-2274-10...ml?tag=lst-0-2

I personally like the idea of getting a hot cup of coffee and checking my email for no monthly charge at a coffee shop. Assuming there is one within a resonable distance.
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I love forums like this. My two passions, Computers and Airstreams.
As for Wi-Fi hot spots, There are web sites dedicated to listing wireless internet "hot spots". Kind of like stealing cable from your neighbor.
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I don't think of the "wardriving" as stealing cable from my neighbor, I think of it more like them leaving their sprinkler on high and watering my garden with their water little or no effort on my part. If people would secure their systems properly it would be a non-issue. When we were at my parents for Christmas this past year, we were able to tap 3 seperate WiFi systems from inside the house. My brother is in the computer/IT industry, one of the systems we tapped was my parents neighbor, we helped him secure his system as his hard drive was exposed. One of the other systems belonged to the church across the street, if they are paying somebody to IT their system for them they are getting burned. There was news report here a while back, the reporter took a WiFi laptop and was riding around in our wonderful state capital and was picking up open systems all around the state government buildings, makes you really wonder what they do with out tax dollars.
As far as patch cables are concerned check out these guys, I have dealt with them and am a very satisfied customer! Patch Cables I use one with my Sprint PCS with great results, not nearly as fast on my Altel. Different systems.

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Old 01-26-2004, 06:59 AM   #27
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My friend takes the Metra (rail service) to the city every day. He tells me that at nearly every stop, folks have their wireless base stations set to high and totally unsecured. He gets a few minutes at almost each stop.

Funny thing is that some folks also have filesharing on with no password too.....want a tax return or two?
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