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richmondreb
Posts: 348

Hi everybody,
Since I'm having problems with my wireless router right now, I was wondering if anybody knew of a
way I could connect my parents computer to the internet without being on a landline or cable for Free!!
Aw yes, I do dream BIG! Please advise.......... :-)

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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No such thing as free Internet.

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whs
whs
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At McDo, Starbucks, the airports, etc. you can connect to the internet for free. At your own home, you need an ISP.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Ummm, everywhere I know with wifi hotspots, require you to buy at least 1 cup of coffee. or such. Airports I wouldn't go near. They infect your computer and steal your info.

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ispalten
ispalten
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LH, Starbuck and McDonald's don't, you can just sit there, but I guess they could ask you to leave.

Here in the US, a bunch of Internet Cable providers have put in HOT SPOTS in many places. If you are a customer of those companies, you 'provider' sign-in will get you on the Internet. SOME NEWS ON THAT for you to read... I believe the local libraries are also wireless hotspots too, at least here.

It seems to be the 'coming' thing. I've seen signs pop up for them in many places. Of course, 'stealing' data in any 'public' place is something to watch out for when going wireless...

Irv S.

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richmondreb
Posts: 348

OK,
How about this then, anybody know of a way to get on the Internet via some other way
then landline or cable?????????? If I could at least find a way to do that, I'll figure out the
rest on my own and please don't mention wireless router. I'm asking my wireless provider
about this link; http://www.trendnet.com/downlo.....YPE_ID=955
Since the Tech I talked to told me I needed a New router and the one I have is listed, I thought
being able to download would be Sweeeeet!

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StringJunky
StringJunky
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You could go on mobile internet. What country are you in?

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richmondreb
Posts: 348

@ StringJunky,
I'm in the USA,,,,,,,,, any problem there and does mobile internet require landline or cable??

PS: Can't do it, McAfee won't let me...... :-(

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richmondreb
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raphoenix
raphoenix
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If you have a Modem Card, might find a Free Dial Up Service here and there.

Be careful of SCAMS however.

Rick P.

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jmeeks49
jmeeks49
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richmondreb,

First of all, you need to get rid of McAfee and get this http://windows.microsoft.com/e.....ssentials. What tony is recommending is to use your cell phone as your modem which can be done but would be more expensive than a cable connect in my opinion. As far as a free wireless setup? there's not one unless you want to move to McDonald's like Irv mention but there's no free connection in home.

John

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richmondreb
Posts: 348

@ jmeeks,
I can't get rid of McAfee as it's part of the Verizon Internet Security Suite I have.
Can you look at my post under Irv's and check out that link??

Thanks,
Robin

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CompWiz
CompWiz
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richmondreb, do you own a working/activated smartphone?

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richmondreb
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@ CompWiz,
No, I just own a basic cell phone that I don't use very often as I HATE CELL PHONES!
I only use it for Emergencies and only when I have too. I'm on what is probably the
cheapest plan ever and if I changed it I'd never get it back.

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whs
whs
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And why don't you go out and buy a new router for 35 bucks?

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richmondreb
Posts: 348

@ whs,
I could do that, just like the cheaper way out (Free) when possible............ :-)
Have you or anyone else looked at this link????

http://www.trendnet.com/downlo.....YPE_ID=955

TrendNet is my wireless router now and I was wondering if I could download
the one I have to keep from having to install another one.
Would someone ( like "LIGHTHOUSE") please advise. Thanks

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ispalten
ispalten
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Link is no good.

You can't d/l a router, you have to get the h/w.

Most ISP's also 'rent' the h/w if you want wireless... a few $$$'s a month.

Irv S.

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ispalten
ispalten
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Ah, the same link above worked. Something wrong with the latest one you created.

Those are FLASHES for the Router. You can use those as long as your Router is working, it updates the FIRMWARE.

Maybe you should tell us WHY you think a new router is required? What happened and why does the ISP's tech support say it is needed?

I'll assume Verizon is the ISP and they have supplied a modem (non-wireless) and you've got a router to send the signal out wirelessly.

OK, then you do have Internet service. You could use a cable, RJ45, to connect directly to a computer, may need to get a wired card or USB device, and either move the computer or modem, or even a long RJ45 cable, but that will also work.

Irv S.

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whs
whs
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It looks like the OP is really lost. He cannot tell the difference between hardware, firmware and software. It will be difficult ot fix his problem from here.

I am not sure whether this router is really defunct. Best would be to try to reset it and reconfigure it. Not sure though whether the OP knows how to do that. Maybe he should get some on-site help.

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richmondreb
Posts: 348

@ both Irv & whs,
I spoke to the Tech at TrendNet (my router) and told him the last time I had called,
I was told to uninstall and reinstall the adapter (which I did) but, the signal kept
dropping. That's when he told me to get another router. I spoke to the Tech at
work,after telling him what had happened and that my computer (home base)
still worked (never having any problem), he told me to get another adapter
(maybe this time use Flash card adapter) which I think I will.

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