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    What to get for WiFi?

    Ok, total newbie to in-car wifi here, and I'm wondering what I will need to get my carputer online? I know I atleast need a wireless card for my computer, but what else? Thanks.

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    You need to SEARCH in the WIRELESS subforum!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DjBac
    You need to SEARCH in the WIRELESS subforum!!!
    tried searching for "supplies for wifi" and "how to wifi" and couldn't really find what I was looking for, or atleast not in the first 5 pages

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    If you have Sprint you can use a 3G cell phone and data cable.

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    If your going the wireless card route... either PCI, PCMIA or usb, you'll need a good antenna mounted outside the car. ebay is an option and there are several other places you can get them. Search in the WiFi forum for antennas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alpha_one
    Ok, total newbie to in-car wifi here, and I'm wondering what I will need to get my carputer online? I know I atleast need a wireless card for my computer, but what else? Thanks.
    I don't know a whole lot about this either, but...
    Don't think that you can drive all over town while being online. The range is limited to a couple of hundred feet.
    You'll need the Wifi card on the carputer and a router on your home pc, so you can link to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ppgt94
    If you have Sprint you can use a 3G cell phone and data cable.
    And if you get caught, you never get Sprint again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EBFoxbat
    And if you get caught, you never get Sprint again.
    What??? Get caught doing what? Check the plans, $15 for unlimited internet access.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muldrick
    I don't know a whole lot about this either, but...
    Don't think that you can drive all over town while being online. The range is limited to a couple of hundred feet.
    You'll need the Wifi card on the carputer and a router on your home pc, so you can link to it.
    Yea I know, I've got a wireless router at home (need to upgrade it though, it's only 802.11b and gets very sucky range).

    UncleGeek, are there other ways besides the wireless card route that might be better?

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    Those cards are the only way I know other than using a cell phone/cable or a cellular PCMCIA card. Using a WiFi card is great for linking to your home wireless network, and usually there are "hotspots" all over town. I was amazed at how many there were. I would say most (2/3) were unsecured. Although be forwarned it is illegal to use these networks without the owners/administrators permission. Still, many local resturants/coffee houses/hotels encourage people to use their WiFi spots to generate traffic for paying customers. There are a couple of universities near were I live that have Large WiFi broadcasting networks and have worked out sweetheart deals with the city to provide wireless highspeed internet access to communites surrounding their campuses for free! It is fun to just locate as many "hotspots" as you can (called wardriving). And is perfectly legal to locate & identify just as long as you don't consume bandwidth. Check out netstumbler.com for more info on this subject.
    Using cellular networks is great for surfing on the fly and anywhere their networks are supported. Cellular Co's. usually charge a fee for this service, sometimes just a monthly rate, per minute or per megabyte or a combination. I have heard of some individuals who somehow use their cellular networks without paying. Again, I do not condone the theft of service or bandwidth. I have used both and right now for me WiFi is the way to go. It is highspeed, free, and widely available (@work) etc. Cellular service can be costly and is not nearly as fast (yet). Although I feel cellular will be the future of wireless highspeed because the infrastucture is already in place and growing rapidly. Anyway sorry for the long post. Good luck!
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