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Wireless antenna or wireless router

Signed up with "boingo". do i need wireless router and/or wireless antenna. does laptop even have port for wireless antenna?

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    max carson Nov 01, 2012

    Does your computer have a wireless adapter? I don't see your computer model in your question?

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Did your ISP Boingo supply you with a DSL or cable modem with a built-in wireless router? If only a DSL or cable modem is supplied and you wish to connect to the Internet by wireless then you need to connect a wireless router to this DSL or cable modem.

You can connect to the Internet using a LAN cable from your laptop to the DSL or cable modem.
If your laptop as a built-in wireless card you can to the Internet via the wireless router.
If you laptop does not have a built-in wireless card then you can install a PCMCIA wireless card into the card slot of your laptop to the Internet via a wireless connection.

Posted on Nov 02, 2012

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I think you have answered your own problem, your wireless has possibly been zapped.
To test your ethernet adapter on your laptop connect it to a network hub, check the hub and see if you have a link light on the hub and or laptop..
To test your wireless router, connect it to a known working computer with a network card and check the router configuration, using the browser, if you cannot access it then its zapped.

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Posted on Mar 16, 2009

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I just joined and this is not what i was looking for so i need to stop service and get my $9.95 back please


You need to contact boingo. App developer or iTunes store if you put based it on you're. Phone

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How to choose a budget Wi-Fi Router? What models are the best in terms of price...


How to choose a budget Wi-Fi Router? What models are the best in terms of price and quality? Does it make sense to overpay for the brand? What the signal power is enough and what other settings should pay attention to? What is better: Wi-Fi router with internal or external antennas and how to install right it in your home or flat? The answers to these and other questions in the article below, and the best budget Wi-Fi routers of this year - at the end of it.

The choice of the manufacturer
All modern Wi-Fi routers are highly integrated devices. It is thought that they are reliable and broke quite rarely. Recently, the Taiwan company which makes D-link and other good-quality goods, was a monopolist on the market, but several years ago, the Chinese TP-Link had dislodged it, which makes even better goods by all features. The solid ZyXEL is very popular, it's reliable, but unreasonably expensive.The same situation is with Asus routers, which are popular now. To gain the market, beginners try to lower the price on their devices, but without sacrificing quality to do it below the level of the TP-Link is impossible.
So what manufacturer to choose? The survey is available Internet providers and my own experience agreed that for flats, houses or small office perfect ratio of price and quality are 2 mass models of TP-Link, review on which are listed at the end of the this post; fans of the classics can choose D-Link, but experimenting with little-known or unknown manufacturers to save 2-5 $, at least is unwise.
It must be noted that the most common cause of failure of any router is a stroke of lightning (this happens most often in the private sector in May-June), so it is advisable to put a lightning protection (WAN port) at the input. To buy expensive models makes no sense, because in most cases, a regular cheap surge protector without earth ground is able to cope with 98% of other discharges and the direct impact of the storm still will not leave a chance to survive even to a very cool router. By the way, for the same reason (risk of kick thunderstorms) preferably all clients (especially expensive SmartTV, PCs and laptops) to connect it wirelessly, as in the case of lightning strike or strong interference on the input WAN port you run the risk of losing only a cheap router, but not all your connected equipment..

Define with Wi-Fi router characteristics
1. Customer primarily pays attention to the speed connection, although this is a very deceptive feature. In theory, the maximum speed of the budget Wi-Fi routers is 150 Mbps (megabits per second), at the same time, just a few providers can offer just 50 Mbps, so it becomes clear that the alluring phrases like "up to 300 Mbps" or even "up to 1300 Mbps", in fact, means that when you work in the Internet the speed difference between the expensive and cheap Wi-Fi routers will not differ a lot.
2. Radius of action. It seems to be easy, because, as usual, to specify the distance outside and inside the premises, everything is clear and understandable. But these values are very relative, especially indoors, as a couple of good reinforced concrete walls will negate the signal of even the most powerful router, so really important are the two following characteristics.
3. The transmitter power - the name speaks for itself and it is really important. Most of the budget routers have a transmit power of about 17 dBm, or even less, which is usually enough to more or less confidently "break" in only 2 walls. It worth noting, that some Wi-Fi routers have the technical ability to operate at much higher power (typically up to 27 dBm, 500 mW), so they are in accordance with local regulations artificially reduce its capacity.
4. Antenna gain power confuses many users into believing, as in fact, antenna is a passive device and does not amplify anything themselves, they can more narrowly direct signal. For example, the higher the antenna gain, the more power the transmitter out to the sides, and the less energy transmitter goes up and down. Thus, a more powerful antenna is not a universal solution, because it allows you much more "punch" in the signal, but the "taking" of its top and bottom.
5. The number and types of antennas. When you use multiple antennas, their energy does not stack, so it will not allow you to "punch" more the number of walls, but only make the connection more stable. The difference in coverage of routers with one antenna and two antennas is significant, but the difference between 2 and 3 antennas is almost non-existent, the last one is useful only when the signal must be passed between floors. To cover as much room as possible one-story house or apartment, you need to install the antenna vertically or at a slight angle relative to one another. Built-in antennas have a little gain, so the can spread the signal is uniformly in all directions and can be extremely helpful in smaller spaces. It is recommended to buy a wifi router with 2 antennas and with the gain greater more than 5 dBi for a regular signal in a one-story house or apartment.
The best budget Wi-Fi routers of this year and more about them you can look here:
http://www.gadgetreview.com/best-wireless-router-for-home-gaming-mac-overall-2015-2016
http://www.bestadvisor.com/electronics-computers/best-wireless-routers
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-wifi-routers,review-2498.html
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2398080,00.asp

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on Apr 14, 2016 | Computers & Internet

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Do i need an antenna on my laptop?


You'll need to have a wireless card installed in your laptop somehow. If it's internal then you won't need one.

Most wireless cards today have pretty decent internal antennas.

Aug 15, 2011 | Linksys Wireless-G WRT54G Router

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Installed a Linksys router 160Nv2 and 2 laptops are working fine wirelessly , my desktop cannot be connected for some reason. It gives me as error " no network in range " . Tried everything. Help...


dear friend this could be because you have placed your computer far from your router or the antenna of your network adapter is not properly attached try removing it and connecting it again if you can. thanks Gagan

Mar 15, 2011 | Linksys WRT160N Wireless Router

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My laptop won't connect to the internet via wireless even though it sys it is connected to my wireless router


Need more info.
Do you know what type of wireless security you are using?
The first place to check to see if you are "really" connected is to click start, run, type "ipconfig" (no quotes) and see what IP address you have. If you have anything that starts with 169.xxx.xxx.xxx , you are not really connected.

Mar 01, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Can i add an outdoor antenna to my belkin f5d8236? how? do I connect to one of the existing antenna leads and forgoe the other? Do i need two outdoor antennas connected to it? I am trying to connect to...


I think you can try:
  1. Homemade Pringles antenna - Eat a packet of Pringles (ready salted would be my choice) then follow this tutorial to convert it into a functioning directional antenna. Point it where you need a signal boost.
  2. Airport Express & kitchen sieve - Take an Airport Express and set it into a common metallic kitchen sieve to boost it's signal further.
  3. Try a parabolic dish - Hawking make a 802.11 B/G parabolic dish that basically pulls in a WiFi signal, performs some magic and boosts your range by up to 300%! It only costs $80 and it has a cool retro style.
  4. Cantenna - This is basically a pro version of the Pringles tin hack. For $50 you can buy a Cantenna that plugs into your router and extends your WiFi signal. It also looks cool.
Also see this:
The Wi-Fire uses a powerful directional antenna, highly sensitive receiver and proprietary software to find and enhance normal WiFi signals. With it, you can connect wirelessly to the Internet-even at low signal strengths-faster, more reliably and with a more consistently strong connection-than you are able to with an internal wireless adapter.
The Wi-Fire draws very little power from your laptop battery. It comes complete with everything you need to connect wirelessly to the Internet. Just install the Wi-Fire Connection Manager, plug the Wi-Fire into an available USB port and you're ready to start. It can rest on any flat surface, laptop display or flat screen monitor.

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I am wanting to run my (currently wired) laptop to be wireless (have bought a USB adaptor to do this), but also keep my main PC wired. I clearly need the internet on my PC to set up my DLink G ADSL2+. I...


You will need a wireless router with a built in switch. Most of them these days will have a built in switch. Here is a picture detailing what I am talking about.

You're internet connection goes into the ADSL port. Now, it will be broadcast WIRELESSLY through the antenna to your laptop. With this example, you could connect 4 more WIRED computers through the LAN ports. The built in switch is the division of the connection into the separate LAN ports.

I trust that this will help you greatly and look forward to your response!

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Feb 26, 2010 | D-Link ADSL2/2+ Modem/Wireless Router...

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Can not connect wirelessly with router


The list of wireless routers that are available in Windows is very limited and the signal strength of any router that is detected is weak. This can occur when the Lite-On USB Wireless 802.11 b/g hardware and Windows are not able to fully synchronize the signal strength data. Figure 1: Example of detected wireless devices when the antenna cable wire is connected to secondary port c01153759.jpg Figure 2: Example of detected wireless devices in the same environment when the antenna cable wire is connected to primary port c01153760.jpg To correct this error , download and install Lite-On USB Wireless LAN Driver Update (sp35177) (in English) from the HP Web site. This update should only be applied if your PC has the Lit-On USB Wireless LAN adapter and is exhibiting the symptom. As a work-around, you can connect the wire that runs from the wireless antenna port to the primary port on the cord as follows: CAUTION: This product contains components that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). To reduce the chance of ESD damage, work over a non-carpeted floor, use a static dissipative work surface (like a conductive foam pad), and wear an ESD wrist strap connected to a grounded surface.
  1. Open the side panel.
  2. Find the wireless networking board by following the antenna wire connected to the wireless networking antenna port on the back of the computer. Figure 3: Wireless networking hardware c01153761.jpg 1 - Wireless network board 2 - Antenna wire 3 - Wireless networking antenna port
  3. Very carefully, disconnect the small wire from the board by gently pulling the end of the wire away from the board.
  4. Connect the wire to the other available port on the board. Figure 4: Available port c01153762.jpg
  5. Replace the side panel, connect the power cord, turn on the computer, and use the computer again to verify that wireless signal strengths have improved.

Jan 14, 2009 | Acer Aspire 4520-5582 Notebook

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Wifi


You need to purchase a wireless router. The router will have 5 ports on the back, one in and 4 out. The wire that you have going from your modem to your computer will go to the "in" port on the router. The out ports can be used for wired connections, and the wireless antenna will connect to any wireless computers.

Any computer that you want to connect wirelessly to your new router will need to be wireless-ready. For a desktop computer, you will need to buy and install a wireless PCI network card. Most laptops have built-in wireless.

You can buy a wireless router at most "big box" stores, like Best Buy, Office Depot, even WalMart sometimes carries them. A wireless router will cost between $75 and $150.

Jan 09, 2009 | Siemens SpeedStream Modem (4100) (SS4100)

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Modem vs. Router


Oh I thought you wanted a wireless anywhere modem.
Ok
A Modem is what you need to get the internet from your internet provider. A router splits that connection from the modem so that more than 1 computer can get on.
What you need to do is get a wireless router such as the Linksys WRT54G then connect it to the modem so that it will broadcast wireless to your laptop.

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