I want to use my Acer wireless netbook when I visit a remote area. I’m able
to get dial-up using external modem, but it’s very slow; it shuts down often and
makes it almost impossible for me to read any attachments. It’s so slow that I
can only read a few emails in an hour, so my emails just keep coming and I give
up. I noticed that some of the neighbors have wireless hookups. What do I need
to have to get a wireless connection?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #34, I look at wireless internet in remote areas and a way to
get started in finding a provider.
In general, what you need is a connection to your home from a phone company or your cable company that gets you high-speed internet; typically DSL or cable speeds, and then attach a wireless router to that connection.
At that point, you establish your own wireless hotspot and you can use your wireless computer to connect to that wireless hotspot.
Where does high speed come from?
Now, in a lot of cases, the questions I get have to do with people in a situation where DSL or cable is not an option. They somehow think that the internet is simply available in the air somewhere.
Typically, it’s not. It is not something where you can just run the right software or signup to the right service to have it show up.
There are definitely services that might work, but typically, they are not available in remote areas.
Cell phone providers
The thing that I would look for (my suggestion to start) is to talk to your wireless phone provider, your mobile provider. They often support a wireless attachment for your PC or your laptop that will connect to their wireless network.
A special adapter from that phone company,
And a data plan that you’ll end up paying for monthly like you would any other ISP.
It’s possible that those speeds would be more acceptable to you, depending on the coverage for the cell phone provider in your area.
You might consider checking with more than one provider.
That’s the good news of having several different cell phone providers in an area. Occasionally, one area might be served weakly or not at all by one provider, and yet have very strong presence from another.
So, that’s the direction I would send you off in. You’ll need to get support and an adapter from your mobile phone company and sign up for a data plan. But having done so, that should give you wireless internet in your home.