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Wireless Extender?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by cecilep61280, Jan 19, 2007.

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  1. cecilep61280

    cecilep61280 Thread Starter

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    Ok im a little curious about buying a wireless extender. The problem is i'm not home much so theres really no sense in me paying almost 70 dollars a month for service. I pick up a bunch of unsecured wireless connections but its only in one window in my house and i literally HAVE to be IN the window which is very uncomfortable. I'm not worried about saftey since i dont give any information out on the computer anyways, so getting a unsecured connection does not bother me.I was wondering if there is an extender i can buy to place in my window and plug into my computer to allow me to get the signal. I have an Acer 5100. Or any other suggestions would be great....thanks
     
  2. TerryNet

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    "any other suggestions would be great"

    Suggest you read the forum rules about not asking for help with illegal activities while you wait for a moderator to apply a padlock to your thread.
     
  3. cecilep61280

    cecilep61280 Thread Starter

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    how is it illegal to use an unsecured wireless network?? If thats illegal then i guess its illegal all over the country. What would be the point in wireless laptops if you cant pick up service anywhere you bring it. You make no sense.
     
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    It's illegal to connect to a wireless network paid for by a private party (a person / family) without their permission.

    Connecting to public hotspots is not illegal since they're setup and designed for that purpose.
     
  5. cecilep61280

    cecilep61280 Thread Starter

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    yeah and the connection im trying to get is buffalo wi-fi....which IS a free service. So whats the issue here?
     
  6. TerryNet

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    "I pick up a bunch of unsecured wireless connections" doesn't tend to make a person think "one free public wireless network." :(

    Extenders tend to be difficult to configure and picky about what wireless routers or Access Points with which they agree to communicate. Best to call the service, or the governent entity licensing it, and ask what will work with the system.

    I'm curious--in what town are you?
     
  7. JohnWill

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    Well, I think the comment about "a bunch of unsecured networks" gives this one away. I'm sure that the free service doesn't have a "bunch of" access points, right?

    Other than specific free hotspots, I don't see anything that says Buffalo has global free WiFi, care to provide a link? Here's all I find: http://www.infobuffalo.com/wifi.htm
     
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    Aurora, IL is developing (maybe it's now complete) a free wireless service for their central city. It does, by necessity, have a lot of access points. Several months ago I walked around with a Wi-Fi detector and at most locations could detect 2 to 6 access points and some of them even had a strong enough signal for a possible connection.

    OTOH I also detected many Buffalo hotspots--NOT free and unsecured.
     
  9. JohnWill

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    Yep, that seems to be what I see when looking for. Obviously, Aurora, IL is proud of theirs: http://www.wi-fiplanet.com/news/article.php/3592106

    OTOH, When I search in Buffalo, I find the following specific list:

    Apple Store - G116 Walden Galleria - (716) 685-2762
    Bubble Tea Cafe - 3202 Sheridan Drive
    BuffaloWiFi.org - requires registration to access public locations in Apollo Media Center - 1346 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo City Hall & Niagara Square, The Buffalo Zoo, Cathedral Park/Ellicott Square Building, Erie Basin Marina, Lafayette Square and The Theater District
    Cafe 59 - 59 Allen St. - 716-883-1880
    Cafe Aroma - 957 Elmwood Ave.
    Cathedral Park/Ellicott Square Building Hotzone
    City Grill - 268 Main Street @ Swan - 716.856.2651
    Erie County Courthouse and Old County Hall
    Eastern Hills Mall Food Court
    Spot Coffee - 227 Delaware Ave. - 716.332.2299
    Wegmans - cafe area - 601 Amherst St
    Holiday Inn Airport - 4600 Genesee Street

    I think it's time to close this one. :)

    We won't help you make unauthorized connections to unsecured or secured networks here at TSG.
     
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