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 -
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 -
Is there a nationwide (where nation = United States) service which provides wireless Internet coverage? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep
on Sep 28, 2005 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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? wifimaps.com returned nothing helpful at all and neither did a google search.
posted by thebwit
on Aug 3, 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 -
My Airport Extreme Base Station claims I am connected to the Internet via Ethernet, and yet I am not. [more inside]
posted by McIntaggart
on Jul 7, 2005 -
I want to use my new Onkyo NC-500
digital audio receiver, but I don't want to run a cord. Can I use a WET11
wireless ethernet bridge with my existing Linksys WRT54G router (that connects to my XP Pro PC where my music collection is hosted) to make the whole thing work? [more inside]
posted by trharlan
on Jul 6, 2005 -
Should I not expect to be able to play online games over Wifi? Does enabling WEP only make it worse? [more inside]
posted by dustinAFN
on Jul 3, 2005 -
I have an iBook and an old Lexmark laser printer with an Axis print server. The computer has historically talked to the printer via Appletalk over my Ethernet network. Now I'm trying to go wireless. [more inside]
posted by adamrice
on Jun 18, 2005 -
Using two different Netgear WiFi adapters under Windows XP, we can connect to our home network, but can't ping any domains or see any websites (though we can under Knoppix). [more inside]
posted by rwhe
on Jun 15, 2005 -
WiFi or Wi-Fi? I keep getting asked which it technically is. Does anyone have any documentation to back up which it is.
An example: www.wi-fiplanet.com. It has a hyphen. The WiFi Alliance doesn't. Which is correct?
posted by wflanagan
on Jun 9, 2005 -
Maybe I'm SOL, but I figure it doesn't hurt to try. Just got a nice new Dell laptop complete with wireless internet card and built-in wifi finder (it automatically detects local networks). The boyfriend and I go to the beach (OC, Md.) quite frequently and as a freelance writer, the whole point of the laptop was to work wirelessly down there. The problem, inside. [more inside]
posted by bozichsl
on May 27, 2005 -
I broke my WiFi support in Win2k. Everything works except the scanning - I can connect to a network only if I know the SSID.
There are various ways I can scan - netstumbler, IBM's tool for managing connections, or via Cisco's own software. They all used to work. Now they all detect nothing. [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke
on May 18, 2005 -
In June I attend a conference on the Boston University campus. It looks like the BU network will be closed to attendees who are not BU students. Do you know of wifi access close to the BU campus? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels
on May 18, 2005 -
So, as it turns out, my laptop links to someone elses wireless network at here at home. What are the implications of surfing via someone elses internet connection?
posted by Keith Talent
on Apr 23, 2005 -
Is my laptop (win xp) using the wifi or ethernet cable connection when I plug it back into the docking station after having worked wirelessly? [more inside]
posted by alball
on Apr 19, 2005 -
My sister lives in a small town in NH that started offering free wireless access in the center of town. I'd like for her to be able to connect to the internet from her house, which is about .5 miles away from the antenna but with tall buildings (church steeples) in between. She has a desktop, her husband has a Centrino-equipped laptop, and I visit with a 802.11-able laptop. My brother-and-law and I are thinking of building a cantenna or the like and mounting it on the roof . But what do we attach the antenna to? All the routers/"access points" I've looked at so far assume a cable (ethernet) connection as input signal which is then output as wireless or ethernet or both. But we want to both receive and dispense wireless. I know there are "repeaters" that can do this but all the affordable ones I've studied only output using proprietary protocols, not 802.11(g), which would require buying proprietary equipment for all the computers in question. Any inexpensive solutions?
posted by TimeFactor
on Apr 17, 2005 -
Does anybody have any experience setting up a Linksys WRT54GS with BT Broadband? [more inside]
posted by Jongo
on Apr 14, 2005 -
How do I convince my Mac to ignore all the wireless networks around it that aren't my own? [more inside]
posted by logovisual
on Apr 10, 2005 -
Is there a firmware hack for the WRT54GS
that will turn WiFi on and off independent of the 10/100bT, according to a predetermined schedule? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker
on Apr 9, 2005 -
As seen here
, there are a fair number of alternative firmwares for the popular Linksys WRT54G line of WiFi access points. I'm curious which ones are considered mature and worth investigating? Obviously Sveasoft's offering
, but what else should I be testing?
posted by effugas
on Apr 6, 2005 -
I'm going on a fairly long business trip, and my only broadband access at the hotel will be a wireless connection. I bought a wireless broadband card for my laptop today, and wanted to install and test it before I headed off, figuring I'd be able to hook it up to my wired network at home for updates, and bring it down to the local cafe to check the wireless part out.
However, when I plugged it in at home, I discovered a wide-open wifi network named 'Wireless', with the default root password still on the router, and just a single Apple MAC attached to it.
I strongly suspect this is not intentional, but just a non-savvy user setting it up, and they have no idea what they've left themselves open to. I figure this is somewhat the equivalent of noticing a neighbor left their door unlocked, unintentionally.
How do I go about letting them know what the situation is, ideally in an anonymous fashion? I'd like for them to be able to know about it and fix it, but I don't want to get roped into being their support person for perpetuity - I've already got enough of that with my family and friends).
posted by bemis
on Apr 1, 2005 -
I need some information on a WLAN card problem, if anyone can help. [more inside]
posted by Kosh
on Mar 23, 2005 -
I am at my parents vacation home in Florida for Spring break. Today I found an open wifi connection which I am using now. Since am here quite often, I would like to ask permission and even pay for access. (Maybe access in exchange for securing this person's router :-)) How do I physically locate the source of a "free" open wifi connection?
posted by Hash
on Mar 22, 2005 -
In the last week or so I came across a tool online for coffee shop owners who want to offer wifi to their customers. It was a mix between friendster
, and a generic login system, where the user would create an account, tell the system a little about themselves, upload a photo, etc., and they'd be able to see who else was there at the coffee shop using the WiFi connection, and information about them too. I think it was open source and it seemed like a cool idea. I cannot find the link now, can anyone help?
posted by pwb503
on Mar 15, 2005 -
I don't trust public hotspots. I'd like to sit in a coffee shop, connect via VPN to my local network at home and use my home internet connection (cable modem) to access the outside world. Does anyone have any experices with Sveasoft's
firmware hack that supposedly lets you do this. I'm using a Linksys WRT54G
and their Satori-4.0 v2.07.1.7sv
firmware but having a hell of a time getting it to work. Is this even an option? [MI] [more inside]
posted by pwb503
on Feb 17, 2005 -
Wireless Networking: How can I get my Netgear WG311v2 card to connect to my Linksys WRT54G router? It was connected for about a day or so and now, not so much. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by shinji_ikari
on Feb 8, 2005 -
I'm looking for a good Windows XP WiFi connection helper. The default Windows and NetGear ones are a bit crap. [mi] [more inside]
posted by falconred
on Feb 3, 2005 -
Wi-fi woes. My XP laptop connects to the Web on my open home network, but I've had problems connecting to other open networks elsewhere. [MORE INSIDE] [more inside]
posted by timnyc
on Jan 8, 2005 -
One of the things I like most about my iBook is that the wireless adapter is internal and doesn't protrude from the system. Does anyone know of a PCMCIA 802.11b (or g) WiFi adapter for a PC laptop that doesn't protrude beyond the PC card slot?
posted by mrbill
on Dec 12, 2004 -
I'm in an airport on an AT&T Wireless wifi connection. How safe is it to A) check POP email (that doesn't likely include too much sensitive info) B) shop online at trusted sites (e.g. Amazon, Banana Republic etc.) C) do online banking, check credit card statements, etc.? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger
on Nov 27, 2004 -
I'd like a wireless network adapter that's supported by Linux 2.4 or 2.6 kernels with a minimum of hassle. I'd prefer a USB network adapter; a USB key would be ideal, but I don't know what sort of reception they get. A PCI card is acceptable as well, though less preferable. Any suggestions?
posted by ar0n
on Nov 15, 2004 -
I have an acquaintance who wants to put an wireless router in her mobile home (aluminum skinned trailer, just so there's no confusion) and access it from her Mother's trailer across the street. It's only about 50' but there's a narrow street in between so a long Cat5 won't work.
A mutual acquaintance is saying that this just won't work because the aluminum skins of the two trailers will suck up all those lovely radio waves.
Anyone have experience with WiFi in this type of situation (mobile home, RV, etc) and what kind of signal she's going to get. Are we going to need repeaters in the windows to get this to work at all or will a 802.11g router and a good card in the laptop going to get a decent signal.
Please, no trailer jokes. These are small-town folks, they have a good life but not a lot of money.
posted by m@
on Nov 12, 2004 -
In a land without WiFi, those with offline content would be king [mi] [more inside]
posted by m@
on Oct 27, 2004 -
SOHOFilter: I've recently got a second (VoIP) line into my home office and I'd like to be able to use both that line and my landline throughout the apartment. So, I am guessing I need a two-line cordless phone; trouble is I can't find one that is not 2.4GHz (bad for WiFi). A nice DECT phone would be preferrable, but I'd live w/ something plainer. Any pointers? Or is there a way to merge the two lines somehow and only use one phone set with both of them?
posted by costas
on Sep 29, 2004 -