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Acer 3690-2900 trying to use wireless

I admit to knowing nothing. I am not smarter than a 5th grader, and, unfortunately I have no 5th graders around to ask. How do I use my notebook wireless? I have gone to hot spots and my Acer asks for passwords or codes or something. When I'm just roaming around I dont't know the codes for every Micky D's or motels I park in front of. Do I need to buy something to plug in to my laptop? Thanks, Cheryl

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Re: Acer 3690-2900 trying to use wireless

Cheryl, Most access points are restricted to authorized users; very few are intentionally left open for just anyone to connect to. The few that are open generally don?t require any changes on your PC as long as it is configured to automatically obtain and IP and DNS server. You simply turn on your PC and let it automatically search and connect. Usually when you open your browser the first page you see is a form requiring you to electronically agree you won?t break any laws or do evil stuff. When you are prompted for something (depending on what it?s asking for) you are probably trying to connect to an access point that is restricted. Generally places like motels or other hot spots want you to spend money with them first. Then they give you the password or connection information you need to connect. As far as connecting to an access point that is accidentally left open, to me its like keeping something you found that doesn?t belong to you. Even if you can get away with it, it?s not quite right. For those who aren?t motivated by doing what?s right at least one person in California has been arrested under the same law that prevents illegally tapping into someone else?s cable access. Hope that answers your questions, if not let us know; otherwise please don?t forget to rate this post.

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