My daughter's chromebook from school needs to connect to wi-fi. We have wi-fi at home. When I open up my home computer, I never need to put in a password....I just click onto my internet icon. By the way, I have netgear for my wi-fi. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Aug 22, 2014 -
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 want to use a captive portal, limiting the connectee to only the website I put on the router. No internet access nor is it being connected to my internet. [more inside]
posted by usermac
on Apr 11, 2013 -
My old PC laptop runs perfectly as do any tablets on my apt public wi-fi. The iMac computer (Snow Leopard), slows to a halt and won't get to pages after a few times. I have done several things such as reset PRAM, gone to /Library/Preferences and moved all the files in the System Configuration folder to the Trash, and restarted Mac...The second bit helped for a week and now it is doing it again, no matter what browser. MacKeeper says the computer is alright, and airport utility just tells me I am connected to the internet. (I've done the reconnecting and assistant and diagnostics but nada...) I cannot figure this out and I have scoured the net. If somebody was downloading a ton on it, I would at least understand but any other devices work fine. My husband wants throw it out the window. Any ideas?
posted by chicaboom
on Jan 4, 2013 -
I have public wi-fi at my new apartment, and am able to stream Netflix just fine via a friend's laptop. I am not sure if there is a way for my Apple TV (2nd gen) to work here. I have googled around and others seemed to be able and others not. Normally when using my home computer or kindle tablet, I have to connect to wi-fi after a given period of time left unattended and then click "connect" from a browser page so perhaps this is why the ATV2 cannot work. Any thoughts?
Thanks and have a good Thanksgiving!
posted by snap_dragon
on Nov 22, 2012 -
Is there anything I can do to improve wi-fi connectivity in a small area (three rooms) when dealing with a large number of other signals? I'm in a high-rise apartment building in a city; after letting inSSIDer run for a while, it shows that I'm competing with 125 other access points. My signal is okay in the first room, fair in the second room, and unusable in the third room. I'm using DD-WRT -- are there any settings I can tweak that might help? [more inside]
posted by stopgap
on Oct 22, 2011 -
Wi-fi filter: can you help me decide how to find the best broadband connection? [more inside]
posted by kjl291
on Aug 27, 2011 -
iPad 3G cellular vs. wi-fi -- which takes precedence if both are active? If I have 3G cellular turned on, while sitting at home with my home wireless, does it use the faster home wireless? Or does the 3G just clobber everything and gleefully rack up data charges? I've been turning it on and off as needed, but that's just annoying, so I'd like to get the question settled once and for all.
posted by Cool Papa Bell
on Apr 5, 2011 -
What is the cheapest option for using internet in France without one's own PC - i.e., internet cafés, etc.? [more inside]
posted by aqsakal
on Dec 13, 2010 -
Comfortable coffee shop/bar/cafe with wi-fi for business work near shopping/site-seeing spots somewhere between Long Beach and Downtown LA? [more inside]
posted by ejazen
on Oct 25, 2010 -
When I start a wifi session (at a coffee shop for instance), the bubble will say "additional login may be required" which, when I open a web page, is just an "I accept" disclaimer. BUT, when I have to turn off the computer (reboot for windows update, go to the bathroom, etc) and then try to re-establish contact, it won't work. I can't get connected and I can't get the login screen. I've tried everything I can think of to get it to work but it just seems like I have to come back the next day.
Any tricks to get me back on?
posted by CodeMonkey
on Oct 22, 2010 -
I have Xubuntu, a DWL-G650 wi-fi card, and an Airport Express base station. How do I get them to love one another? [more inside]
posted by popcassady
on Mar 13, 2008 -
What's a good, free firewall I can use on my home PC (running WindowsXP SP2) that isn't
Zone Alarm Pro, Sygate or Kerio? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000
on Apr 25, 2007 -
PC laptop wireless issues: Can’t connect to my secure in-house wireless network. Any smart people able to help? [more inside]
posted by Milkman Dan
on Jan 21, 2007 -
How can I get my laptop to print wirelessly to an HP DeskJet 6980 like it used to? [more inside]
posted by stleric
on Jan 21, 2007 -
I'm considering subscribing to a local WISP in the city I live in. Unfortunately, the guy's Wi-Fi network is using WEP encryption and I'm more than a little concerned about security. I doubt one customer recommending his small operation migrate to WPA or WPA2 would yield any results. Is there anything I can do to secure my connection? [more inside]
posted by Dr.James.Orin.Incandenza
on Nov 21, 2006 -
What does it mean if every few minutes my home wi-fi service stops for a few seconds? Is this a problem with the access point? connecting wire? [more inside]
posted by quintno
on Sep 14, 2006 -
I just moved to San Francisco and I am looking for good places to work that have either free WiFi or cheap WiFi. [more inside]
posted by mto
on Aug 15, 2006 -
Recommendations for networking equipment in a Mac household? NAT, NAS, print server, and wifi [more inside]
posted by adamrice
on May 8, 2006 -
I sometimes have networks show up on my iBook's wi-fi indicator, and then I can seemingly 'join' those networks without entering a password. But then I open my browser and it won't call anything up. Are these phantom networks? Or do I need to play around with the settings?
Similarly, I get 'computer to computer networks' that show up all the time, and those never enable web surfing. Is there some way to jump on those? What's the use of a network if you can't use it, after all?
posted by jgballard
on Feb 9, 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 -
Wi-Fi for dummies: I have a brand-new AirPort Express. My iBook already has an AirPort card, and I'm about to set up a reasonably secure wireless connection at home (I have an iBook, OSX, and a Windows 2000 IBM laptop). Online resources are either pretty dry and technical (as I said, I'm not really a computer person) and some advice seems, frankly, a bit confusing. Can you point me to a good online tutorial for setting up the network? Thanks and happy holidays.
posted by PenguinBukkake
on Dec 22, 2005 -
How can I become a rogue employee
? I want to set up an unauthorized hotspot in my office, that "circumvents" the IT policy, by wirelessly linking my iBook to the all-PC network. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 13, 2005 -
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 -
I need help with my parent's iBook (OS 9.2). They want wireless internet but there's no PC-card slot, nor an "under the keyboard" option. There is a USB port. Anybody know of a $20 USB-adapter that will work with OS 9. I already know about the AeroPad
, but that sucker is $70! [more inside]
posted by zpousman
on Jul 15, 2005 -
I just got a new broadband connection and a new SAGEM modem to go with that. All works fine with my Powerbook when I connect it directly, but I also bought a new Airport Express Base Station that just won't recognise the connection. [more inside]
posted by keijo
on Apr 23, 2005 -