Access Point is only a device to receive/transmit the signal from your ISP to your computer.
So still need an ISP...
But todays... there are many FREE Wireless provider..
You have to know that the signal you receive is from a free service or belong to someone that didn't turn on their security.
After years of being a ?computer person? ? including programming, software design, etc., I now find myself LOST in the wireless world. (Retired 10 years ago)
I just purchased a new notebook with wireless capability. I actually had no intention of using wireless until the window popped up and informed me of wireless connections in range. One was my neighbor?s satellite signal - security enabled ? not that I would use it. Another was a nonsecure connection identified only by a 12 digit number. I have no idea who is providing the network or where it is. However, I can connect to the net most of the time albeit with a low strength. Still much faster than dial-up!
First, am I in fact stealing from someone? Is it a bad practice to use ?any available connection?
Now for the part I really don?t understand. Is there a way to provide my own wireless connection with no Lan? What does an Access Point consist of? I assume I can?t just buy a $100 AP and say goodbye to ISP?s?