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BaywoodBill
05-22-2007, 06:50 PM
For a while I've looked at the Verizon wireless high speed internet access cards to use while traveling but that's a pretty high price to pay.

But my second DSL introductory offer is expires in June so I have to think about it.

I can find comparable DSL for about $20/month. The Verizon deal is over $50.
Monthly charges can get on top of your budget if you let them, so increasing from $20 to $50 is not the best idea.

On the other hand, when I travel it's either a Verizon card or "catch or catch can" for internet, sometimes at exorbitant hook up charges and sometimes free and sometimes not secure.

My PC doesn't have a PCMCIA slot. I spent a little time on Google and CDW looking for adapters to plug a PCMCIA slot into my PC. There may be one or two available but they don't tell you very clearly.

Finally we get to a question. What do you do? :idunno:

sikwan
05-22-2007, 08:44 PM
What do you do? :idunno:

If I'm reading this right, you're using a PC while traveling? :thinking:

I would get a PCI wireless card like this...

http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C2&childpagename=US%2FLayout&cid=1150490054358&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper&lid=5435839789B01 (http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C2&childpagename=US%2FLayout&cid=1150490054358&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper&lid=5435839789B01)

...and visit places listed here...

http://www.wififreespot.com/index.html

Or maybe just get one of this...

http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0257720

...and forget about your PC.

If you're lucky, sometimes you might even get an unprotected wireless signal in a city. There's a lot of wireless signals in San Francisco. I just turn on my laptop, choose the closest signal that's unlocked, and browse away. Also, a lot of local libraries let you hook your laptop up to their ethernet.

A lot of this probably wouldn't work for you if you're in the boonies, but we're never too far away from a city. At least this is what we (I) do, because I'm cheap and have no money. :smilewink:

It's not the securest way of doing things, but we limit our time "connected" and mostly use it for uploading pictures. We use a software firewall.

BaywoodBill
05-23-2007, 03:46 PM
Seek, I didn't state my question clearly.

I have a laptop I use when I travel and it has a wireless card and I can get onto wireless sites when they are available --- which is not as frequent as I thought I could find as I travel through the hinterlands.


At home I use a PC.

So I'm thinking about getting a Verizon Broadband service that uses a PCMCIA card. And I want to use the same service on my PC at home. My PC doesn't have a slot for a PCMCIA card and I was wondering if anyone had a similar situation and had some sort of adapter to hook a PCMCIA card to a PC and have it easily removable so it can also be used on a laptop. :idunno:

Thanks for your answer. :thumbup: Sorry my question was obscure. I hope this makes it more clear.


If I'm reading this right, you're using a PC while traveling? :thinking:

I would get a PCI wireless card like this...

http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C2&childpagename=US%2FLayout&cid=1150490054358&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper&lid=5435839789B01

...and visit places listed here...

http://www.wififreespot.com/index.html

Or maybe just get one of this...

http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0257720

...and forget about your PC.

If you're lucky, sometimes you might even get an unprotected wireless signal in a city. There's a lot of wireless signals in San Francisco. I just turn on my laptop, choose the closest signal that's unlocked, and browse away. Also, a lot of local libraries let you hook your laptop up to their ethernet.

A lot of this probably wouldn't work for you if you're in the boonies, but we're never too far away from a city. At least this is what we (I) do, because I'm cheap and have no money. :smilewink:

It's not the securest way of doing things, but we limit our time "connected" and mostly use it for uploading pictures. We use a software firewall.

sikwan
05-23-2007, 03:59 PM
So I'm thinking about getting a Verizon Broadband service that uses a PCMCIA card. And I want to use the same service on my PC at home. My PC doesn't have a slot for a PCMCIA card and I was wondering if anyone had a similar situation and had some sort of adapter to hook a PCMCIA card to a PC and have it easily removable so it can also be used on a laptop.

I have no experience with this, however, Newegg.com has...

PCI to PCMCIA adapters (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&Description=pcmcia%20to%20pci&bop=And&Order=PRICE)

The first one for $19.99...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815124021

...has 53 reviews and the average rating is 5 eggs. :thumbup:

I have a SYBA PCI disk controller that is working on Vista, so I can vouch for its quality.

Don Horner
05-23-2007, 06:26 PM
Bill, if you go with Sprint boradband, there is a router available into which you canplug the Sprint PCMCIA card and provide a wireless network using the Sprint card. At home, you would install a wireless card into the PC and be able to use both the PC and the laptop for browsing at the same time.

Here is a link (http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/entry/2366/sprint_to_offer) to an article about it; somewhere else I saw one for sale. It's not cheap -- bout $250 -- but it's unique.

In my research, I found that Sprint has more broadband coverage than Verizon and tons more coverage than Cingular (ATT).

BaywoodBill
05-24-2007, 04:33 PM
Thanks Seek & Don.

tegimr
05-24-2007, 05:25 PM
Seek, I didn't state my question clearly.

So I'm thinking about getting a Verizon Broadband service that uses a PCMCIA card. And I want to use the same service on my PC at home. My PC doesn't have a slot for a PCMCIA card and I was wondering if anyone had a similar situation and had some sort of adapter to hook a PCMCIA card to a PC and have it easily removable so it can also be used on a laptop. :idunno:

Thanks for your answer. :thumbup: Sorry my question was obscure. I hope this makes it more clear.

Check availability maps (if they have them) and make certain that the places you want to go have availabillity. Having said maps, I did some testing for a company that I worked for and found the maps were more promising than the signal :laughing: (that is marketing).
On the otherhand, T-Mobile has some offerings and is everywhere there is starbucks (maybe a good thing). Like Seek, I'm not prone to spend money for internet access unless I have to, so I'm willing to forgo some security for a quick email check.

Regarding the pCMCIA adapter for a PC, IF your PC at home has room up front (like an extra 'drive' slot) finding and adapter with a front access will be a big help. like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820128003 I've used one similar, but the same company and we were pleased with the results.
Tim

BaywoodBill
05-25-2007, 02:37 AM
Don, I checked Sprint Broadband and they don't have coverage where I live, so that's out for now until they add some more towers.

To Seek and Tim, my desktop has no room for another slot in the front unless I use a saber saw and I haven't checked inside to see if there's a space there. I think there isn't because my two optic drives and my card reader and my floppy drive are all in the top half and the bottom half is solid with an off/on switch.

On CDW there's this device http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1213623
that seems to me something to meet my needs but they don't tell me enough in my ignorance. Two of the Verizon cards are listed as epress cards.

I'm with both of you... I don't want to pay for internet access if I don't have to. But I've found such spotty coverage where I've been that I would feel a lot better if I could be sure. I don't use it just for email. I keep on top of my monthly bills when I'm on a trip and pay them.

sikwan
05-25-2007, 03:46 AM
To Seek and Tim, my desktop has no room for another slot in the front unless I use a saber saw and I haven't checked inside to see if there's a space there. I think there isn't because my two optic drives and my card reader and my floppy drive are all in the top half and the bottom half is solid with an off/on switch.

Bill, the PCI card that I recommended goes in the back. Yeah I know, not as convenient as a front mount, but for $20 and some good reviews I think it's a good buy.

Once you mount the card in its PCI slot, plugging in your PCMCIA card is just plug-n-play.

BMA
05-25-2007, 04:14 AM
Like Seek, I'm not prone to spend money for internet access unless I have to, so I'm willing to forgo some security for a quick email check.

If your provider allows it you can have your email access links encrypted. I have my IMAP mail server setup to only accept connections on the secure port using SSL links. Outgoing mail also only goes over encrypted links. This doesn't do anything for web traffic. For file transfer I use scp which only sends stuff using encrypted links. scp is part of the ssh suite of tools for encrypted computer to computer access.

- Bryan

BaywoodBill
05-25-2007, 05:15 PM
Thanks Bryan and Seek. http://www.clicksmilies.com/s1106/cool/cool-smiley-015.gif