Fri 28 May, 2004 04:51 am
Im at a client meeting this week and Ive been working with some attornies who have these WIFI laptops. (Im not even sure of the tech). I just like the idea of going on the net without a wire. Im in a city that has places wherein the WIFI (card, chip?) enables the user to just hhook in and go. Ive been told that certain "Node" areas are active in certain cities and are dependant upon someone nearby having a wireless hookup.
Is this all legal?
Is the technology secure?
Is the user subject to any hacking that is more prevelant in a wireless mode?
I guess Im rather sheltered down on the farm. In my office Ive got a cable modem and I like the speed, but the convenience of operating almost anywhere, (or searching around to find a "spot") is quite cool. I get ideas that I write on a clipboard that I keep in my truck and cannot do the research until I return home or through a phone at a hotel.
Anybody use WIFI exclusively? Imready for a new laptop and what's the way to go to get wired.
Availability is still the biggest issue. Nextel runs a WIFI network and has nodes in every Starbucks and one of the major bookstore chains (can't remember which one) but you have to be in proximity to one of them to access the network. Most of the other major telcos have setups to so you really have to check each one's coverage area (think back to the original days of cell phone coverage). Most major US airports are now wired and a lot of other chains are putting in WIFI for their customers. McDonalds is even wirng their stores for access.
It's all very legal. Security isn't any worse than what you'd have with a typical home network connected to a broadband connection.
You might want to look at: http://www.wififreespot.com/
Thanks fishin, I was playing with a laptop just doing some research while in a cafe. It is really great. Now if I could just get a very thin printer that would fit in the case, Id be set .