USB Wireless Networking Card

Discussion in 'Wireless Networks' started by FlyingFish, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. FlyingFish

    FlyingFish Guest

    I am going to be traveling with my laptop (for the first time) during the
    next few months. I do not want to be fully depending on an unsecured port to
    access the internet. Therefore, I would like to purchase a USB Wireless
    Internet Card (I believe it is called).

    Not familiar with it, what would be the best type to purchase and easy to
    install.

    Thanks.
     
    FlyingFish, Sep 11, 2009
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  2. FlyingFish

    ohaya Guest


    Hi,

    I think that you're looking for something like a mobile wireless or
    mobile broadband plan, from, for example, Sprint or Verizon, or maybe
    AT&T, etc.? I don't use any of those, but you typically signup for a
    month fee, and the carrier sells (or you get it free sometimes) the
    appropriate (USB or maybe PC Card or ExpressCard) adapter.

    For example, I just checked the Sprint website, and you can get one of 2
    USB adapters free ($0.00) if you sign up with them (for a 2 year
    plan!!). On Verizon, the cheapest one looks like $19.99, and you can
    get a 250MB/month of 5GB/month plan, etc.

    Probably, what you'll want to look at most carefully is the monthly
    service cost, and also if they limit you to a certain amount of data
    (e.g., 5GB/month or whatever), depending on your anticipated usage.

    I think that sometimes you can get deals from places like CostCo or
    Bestbuy, etc., so you probably want to shop around...

    Jim
     
    ohaya, Sep 11, 2009
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  3. FlyingFish

    Lem Guest

    There are 2 very different types of USB wireless devices.

    The most common is a wireless adapter that connects to a nearby wireless
    access point such as your own router or a public hotspot such as
    Starbuck's, etc. This is not what you want.

    The other type is a device that combines both a wireless adapter and a
    modem to connect directly into a cellular telephone system that provides
    broadband Internet access. The 3 carriers that I'm familiar with in the
    US are Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T.

    If you are getting this specifically for a trip, you should consider
    whether you have to sign a long-term contract and what the coverage will
    be in the area in which you plan to travel.

    Coverage:

    Verizon:
    http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/mobilebroadband/?page=coverage

    Sprint: http://www.sprint.com/business/products/products/evdoEnterZip.jsp

    AT&T: http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/popUp_3g.jsp
     
    Lem, Sep 11, 2009
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  4. FlyingFish

    FlyingFish Guest

    Thank You

    Hi,
     
    FlyingFish, Sep 12, 2009
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  5. FlyingFish

    FlyingFish Guest

    Thank you. I appreciate the info
     
    FlyingFish, Sep 12, 2009
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