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Old 04-25-2007, 04:47 PM   #1
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Access to the Internet without an ISP


Hi
If you have a laptop computer equipped with a PCMCIA card, you could access to the Internet when you go to certain places.
Recently I went to a meeting and I saw some people accessing the Internet. They said in the premises there should be VLAN connections.

How does this work?
Do you need a password from the people who own or rather responsible for that conference room?
If this works, you get free access to the Internet.
How does this work?
 
Old 04-25-2007, 05:05 PM   #2
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how does what work? you've said nothign at all about what this magical solution is... it's extremely common for business networks to include an open wireless point that is just internet connected and nothing else, it's just the way that networks work...
 
Old 04-25-2007, 05:20 PM   #3
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Thanks acid_kewpie

I am clueless about this type of connections. That is why I asked the question. So there is a thing called 'open wireless point' in businesses.
I know there is a thing called 'Mobile Internet' in this country. You could access the Internet anywhere with your laptop. In this case, you should have an ISP.

I am not aware of 'open wireless point'. Could you get good speed? At home you get 24Mbit per second.

The 'Mobile Internet' is a slow connection.
 
Old 04-25-2007, 09:54 PM   #4
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I am not aware of 'open wireless point'. Could you get good speed?
sure, you could get good speed... or you could get horrible speed... it depends on things like how fast the place's internet connection is, what kinda load is on the Wi-Fi network, how far you are from the access point, etc...

BTW, it's quite common to find open Wi-Fi access points all over the place in most big cities... "open" means the router/access point isn't configured to use WEP or WPA/2 for authentication/anti-snooping, so make sure you do your own encryption whenever you use an open access point to work with sensitive data... just my ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi

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Old 04-26-2007, 02:59 AM   #5
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yeah there's really nothing special about this, really very standard and very common. you don't think that in the basement of each tower block in london and new york there's just a little adsl modem giving all the companies in it internet connectivity? speeds are whatever speed is provided. i downloaded all 6 CentOS 5 cd's at work in about 3 mintues, which was nice... i'm not about to be giving that much bandiwdth to any contractor who want's a raw internet connection here though.
 
  


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