How Do I Best Extend My Wireless Network for Laptop Access?

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I have a basic D-Link “n” router. The signal does not penetrate well throughout my house. What is the best way to get excellent coverage everywhere? I was thinking of adding a wireless access point at the opposite end of the
house.

There are a couple of good approaches to extending your wireless network for your laptop or other wireless devices. Depending on the characteristics of your home, adding one or more wireless access points may well be the best approach.

On the other hand, it’s not appropriate for all situations, so I’ll look at a couple of common alternatives as well.

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Is there an ISP that I can use in two different places?

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I’m a snowbird. We live in Des Moines, Iowa in the summer and in Arizona in the winter. I have CenturyLink. I have more trouble with it than it’s worth. I’d like to know of an internet service that I can take back and forth and it doesn’t cost too much. I currently pay about $20. They never get the order right; I lose them all the time and I’m getting tired of it.

Traditional ISPs are almost always location-centric. The company that connects through the telephone or cable connections that come into your home is the one that provides the internet.

Two different locations will almost always require two different traditional ISPs. Even if the ISP happens to be the same company in both locations, then you’re still typically looking at two separate accounts in those two locations: one for each.

There are few solutions.

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How can I share a single WiFi connection across multiple devices?

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My wife and I travel with two iPhones and two laptops – both Macs. Many hotels have started to charge for internet service per device. Is there some sort of WiFi-to-WiFi hotspot device or some other way to be able to sign on to WiFi so that it looks like it’s all one device?

I’ve seen this in hotels and I really don’t like it at all.

In my opinion, hotels should provide internet to the room and not necessarily care how many devices you connect and for how long. Free WiFi is a wonderful perk. The hotel will recover the cost in your room rate or other charges, but in today’s connected society, it really annoys me when hotels start charging big fees for you to stay connected.

I don’t have a specific one-size-fits-all solution, but I do have a couple of things to try.

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How do I get wireless internet?

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We have dial-up at our house and I’m sick of it. I can get on the internet from my iPod at the edge of my property, but I want internet on my desktop IN my house. What do I need to connect up?

I want to use this question to clear up a misconception that appears to be surprisingly common.

Wireless internet is not just “out there” to connect to. You need to take steps, whether it’s setting something up, paying for something, or at a minimum, asking for permission.

It’s definitely not the case that you can just grab a wireless card and suddenly be connected anywhere you want. The wireless capabilities of your computer are only half of what’s needed.

There are several approaches to getting a wireless internet connection.

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