Wireless PC access - options?

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Ronald Epstein, Sep 9, 2003.

  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Real Name:
    Ronald Epstein
    Here's the situation....

    Going to be out traveling from San Francisco
    to Los Angeles in the next week or so.

    I need access to my laptop PC -- especially
    for the fact that I am co-owner of this wonderful
    little forum.

    Thus far I am finding out that my high-tech
    LG VX4400 phone doesn't yet have a data
    connectivity kit available to wire between
    the PC and my Verizon phone.

    That would have been my CHEAPEST option as
    the kits sell for about $50 and UNLIMITED wireless
    access would have cost me $80 for a month. I could
    live with that in order to access the forum from
    the road.

    So, I looked into PCS Connection card access
    from Sprint. Would you believe they want
    $179 for the access card, $35 activation fee and
    $90 a month (because I am not signing a long-term
    contract) for UNLIMITED access?

    There's got to be a better, cheaper way to access
    the Internet from the road. I need to check my
    email and browse the internet. Since the speed
    is relatively slow (40-60 kbps), I need UNLIMITED

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Jason Merrick

    Jason Merrick Supporting Actor

    Mar 2, 2000
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    Simi Valley, CA (Los Angeles)
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    Jason Merrick
    What about picking up a 802.11b wireless card and get all your access at Starbucks and Borders Books? It should be high-speed access there and I think they charge like $6/hour. I know there are other places that offer that access as well... I picked up a 802.11b wireless card for my father-in-law's laptop last month at Fry's for $19.99... but they average about $30-50.

    EDIT: Check this site for a list of T-Mobile hotspot sites (Starbucks, Borders, Airports, T-Mobile stores). http://locations.hotspot.t-mobile.co...6.asp?state=ca

    2nd EDIT: WOW! You can sign up for a month of unlimited access to this service for only $39.99... that seems like a great deal! $29.99/month if you sign a 12-month contract.
  3. BenSC

    BenSC Stunt Coordinator

    Jun 19, 2003
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    There are places out there like Ipass.com if they are still around. They have local numbers all over the country (through other ISPs) and you can dial up wherever you are.

    Normally you have to gain access to them through your local ISP though.
  4. Michael*K

    Michael*K Screenwriter

    May 24, 2001
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    I was just in Frisco last week and they have wireless access at several area McDonald's. Click here for a list of Bay area locations.
  5. Jeff Savage

    Jeff Savage Second Unit

    Aug 21, 2001
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    Not to mention the fact that if you have a 802.11b card you will be able to use any unsecured wireless access point. I am constantly amazed at the places my wireless card picks up a connection.

  6. Joseph S

    Joseph S Cinematographer

    Dec 23, 1999
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    I used SprintPCS Vision this past summer. What you need is

    1)Sprint PCS Sanyo Phone w/ Unlimited Vision Plan ($70 a month total with 500 + phone minutes and unlimited Vision for internet use)
    2)USB cable. (get the charge + data cable so you never have to worry about the phone running out of charge while surfing)

    optional item
    3) A proxy server you can send the data through

    Essentially, Sprint filters the data so you get low res pics but if you go through a proxy server the data isn't filtered. All downloads can reach 100+k/s and I never had a problem with disconnects.

    If you only need limited access a national isp and use of 802.11 hot points should get you by. Also several hotels have in room internet access available on ethernet cables or 802.11. Check room charges daily if using an ISP!!!!

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