Connecting A MacBook To The Net, From The Woods?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Felasco, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. Felasco Guest

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    Hey all, thanks for considering my post.

    Phones can now connect to the net from almost anywhere. I'm wondering how my laptop might do the same.

    I'm a big nature nut and spend a lot of time outdoors. I could spend even more time in the woods if I could work from there.

    What kind of gizmo would I need to connect my laptop to the net from the woods, far from power and wifi hot spots etc?

    Thanks!
     
  2. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    First of all, what's your favorite cellphone network that gets service in the woods in your area?
     
  3. Felasco thread starter Guest

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    Ah, good question.

    I really don't know as I don't have a cellphone. But my wife has recently been doing a lot of cellphone shopping for herself, and has concluded AT&T is the best. So let's proceed with that I guess, unless you have other suggestions.

    Thanks for playing.
     
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  5. Felasco thread starter Guest

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    Thank you, this is very useful. That's an impressive little box, at a quite reasonable price.

    I currently connect to the net with Cox Cable. Do you happen to know if there is a similar device that would work with Cox? Hmm... I'm guessing not, as they're not in the mobile phone biz, right?

    I could test signal availability with my wife's iPhone. I'm guessing this is going to be problematic, considering where I like to go.

    Can you provide a thumbnail sketch of what would be involved in satellite internet? Are we talking a dish on top of my van etc?

    Thanks again for your helpful replies, much appreciated.
     
  6. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    Test it with you wife's iPhone. If there's no service on her iPhone, there will be no service on that MiFi. Cox is a cable company, not a cell phone company, so there's nothing available through them.

    Satellite internet would in fact require a satellite dish on top of your van and a high monthly cost:speed ratio.
     
  7. Felasco thread starter Guest

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    Thanks again for responding to my question. I get the gist of it now, and appreciate your assistance.
     

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