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Old 09-08-2006, 04:08 PM   #1
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Ok - now I got the new lap top and am equipped to receive wireless internet, Any clues to where you can get connected will be appriciated
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Old 09-08-2006, 04:13 PM   #2
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Panera Bread (free), McD's, some public libraries, Flying J truck stops(pay), some downtown areas. And anywhere else you can get a signal.

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Old 09-08-2006, 04:28 PM   #4
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Get a scanner..

You can also buy for ~ $20 a keychain battery powered WiFi scanner that will tell you when you press the button if there is WiFi available and signal strength...

A number of cities are adding free WiFi (paid with ads across browser screen..), including ours and cities adjacent on both sides.. (though admittedly, we're in Silicon Valley and kids in elementary schools use Blackberries... ) San Francisco has just signed contract with Yahoo (I think) to provide free WiFi across all of San Francisco...

Finally, with a nod to the ethics police, news stories indicate that 90% of people who buy and set up WiFi routers in their homes never figure out how to activate the lengthy security keys, and thus leave WiFi open to people in the neighborhood.. You might find someone in the area has left WiFi open to "share" in you immediate area...

There are tricks to get your browser to launch and help determine whether you need to log in and pay for service, or can just connect by accepting terms of free serivce provider. You should also be familiar with how to activate and deactivate the WiFi elements on the laptop, and how to scan and update or add new networks to the system..

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hi wifi finders and hot spotters....

here is an interesting website where folks map what they have found...sort of a populist movement...

http://www.wifimaps.com/

and it's pretty interesting.
btw i checked my wireless network...
it isn't shown and it is password protected....

i haven't built a tincan wifi antenna yet...looks cool

i knew someday those tin can phones we made as kids would reappear!

many cities and regions now advertise where their hot spots are.

it rural areas i've found it easier just to visit the library and use their computer for email or surfing...

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Old 09-08-2006, 05:17 PM   #6
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Finally, with a nod to the ethics police, news stories indicate that 90% of people who buy and set up WiFi routers in their homes never figure out how to activate the lengthy security keys, and thus leave WiFi open to people in the neighborhood.. You might find someone in the area has left WiFi open to "share" in you immediate area...

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This is the case at home for us. Our Desktop is setup still on the principal of coffee cans and string (dialup) and my laptop from works enjoys our neighbors high speed wireless. Jeff
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You can find a list of parks & campgrounds with wifi at the RV.net. Just check the "Campgrouds, Resorts, and Attractions" forum, right at the top.

That said, a bunch of them charge for wifi service. And as others have pointed out, some of them are open while others are encrypted. (Finally, some of the ones that are encrypted aren't exactly security conscious. They might as well write the password on the business sign and advertise it to every geek that drives by.)

Personally, I can't afford to pay outrageous rates for wifi access. On the other hand, if it's not well encrypted, I'm also a bit jumpy about just who's on the system with me.


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Here's a site that I've used--

www.wififreespot.com

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re the "ethics police" - being unable to lock your door doesn't mean it is OK for someone to come in and enjoy your TV or other things in your house.

It is neither polite nor legal to use WiFi without permission. If in doubt, ask.

There are a lot of folks willing to share their I'net connection. Rich did that at Salem, for instance. Even so, it is being a good neighbor to ask first and make sure you respect the resources available to you and use them responsibly.
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:17 PM   #11
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Ok - now I got the new lap top and am equipped to receive wireless internet, Any clues to where you can get connected will be appriciated
WiFi is OK if you can get it. However, for more reliable Internet access, consider using your cell phone as a modem for your laptop. Sprint & Verizon are reported to have the widest coverage areas.
Learn all about it at;
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/InternetByCellPhone/
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re the "ethics police" - being unable to lock your door doesn't mean it is OK for someone to come in and enjoy your TV or other things in your house.

It is neither polite nor legal to use WiFi without permission. If in doubt, ask.

There are a lot of folks willing to share their I'net connection. Rich did that at Salem, for instance. Even so, it is being a good neighbor to ask first and make sure you respect the resources available to you and use them responsibly.
Bryan, In my case, my neighbor shares their loud music without my consent. If its in the air, its free.
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If you happen to have a Mac , it is a simple thing to have the settings automatically find and connect to available hotspots.
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Although it would be relatively easy, I have no plans to encrypt my Wi-Fi. After using a slow dial-up for over twelve years, I now have cable with broadband to spare, and am willing to share with anyone who can get close enough to receive the signal. It will be a nice amenity when I finally get courtesy parking set up. I still have a few more trees to remove and get 30 amp run out to the driveway.

For some interesting information on receiving Wi-Fi, try googling "wardriving' and "Cantenna".
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