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WiFi on the Road

  • All you need is a notebook and an 802.11b or 802.11g wireless network interface card, configured to support TCP/IP.

  • Specify as little as possible in the NIC configuration—obtain an IP address automatically, don't specify an SSID, disable WEP.

  • Check local libraries for free wireless Internet access; bookstores, coffee shops, and hotel lobbies for paid.

  • Ahead of time, print a list of WiFi access points to try.

  • Bring a spare, charged battery; a backrest; a mouse alternative; and a bathroom buddy.

  • Limit your activities to surfing the Internet, instant messaging, and web-based email. If you must run your email package or check financial data online, use your company's VPN or sign up for a service like HotSpotVPN.

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