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Where do trains (and other moving things) get their interenet from?

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? Thanks
posted by Xhris on Jul 16, 2014 - 9 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

Mobile Wifi hotspots, options and experience?

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 - 4 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

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

android hotspot filtering and blocking

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 - 3 answers

What's the best mobile internet setup?

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 - 6 answers

I have to provide wifi. Tonight!

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 - 8 answers

My boring ass internet connectivity problem

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 - 6 answers

Network Bridge Over the River Kwai

Best application for sharing my Laptop's Ethernet connection over WiFi? [more inside]
posted by Patbon on Dec 13, 2011 - 1 answer

Best way to root a Motorola Droid and use it as a mobile hotspot?

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 - 9 answers

OK to use expired anti-itch dog medicine?

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 - 6 answers

I realized it was probably time for a MyFi. Then realized I didn't even know how to spell that, let alone what it meant.

I think I'm ready to pull the trigger on a mobile hotspot. So...which one? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on May 6, 2011 - 7 answers

What is the best phone for this?

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 - 16 answers

How much of a commitment is jailbreaking an iPhone 4?

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 - 11 answers

Hawaiian 3G Hotspts

Best Pay-As-You-Go 3G data option for a Canadian visiting Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Jan 5, 2011 - 1 answer

Withdrawal.

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 - 2 answers

Create Hotspot Forced Homepage

How do I create a forced splash-page or homepage for people using my WiFi hotspot? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss on Mar 23, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I send an executable file?

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 - 15 answers

I just want to download some Professor Layton puzzles!

Where can I find a Nintendo DS wifi hotspot in Rochester, NY that works? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Aug 31, 2009 - 11 answers

Is T-Mobile Hotspot calling worth it?

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 - 17 answers

Connecting with WiFi, what does "Identifying" mean?

[WiFi Filter] What does "Identifying" mean? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 on Feb 4, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I create a wifi "hotspot" for our apartment complex?

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 - 9 answers

My own hotspot...

What is the legality of providing free/cheap wifi to neighbors? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on May 15, 2008 - 16 answers

Hot spot -- the dog kind, not the T Mobile kind.

Does my dog have a hot spot? What should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by katemonster on Mar 24, 2008 - 4 answers

Pacific North West serial killer hotspot?

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 - 18 answers

Alternatives to Hotspot Shield

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 - 5 answers

Can I SSH with T-Mobile Hotspot in hotel?

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 - 10 answers

Any advice on how to set up a wifi hotspot in my local cafe?

Any advice on how to set up a wifi hotspot in my local cafe? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Oct 31, 2006 - 18 answers

Charming road warrior seeks smart and sassy net protection software for fulfilling relationship.

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 - 18 answers

Can you help set up our wifi?

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 - 24 answers

A burning question

What is this hot spot on my back? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Jan 2, 2006 - 8 answers

Captive Portal with auth - help?

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 - 4 answers

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