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By jsdonow ·
What have you found to be the fastest, most reliable, most cost effective way to access the internet while traveling?

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mobile road warrior spreaks

by rwhite In reply to going mobile...

Wireless access is good and cheap in Public areas, some are free (in public parks or unsecure wireless access points) and some you pay a low monthly fee ($20 - $30). The advantages of subcribing is that you have more availiability. For example Tmobile HOT Spots are in Kinkos, Starbucks, Borders, and airports. Also Verizon has hotspots which is free to thier DSL subcribers. Now if you need constant internet access and find yourself in spots where there is no wireless access available, then try the AirCard service (which is like having a cell phone for your laptop) it is a card you stick in your laptop and allows you permanant internet access 24/7. I use this option because I travel to remote places alot.

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Over a dozen answers

by Jay Garmon Contributor In reply to going mobile...

TechRepublic has a whole spotlight page on mobile access and security right now. There are several white papers, webcasts, and articles on the subject. Check it out here.
http://techrepublic.com.com/1200-22-5266055.html

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not a sales pitch

by pete.mcgettigan In reply to going mobile...

but I do suggest you could look at iPass. I have customers who use their service and are very happy with it. Good and reliable global coverage and an increasing investment in wireless hotspots. Also some neat integration and enforcement of corporate security standards to give your security officer peace of mind.

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Open AP's - Way to Go?

by SeaLife In reply to going mobile...

Call me a ranting meanie but I object to the pricing of many of the hotspots. At typically ?6 per hour (in the UK) it seems like a ripoff to me. I can understand that provision of such a service costs but I think it's pricing set at a premium level and relies on misconceptions about availability, security and reliability. I use a mix of GPRS and consume.net and drive (or sail) to the nearest access point with 100% reliability so far. In fact, if you use Netstumbler and drive around any large town in the UK you'll find a huge density of open AP's now. I reckon about 80% of all WiFi installations are completely unprotected. I am not advocating service theft but if we all follow the consume.net model and make our own hotspots free to use then bandwidth would be as free as the air (well, it would come as a consequence your own contribution). There are plenty of tools to ensure adequate security of connection. I know this begs the question of facilitating illegal use of open connections but perhaps we each have a responsibility to police our own patch.

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Totally wireless

by woodhead In reply to going mobile...

Get a wireless card/Service from ATT or sprint or whomever.

The you do not need to find a 'hot spot'. I can connect from a hotel (with no hotel fees), or when visiting friends (without locating a phone jack) or even in a highway rest stop. Total freedom.

I even use it at home (so I can dump my phone line)

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Susteen's DataPilot

by TJ In reply to Totally wireless

I've used a combination of hot spots (which are all not created equal with regard to ease of connection), hotel connections, but I just got the DataPilot connection kit so I can use my cell phone like a modem. Plug the phone into the laptop or enabled PDA and connect. It's pretty good but like an aircard, rely's on your carrier's signal. I think it's important to have options since connecting at some hot spots is not always easy. I'm also testing Netroamer and I'mInTouch for for backup ISP access and accessing my network just about anywhere. Both seem to work well, certainly better and IIT is definitely cheaper than GoToMyPC, but it's too soon to give both an unequivical ok.

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2 Ways

by dessnsebs In reply to Totally wireless

I have found 2 ways that covers me in almost every situation. First is a SPRINT PCS card. It is not that fast but I can use anywhere there is Sprint service. Second, I also carry a PCMCIA wireless card for FREE hotspots which are more common. I just do not see the point of paying $30 a month for a hotspot that is hard to find, like TMobile's

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use a usb cable and snapdialer

by julie In reply to 2 Ways

I use my cell phone as a modem. I get 230kbps on SprintPCS Vision and all I have to do is hook up my cell phone with a USB cable. Futuredial software gives the ability to set up the connection. I have an abundance of minutes on my account. I only have one phone for business and personal. For $100 month that more than allows me to surf and talk. The vision service is on my phone.

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Use or Sprint

by Staceman In reply to use a usb cable and snapd ...

I know Sprint is close to rolling out their new EV-DO service which claims DSL speeds, I wonder if Julie is using this newer network, although I wasn't sure if it was avail yet! I have several clients that are trying to accomplish the same. A laptop with built in satellite wireless access would be nice instead of built 801g, built EV-DO instead or other compatible service. Right now you have to buy a separate card, I like the idea of not needing a card, thanks, I will check into it!

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Not new

by julie In reply to Use or Sprint

I've been using this for over a year. I came across it quite accidentally. I tried using a SAMSUNG phone for a while but the speeds weren't as good as with my Sanyo. I don't know why there's a difference, but I went back to the Sanyo! It works great and since I carry my cell everywhere I can even hook up in my car to get directions!

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