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Old 12-27-2006, 01:21 PM
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Default Broadband wireless or anything like it in Puerto Rico?

We'll be in PR for two weeks--the places we're staying (we're renting houses
for each of the two weeks we'll be there) don't have internet access.
Looking at the areas covered by Verizon Broadband Wireless, PR isn't
covered, according to Verizon's website. Isn't there some slower speed that
kicks in when you're not in a coverage area? Is that available in PR? (Not
sure I can survive for two weeks if I have to hunt down hotspots.)

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Nada y nadie


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Old 12-27-2006, 07:25 PM
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"Xxxxx" <Not_gonna_give@all.com> wrote in news:qjvkh.5636$6f4.2466
@trndny08:

> Not
> sure I can survive for two weeks if I have to hunt down hotspots.)
>


How close is the house to cafes and hotels? You might find a wifi signal
you can get to, especially from an upper floor, from inside the house.

Before you go, download Network Stumbler for free from
http://www.stumbler.net/

Net Stumbler is a wifi scanner you can just leave running as you move
around on any wifi laptop. It identifies, logs, and analyzes the signal
level and connectability of anything it finds, noting ones open and
freebie. If you hook a USB GPS to it, it will even plot these wifi
hotspots on Google Maps for you...really neat.

Not much hunting is necessary in a city. Unhibernate laptop, run
NetStumbler, connect...you're online. It's amazing what it finds
Microsoft Networking won't. All you have to do is turn it on and it
starts scanning, immediately, even if you're already connected.

Have a great vacation.....One of my rat friends is sailing in Tortola
this week. He called me on Skype from there last night. Yes, I'm
jealous...(c;


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Old 12-28-2006, 02:29 AM
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Xxxxx wrote:
> We'll be in PR for two weeks--the places we're staying (we're renting houses
> for each of the two weeks we'll be there) don't have internet access.
> Looking at the areas covered by Verizon Broadband Wireless, PR isn't
> covered, according to Verizon's website. Isn't there some slower speed that
> kicks in when you're not in a coverage area? Is that available in PR? (Not
> sure I can survive for two weeks if I have to hunt down hotspots.)
>
> --
> Nada y nadie


i was *just* in puerto rico (san juan) and the carolina beaches. i am
on ac1 and had an extended network signal all the time. on my treo i
had 1x speed no evdo. which was ok for email but frustratingly slow
for anything else. i have only had the 700p since august but i have
gotten so use to its speed that i have forgotten how slow 1x was on my
600

enjoy your stay


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Old 12-28-2006, 04:00 AM
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Very cute. I'll have to compare it with something similar I'm beta testing.
From my house in northern Virginia, Stumbler and the other thing both detect
the same three wireless networks. Both provide the basics, but Stumble seems
to provide a lot more information. Our first house is in the hills, and
might or might not be able to pick something up nearby. The 2nd house is in
a gated community close to the water, and I'm betting there will be some
"generous" neighbors, or that signals will waft across the bay.

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Nada y nadie
"Larry" <noone@home.com> wrote in message
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> "Xxxxx" <Not_gonna_give@all.com> wrote in news:qjvkh.5636$6f4.2466
> @trndny08:
>
>> Not
>> sure I can survive for two weeks if I have to hunt down hotspots.)
>>

>
> How close is the house to cafes and hotels? You might find a wifi signal
> you can get to, especially from an upper floor, from inside the house.
>
> Before you go, download Network Stumbler for free from
> http://www.stumbler.net/
>
> Net Stumbler is a wifi scanner you can just leave running as you move
> around on any wifi laptop. It identifies, logs, and analyzes the signal
> level and connectability of anything it finds, noting ones open and
> freebie. If you hook a USB GPS to it, it will even plot these wifi
> hotspots on Google Maps for you...really neat.
>
> Not much hunting is necessary in a city. Unhibernate laptop, run
> NetStumbler, connect...you're online. It's amazing what it finds
> Microsoft Networking won't. All you have to do is turn it on and it
> starts scanning, immediately, even if you're already connected.
>
> Have a great vacation.....One of my rat friends is sailing in Tortola
> this week. He called me on Skype from there last night. Yes, I'm
> jealous...(c;
>



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Old 12-28-2006, 12:39 PM
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"Xxxxx" <Not_gonna_give@all.com> wrote in
news:qbIkh.9277$6Z5.2058@trndny01:

> Very cute. I'll have to compare it with something similar I'm beta
> testing. From my house in northern Virginia, Stumbler and the other
> thing both detect the same three wireless networks. Both provide the
> basics, but Stumble seems to provide a lot more information. Our
> first house is in the hills, and might or might not be able to pick
> something up nearby. The 2nd house is in a gated community close to
> the water, and I'm betting there will be some "generous" neighbors, or
> that signals will waft across the bay.
>
>


If you know your neighbors, it's also nice to either swap WEP codes with
them or just open up the routers, entirely. We've done that here. If my
cable company goes down, I have one DSL and one other cable company wifi
in range I can go to until mine is fixed. Same for my neighbors, they
use mine. (They use mine lots more than I use their, because theirs is
Comcast, but that's another story..(c

Wifi has such a short range, I've never figured out why people are so
paranoid about just letting their neighbors use it. You're lucky if you
can use it 2 houses away without some serious installations like my
router-in-a-bucket, 50' up the oak tree in my yard. That has a range of
about a mile.


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