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I am going on vacation in two weeks and the hotel where I am staying does not provide internet access. I was going to purchase a wireless card and use that, but my computer seems to have a built in wireless card. I have no external slot for one. Can you help me figure out what I need to do? I hate to be without my internet service for a whole week!!!! Pitiful as it sounds, I'm completely addicted. Thank you!
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Rather than "...purchase a wireless card..." since "...have no external slot..." and "...have a built in wireless card..." why not consider a WiFi AP/Router that can either serve as Access Point, Router, Bridge. Repeater (such as a LinkSys WRT54G). Such a unit if configured right will work in either a wired or wireless environment.

Perhaps your foremost concern should be; will there be a wireless Internet Provider/service within the immediate vicinity of the hotel. This of course depends on the location (country) and available service. In some countries/locations, the wireless ISP Provider bundles in their package the needed hardware. It is almost a rarity nowadays for a hotel not to have some sort of Internet Access even if just a dial-up. They may not share it with guests but most likely they are capable.

Alternately, you can try looking around for a public Internet Cafe and negotiate for a temporary WiFi access while staying in that location.

In some extreme case where the ISP requires use of a PCMCIA card and the laptop does not have such bus/feature or port, there are on the market an adapter/ converter that plugs to your USB port and the other ends will accept a standard PCMCIA card. Some examples of this device may be found here, here and here. The last was specifically designed for Broadband applications as well as Bluetooth.

Hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up[ or should you be in need of further information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Posted on Nov 07, 2007


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