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Old 08-21-2007, 07:06 PM
 
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The guy in the sales office said that the company comes out and just turns on a switch in a centrally located box, and I have wireless access. But when I called Comcast, they said I need to buy a modem. If my laptop has wireless access, and the buildings are already wired for wireless, why do I need a modem?
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Old 08-21-2007, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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I'd guess that the wireless access is through someone else's modem, and that could be Comcast, Qwest DSL, or an alternative. Solution: don't get Comcast internet until you have reason to.
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:13 AM
 
Location: North of the Cow Pasture and South of the Wind Turbines
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Most likely he meant the Apt is Internet ready either with DSL (phone jack) or cable - You will probably still need to sign up with a broadband provider who should provide you with a modem if not then they are not too expensive. To then have a wireless connection you would need a wireless router connected to the modem through an RJ45 cable. Then your laptop would be able to connect to the wireless router. In an apartment building you will want to secure that connection so other people cannot access your connection and perhaps your machine.

Last edited by BovinaCowHateWindTurbines; 08-22-2007 at 07:15 AM.. Reason: I gots speal chek
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Old 08-22-2007, 05:35 PM
 
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Hmmm, very interesting, both of you. Thanks a lot for your help! I have a much better understanding now of what I need to do/look for.
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Old 08-23-2007, 05:44 PM
 
Location: North of the Cow Pasture and South of the Wind Turbines
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What he means by flip the switch is that like I said the Apt. is Internet ready and the Internet Service Provider just needs to activate you. I just got a new DLink wireless (n) spec under a 100 bucks and a whole lot faster than g.

Last edited by BovinaCowHateWindTurbines; 08-23-2007 at 05:45 PM.. Reason: please sir can I have some rep
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Old 08-23-2007, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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This is a similar scenario to a hotel. They give you a code to access the wireless in the apt.

Some apts are set up this way...mostly long term corporate apts, like the Oakwood Corporate Apts. Liz
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Old 08-23-2007, 05:59 PM
 
Location: North of the Cow Pasture and South of the Wind Turbines
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Ahh I've been in the pasture too long Last time I stayed in a Hotel Color TV had just started to make its way ....
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Old 09-19-2007, 01:32 PM
 
Location: NC
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Just came by to share my own experience with receiving wireless internet. Okay, one place that I lived at the apartment complex offered free wireless internet. The only thing that I had to do to receive the connection on my pc was to purchase a wireless internet card. After I installed the wireless internet card and rebooted my computer and installed the software included with the wireless internet card I was surfing the web in no time. If the leasing office did not say that it was free wireless internet then you may have to pay like another poster said to receive the wireless internet. You might would want to ask another resident how they are receiving their internet? Just a suggestion.

Another apartment complex I lived in said that they had internet available. Now here is where it got a little tricky. I had to purchase internet service through an internet service provider. An service person came out and hooked up my cable and internet the same day. He hooked the modem up so that I could get internet through my cable. From there in order for me to get an internet connection on another pc or laptop in my apartment I would have to purchase a router.
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