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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
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No such thing as free Internet.

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

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

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richmondreb
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@ 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
Posts: 6259

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
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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
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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
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@ 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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ispalten
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I would have called the ISP, Verizon if my signal was dropping. They'd probably help troubleshoot the problem.

Getting another router would only rule out the router if the problem persisted. Getting another adapter would rule out the adapter as the trouble. In either case, if the problem persisted the other one (router or adapter) would be a possible cause, as would the signal coming in from the ISP.

Like I said, I'd go ISP first...

Irv S.

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whs
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Getting an adpter (dongle) is a good idea. They are cheap and work well. I use one with a HP laptop because the built in WiFi quit. Works very well since a couple of years. Here is an example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6833166022

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nosparks
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If you are paying for Internet service, you should be getting it and as your router is not a combined router/modem any router will do connected to your cable or dsl modem. The free part bothers me. If you mean getting it from your neighbour, without stealing it, making arrangements with the neighbour and using a wireless adapter would work provided the signal strength is sufficient.

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richmondreb
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@ Irv,
Sounds like a good idea, think I will.

@ nosparks,
You need to read and "PAY ATTENTION" to my first post! Sure, I was looking for something for Free but,
not by way of stealing.. Geese! You from the north or what??

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richmondreb
Posts: 348

Latest news,
A Rep from Dell called me and talked me into buying a new computer:
Inspiron 620 Fast Track 0110. The only good thing I see in this is, I'll
give my computer to my parents so they'll have one more updated.
Now I'm really at square one........ I've got to install the router on my
new computer now before I worry about my parents. Oh the joy........

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ispalten
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Robin, I think you are still sort of confused? You do not install a router on a computer. You connect to it, either wirelessly or via an RJ45 CAT5/6 cable. If your router is bad, a new computer isn't going to fix it.

You've got 3 parts to getting the internet operable on a computer, and basically the computer is NOT one of them.

1) The ISP and its modem installed in your home. This includes the line from the ISP's junction box into your home to a wall outlet, the cable from the outlet to the ISP's modem and the modem itself.

2) The RJ45 cable from the modem to your router and the router itself.

3) The connection method, wired or wireless, the cable if used, and the computer device, wireless card/adapter or wired network card.

Nothing has to do with the computer itself or OS.

Replacing the computer will only effectively replace the network card/wireless device... a very expensive way to test if the card/device was good or not?

What happened to you were going to call the ISP? How did Dell get involved?

Irv S.

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bobro
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Carrier pigion has been proven to be faster than internet anyway why not try that...

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richmondreb
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@ Irv,
Ah,Duh! I may be dumb but, not that stupid. You weren't involved in my post about the mouse freezing on their computer.
I wanted to get them a new computer but, mom said no.I had called someone at Dell that had told me they could get me a
better price on things I may want and when I called they weren't there. They noticed they had a missed call and called me back.
After I told them it was too late, that's when the decussion began about the new computer and the deal they could get me.
When I got the price I wanted, I agreed to the new computer and planned on giving mine to my parents. Which makes me
wonder "How can I clean their old computer so no personal stuff can be stolen?" I plan on reinstalling the routed on my computer
and than buying a flash card adapter for their computer to get the connection between the two so they can get the Internet.

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CompWiz
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"How can I clean their old computer so no personal stuff can be stolen?"- Format

"I plan on reinstalling the routed on my computer"- So does it or does it not work?

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Xhi
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"How can I clean their old computer so no personal stuff can be stolen?"
Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk designed for consumer use. It securely wipes the hard disks of most computers.

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ispalten
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Are you talking about a 'hotspot'? I just got a new Dell and it comes with a Hotspot so you can share your internet connection with other wireless devices around the house. THIS IS NOT A ROUTER...

Irv S.

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richmondreb
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@ ispalten,
Sorry, you lose me, I have no idea what a 'hotspot' is and don't know if the new one has it.

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Lighthouse
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ispalten
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Robin, as above, it essentially in its barest form, it turning the computer (W7 only) into a router. Most cellular providers sells these physical units that will allow up to 5 devices/computers to connect to their system. W7 can do this for you with the right s/w. Dell, if the new computer, ships a program called 'HOTSPOT' if they have Atheros chipset for the wireless device.

I mentioned this because you said "I plan on reinstalling the routed(sic) on my computer". You don't install a router on your computer. You connect to it, and generally speaking, there is nothing to install on the computer to use it, other than setting the network interface to connect to it.

Irv S.

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richmondreb
Posts: 348

To All,

I'm getting a: Inspiron 620 Fast Track 0110
least ways thats what I've been told.

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CompWiz
Posts: 864

And that should resolve your issue?

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richmondreb
Posts: 348

@ Irv,
My computer plays as the home base when it comes to connecting to the internet so, I have to install the router!
Than my parents computer "CONNECTS TO MY COMPUTER" so they can get on the internet!
Understand?????????????
I had a message from Dell to give them a call which I did and they told me the software team would help me
get my router hooked up, so until I get my new computer, I guess there's nothing for us to talk about...........
I'll leave this post opened for the time being and will let everybody know the update when I have one.

Thank you and Laaaaaaaater

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ispalten
Posts: 6259

Yes, I now understand more... but it isn't a router you are talking about, either Internet Connection Sharing, where you connect to a modem, either a DIAL-UP or wired/wireless, from the ISP, and then using a HOT SPOT which allows wireless connection to you so you can share your connection, or a cable from your computer to another.

If I've got it wrong, then please describe the topology, what the ISP put in your home, how you connect to it, and if you do have a router, the make and model.

Irv S.

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richmondreb
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ARE YOU READY FOR THIS???????????????
The Tech at work said that since my computer (home base) wasn't having any problems, that I should just get a USB adapter
to try on my parents computer. I picked one up today and decided to cancel my order with Dell. Dad was having problems
with the mouse sticking ( earlier post ) and I since I fixed that, I figured if I could fix the connection, why get a new computer??
So that's my plans for the weekend, wish me good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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raphoenix
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Good Luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everybody DUCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rick P.

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richmondreb
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@ raphoenix,

Ok SMART A** :-P

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nosparks
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Sure hope richmondreb returns to add to this saga. With 700 views there's a lot of people interested in "How can I get Free Internet connection"

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CompWiz
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@nosparks, whoa! 700+ views...barely noticed LOL.

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Start your own ISP.

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CompWiz
Posts: 864

LMAO! @LH

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whs
Posts: 17584

This thread is hilarious

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richmondreb
Posts: 348

@ Everybody,
That's what idiots like me for are for.............. A good laugh!
At the beginning of most if not all of my post, I let everyone know I have 'NO IDEA' what I'm doing!
Now, back to this joke. I bought a USB Mouse, which worked for awhile and I also bought a Valet Connector
which didn't work too good cause: There were no HI-Speed USB host controllers installed on that computer!
Not to mention, the Blue Screen of Death popped up for the 3rd time,so I give! It's time to buy another one
and I'm going to get something cheap since it's mainly for my dad to play his card games on. (off line)
Thanks for everybody's help, I really appreciate it and sooner or later....... I WILL BE BACK!

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warlock
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Is this solved then?

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richmondreb
Posts: 348

@ warlock,
You could say that, I would think that the new computer would have HI-Speed USB host controller
and after I hook up Valet connector, I'll have the internet. I connect the USB Mouse and I'll have a
mouse. Can you think of any reason why I may still have a problem?? Please advise

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warlock
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I thought the start your own ISP idea from LH. was great. If that was your solution I was going to inquire about rates.

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nosparks
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What rates? The subject line says "...get Free Internet connection"

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warlock
Posts: 4100

It's a joke son, it's a joke.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTwnwbG9YLE

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nosparks
Posts: 148

Ah no... you mean LH was right with the very first response to this topic? Geez, and I thought all it took for free internet was a new computer.

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warlock
Posts: 4100

Read LH. suggestion on this page. Although, first post he made was right.

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richmondreb
Posts: 348

@ noparks,
Try reading my conversation with warlock and as far as 'FREE INTERNET' goes, I was just
hoping somebody could give me some suggestions on getting my wireless started again.

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