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Which prepaid smartphone should I get for international travel?

I'm planning my first (and hopefully not last) international vacation and I'd like to get a smartphone for traveling that can be used on a prepaid basis for both voice and data. When not traveling it will not be used as a phone, although I'd still like it to perform double duty as a mp3/move player at home. Home is the united states and travel will be to Iceland (and beyond). [more inside]
posted by waxboy on Dec 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Why is DNS lookup failing for both my computer and my smartphone?

Why is DNS lookup failing for both my computer and my smartphone when connected to public (library) wifi, when it is working for everyone else? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Dec 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Insane frustration setting up multi-AirPort home wifi network - help?

I'm trying to use a couple of AirPort Expresses to extend my home wifi network but am having great difficulties. Please help? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity on Dec 8, 2014 - 8 answers

Latitude Not Accessing Free Internet But Ipod Is

and so is iPad. So why can't my Dell Latitude access the free WiFi services? It's showing a list of wifi connections but not the free wifi that both my ipad and ipod can access - in this case it's Free Bezeq.
posted by watercarrier on Dec 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Working in Astoria on the weekend

Good places to work in Astoria/Long Island City for a few hours at a time on Sundays? [more inside]
posted by hobgadling on Nov 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Wi-fi connection drop on iPad 3 running iOS 8.1

My iPad 3 (the first retina) running iOS 8.1 will drop the wi-fi connection fairly regularly. This often happens when streaming video via BBC iPlayer or YouTube apps. Any suggestions on how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Stark on Nov 12, 2014 - 2 answers

I have an extra wi-fi router now. Can I put it to use?

I recently bought a new router (Archer AC1750) to fix my crappy home wi-fi. It helped, but the second floor of the house still had some issues. Then my cable company (Time Warner) sent me a new cable modem with built-in wi-fi, rendering my new router superfluous. The new modem is also good, not quite as good as the Archer, and my second floor still has poor signal. I'm wondering, can the Archer be used somehow to improve the second floor signal, in some kind of unholy alliance between it and the Time Warner modem/router?
posted by malhouse on Nov 4, 2014 - 9 answers

What's the question about wifi security for a small adhoc network

We have a wireless network at work that is being misused by neighbours. Our IT guy and I need help with keywords to ask for security solutions as Google is giving me adware articles, and I do SOHO macs, not PC networks. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Nov 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Helping Airport Extreme beat my personal faraday cage with extender?

My Airport Extreme (A1143 model) is having issues in our new house. It was built in the 50's so the floor has lots of metal in it due to the plastering of the ceiling below. We get wifi in part of the finished basement but no the whole thing, and even the "good" part drop pretty frequently. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Nov 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Migrating my iphone syncing from PC to Mac. Outlook/itunes questions!

I've been syncing my iphone via itunes on my windows laptop for years. I've also used the same itunes install to hold my media library (mounted via a NAS on the wifi router.) I use Outlook to manage contacts. Just got a mac mini to use as a media server. I want to sync through that now. I'm not sure if going through icloud is the right choice. Is it? [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Oct 27, 2014 - 0 answers

Is there any way to get iTunes Wifi Syncing to actually work reliably?

iTunes WiFi Syncing seems to have worked around 3% of the time I've tried to use it. Any way to increase that percentage a bit? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Oct 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Can't get to public wifi login screen

How can I connect to a public wifi network when the login page stubbornly refuses to appear? [more inside]
posted by rustcellar on Oct 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Wi-Fi calling Republic vs. T-mobile

I want to get a pre-paid android phone asap (for a trip), but I also want to be able to use it at home and my house is at the bottom of a hill and has no to poor coverage. I'm thinking that wi-fi calling may be a solution. [more inside]
posted by 445supermag on Oct 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Wall-of-sheep-in-a-box, 2014 edition

As a conversation-starter at a legal technology conference, I would like to set up a "Wall of Sheep". Assume I know what I'm getting into legally. Is there a "wall of sheep innabox" that would get me enough results in realtime to throw some stuff onto a screen at our booth? It has been years since I've fired up a sniffer myself. [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Sep 30, 2014 - 2 answers

Wifi Extender/Booster needed: But which one?

I need a wifi extender/booster. I lease a modem from Comcast. Which booster/extender do I buy from Amazon? [more inside]
posted by discopolo on Sep 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Need help with getting Chromecast to work with my mobile devices

I just set up a Chromecast. Casting from the Chrome browser on my Windows PC works fine, as does Youtube on my Android phone (Droid Maxx running 4.4.4). No other apps (tried Netflix, Google Play Music & Movies, and HBOGo) work (won't even show the cast icon). I also tried Netflix with an iPad (running iOS 7, but not the latest version) and it didn't allow me to cast either. But I am able to successfully see the Chromecast device from both my phone and iPad using the Chromecast app. What might be the problem?
posted by EatenByAGrue on Sep 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Exactly how closely is Big Brother watching me at work?

If I'm on my workstation at the office, using Pages through iCloud.com on a web browser, how likely is it that my IT department can see what I'm typing? I'm fairly sure they can see that I'm on iCloud.com using Pages if they look. But can they see the text I'm typing into a Pages document? [more inside]
posted by kythuen on Aug 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Best way to get internet when there's no wifi

My workplace doesn't have wifi, so I am not able to access the internet from my laptop, which is what I use at work (I don't have a desktop). What is my best option of getting internet at work? [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Aug 21, 2014 - 6 answers

International Wifi Hotspot

My wife and I will be traveling to Scandinavia for a trip shortly (Denmark, Sweden, Norway) – what's the best option for us to have internet access considering our phones are locked to ATT? [more inside]
posted by CharlesV42 on Aug 7, 2014 - 5 answers

What's better? More WiFi networks or fewer?

Devices share bandwidth on a network. WiFi networks compete for bandwidth with each other. Is it better from a user/performance perspective to have multiple networks and spread the devices out among them, or a single network with all devices using it? [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Aug 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Trying to improve my Internet connection in my house

I am a Verizon FIOS customer using Verizon's modem/router combo. I am having some problems getting a strong signal in one room of my house. I am torn between two options, and I would love your input. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jul 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Connecting Phillips Hue lights without an internet connected router

I'm currently setting up for my wedding reception tonight, and we'd planned to use our Philips Hue bulbs for lighting. We brought our router, hub, and lights, but the venue only has wifi, and it looks like the router needs an internet connection to have everything working. HALP. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Jul 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Is there a 3G/4G wireless router that takes multiple SIM cards/dongles?

I'm based in the UK and will be spending a week somewhere that has no broadband. The reception on most networks seems to be changeable though it's strongest on Vodafone. Is there a 3G/4G wireless router that can take multiple SIM cards or dongles so that I can connect together more than one network and thus maximise my chances of getting connectivity?
posted by skylar on Jul 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Androidfilter: can I use my Android's GPS despite not buying a 3G plan?

I own an old Samsung Galaxy SII Android phone. I've recently cancelled its 3G plan, so now it accesses the Internet exclusively through Wifi. This has apparently caused its GPS function to stop working when it's out of range of a Wifi network, which I hadn't expected. I'd like to resume using it as a mobile GPS device without re-purchasing a 3G plan. Do you know whether this can be done? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Jun 27, 2014 - 19 answers

I'd like a wifi booster/relay so that I can sit in the park and work

I have an Mac airport express base station next to the cable modem downstairs. I'd like to sit in my local park and work on my Macbook. Where I sit is about 100 metres away, with a direct line-of-sight to the upstairs of the house, give or take the odd tree branch and squirrel. What I think I need, therefore, is a basic booster station in an upstairs window, that overlooks this park. What options do I have? Any advice appreciated! [more inside]
posted by carter on May 26, 2014 - 12 answers

17 hours without internet, I think I'm gonna die!!!

Actually, it's a friend of mine who is suffering without internet. He's on a Greyhound for the next 17 hours. Wifi and power outlets on the bus aren't working. Driver doesn't know how to fix it. I guess this is a long shot, but does anyone know if these buses have circuit breakers or something that can be reset, or other ideas for how to get wifi and power working?
posted by phoenix_rising on May 22, 2014 - 5 answers

15" macbook wifi failure

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro, 15", a1286. recently, when i turn on the computer the wifi works for maybe one minute, then even though the airport signal stays strong, i can't connect to anything. I ordered a used wifi card off of ebay, and the same thing happens. so i'm guessing it's not the wifi card, but the flex cable, the antenna, a software bug, or (worst of all worlds) the logic board itself. I ordered a new flex cable, and i hope that fixes the issue. If it doesn't, has anyone else had this problem before, and would recommend anything? If it's not the cable i really hope it's a software bug. I'd hate to replace the logic board, otherwise known as "buying a new computer"
posted by camdan on May 10, 2014 - 15 answers

MMS texting issues

Is there a text app that lets me receive multimedia messages and group messages without using my data plan? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on May 7, 2014 - 4 answers

Bring Your Own Device to Play-Work

How nice is too nice of an electronic use policy? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on May 6, 2014 - 12 answers

WiFi Setup With Two Access Points

I'm moving to a new house, and it is wired with cat 5e. I'd like to set up a wifi network with one wifi access point on one side of the house, and one wifi access point on the other side of the house. What hardware would you recommend and how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by pbh on May 5, 2014 - 12 answers

Turning a repeater back into a router?

So I am thinking about setting up my Linksys E3200 router as a wireless repeater to extend the range of my home wifi connection, since I'm chained to Comcast's abysmal modem/router combo until September. Once I have turned the router into a repeater, will I be able to turn it back into a regular router? [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on May 4, 2014 - 2 answers

Extending our wireless network in a three story condo

I live in a three story/family condo. We have been sharing cable Internet access for the last few years. It works fine. I've extended the signal with a few old dd-wrt routers configured as wireless repeaters. However, we want a little more out of this network. By searching some past posts, I've found a few options, but would like some input before I make a final decision. [more inside]
posted by toddst on May 3, 2014 - 2 answers

How best to use an iPhone in Europe

I am taking my iPhone to Europe and want to use it wifi-only. I use StraightTalk as a provider. Is there anything in particular I should know before I go? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Apr 30, 2014 - 12 answers

My own little two-home wireless ISP

I would like to connect two homes that are about 150m apart in order to share an internet connection. Unless convinced otherwise the cheapest solution is likely a point-to-point wireless link at 2.4ghz (using directional antennas and tomatousb/ddwrt). I have line of sight but there are some trees in the way: is this feasible? Bonus: will cheap 14 dbi panel antennas be good enough with the trees?
posted by ennui.bz on Apr 29, 2014 - 11 answers

I'm having weird home networking problems, and I need help.

My wireless connections aren't cooperating, but a wired connection to the wireless router is working. Help, por favor. [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Apr 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Need to create a wireless hotspot.

How do I create a wireless hotspot for a 24-hour Amtrak train ride? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid on Mar 9, 2014 - 10 answers

What IR-capable residential security cameras are inconspicuous?

I'm interested in getting a few residential security cameras installed to cover our yard and car areas. Requirements are: ~40 feet night vision, decent motion detection, networked recording to central PC/DVR unit (either over WiFi or PoE power), no batteries, weatherproof, not easily stolen. There are plenty of cameras with good tech specs, but many of them look like warp engines. I imagine putting up giant cameras will not only piss off the neighbors, but serve as a giant ROB ME I HAVE STUFF sign. What exterior cameras are not only good but inconspicuous? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Mar 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me buy a Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router

Currently use TW cable with one of their rental modems. Would like to buy my own and add wifi to my home. I use an iMac, a couple of iPhones and will possibly add a tablet soon. No gaming. Home is under 2000sq ft. Use is mostly casual internet, work related. Occasionally download movies. Stream from my mac to my stereo would be nice. Can anyone make any recommendations? I don't need anything top end but would care to avoid too rapid obsolescence. TIA
posted by dougiedd on Mar 1, 2014 - 14 answers

iWanna Get My Pool Party Jammy-Jam On

Can I use an iPhone as a wifi range extender to another iPhone? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Feb 27, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I boost the signal in my room cheaply?

I need to boost the WiFi in my room (I think). What device can I buy for cheap that will do this, even when the router is next door and inaccessible? [more inside]
posted by K.P. on Feb 23, 2014 - 10 answers

Boosting my Wifi Network

I just moved into my first multistory home. Time Warner Cable installed their wifi modem on our second floor, and we have a very weak wifi signal in our (finished) basement. I'd like to know how to boost our wireless signal with minimal sacrifice of bandwidth/speed, and without having to have TWC come in again and move our modem to the first floor. Details within. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Feb 15, 2014 - 11 answers

Trying to help a friend set up a Roku box on an Apple computer

Please help me set up a network to run a Roku box using an older model Mac. [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup on Feb 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Why does my Smart TV disconnect from wifi, and what can i do about it?

I have a brand new Samsung smart tv, and a generally reliable wifi connection. For some reason, with tv frequently disconnects from the wifi (usually while i'm in the middle of watching something that relies on wifi), when the wifi signal itself is fine (ie. my laptop is still connected to it.) How do i make it stop doing that? Is this something that Samsung should be responsible for? Is it something with my router? What? [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Feb 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Sharing a wireless internet connection

While our ADSL line is down, for an as yet undetermined period of time, we are restricted to using public wifi to get online. Unfortunately the signal is weak enough that we can't connect to it on all devices. How can we share this wifi with all our PCs and phones? [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens on Jan 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Streaming Netflix abroad?

My family and I are going to be out of the country for the next month, and we'd really like to watch the new season of House of Cards when it premiers on Valentines day. Does anybody have any advice on how to do this? Right now, I'm planning to get a TP-LINK TL-MR3020 router, install OpenWRT (and OpenVPN?) on it to configure it to access a States-side VPN, and stream Netflix to a Chromecast in our hotel room. Will this work? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Jan 28, 2014 - 10 answers

How to fix Dell Studio XPS 1645 wireless driver installation failure?

My friend has a Dell XPS 1645. He reinstalled windows 7 today but during the process of installing wireless network driver an error occurred: "No compatible hardware found". Why is that? How can we fix it? [more inside]
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Jan 6, 2014 - 2 answers

Recommend an internet/phone setup for me, and/or explain hotspots to me

I'm looking for the cheapest way to have home internet and a cell phone. [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Jan 3, 2014 - 9 answers

LED TV breaking Wifi Network

I have a wifi network on an Airport Extreme 802.11n, extended by several Airport Express (2008 model, MB321LL/A) base stations. My new Samsung LED TV, in a room about 20 feet from the Airport Extreme, takes down my entire network—I can't reach the internet anywhere in the house—until I shut down the TV and reboot the Extreme. Suggestions for diagnosing and repairing the problem, please? [more inside]
posted by MarkWBennett on Dec 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Do Karma and FreedomPop use the same wireless network(s)?

I actually have a FreedomPop Wifi hotspot, but it doesn't work in some places that I'd like it to.. so recently, I've heard about Karma, which sounds very similar, but when I check the Karma wireless coverage maps it seems to cover the areas I need it to... but it looks like FreedomPop and Karma both use Sprint's network? However, Sprint has a few different networks, and I think its Clearwire might not be used by my FreedomPop device? Do I have this right? Anyone with better knowledge of Sprint's MVNOs?
posted by mhh5 on Dec 9, 2013 - 2 answers

Is my wifi router blocking images from Facebook?

I recently replaced a couple of old LinkSys WRT54G routers running DD-WRT in my home with a couple of couple of D-Link DIR-615 routers that I got as refurbs from woot.com. I bought these because the old machines only did 802.11 B/G whereas nearly everyone in the house now has a device that has 802.11 N capability. All seems well to me, but my wife and younger daughter consistently complain that they now frequently are unable to display some images from Facebook, and that this began to occur precisely at the time that I put these new routers in. [more inside]
posted by hwestiii on Dec 4, 2013 - 9 answers

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