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    Question regarding wirless notebook computers

    I just bought my wife a HP notbook computer for when she is back in University in September. Ithought I may be able to "piggyback" of other peoples wireless connections in my neighberhood...but I guess secured connections wont allow me, as they all ask for id keys and passwords. So I tried hooking up my 5 or 6 year old microsoft wireless b router, and that didnt work either. I ended up buying a new D-Link wirles N router, and it works superbly.

    My question is where can you actually use a wireless notebook? does SFU allow wireless connections? What other commen student places allow wireless connections? One of the main reasons I got this computer for her is so she can do her research papers etc anywhere she happens to be.

    As you can tell, I am a notebook newbie

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    Anywhere where there is free Wi-Fi. UBC Library, SFU library, BCIT library...etc.

    Wifi is open but you need to login before you can surf the web.

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    Some coffee shops offer free wireless internet. Waves coffee does for sure that I know of. Some blenz locations do as well I believe.

    Find out what signal your notebook understands. It is probably G and N.

    It's pretty straightforward to log into any network as long as you know the name of the network and the password.
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    yea man, wireless ain't free many places. some coffee shops here and there. waves, blenz, and starbucks is coming SOON too (currently pay-wireless).

    universities and the like, the wireless is free, but only to their students. ie, you need a student # and password to login to it.


    and yea, as for your neighbors, unless you've got a really dumb one, all their connections are gonna be secured too.

    peace

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    Cory, try the password 'admin', '1234', or their phone number (if you know it) for all your neighbour connections. They may be secure but not that secure!

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    That may work for getting into the router itself, but you need to be on the network first. Most people use WEP (for some reason - it's shit), and you need a 5/13/16/29 character key for that. Cory, if you do some research it really doesn't take a whole lot of time to find a WEP key for a specific network, especially if there's a lot of traffic on it.
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    SFU Surrey's entire campus is wifi
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    cool....thanks for the help and advice everyone.

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    Blenz and MAC convenience stores. For Blenz, you need to ask the barista or whoever is manning the counter for a temp login.

    I think it's time you went wardriving.

    (or for added challenge, war-biking)

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    And for that I recommend NetStumbler - very useful tool. If you have a GPS connected to the laptop, you can even make maps of where the local unsecured networks are too.
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    lol sounds like fun....I think on my next day off we will grab the tomtom and cruise around looking for "hotspots" ...now after messing around on her laptop, I want one to!

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