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1. Posted by sandy456 (Full Member 213 posts) 10y

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international travel with wireless connection vs. internet cafe

I'm travelling and have had enough of internet cafes - I want to get wireless.

I have a laptop (but not the wireless card or the service).

My question is what is the best option for someone who travels regularly (from different cities in Asian countries and eventually the entire world (including Europe).

At this point, I've been going to cafes and connecting my laptop to the shop's ADSL or cABLE INTERNET. I've caculated I spend roughly $1-2 every day in these cafes. Now, how much would wireless cost?

Also, aside from cost - is wireless international or do I need to cancel my in-country service every time I move to a new country? I mean, how convinient is it to have wireless when travelling to different countries all the time?

Case in point:
Will my hardware (card) be comptabile with international wireless service? If I buy the card in Thailand (my current location) - Can i use wireless service in China later on.

If you're travelling on wireless (and you understand where I'm going with this), please share your experiences.

thx

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Hi Sandy,

What you'll need is a wireless card (obviously), most likely the kind that you slide into your pcmia (think that's what it's called) slot - and remove when not using. Aside from that you won't need anything (no extra subscription kind of thing/service etc.).

This is international and as far as I am aware will work in every country.... I've never had problems with compatibility in any case, but not sure about EVERY country in the world. It's not near as bad as with mobile phones though....

To actually connect to the internet you need to have a 'hotspot'. These are often set up in cafes and the likes, but you are not guaranteed to find a hot spot everywhere you go. Without one, you don't have wireless internet access. Hot spots are often free, but certainly not always. In airports for example they are often paid. The same at for example Starbucks where you pay to connect through their hotspots. If you steer away from the big brand places, most smaller places will offer free hot spots though and I've generally been pretty happy with the coverage you can get. Often in hotels you'll be able to get free internet access if they have a hotspot, or even if the building across the road has one (that is open and not protected!).

Hope that helps and is clear :)

Cheers,

Sam

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

Quoting Sam I Am

What you'll need is a wireless card (obviously), most likely the kind that you slide into your pcmia (think that's what it's called) slot - and remove when not using. Aside from that you won't need anything (no extra subscription kind of thing/service etc.).

Other than the PCMCIA card (aka PC Card), it also comes in USB adapter. It looks like a USB Thumbdrive, just slightly thicker and longer in size. I think this USB Wifi adapter is better in a way, as you can also use it on a PC if there is such a need. You can't use a PCMCIA card on a normal PC.

This is international and as far as I am aware will work in every country.... I've never had problems with compatibility in any case, but not sure about EVERY country in the world. It's not near as bad as with mobile phones though....

There are only two standards for wifi - 802.11b and 802.11g, or simply known as wifi-B and wifi-G. B has a theoretical speed of 11Mbps. G is a newer standard, has a theoretical speed of 54Mbps and is backward compatible with B. Just get a wifi-G card/adapter. :)

Cheers,
Hien

4. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

Quoting Hien

There are only two standards for wifi - 802.11b and 802.11g, or simply known as wifi-B and wifi-G. B has a theoretical speed of 11Mbps. G is a newer standard, has a theoretical speed of 54Mbps and is backward compatible with B. Just get a wifi-G card/adapter. :)

Oops!

Actually, there is another wifi standard. That makes it three wifi standards. It's the 802.11a standard. This standard is very rarely used as it runs on a totally different radio spectrum, 54GHz as compared to wifi B and G which run on 2.4GHz.

Don't worry too much about the A. Those who still run on it now are most probably the early adopters of wifi technology.