Stay Connected When You’re on the Go

Yet, another look at wireless options when hotspots are nowhere in sight. Hey, some of these options may seem like common sense. But for others out there, they might not be so obvious.

These days when we talk about connecting to the Internet while you’re on the go, the first thing we think about is 802.11 and wireless “hotspots.” Indeed, the proliferation of wireless access points in coffee shops, airports, hotels, restaurants and even city parks has made it a lot easier for a lot more people to get their e-mail and surf the Web when they’re traveling. But Wi-Fi isn’t available everywhere. Luckily, there are other options for getting your Internet “fix” when you’re on the road.

Of course, one way to do it is via a wired connection at a hotel. Many hotels and motels offer DSL or cable connections now – some provide it free of charge to their customers and others charge a daily fee, usually around $10.00. But what if you don’t have the luxury of checking into a hotel to connect to the ‘Net and there are no Wi-Fi hotspots to be found?

One solution is to use your cell phone to connect to a regular ISP. There are a couple of ways to do this. One is to buy a connection kit/modem (or use the one built into your mobile phone) to connect your laptop to the ‘Net as you can do with a modem and analog phone line. Unfortunately, this choice suffers one of the same drawbacks: slow performance. Data transfer rates usually top out around 14 to 19Kbps, excruciatingly sluggish for doing any serious Web research. And it doesn’t work with all mobile phones. But it may suffice in a pinch. For more info on how to do this, see… [Read the rest]