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04-24-2006 07:40 PM
bigreddo In the USA, Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands, you can get wireless cellular connectivity from the major cell phone providers. It is not as fast as 802.11 and it is not free, but you do not need to hunt around for a wi-fi hot spot that is unprotected. The cell phone companies offer unlimited plans so you can transfer as much data as you like without paying extra.

I have the Sprint service in the USA, and I commonly get speeds like 200-300Kbps (about 5 times faster than dialup).
04-11-2006 07:57 PM
jared Some real issues:

If you are overseas, the equipment must be approved for the country you are in. Not all use the same channels or power requirements, and in some places they enforce that with serious fines.

PCMCIA cards: PCM or USB, no difference per se. Look at the output power rating, and the receive sensitivity rating. They vary greatly.

Security & "free": Well, if you see a network ID like "UseMyWireless" that's probably meant to be shared. But hooking up without permission is illegal in most places. And, if the network is open, that also means your computer is open to anyone else on it, and your traffic can be monitored by whoever is running the WiFi point. Once you send email over a "free" link, unless you are using an encrypted email server and client software, your password now belongs to the world. Along with everything else you've sent. So, please, be paranoid about "free" open links. Yes, there are folks who intentionally put "free" access points on the air simply to share, but there are also folks who put them up so they can steal your information.
03-28-2006 06:38 PM
sailingdog
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Originally Posted by Spike_dawg
One more thing....If you are connected to a free network then it is unencrypted, most likely someones private network with no security. This means anything you do on the internet is in the public domain and easily read by anyone. If you bank on the internet, purchase things with your credit card, etc. then you are broadcasting this information to anyone who wants to listen. Kind of like posting your private information on a forum and hoping no one takes advantage of you. It's your call.

Actually, if you're using a site to bank or purchase things, most likely they're protected with SSL-encryption and you should see a little padlock in your web browser.

However, for e-mail, unless you use a provider, like Gmail, that allows you to use ssl-encrypted e-mail server access, anything you write in e-mail will be sent in cleartext, including your user name, password, e-mail server account name, etc.
03-21-2006 01:36 AM
camaraderie Amunk...Try the Oriico Gold Card with External antenna input for your laptop:
Excerpt from CNET review...
The Orinoco World PC Card also features a unique external antenna connector .... Simply attach an indoor antenna such as the $70 Proxim Orinoco Range Extender model to the end of your PC Card via the included cable. You can then place the external antenna up high on a desk or a bookshelf and increase your wireless coverage.
http://reviews.cnet.com/Proxim_Orino...4.html?tag=toc
03-20-2006 03:25 PM
Spike_dawg One more thing....If you are connected to a free network then it is unencrypted, most likely someones private network with no security. This means anything you do on the internet is in the public domain and easily read by anyone. If you bank on the internet, purchase things with your credit card, etc. then you are broadcasting this information to anyone who wants to listen. Kind of like posting your private information on a forum and hoping no one takes advantage of you. It's your call.
03-19-2006 09:30 PM
sailingdog There are quite a few 802.11g cards that allow the use of external antennas. Another important feature to look for is a card capable of 200 mW transmission. Most cards use a 100 mW radio, but there are several that have 200 mW radios instead.

For antenna design, a good cheap antenna is the "Pringles Cantenna" which can be made for under $10.
04-14-2005 12:16 PM
ahmetb
Wireless Internet access

I have been using the AT&T wireless service with their GPRS netwoek and it works fine for coastal cruising, basically wherever you have Digital Cell phone reception
03-10-2005 05:05 AM
amunk
Wireless Internet access

I am not able to find a laptop card that has an external connector for an antenna. The card you mentioned in your post was that a PCI card for a desktop? Do you know a specific model for a laptop?
03-08-2005 06:12 AM
i670684
Wireless Internet access

Consider purchasing a wireless PC card that has both an internal antenna and a connector for an external antenna. When you are at anchor or docked, an external antenna will allow you to connect where a laptop below would not. There are numerous on-line stores that sell antennas and the cards that work with them. I recently ordered something from www.sharperconcepts.net but there are many others.

FYI, most of the cards you''ll find at Best Buy or the like will not allow connection of an external antenna.
03-08-2005 05:08 AM
amunk
Wireless Internet access

So, what equipment (make, model ..etc) do you recommend to be used with a laptop? I am planning a trip from Lake Ontario to Florida, Caribbean and hopefully to the Virgin Islands.
Thanks,
Alex
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