question on wireless connecting

question on wireless connecting

Post by hamm » Thu, 08 Oct 2009 06:01:00


i have a macbook and an ipod touch, when no wifi signal is available how
can i gain internet access? any reputable cards that i would be able to
use on both items to connect to the internet for email and browsing?
 
 
 

question on wireless connecting

Post by dempso » Thu, 08 Oct 2009 08:57:44


If you are in a location where you have access to an Ethernet socket
through which you can access the Internet, the MacBook can use that.

Otherwise if there is no WiFi network to which you can connect, you will
need some kind of external device which allows the MacBook to connect to
the Internet via an appropriate cellular network, or a similar long
distance wireless technology (e.g. satellite modem, WiMax).

The MacBook has no slots in which you could install any kind of "card",
so you must use an external device. Your main connection options are
Bluetooth or USB.

Some possibilities:

- An iPhone can do USB or Bluetooth "tethering" and provide Internet
access, but only on some cellular networks (AT&T doesn't allow this, for
example).

- Some cellphones can be connected to the computer and provide Internet
access in the same manner (USB and/or Bluetooth, depending on the
phone). I have done this with a Sony Ericsson cellphone. This may have
the same issues with the network provider not allowing tethering.

- There are specialised cellular modems you can buy which allow
connection in the same manner. They plug in via USB. This may require a
separate account from your cellphone, and charging is handled
differently from cellphones doing tethering, so your network operator
should be fine with this. Main problem is likely to be ongoing monthly
costs, so this is expensive if you only want to use it occasionally.

The iPod Touch can't access the Internet without a WiFi network. I'm not
aware of any Bluetooth or USB device which would allow this.

Your only option there would be some solution which allowed your MacBook
to connect to the Internet, then use the MacBook to create a WiFi
network. Your iPod Touch could then connect to that network and access
the Internet while near your MacBook.

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question on wireless connecting

Post by dempso » Thu, 08 Oct 2009 08:59:51


Incidentally, on an administrative note: the comp.sys.mac.hardware
newsgroup is not supposed to exist any more, so many people won't be
able to read your message.

I suggest you avoid the use of this group in future, and use its
official replacement, comp.sys.mac.hardware.misc.

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David Empson
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question on wireless connecting

Post by hamm » Thu, 08 Oct 2009 09:38:51

thanks david, i will post on the new group, i think you have pretty much
explained my options...
 
 
 

question on wireless connecting

Post by gtr » Thu, 08 Oct 2009 09:52:09

On 2009-10-06 16:59:51 -0700, XXXX@XXXXX.COM (David Empson) said:



Interesting. Why is it "not supposed to exist any more"?
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question on wireless connecting

Post by dempso » Thu, 08 Oct 2009 10:10:12


I haven't gone hunting down the official documentation on all of this,
but here is the background.

The "official" major newsgroup categories (including comp) have standard
rules on dealing with addition and deletion of groups. Changes must be
proposed, discussed, and then voted on.

Many years ago, there was a vote to split the original
comp.sys.mac.hardware group into several subgroups, including
comp.sys.mac.hardware.misc, storage and video. That vote passed, and one
of its resolutions was that the parent group (comp.sys.mac.hardware) was
to be decomissioned.

The only reason it still exists is that some news servers ignored the
subsequent control messages to delete the newsgroup. Other servers did
delete the group, and have a policy of only hosting groups which are on
the official list.

This means that comp.sys.mac.hardware only exists on a subset of news
servers, and message distribution is less reliable amongst those which
do still carry it, because some of their peer servers are not carrying
this group (and will not do so).

Some servers may only get posts in this group which are also
cross-posted to another group which is widely carried.

--
David Empson
XXXX@XXXXX.COM
 
 
 

question on wireless connecting

Post by gtr » Sun, 11 Oct 2009 04:02:50

On 2009-10-06 18:10:12 -0700, XXXX@XXXXX.COM (David Empson) said:




Thanks for the info, David.
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