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Slow WiFi

Slow WiFi: I have a Linksys WRTP54G Wireless Router plugged into a cable modem. When I connect my laptop to it via an ethernet cable I get downloads of 6mbps, but when I flip to the WiFi connection that drops to ~4mbps. Laptop shows an Excellent Signal Strength and a connection speed of 54Mbps. What gives? Laptop is an IBM T42 running XPSP2.
posted by zeoslap on Mar 7, 2006 - 11 answers

wifi goes a little wtf

My D-link wireless router keeps resetting... sometimes as much as once a minute. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by moonbird on Feb 26, 2006 - 4 answers

Are hackers infesting O'Hare and LAX?

This happened to me last week at O'Hare - and now, today, in LAX. I opened my laptop in the terminal and checked for wireless networks. I noticed that there was a "computer-to-computer" network called "Free Public Wifi" available. I didn't try to connect, because I know that such networks generally can't provide internet access if there's no other connection available. Does this mean there are folks trying to socially engineer gullible wireless users? What could they gain? Would Windows be more vulnerable than Macs? AND how would a curious samaritan figure out who, amongst the dozen or more folks with open laptops in the vicinity, the culprit is?
posted by soulbarn on Feb 23, 2006 - 33 answers

Wi Fi Coffee Shop in West Los Angeles?

Where can I find a good coffee-shop with wi-fi in West Los Angeles or Santa Monica? [more inside]
posted by chaz on Feb 22, 2006 - 9 answers

Save my GPA!

Looking for personal recommendations of quiet coffeehouse-type study spots in the Twin Cities. With the Winter Olympics in full swing, I am no longer able to withstand the temptation of the television in my room. [more inside]
posted by charmston on Feb 13, 2006 - 8 answers

Dual Wifi's

Can I have two wifi's? READ MORE [more inside]
posted by jamie939 on Feb 9, 2006 - 9 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

Can I tear out my landline yet?

Is there a wifi-enabled mobile phone out there which can connect to Skype and the like? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Feb 7, 2006 - 26 answers

Best wifi PDA solution?

I realize that there have been variations on the "best PDA" theme before, but hopefully others will find this question (and it's answers) usefull: My wife wants a PDA for all the basic PIM functions, but also to occasionally browse the web via wifi (it's a lot easier to hold out of reach of our 1-year old son than her 20lb. Dell laptop). Do I have to plunk down $299 for a Palm Tx, or are there more affordable options? Do you have a favorite PDA (we're not wedded to any particular OS) that may not have built-in wifi, but can accept a wifi expansion card, perhaps coming out cheaper even with the xtra $$ for the wifi card? Obviously, a used one would be cheaper still - are there any 2003-4 models you would recommend for this purpose?
posted by ericbop on Jan 30, 2006 - 9 answers

I need help getting EtherPEG for OSX compiled correctly or just a working download link...

Can someone tell me how to get EtherPEG for OSX to work on my PowerBook? It seems that out of the box, it will only work with wired connections, not wifi. Please point me to the appropriate download or instruct me how to recompile it. [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on Jan 24, 2006 - 7 answers

Should I buy a Belkin Pre-N Wireless router?

If I want a broader range for my wireless coverage - does the Belkin Pre-N Router make sense? [more inside]
posted by dhacker on Jan 24, 2006 - 8 answers

Is Nintendo DS wifi Safe?

Nintendo DS wifi questions... [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Smith on Jan 15, 2006 - 12 answers

Is there any WiFi (virtual) Soundcard driver software out there?

How can I relay the sound of my computer to another computer through the WiFi network? A virtual soundcard driver is in theory feasible, but I can't find any. I know, this is more of a /. question, but I prefer to stay home.
posted by mitocan on Jan 9, 2006 - 11 answers

Etherpeg for WinXP

Etherpeg, but on XP? [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher on Jan 4, 2006 - 4 answers

password please

wifi password question: I'm at a relative's for the holidays. She has wifi throughout her house but does not remember the password. Her computer however, does. How do I get the computer to tell me what the password is? It's a windows machine.
posted by garethspor on Dec 24, 2005 - 10 answers

Where to get coffee on Xmas eve in LA / Burbank?

What coffee shops are open on Xmas eve in the LA / Burbank area? [more inside]
posted by cowmix on Dec 24, 2005 - 4 answers

Intruder Alert!

Is there any way to monitor the users or traffic on my wireless home network? [more inside]
posted by slogger on Dec 22, 2005 - 7 answers

Secure wireless connection

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 - 10 answers

Problem with WiFi

How come when my laptop is jacked into an Ethernet cable (going to a regular router then to DSL) my Internet connection works fine, but when I jack my Linksys WRT54G Wifi Router into the same cable and connect through my wireless card, I don't have an Internet connection? The Linksys front-end shows a good connection to the WiFi. [more inside]
posted by shannymara on Dec 14, 2005 - 15 answers

Is there a combined bluetooth/wifi miniPCI card?

Is there a combined bluetooth/802.11g miniPCI card that will work as a replacement for the Intel PRO 2100 in my Centrino laptop? It would need to support WPA as well, I suppose. Googling seems to show that such things exist, but I couldn't find any at Amazon or my normal online hardware shops. [more inside]
posted by tirade on Dec 12, 2005 - 11 answers

WiFi repeater or extender?

WiFi Repeater - how feasible is this? I am affiliated with a university that offers free wireless internet access. I live less than .2 miles from the nearest building which broadcasts this signal. I can't connect to this network from home, obviously, but I would like to. Is it possible to access such a network by putting an antenna on my roof? How about by placing a repeater in a friends house closer to the source? What are my options likely to be here? [more inside]
posted by gd779 on Dec 7, 2005 - 6 answers

Need Netopia pcmcia utility

Netopia SWL-2300N wifi card drivers? [more inside]
posted by warbaby on Dec 6, 2005 - 4 answers

extending wifi range

Can I set up a wifi "repeater" to extend the range of my wifi? [more inside]
posted by anadem on Dec 5, 2005 - 9 answers

DIY WiFi x.10?

What would be involved with coming up with a wireless (WiFi) solution to remotely control one or several 110v relays over a wireless network? While this is not necessarily the application, think remote control of Christmas lights. I'd prefer to avoid X.10 if possible. [more inside]
posted by Lactoso on Dec 4, 2005 - 17 answers

Free WiFi Access via m0n0wall?

I'm using m0n0wall as my router/firewall. I have two NICs, one for WAN, one for LAN, and attached to the LAN NIC is another wireless router, acting as a switch. I'm trying to setup the Captive Portal now. I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by jasmeet on Dec 2, 2005 - 1 answer

How Can I Run An Open Access Point Without Jeopardizing My Computer's Security?

I owe a great debt of gratitude to all the noobs in my neighbourhood who keep open, unsecured wireless networks. It's because of them that we can blog from the laundromat, blog from the waterfront park, blog from... well, you get the idea. How can I make my network 'open' to others without compromising the security of my computers? [more inside]
posted by optimuscrime on Nov 21, 2005 - 35 answers

How to get a palm pilot to talk to a wifi router?

I have a netgear wgr614v2, and the options for Secure Encryption strength are 64bit and 128bit. I also have a PalmOne Lifedrive with WiFi capabilities, however the Encryption capabilities are only 40 and 104 bit. How can I get these to talk to each other? Sorry if my techie lingo is off
posted by papakwanz on Nov 20, 2005 - 3 answers

WHy does Windows periodically decide it can't find the internet?

Why does my Windows XP laptop keep losing the internets? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Nov 17, 2005 - 12 answers

Warranty-friendly ext. antenna for Powerbook?

Is there any way to attach an external WiFi antenna to a latest-model 15" Powerbook without voiding the warranty? [more inside]
posted by ggypsy on Nov 16, 2005 - 3 answers


Wififilter: I want a miniPCI card for my laptop. [more inside]
posted by gergtreble on Nov 10, 2005 - 7 answers

Using separate wifi routers for 802.11b and 802.11g clients

In an effort to segregate the 802.11g devices from the 802.11b devices on my wireless network, I've added an additional wireless router to the mix, set to accept only connections from b clients. However it's not working as well as I had hoped - dropped connections, rebuffering of streaming media, etc. [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy on Oct 27, 2005 - 7 answers

Getting Airport only connect to Access Points

Is there a way to tell a Powerbook with airport to connect only to Access Points like Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx on Oct 21, 2005 - 3 answers

Wireless problems

Wi-Fi help? Failing that, Firefox help? Why is my wireless internet card having trouble connecting to the router? [more inside]
posted by dial-tone on Oct 20, 2005 - 5 answers

Help me select a laptop. (Be gentle, its my first time...)

Help me select a laptop. (Be gentle, its my first time...) [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Oct 11, 2005 - 41 answers

TMobile Wifi Billing Practices

TMobile WiFi at Starbucks: Honest or Deceptive Billing Practices? [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus on Oct 10, 2005 - 13 answers


How can I increase the sensitivity of a laptop Wifi card to enable it to better pick up a signal from a distant router? Boosting the router signal is not an option. I am looking for DIY hacks or, failing that, product recommendations.
posted by Krrrlson on Oct 1, 2005 - 9 answers

More WiFi Woes

Another for WIFIfilter: I just inherited a G4 powerbook from a friend. I updated the AirSoft software and can successfully connect to every wireless network I try--except the one in my apartment. [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 on Sep 29, 2005 - 5 answers

WiFi on the road?

Is there a nationwide (where nation = United States) service which provides wireless Internet coverage? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Sep 28, 2005 - 11 answers

Laptop WiFi adapter is humming.

My laptop makes an audible, high-pitched hum when the WiFi adapter is turned on. Is there anything I can do to make it shut up? [more inside]
posted by stopgap on Sep 27, 2005 - 7 answers

Airport Extender?

WiFilter: I have an Airport base station set up as a WDS, and an AirportExpress set up to extend the wireless network to an outbuilding. Some days the signal in the outbuilding is pretty good, but other days… [more inside]
posted by al_fresco on Sep 26, 2005 - 5 answers

Wi-fi, neighbors, gaming, oh my!

Wi-fi, neighbors, gaming: woe! Help me make this workable! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 24, 2005 - 12 answers


Wifilter: Wired + Wireless network architecture: How can I protect my wired machines, but still access them from my wireless devices? [more inside]
posted by daver on Sep 22, 2005 - 1 answer

Toronto wardriving map?

I'm looking for a wardriving map of downtown Toronto that was posted online a year or two ago. It had wireless networks marked in three colours: encrypted, unencrypted, and out-of-the-box. I had a copy on my hard drive, but I think I've lost it. Does anyone know where I can find it?
posted by Jairus on Sep 21, 2005 - 4 answers

Why No Library WiFi?

Considering the great benefit it would provide, what exactly is the barrier which prevents most community libraries in the U.S. from offering WiFi to complement their existing free hard-wired internet access? [more inside]
posted by Dreama on Sep 8, 2005 - 24 answers

3rd Party WiFi for Mac

Anyone using third-party wireless cards with a G4? I see there are third-party drivers available for some cards. Anyone successfully using these?
posted by mzurer on Sep 7, 2005 - 5 answers

Where can I study in NYC that has wifi?

Where can I study in NYC that has wifi? [more inside]
posted by scazza on Sep 7, 2005 - 9 answers


New laptop running Windows XP SP2; can't connect to my desktop PC's wifi router. Any reason why? [more inside]
posted by jimmy on Aug 23, 2005 - 19 answers

WiFi with my neighbor?

I'm looking to share an internet connection with my new next door neighbors (my parents). What hardware and advice do I need? [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck on Aug 14, 2005 - 17 answers

Wifi in Wildwood New Jersey?

I am going to be vacationing in Wildwood New Jersey next week and I am looking for places that have wifi, preferably free. I am staying at a rental property instead of a hotel and thus no internet. Aside from war driving, are there any known places that I can go that offer such a thing? returned nothing helpful at all and neither did a google search.
posted by thebwit on Aug 3, 2005 - 3 answers

Know of a cheap USB Wifi dongle for Mac OS 9?

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 - 8 answers

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