If I buy this
Linksys - 802.11g Wireless Notebook Card
Model: WPC54G |SKU: 5250792
will I also need an internet service provider when in hotels with free wireless internet? Also, will it work in the U.S. and Canada?
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first of all you need to check with your internet provider to see what modem you can use. a wirless 802.11g card (the farthest range) if your provider has a wirless modem i would get it from them. and a wirless modem/router. i use bellsouth wirless dsl and bought the equipment from them. if you have a wirless modem/ router already then you just need the card and configure it.
Here is a link to the linksys website. I have already found most of what you need for this product WPC54g. Look on the label of the product and you should see the version which the below page is refering to. http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/support/WPC54G/download
do one thing install the driver of the router card in ur note book by cd is give with the card.after install the driver card restart the notebook then you get the icon in taskbar wireless signal.then after go to linksys router first go the network place right cilk propersities after that u see the local area connection right cilk properties then go for tcp/ip protocol then properties after that u give the ip address 192.168.1.50 and subnet mask is 255.255.255.0 aND DEFAULT GATWAY IS 192.168.1.1 THEN GIVE OK OK OK. then go start >run>type ping 192.168.1.1 then enter after that u show the black screen in that given reply or request time out.if the reply is came then go to internet exlporer in address bar type 192.168.1.1 then enter asking user name and password then give usermane admin and password is admin after then go wireless cilk it then enable the wireless in that you can give the wep key also.
I have to say one thing. The best place to find the right product is from there own web site. Go to linksys and get your software and drivers!!! I clicked on (bigg t's) best solution and instantly I was seeing popups. the nerve of some people.