View Poll Results: How do you connect to the internet?

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Thread: Most popular way to get internet on carputers?

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    Maximum Bitrate v8 scimitar's Avatar
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    you probably are under the flat rate but they warn that your not allowed to use your phone as a modem under that plan so when they catch you they will bar you

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    Quote Originally Posted by v8 scimitar
    you probably are under the flat rate but they warn that your not allowed to use your phone as a modem under that plan so when they catch you they will bar you
    i highly doubt that. I have been doing this for over a year.. so.. and.. if they didnt want people to do this they can stop it. the end.

    bar? lol .. na.. they would charge the 50$ a month or something crazy instead of baring man.. think like t-mobile.. think $$$$$$$$

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    Lots and lots of unprotected wifi networks in Madrid. ADSL is quite common around here, and most ISP give free APs (with open default settings) on suscription.

    I'd say that is kind of an aswer...

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    If/When I need internet in the car, I either hook up a Wireless USB Adapter I keep in the trunk (I need to get another hub back there), or on the weekends I use my cell's DUN via Bluetooth.

    P.S., I can't vote in the poll above because I use both methods.
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    Can I vote for both.

    I use a wireless USB for 802.11 and I have a cellphone card for always on access. My aircard software actually mamages both. If within range of 802.11, it will attempt a logon and if that fails it connects through the cell. It also monitors 802.11 and if a connect is available while the cell is active it will seamlessly switch back and forth to get the highest throughput.

    Whenever I lend out my Sprint Card (my sis likes to use it on her vacations), I then use my cellphone. Since my Sprint plan is grandfathered I don't pay extra for the internet on the card - its quantified as an $10 "add-a-phone."

    My cellphone has unlimited everything with the grandfathered $25 Visions plan. I usually tether it on roadtrips cause that keeps the battery charged while I listen to internet radio, but around town I like the cool of bluetooth cause it automatically accessible as soon as the BT phone is within range of the car and with BT Dun set as default/dial automatically on computer its a great no touch solution.
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    Another good way to get internet is to drive near some apartment buildings...

    There is always at least one dumb *** that leaves his wifi open.....

    It's funny, one of my friends changed this one guys router user id and password....



    Peace,

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    Buy a USB cable for your phone ( www.gomadic.com ), if you have Verizon you can use your own ISP (ie Earthlink and so on) all they will charge you is minutes. Caution, Verizon is changing their system. They use to offer internet on phones where all you had to do is dial #777 and use their ISP ... but now they are offering that broadband internet and they may block internet dialup using a USB cable.

    Sprint is different in that if you have the sprint Vision you pay the monthly intenet fee and your connected ... but if you have their new broadband internet I don't know if it works the same way, they may try and block the dialup and force you to buy their data plan.

    Cingular is also different ...

    this is already getting to long. I will stop here. I think your getting the idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rafster
    Another good way to get internet is to drive near some apartment buildings...

    There is always at least one dumb *** that leaves his wifi open.....

    It's funny, one of my friends changed this one guys router user id and password....



    Peace,

    Rafster
    Thats not cool. Some people are kind and leave their WiFi open on purpose, not because they are stupid but once someone does something like that they close it up.

    I closed up mine recently but I wish I could trust people enough to leave it open.

    Your friend sucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buurin
    Thats not cool. Some people are kind and leave their WiFi open on purpose, not because they are stupid but once someone does something like that they close it up.

    I closed up mine recently but I wish I could trust people enough to leave it open.

    Your friend sucks.


    I used to have unlimited broadband internet access for a flat rate. Figured leaving the WiFi open would be like leaving a spare bottle of fresh water at a rest stop. Does not cost me much and might help out someone else.

    Until some unfriendly took it as an invitation to repeatedly try to start snooping into my network and showed up on the firewall logs.

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