I know cell phone providers sell data plans, but my understanding is that these have limited connection speeds - these days many trains offer "free wi-fi" for the passengers (I was even told of a shuttle bus that had wi-fi available). It can't just be standard cell phone data connection right? That would be hopelessly slow if more than a couple of passengers connected.
Planes use satellite connections I think. What technology do land based - but moving - wi-fi hotspots use?
posted by Xhris
on Jul 16, 2014 -
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 -
I am plotting a trip to a part of the US with poor internet and bad cell coverage. One location where I will be staying shows as within AT&T's 4G LTE data service area. A recent trip to SF demonstrated some limitations of my current cell data plan, which is Straight Talk month-to-month (sublease on AT&T network, shows signs of being stepped on by AT&T in terms of speed and responsiveness for data). Straight Talk excludes tethering altogether and has a non-4G data puck available. Given my negative experience with ST data in SF, I am looking askance at the ST puck. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark
on Apr 25, 2014 -
I want to be able to treat my android wifi hotspot like a router and moderate the content that I can access through it. Is there something like a hosts file I can use? I want to block distracting websites. [more inside]
posted by titanium_geek
on Oct 6, 2013 -
Is there any advantage to using a Verizon (or equivalent) 4G Hotspot over tethering a mobile phone? [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words
on Feb 26, 2013 -
I set up an event tonight where we need wifi. I thought there was wifi but turns out there isn't. How can I get 5-7 people's laptops connected to the internet without spending too much cash? Is this even possible on short notice? I know you can turn smart phones into hotspots but mine is a dumb sprint phone. Changing the venue is possible, but I want to avoid it. Halp!
posted by hot_monster
on Feb 19, 2013 -
Seeking a more fulfilling relationship with my little box of internet. I have DNS troubles. Can you help diagnose them? [more inside]
posted by clavicle
on Dec 17, 2012 -
Best application for sharing my Laptop's Ethernet connection over WiFi? [more inside]
posted by Patbon
on Dec 13, 2011 -
Is it possible to turn an original Motorola Droid into a mobile wireless hotspot by rooting it? If so, what's the easiest way to do that? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on May 9, 2011 -
Is it a good idea to use old neo-predef to help our dog stop scratching and licking at a pretty big hot spot? Or, any other ideas to give him some relief? While the hot spot is troubling him, I don't think it rises to the level of an emergency vet visit. [more inside]
posted by faustessa
on May 7, 2011 -
What's a newer Android phone on t-mob where you can use a wifi-sharing program (a common one that I've seen free online) to create a wi-fi hotspot? Not trying to get anything related to this from t-mob directly. I just want a newer Android phone that is capable of this, if such a thing exists. I'm assuming that said phone would have an option for an unlimited data plan.
posted by cashman
on Apr 8, 2011 -
I'm currently using a Verizon unlimited data plan and I'd like to occasionally provide my work laptop with a little data so I can work away from home. [more inside]
posted by cndelia
on Apr 5, 2011 -
I'm in Beijing and my trusty VPN, Hotspot Shield, has not been connecting since May 17th. Is anyone else having this problem? It just will not connect and assign an IP. I am on a Mac using Snow Leopard, HS Shield Version 1.341. I need Facebook and Youtube!
posted by Zé Pequeno
on May 26, 2010 -
How can I send an executable file, namely, the Skydur VPN software, to a friend in China (I am also in China)? Gmail does not allow this, and her options for alternatives are rather limited. As is my knowledge about these things... [more inside]
posted by dawson
on Mar 23, 2010 -
I am strongly considering switching to T-mobile and a big draw for me is wifi hotspot option. Specifically, I am looking to get a Hotspot enabled phone and use it through my home Wifi connection for better reception and/or, I might spend the additional $10/month and get the unlimited hotspot calling option. I am not talking about T-Mobile@home. [more inside]
posted by nnk
on Apr 21, 2009 -
I've been asked to help create a wifi "hotspot" for the outdoor common area of our apartment complex... [more inside]
posted by lot49
on May 31, 2008 -
I've heard several times from different sources how the NorthWest of America, and the Seattle area in particular, is a hotspot for serial killers. Is there any truth to this? Or is it just a reflection of the high profile of the Ted Bundy case? And if it is the case (or even if it isn't) has anyone offered any explanations?
posted by Artw
on Jan 28, 2008 -
My ISP (Pipex) seems to cripple torrents. When I use Hotspot Shield
it seems to get around whatever they are doing and gives me reasonably consistently speedier downloads. But Hotspot Shield has a monthly usage allowance. Are there any alternatives?
posted by lemonfridge
on Jan 22, 2008 -
The hotel I'm at uses T-Mobile HotSpot (or whatever..) for the wifi. It seems to work fine for web browsing, but I can't seem to use any ssh clients to connect to work and get any real work done.
I've seen that others have also had problems with this. As far as I can tell it's just an issue of outgoing port blocking, and (from previous questions) there's nothing much to be done. I've called hotel support but it is just T-Mobile support, and moronic. I really don't feel like dealing with people.
Am I just out of luck? [more inside]
posted by xorry
on Dec 11, 2007 -
Help this desktop power user protect his new laptop from evil internet demons while using public Wifi hotspots. [more inside]
posted by chrominance
on Oct 27, 2006 -
Wi-fi for small businesses 101. What is the best solution for providing our cafe customers wi-fi? [more inside]
posted by brautigan
on Feb 8, 2006 -
Captive Portals. I'd like one. I want it to work with a WRT54G, connected to a DSL line. [more inside]
posted by bystander
on Sep 22, 2005 -