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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by the_sanguine, Oct 10, 2005.

  1. the_sanguine

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    If I buy a WLAN enabled laptop, what are the best options in terms of WLAN? How much does it cost say per hour of average surfing + skype etc?
     
  2. The Dude

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    most pubs/coffee shops near me seem to charge around £1 per hour..
     
  3. the_sanguine

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    Or...is it easier just to drive round a housing estate and see if you can pick up somebody's private WLAN router?...
     
  4. The Dude

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    I'd rather sit in a pub with a beer and some chicks than outside somebody's house with a coke and some chavs.. :D
     
  5. Jim_Fear

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    You could get your own, that way you wouldn't be tea-leafing other peoples :smashin:
     
  6. the_sanguine

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    Jim,

    I've got my own but the range is quite a bit less than 120 miles!
     
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    Ah, that old thing...you could do some ghetto sniffing with a pringles can :thumbsup:
     
  8. the_sanguine

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    So....how do you get public LAN Access?
     
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    config your mobi?
     
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    You get chicks to sit next to you in a pub with your laptop out! Damn you got some serious social skillz if you can do that man! :rotfl:

    I've seen most run a mile with a "Tut" at the sign of a Smartphone :D



    Didn't know you been to my old housing estate? How did you find my mates?
     
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    OK here ya go

    go to this website as an example

    Do a search on the location you wish to surf in. It will list any/all suppliers in that area. You will then need to sign-up/buy credits for that supplier and they will grant you access to there network.

    Easy peazy! :D


    Or, you can just do what Dude says is a bit chavy and drive around with your wifi search on, when you find one and it's un-protected then *bingo* your in!
    I know of one location where I sit at traffic lights and surf using someones unprotected net on my phone!
     
  12. Mr.D

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    I actually leave my wlan open anyway. If anyone wants to use it they can , my PCs are all behind firewalls so they can't muck around with them.

    Its even called "freeforprivateuse".

    I doubt you can get much range beyond about a couple of metres from my doorstep though (victorian house , big thick walls with iron girders inside).
    I'm sure my neighbours could use it if they wanted ...although the old folk's home next door doesn't seem to have too many silver surfers judging from the deranged babbling that drifts over the fence.
     
  13. The Dude

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    the problem is if some bittorrent junkie gets on and causes your ISP to shutdown your broadband account..
    happened to a mate of mine not too long back. He'd left his WLAN wide open, and some guy downstairs had been using his router in order to try avoid the Hollywood police..

    Imagine your suprise if you got a letter from your ISP saying your account had been closed, due to persistent copyright offences which are in breach of the contract agreement... :devil:

    We worked it out in the end after a bit of sniffing around with a big antenna, and the guy downstairs coughed up to the ISP so all ended well..
     
  14. Bl4ckGryph0n

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    Same here...They have to come up my drive-way in order to get a signal...I found out last Saturday that our neighbours have got wireless because they told me...I never picked it up...I then use some of my more specialised tools to have a 'look' ;-) I was in my room closest to their house and their router is closest to our house...I was able to pick-up a 92dB signal...A bit-torrent junkie would get quite annoyed with that as it was going up and down like a jojo...

    A bit different when you life in a terrace or flat though...Which I am pleased about as I picked-up a signal from a neighbouring office in a BBC building for free at work :smashin: DHCP and everything was properly configured, good people, though silly people...
     
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    I'd say that's no different to running without a firewall personally, if you leave the door wide open you've only got yourself to blame etc..

    What if your neighbours kids are sitting in their bedroom with a 15db antenna? :devil:
     
  16. Bl4ckGryph0n

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    Nope totally different!!!! It would give them access to my Internet connection, doesn't mean they have access to my LAN! Or my computers...

    And if they were in their bedroom with a 15dB antenna I would recognise their red faces in the street ;-) Only kidding....
     
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    nope, your wireless connection sits inside of your routers firewall, they would be connected to your LAN, inside your firewall, with one of your own IP adresses ;)

    besides which, if anyone uses your Internet connection for anything norty, whose door would the Feds come knocking on? :devil:

    It's much the same as potentially letting strangers use your car (registered in your name), or your bank details (registered in your name).
    Any trouble at all, and it's you who would be answering the tricky questions.

    It's got almost nothing to do with PC security, it's your ass on the line. :devil:
     
  18. Bl4ckGryph0n

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    Ah that's your assumption, but not how I've configured it ;-) You are right that they would be connected with one of my 'own' addresses, but not those on my LAN where my data is...

    But I guess we are getting a bit off-topic now aren't we ;-)
     
  19. the_sanguine

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    In terms of cost, how does WLAN compare with 3G? Depends on usage v subscription I guess...
     
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    Looks like BT is the best on price/coverage at £25 + VAT for 4000 minutes per month.

    Why are the tariffs in "minutes". Seems a atrange way to bill for a packet based service......
     

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