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WIFi-USB

Started by Richard Henry July 14, 2005
After a cross-country trip in which I was unable to link up my laptop
because I had no wireless capability, and the hotels and airport lounges
(and even bookstores) all seemed to wireless-network-enabled, I am
considering the purchase of a wireless-network adaptor to plug into one of
my laptop's USB ports.

Any suggestions/warnings/stories?


Richard Henry wrote:

> After a cross-country trip in which I was unable to link up my laptop > because I had no wireless capability, and the hotels and airport lounges > (and even bookstores) all seemed to wireless-network-enabled, I am > considering the purchase of a wireless-network adaptor to plug into one of > my laptop's USB ports. > > Any suggestions/warnings/stories?
I found on a recent trip to the US and Canada, I was far better off getting a roaming CRIC dial in account. It costs about $4USD an hour to operate, plus the price of a local call from your hotel room. This is a world wide service. The wireless enabled hot spots generally want you to feed in credit card details to gain connection at about $10 an hour, and each airport seems to have different vendors. Qantas lounges give you a free local call phone line, which is very handy. I assume most of the others do this also. I only got to use my wireless connection once, which was at a Niagra Falls hotel, and is a free service. Just needed to call reception for a username and password. This was after spending $15 on hotel local phone calls to find out that Niagra falls has different dial in numbers for GRIC roaming, as it borders on the US and CA, and I was hearing little old ladies answering my modem. After ringing reception for a bit of directory assistance, they asked me why I didn't use their free service. :-) If getting email is mandatory during traveling, I feel hotspots need a lot more development before you can go without a global or national dial in account. Give it another year or two. Don... -- Don McKenzie E-Mail Contact Page: http://www.e-dotcom.com/ecp.php?un=Dontronics RS-232 to VGA. Many resolutions http://www.dontronics.com/micro-vga.html USB to RS232 Converter that works http://www.dontronics.com/usb_232.html
In article <3jo8q2Fqqe28U1@individual.net>, rphenry@home.com says...
> After a cross-country trip in which I was unable to link up my laptop > because I had no wireless capability, and the hotels and airport lounges > (and even bookstores) all seemed to wireless-network-enabled, I am > considering the purchase of a wireless-network adaptor to plug into one of > my laptop's USB ports. > > Any suggestions/warnings/stories?
If you have the slot, get a PCMCIA wireless card instead. They generally use less power, have better throughput, plus one less cable. They tend to behave better when your laptop goes to sleep, also. --Gene