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FatherJack

Posts: 54

« on: April 27, 2009, 10:50:45 am »

Does anyone know of a product that acts as a plug-in signal booster when out and about with the jolly old laptop? I'm sure I've heard of a simple USB device/antenna that just plugs in to a USB port through a dongle. I'm particularly thinking of tapping in to MacDonalds new free WiFi service when on holiday!
Santiago

Posts: 13

« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2009, 05:30:34 pm »

There are many other places that offer free wifi depending on where you are.
I noticed the other day Subway shops are now offering free wifi.
IIRC the McDonalds wifi requires that you have to register to use it (at least you do in the USA)

I have always managed with the standard wireless set in my laptops.

Have a look at these, you can spend some money or make one yourself
Remember Google is your friend
https://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Shop/ShopDetail.asp?ProductID=2096
http://lifehacker.com/software/how-to/boost-your-wireless-signal-with-a-homemade-wifi-extender-296367.php
http://www.oreillynet.com/cs/weblog/view/wlg/448
FatherJack

Posts: 54

« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2009, 06:24:37 am »

Thanks for that Santiago. I might even try a DIY job!
NB
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2009, 08:58:51 am »

You don't mention what type of wifi your laptop currently has.  If it is built-in I doubt any of those will work.  The problem is they all require to be plugged into the ariel socket of the wifi device.  If it's buried deep in the innards of your laptop you probably won't want to go at the laptop with a screwdriver every time you want to boost the signal (aside from the hassle it'd almost certainly void any warranty on the laptop), and I can't think of any laptops with an ariel connection available on the outside.  If it is an external wireless device e.g. usb or pcmcia type card it may have an ariel connection.  If it does then any of the above suggestions should work.

An alternative would be to buy an external wireless adaptor and use that with a better ariel in preference to the built-in wireless when you needed the range.  Something like this might do.
dhookham
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2009, 08:12:47 pm »

IIRC the McDonalds wifi requires that you have to register to use it (at least you do in the USA)
You have to sign on with your email and postcode, but there's no validation step, so I guess anything would do there;p

It's the PlusNet Way
FatherJack

Posts: 54

« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2009, 11:19:42 am »

I've gone for one of these..   you can get them for much cheaper if you keep your eyes open. And it works brilliantly.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=160330883014&Category=61816&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26its%3DI%26otn%3D2#ht_4277wt_1127
« Last Edit: May 02, 2009, 11:23:49 am by FatherJack »
Santiago

Posts: 13

« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2009, 01:15:23 pm »

Wow, some piece of kit
May I recommend that you do not pull that out of your bag and set it up in airport..... shocked
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