How to Get Wireless Internet Without Having Cable or a Phone Line

By G.K. Bayne

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

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Activate the Wi-Fi features of your computer or purchase a Wi-Fi networking card to communicate with the wireless router.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Access the Internet, keeping in mind the upload and download limits of your satellite plan.

Where Wi-Fi or GE Networks Are Available

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Determine if you need a PCMCIA card (for laptops) or if the company issues USB connection devices.

Step 3

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.