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I am a ne user of wireless laptop...

I have a wireless connection (via router) at home but if I want to take my latop out to a friend's house in the country and they do not have any kind of internet service wireless or non-wireless - what do I need to be able to use my laptop and connect to internet? Thanks!

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Does your cell phone work there?

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Without getting into details, and not much to work with here, you may have cellular access as a possibility too.

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Well, yes, my cellphone works there but I do not have access

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on my very old (flip-style) cell phone. Isn't there a device of some sort to plug into my laptop to access wireless internet when nothing is available?

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Still working with what's in this post.

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Since the cell phone works, one of those broadband data sticks may work. Those depend on cellular service so shop around and ask if you can return it if the location is bad.
Bob

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My cellphone service is w/ AT&T so....

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I need to get a 'broadband data stick' (at AT&T?) and you think that would work? I honestly thought there was some sort of device to plug into my laptop that would enable me to have wireless - maybe this is it....I just did not know what to get. Thank you....

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They should explain it in detail at the store.

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ATT is working on the cell phone there so the safe bet is the ATT stick.

If anyone has a Sprint phone that opens up the possibility for other sticks.
Bob

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(NT) Great! THANK YOU!

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Basically...

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Then you need some satellite type ISP link. Such is used for anyone on the road or mobile as it were. Otherwise, if there is some wifi ISP available, you need to pay for that service as you would for satellite one, but you can connect practically anywhere. If that friend has a telephone then that too will work via a "telephone line" again through some paid service, when nothing else is available. There just isn't wifi everywhere or typically free as in a neighbor's wifi.

tada -----Willy Happy

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No, I do not have telephone access -

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I was looking for someone to tell me what 'device' to buy to plug into my laptop to access wireless out in - say - an open field? Any such thing?

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Google for ISP service in your area

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You stated in your 1st post you connect to a home wifi network. presumably you suggest you have wifi setup in order to connect to any wifi out there. The problem is, you need to be near a wifi network in order to connect to anything. It's not just h/w you need the network provided by some ISP to finish the network via wifi. Thus, what I mentioned in my 1st post applies.

If you want to pay for some service, then that provides what you need h./w like 3G. Again, there is satellite as well and thus you buy or they supply the h/w for that upon paid service. Of course, you can go out to that field and check your results. If nothing shows up on your network monitoring s/w, as in "0/zero" networks available, you need then what I suggested, some paid for service. If you stumble across wifi network, its probably "secured" to prevent outside users from tagging on. Otherwise, if there is some network out there, *ASK* to see if you can use it. If close enough, maybe a better reception will be needed, like antennas or Yagi setup, etc..

http://mobiledevices.about.com/od/carrierfaq/a/3g-Vs-4g-Which-Is-Better.htm
http://www.nationwidesatellite.com/hughesnet/?g6500&gclid=CKDbqrqqlbECFUlN4Aod5XpYdA
http://www.starband.com/

tada -----Willy Happy

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Sorry for not making myself clearer

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I do not expect to get this wireless service FREE! I live in Austin and I am talking about using my laptop out in the country about 5 miles W of Johnson City. I KNOW MY wireless service is not going to reach there so I was simply asking what kind of device I could BUY to plug into my laptop to access the internet while out there. I think a post below mentioned a data stick which sounds like what I need. I KNOW I have to BUY this item so it will be paid service Happy I don't think I asked my question clear enough - sorry. Thanks for all your help.

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You can get a hotspot

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We bought a T-Mobile hotspot to connect our laptops and iPad, etc to the internet when we're out of the house and aren't by a public hotspot. The hotspot is great, you can connect 5 things to it at the same time. I just buy the prepaid month and don't have a plan. You can buy the Hotspot with or without a plan. The price of the unit is different depending on if you sign up for a contract. I even used it the other day when my cable tv & internet was down.

T-Mobile Hotspot
https://www.t-mobile.com/shop/Phones/cell-phone-detail.aspx?cell-phone=T-Mobile-4G-Mobile-HotSpot

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Thank You!

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I will ask about the 'hotspot'.......

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