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Wireless connection away from home

by dragonswale / May 25, 2005 4:41 PM PDT

I will be traveling soon and need to access the web on a regular basis. The hotel has wireless and my laptop is set up for my home via wireless broadband. How do I access the web while away from home? Using a Sony Vaio with a D-Link DWL-650 2.4 GHz Wireless Cardbus Adapter. XP Pro.

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View the available wireless networks....
by Michael Geist / May 25, 2005 7:09 PM PDT

on the taskbar of your laptop, and click connect. It's usually that simple.

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and...
by Dick White / May 26, 2005 12:43 AM PDT

be certain that your firewall is enabled and your anti-virus and anti-spyware utilities are up-to-date. There are some nasties floating around those hotel and public hotspot networks just looking for some poor sucker with no security settings - particularly business travelers who might have some "interesting" data on their laptops...

dw

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2 most common
by nino88 / May 26, 2005 12:59 PM PDT

2 most common practice for hotels with wireless access are:
1. look up the menu on the TV screen and buy wireless access thru it. It will provide you with passord that you need to key in before you can start browsing. The password prompt will automatically show up as soon as you click on internet explorer.
2. for the less sophisticate hotels, you have to call the front desk to activate.

Anyhow, the charge is always for 24 hour period.

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Thanks
by dragonswale / May 30, 2005 8:04 AM PDT

Thanks for the info. I thought it might be that simple, but I didn't want to wait till the last minute. I'll be updating my security ASAP. Thanks again.

Doug

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