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Getting Wireless Internet

by kwaldo / October 25, 2004 6:43 AM PDT

I currently use a dial up internet service and am looking into getting wireless internet for a laptop. I live in an apartment complex that has its own satellite system (Crossman Cable), and neither DSL nor high speed internet is available in my area because of this. Will this hinder my availability to get wireless internet? Someone had mentioned the possibility of getting a home router, but I'm not sure what that is or how the wireless internet works. Any tips will be much appreciated!

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Re: Getting Wireless Internet
by 44039 / November 22, 2004 7:04 AM PST

Wireless internet works about the same as a wireless phone. You have a wireless phone in your apartment, but without the phone service from your local phone company, your fingers won't get too far in the yellow pages!
I'm assuming that what your wanting is "hi-speed" wireless. Without a local provider, I'm afraid your limited. You can still go wireless, but you will still be stuck with dialup, unless you can find a provider.
There are some up and comers that you might can check with, such as Boingo. I think they are limited to hotels and stuff though.


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Re: Getting Wireless Internet
by Rjay / November 26, 2004 6:05 AM PST

Kwaldo - Perhaps, I can help.

A wireless home router allows you to eliminate the cable from your Internet access point (your dial-up) to your computer. And thus, you have built yourself a wireless home network for one or more computers. In all cases, your computer needs an inexpensive wireless network card. This is actually a two way radio--with antena.

Wireless Internet refers to accessing the Internet via a stationary wireless internet provider (ISP). This means: no connection by phone company dial-up, cable, or satellite link. Signals to and from your computer; in your apartment are accomplished wirelessly, via a wireless router, in your apartment; from outside your building. However, the speed of the signals sent and received, by your computer, will not excede that of your dial-up service.

Also, while traveling throughout the US, you can achieve the same effect through the use of locally provided broadband wireless Hot Spots. Truck stops, resteraunts, hotels, shopping centers, and airports are some of tne many places that provide us with Hot Spot access to the Internet.

Let me know where you live, and perhaps I can find a wireless provider for you.

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Re: Getting Wireless Internet
by mikvw / November 30, 2004 8:02 AM PST

while you are on the subject, are there ISP's that offer wireless internet plans for Applle laptops? I travel all over the country and I cant' seem to find a provider. I live in Georgia but haven't found anythig as of yet.


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Re: Getting Wireless Internet
by Rjay / December 9, 2004 8:30 AM PST

I apologize for not responding sooner. Yes, you can use a Mac with wireless Internet. As a matter of fact there is no limitation to the operating system for wireless. Where in GA are you?

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