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Can i extend my wireless connections?

I have a compaq presario V6101US laptop and I have been fortunate to pick up my neighbors connection but I recently moved and I only get one connection that I can get on to, but some days I can get on and some days I cannot. The other connections are secured and asks for a code. Someone said that I have to buy a wireless card where i will be able to get access anywhere but they said theres monthly fees and that they are expensive. I went to Best Buy and some chick told me that I can buy a router but they also have monthly fees?Im trying to avoid spending money right now so is there something else I can do to expand my wireless connections? If theres a way please let me know the cheapest way to help me because I start college in 5 days. Broke single mom needs your assistance, thank you

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  • robyn Jan 10, 2008

    thanks i do get internet at school its just when im home sometimes i do and then sometimes i don't, guess ill just work at school for now until I can afford more, thanks again!

  • robyn Jan 10, 2008

    P.S. is there anything out there that i can download at home for free to expand my wireless connections?



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Ask your college if they have WIFI access available. Most colleges offer free WiFi access on there campuses. Ask the IT department about this. You might have to buy an adapter for your computer but it would only be a one time thing. Hope this helps.

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    Nathan Schrock Jan 11, 2008

    I do not know about any software that can do that. I've heard of buying some kind of antenna that boosts it. I would suspect those cost lots o mula tho.



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