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Windows 7: ISP & WiFi

18 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 
ISP & WiFi

Do I need a ISP provider to go to a motel and use their Wifi? I will be canceling my Quest DLS high speed Internet and then going on a trip where I won't have any ISP provider so can I still use the motels Internet?
PS: I hope this question isn't too stupid for some of you guys because I'm moving to OKC, and after being retired form the Computer field for 7 years where I set up networks for dozens of companies I really want to start learning again. I figure this is a very good place to start. So please don't poke fun at an old man.
Thanks
Richard


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18 Aug 2010   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

If your hotel has wireless internet, you do NOT need an ISP. The hotel has the ISP. You will need a wireless card in your pc. Some hotels have an Ethernet cable. When in doubt, call ahead.

Hotels may also offer a business area on the main floor with a pc and Internet access.

Of course, some hotels do not have any access at all.
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18 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Hey Richard,

Most hotels have wired internet access in rooms (free or paid) and wireless access in the lobby. So, most likely you'll see a CAT5 cable sticking out on the room desk. Just plugin the cable into the ethernet port on your computer. Make sure that internet properties are set to obtain an IP address automatically. You may be asked to enter some details like room no. etc.

To access the wireless in the lobby, you'll need to have the wireless card on your machine switched on (in case theres a hardware switch) and again in the adapter properties, it should be set to obtain IP address automatically.
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18 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 
Thanks

Thanks guys for the reply, it did answer my question and I feel better about going on the road.
Richard
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