Finding That WiFi Connection
Finding That WiFi Connection
  • Ryan Schuster
  • 승인 2010.03.30 10:09
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Spring is upon us, the weather in "The Land of the Morning Calm' is progressively getting warmer and a relaxing holiday might be a good way to shack-off the winter blues. However, there is a problem The problem is watching reruns of your favourite TV shows, playing Hearts and watching movies can only keep you entertained for a little while. The real reason why you brought the laptop is for surfing the Web, messaging and email and all the other wondrous luxuries of connectivity. Thus, this leaves the question how does one penetrate into the Internet when your Ethernet cable lies at home

Free access

In the desert of insane weak connections and password-protected routers you will need to know a few tricks of the trade in order to locate that oasis of free Internet connectivity. We are given numerous things that we can perform and accomplish on the Internet; it is undeniably that this option will be the most tempting way for people. Due to the fact this does not require any additional hardware (unless you do not have a WiFi card) and the price is right, free.

Websites such as free-hotspot, hotspothaven and jwire, which map out WiFi hotspots or access points for you, but only if you know where you are going or need access to the Web. These websites could be a great tool if there is nothing else free around. In hindsight this might seem like a good idea until you find yourself straddling the balcony or cradled in some obscure corner inside a building for that precious connection.

In a big metropolitan city, a walk down the street, in the hunt for strong signals by checking on every other block, can do the trick. In many public places, your computer can easily grab WiFi signals. For instance, try restaurants, dining areas and fast-food chains often provide free connection to their customers. Another great way is to visit the airport. Park yourself outside and most of the time you will get free WiFi as well. Also, some other options are parks, campgrounds and coffee shops could have you connected in no time. Once you have found the oasis of connectivity, all you need to do is to spend more time in these places and enjoy the wondrous luxuries of connectivity.

For at least almost half of the population, who refuse to get directions when they're lost, or time is of the essence for you. An alternative approach might be to inquire or pick a better destination where free WiFi is likely to be and head straight there to minimize trial-and-error. This is a lot easier and quicker than wasting your time hunting for a hotspot. For instance, book a vacation at a motel or hotel with free WiFi. A good idea might be to book through a rental agency in popular vacation areas because most motel or hotel owners have added free WiFi in order to contend against a WiFi happy world.

Buy access

Not being able to get a WiFi connection when you need it can undeniably be very stressful. Or if you are not into big game Internet hunting and you would rather pay for it, here are some options for you. If you reside in America carriers such as Verizon or T-Mobile will provide you with Internet access wherever you are located. Now, Verizon provides global coverage with hotspots in 195 countries by pulling down a signal from a USB modem. If you are residing in Korea, smart card and digital security provider Axalto N.V and Korean telecom provider KT offers wireless broadband or WiBro. Within Korea's high-tech utopia, this technology allows you connect to Korea's wireless broadband mobile WiMax service.

Keep in mind that the 3G speeds that people talk about might not be everywhere. Thus, the Internet access might be blazing hot at the Millennium Seoul Hilton Hotel; however, you might find yourself pulling your hair out in Chung Cheong-Do. Also, you might need to recheck whether the price is really worth it, if you hanging onto the Web by a hair.

La crème de crème access

The destination you choose has no radio tower for miles; you need a whole new different breed of Internet connectivity, which only satellites are able to deliver.  If you work for a company where Wifi connection can cost productivity therefore, by taking away wireless access you lose productivity and profitability. Then this technology is for you.

However, there is a downside and the downside is price.  The bandwidth itself costs between US$5 and US$7 per megabyte. Thus, the modems themselves are also expensive; it ranges between US$1000 and US$4000 for a portable satellite modem. For the Richard Bronson's of the world or have cash to burn this is a valuable alternative.

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