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    Stupid free wireless question

    How does free wireless service in hotels work with my laptop? Does my service somehow use their wireless or do I need to plug-in?(which I guess would not be wireless ) Sorry for being stupid ahead of time!!

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    Re: Stupid free wireless question

    redhawk,

    It's not a stupid question at all. I only recently discovered the answer to your question. Windows Vista make this fairly easy, but I'm assuming you are using Windows XP

    Provided your laptop is equipped with the necessary hardware, such as a wireless modem, what you need to do is find "Network Connections" (in Control Panel). Open Network Connections. You should see a network that might be labeled "wireless." Usually there is some ID associated to the wireless network that lets you know it's from your hotel. Select that network and it should connect you without too much trouble.

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Stupid free wireless question

    Thanks. I do use XP! You have been very helpful!

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    Re: Stupid free wireless question

    Also,

    You might get a welcome screen that ask you for a code to enter (usually given to you from the front desk) and ask if you agree to the terms of service agreement.

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    Re: Stupid free wireless question

    ...and even if you don't have a wireless modem, most hotels that supply wireless will loan or lease you an external device at the front desk. Some just need a deposit until you return the device, others just charge you a fee.

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    Re: Stupid free wireless question

    I use this site all the time

    http://www.wififreespot.com/

    Massive database of free wifi hotspots all over the country. If your hotel connection is giving you issues, try someplace close.

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    Re: Stupid free wireless question

    Be careful when you book a hotel and it indicates "wireless internet access". The hotel I stayed in Atlanta advertised this, but when I asked them about this upon check-in, I was told that wireless access was only available on the first floor (I was booked on the third).

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    Re: Stupid free wireless question

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcclain19 View Post
    I use this site all the time

    http://www.wififreespot.com/

    Massive database of free wifi hotspots all over the country. If your hotel connection is giving you issues, try someplace close.
    That's awesome, seriously awesome.


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