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Calling all geeksters. . .

Postby dlyle » Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:47 am

When out and about caching, whats the easiest way to find a wi-fi hotspot? I'd prefer a free one or maybe a cheap one anyway 8) Do most McDonalds have them now? Gimmee your thoughts please.
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Postby BackpacknJack » Thu Jun 28, 2007 11:42 am

The lists found at a few links listed below may be of help to you but I just use my cell phone's bluetooth connection or bring along my highspeed sprint mobile connection unless I'm at a hotel/motel/casino/etc. where the guest are given free highspeed access. Lots of times you can pick up hotspots just by searching hotel parking lots for areas where you can get a usable signal although it seems most strong sigs are on the inside/pool/courtyard areas.

jiwire.com hotspots list

Searcy,AR hotspots list

ezgoal hotspots list

Some wifi hotspots are also waymarks so you can search that data base or just ask "ar_kayaker" [:)]
I don't know about most McD's but the ones I checked, you had to buy time in blocks and I wasn't ever going to be there that long so I didn't ask or check into it again.
Maybe we should compile a comprehinsive list of free or almost free wifi hotspots and park it somewhere it will be easy to find. I believe it would be a very helpful list.
**Any takers on this project????**
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Postby dlyle » Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:55 pm

Thanks BPNJ, good information. I liked the jwire site the best. It seems that there is still a lot that I don't know about this. . . :oops:

How are you using the bluetooth capability of your cell phone to access the internet? Is this a plan that you have that allows you to access the internet on the phone or are you using bluetooth to "beam" something to a pda or computer?

It's time for a new phone, the old one has been dropped one to many times and this might be a thought.

While the Ms. was shopping in North Little Rock recently I opened the laptop and drove around looking for a place that I could access, but didn't have much luck. Everything either was restricted or needed passwords to access. :cry:
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Postby BackpacknJack » Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:08 pm

dlyle wrote:How are you using the bluetooth capability of your cell phone to access the internet? Is this a plan that you have that allows you to access the internet on the phone or are you using bluetooth to "beam" something to a pda or computer?

Both.
I purchased an unlimited data plan ($19.99) from my Cingular cell provider (MEdiaNetUnlimited) for my RazrV3 (it’s a GPRS phone) because I live in Twix-&-Tween, Arkansas where there is no type of highspeed and the dialup was almost as bad as snail-mail (12 - 25KBs down). I can…well if I was good at one thumb typing, use the cell for internet and have done so but I found a USB Bluetooth adapter for my laptop ($9.95) and use that to connect at about 45-55KBs down and 20KBs up. I purchased a Hughes DW6000 2way sat system and was in the process of installing and getting it commissioned when Sprint broadband did an EVDO (and now a REV-A) install just a few miles from here and although I’m on the shaky outside edge with lots of trees and brush between me and the tower plus the U720 modem that’s hanging from a nail on a wall is shooting just over the window AC (running motors give off RF) and just under the power lines to the house, I average about 950 - 1400KBs down and 150 - 600KBs up (if I step out into the yard I can get 1500+ down) tested from a Speakeasy.net server in Texas. ***Life is soooo good when you can lay down your chisel & stone tablet and step out from the dark ages *** where you wanting to take a ball bat to your PC and then stomp it then set it on fire and then really mess it up and now you can step out into the light with the big boys, go to u-tube and see some of the funniest stuff on this planet. YeeeeeHaaaaaa! :lol:
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Postby dlyle » Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:58 am

I kinda got "left behind" when technology went from the old plug the computer into your phone line. . . I did, about 8 mos ago get dsl into the house and set-up a wireless connection there but beyond that it starts getting fuzzy.

The pda that I use to cache is wireless enabled and I can use it in the wi-fi areas, but when checking on upgrading my cell phone, and then adding the data coverage on my plan ($59 a month) I decided that I really didn't use it that much yet. (Just a miser I guess).

Just occasionally when on the road I would like to connect, so the best bet for me is just to track down a free wifi site.

Thanks for the good information!
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Postby ar_kayaker » Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:28 am

I don't know if it will work with a PDA, but there is a program out called NetStumbler which can sense networks in range as you drive around and alert you when you are close to one. It constantly listens though your wireless card/adapter for any signals and decodes at least enough to tell you the name of the network and if it is secured or unsecured on the fly.

You don't pick up much cruising along a highway because you pass the signals to quickly, but passing through residential areas or along in front of business's at 35 it works great.
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Postby dlyle » Mon Jul 02, 2007 8:05 pm

ar_kayaker wrote:I don't know if it will work with a PDA, but there is a program out called NetStumbler which can sense networks in range as you drive around and alert you when you are close to one.


Cool. Thanks, I'll check that out!
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