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PostSubject: Wi Fi   Wi Fi I_icon_minitimeFri 25 Jan 2013 - 19:32

Hia

Come across this wondered what you think
sorry if it as already been covered
do you get internet when away from home on your laptop or i pad
is it safe secure

is it safe at home as it says joe public can use mine as a hot spot

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PostSubject: Re: Wi Fi   Wi Fi I_icon_minitimeFri 25 Jan 2013 - 19:43

Hi, Polly,

We have used a wifi dongle in the past on a pay as you go scenario...it seemed to work ok for us at the time but this was 2 or 3 years ago now.
We now use wifi hotspots where ever we are. Its a bit of a suck it & see situation.

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PostSubject: Re: Wi Fi   Wi Fi I_icon_minitimeFri 25 Jan 2013 - 19:53

Hia

sorry about this but I am not to technical

how do you pick up hot spots I know of McDonalds

other people keep theirs secure and locked

but if I was on a campsite or farmers field how does it work without a dongle
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PostSubject: Re: Wi Fi   Wi Fi I_icon_minitimeFri 25 Jan 2013 - 20:02

I'm not too technical myself but you have to search out the hotspots ie pubs, garden centres etc...within range.
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PostSubject: Re: Wi Fi   Wi Fi I_icon_minitimeFri 25 Jan 2013 - 20:40

Hi,

FON is Ok, there is a link with BT in the UK and I believe if you are a BT broadband customer you can agree to become a BTFON user/provider.

Basically this means you become a FON Hotspot, part of your BT wifi system is open for other FON members to use when they are out and about, and equally you can use your FON membership to use other FON hotspots world wide.

Members of the general public can also use your and other FON Hotspots if they want to pay, and I'm not sure what happens to the money ? you will need to check with BT, but a few years ago if you joined FON directly they used to allow the FON provider e.g. you, to keep some of this money, not sure how it works now.

As for using FON when you are out and about, you used to be able to get a Map on-line of the FON Hotspots, however a few years ago this was only located by road/street it didn't give the full address, so wasn't that accurate in the sense that you may need to travel up and down the road to actually locate the Wifi signal, and as you will know if you have ever used Wetherspoons or McDonalds it can be difficult enough finding a signal in a building let alone a road.

I think the general idea behind FON is very good, however the problems I had finding a working Wifi signal while out and about for the reasons stated above, lead me to stop using it.

The Golden Arches (McDonalds) as they are called are probably one of the best Hotspot signs you can find as they can be seen for miles, they are especially useful when travelling in Europe as its free wifi.

Albeit you may need a country specific SIM card as last time we were in Germany to sign in to a McDonalds Wifi it had to send us a code to our mobile and it would only send to a German number, which wasn't a problem for us, but could be if you haven't got a German SIM.

Hope that helps
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PostSubject: Re: Wi Fi   Wi Fi I_icon_minitimeFri 25 Jan 2013 - 20:52

Hi,

Most Hotspots like McDonalds, Wetherspoons. Starbucks, etc. are just known from word of mouth, some Library's council offices, town centre's have Free Wifi that goes for the UK and Europe and probably world wide,

A lot of the Smart Phones will have some means of Wifi detection built in or downloadable Apps your Wifi enabled laptop or notebook will have some form of Wifi detection, which you just need to turn on and scan the area you are in.

More often than not the scan will show you a list of Wifi network connections available nearby, it will generally also show you if that network is open or locked, some that appear open may require further information like Mcdonalds etc when you have connected.

As for being in the middle of a field there are such things as Wifi signal boosters which can improve the signal strength of your laptop which may make a relatively far off FREE Wifi signal accessible to you in the middle of that field.

Here's a link to the sort of thing I'm talking about, there are others, but I have one on theses and it works fine.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alfa-AWUS036H-802-11b-Wireless-network/dp/B002WCEWU8
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PostSubject: Re: Wi Fi   Wi Fi I_icon_minitimeFri 25 Jan 2013 - 21:09

Hia

my sister said something about putting her phone (with internet) next to her laptop (with no internet) and getting internet through her phone passed over to her laptop
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PostSubject: Re: Wi Fi   Wi Fi I_icon_minitimeFri 25 Jan 2013 - 21:21

Yes polly it is called Tethering
Do a Google search for Tethering and it should explain
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PostSubject: Re: Wi Fi   Wi Fi I_icon_minitimeSun 27 Jan 2013 - 9:20

Hi polly if like me not to good with computers .and this internet acses is for van i went to phone 4 you very help full. New phone samsung with tehtering to tablet also brought mifi dongel from currys 29.99 huewi e586 unblocked.incase my phone signaldoes not work back up plus fof europe .
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PostSubject: Re: Wi Fi   Wi Fi I_icon_minitimeSun 27 Jan 2013 - 9:29

Be very careful of using any UK SIM based internet access when in Europe as the cost can be prohibitively expensive, double and treble check the costs before you go.

Some UK SIM providers do have special European data rate deals but I haven't found one yet that gets anywhere near what I want to pay.

Also remember to switch OFF your Data Roaming ability on your smart phone (if it has one) before you get on the ferry, unless you have organised a cost effective European Data deal with your UK SIM provider before going, as that alone can rack up a significant bill without you even knowing it.

The turning on and off of data roaming even in the UK is worth checking especially if you have a limited data allowance with your mobile plan, as quiet a lot of the Apps access your data allowance without you actually using/pressing them ?

Tethering meaning using your mobile phone to connect to your mobile telpehone service as an internet connection then using that connection as a ?modem e.g. tethered with a USB cable direct to your laptop or tablet, or a Smart phone set to send out a Wifi signal via a App. which your Wifi enabled device e.g Laptop tablet etc connects to.

Before using either method of tethering you need to check that your SIM provider (Mobile Company) allows you to do this on the call plan you have, as most of these companies are specific about the type of internet access you can use with your data allowance (internet GB's)

To try to explain the reasons for these restrictions, it may help to try and understand what the difference is. When using your phone ONLY for internet access it will for most people be a very limited use perhaps just checking a few emails and looking up the odd web site so the download/upload amounts will be relatively small.

However if you allow your laptop etc to connect to the internet via you phone (tethering) the sort of use downloads/uploads will most probably become quiet a lot more than you would if it was just the phone as you will probably use the Laptop for a longer period and surf for longer, that's why a lot of SIM Providers have a restriction on tethering, hope that makes sense.

They also can charge you more money, which also has a significant bearing LOL


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PostSubject: Re: Wi Fi   Wi Fi I_icon_minitimeSun 27 Jan 2013 - 9:36

Braunston wrote:
Be very careful of using any UK SIM based internet access when in Europe as the cost can be prohibitively expensive, double and treble check the costs before you go.

Some UK SIM providers do have special European data rate deals but I haven't found one yet that gets anywhere near what I want to pay.

Also remember to switch OFF your Data Roaming ability on your smart phone (if it has one) before you get on the ferry, unless you have organised a cost effective European Data deal with your UK SIM provider before going, as that alone can rack up a significant bill without you even knowing it.

The turning on and off of data roaming even in the UK is worth checking especially if you have a limited data allowance with your mobile plan, as quiet a lot of the Apps access your data allowance without you actually using/pressing them ?

You have been warned ?

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PostSubject: Re: Wi Fi   Wi Fi I_icon_minitimeSun 27 Jan 2013 - 13:04

I will be use spanish sim which has be purchased for me in spain by freind liveing there hopefully cheap as chips but understand wot you are saying been france lots time no the score with cost and internal roaming
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