Wirelss or airport x?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iYooper, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. iYooper macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2004
    I have a MBP, and plan to take long trip. Some motels have T-Mobile wireless. Is this something I can hook into? On the Apple discussions board, somebody posted that the Airport Extreme can double as a modem. How so?

    Assuming that I can hook up wireless to T-Mobile (or other wireless network), does the MBP automatically find the nearest wireless network or do I have to do something to find that network?

    When I get to an overnite where there is no internet access, what are my options othere than finding a local wireless access point?

    Thanks for the help!
  2. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    what is a MBP?

    Assuming you are talking about an apple computer that has wireless with default config they will connect to a hotspot automatically. Usually hotspot that are pay will come with a web page when the browser is opened after connection is made. Different places will have different services. Some hotels and coffee shops offer free wifi. You can probably connect to a residential or unsecured wifi for free, however, probably not from a hotel room. If you are that needy for internet in the hotel, most good hotels offer ethernet service for a fee or for free.

    please don't worry about using the airport extreme as a modem. it isn't practical for your situation.
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    MBP = MacBook Pro.
  4. iYooper thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Yep. That's what it is = MacBook Pro. I'll be spending a few days in the Boston area, so maybe I'll get a chance to visit an Apple store. Maybe I'll have to buy one of those USB $50 modems. Sure hope not.
  5. echeck macrumors 68000


    Apr 20, 2004
    Boise, Idaho
    Instead of lugging around an Airport Extreme, get an Apple USB Modem. It's $49, but I'm sure you could find one cheaper on ebay.

    If you find yourself in a hotel with no hi-speed but they do offer a dataport, just grab yourself an AOL Free Trial disc that has 1000 hours. I've done that before, it's dial-up but at least you're connected.

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