How to Get Wireless Internet Without Having Cable or a Phone Line
Those who live in areas without cable or DSL Internet may think they are simply out of luck on wireless Internet. Fortunately, with satellite Internet, a wireless router and a Wi-Fi receiver, wireless Internet is available to those who live far beyond the city limits. For those who live in areas with wireless broadband access, a card can be purchased from many cell phone providers to allow wireless access to the Internet.
Things You'll Need
- Satellite Internet dish
- Wireless router
- Wi-Fi receiver card or built-in capability
- Broadband cards
Where There is No Other Option
Contact a satellite Internet providers such as WildBlue.com, RoadRunner.com or Hughesnet.com and compare rates in your area. You will have to sign a contract, usually for at least one year, with the provider you choose.
Have the dish and modem installed and connected to a wireless router. Some satellite companies provide wireless modems for an extra change --- for a single computer, you will not need a router.
Activate the Wi-Fi features of your computer or purchase a Wi-Fi networking card to communicate with the wireless router.
Set up your personal network, making sure to set a password for security. The installer of your satellite dish can help you through the steps for their particular system.
Access the Internet, keeping in mind the upload and download limits of your satellite plan.
Where Wi-Fi or GE Networks Are Available
Check out the wireless cards offered by companies such as AT&T and Verizon. In many locations, there are other service providers as well, such as Cricket, which offer wireless Internet plans.
Determine if you need a PCMCIA card (for laptops) or if the company issues USB connection devices.
Plug the Wi-Fi card into your system. Follow the instructions and use the login information provided to you by your provider.
Tips & Warnings
- Always set up your wireless connection as a secure system. This will make it more difficult for a hacker to access your computer and will keep others from piggy-backing on your connection for free.
- Make sure to have anti-virus software installed on all computers that will be using the Wi-Fi connection. Keep the anti-virus software up to date at all times.
- Some cell phones offer the ability to connect to the Internet using a laptop or desktop USB cable.