Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      How to create an @mention - Click Here   07/16/2015

      You can use the @mention aspect whenever you want someone to be notified about a post or let them know you are talking about them. Type the @ symbol type in a couple "lowercase" letters pause then once the names pop-up either select or keep typing in letters to narrow down the list until you get the @mention name you are looking for. You can play a game so members can see how it works. If you want to practice or If your name has been @mentioned below you should see it in your notifications (upper right) and you then have to @mention one or two members who haven't been mentioned inthe comments section below. Let's see how long we can keep this going. Anyone who duplicates a name that has already been @mentioned loses. This is the first group to be @mentioned to get the ball rolling: @Borch @Scott K @Corey Bechtold @Matt Johnson @mrklean @eyeguy 54 @Finns @IceHawk @MarkB @Cliff Wagenbach @Wayne Ek
Sign in to follow this  
pinkfloyd4ever

internet at home

Recommended Posts

I don't have home internet, on my breaks at work-here I am smile

That said, I would like to get internet at home and after reviewing forum policies I do believe I can say company names as long as I am not trashing them or giving any false info, links etc. Hope I have that part correct.

I live in an apt in Robbinsdale now. I will be getting Comcast cable, but I don't want to pay what their basic internet cost is, IMO I'd be paying more than what I would use it for.

I have a cell phone via T-mobile, no land line. I don't see the point to establish a land line just to get the internet either. I plan on going to a T-mobile store to see about these internet cards or something I have heard about, but no real knowledge about them.

What type of internet plans may be out there and available?

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The cards works fairly well, they are a bit slower than a direct broadband connection though. My Comcast cable internet has been flawless and fast for the past several years. No complaints here.

I'm not going to suggest or recommend doing it, but if I really wanted to, I could drop my Comcast internet service and get it for free. I have several unsecured wi-fi options available in my neighborhood wink

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ya, that's my head scratcher here because I know Mpls has Wi-fi thru the city, but I don't think it stretches enough to Robbinsdale.

Mostly looking at getting it for X-box live LOL, maybe a little home 'net surfing, but all in all, I don't want to invest over $40 a month for something that I don't really really need and would use that much, but on the flip side, nice to have it too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yopaulypinkfloyd, what dtro was referring to was that some of his neighbors have wireless routers set up without a security key. He could "leech" off their services if he wanted to. You need a wireless card or network adapter for a desktop to make a connection this way or you can use a laptop with a wireless card in which most do.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you're planning on using it for X-Box I would think you'd want to be sure to have a rather fast connection. Will a wireless broadband be fast enough and clean enough? Maybe a hish speed DSL or cable connection would be better?

I'm not an expert by any means and so I don't know for sure. Mostly just thinking out loud.

Bob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For Xbox Live (which I use too) I would recommend something that is a direct connection. Whether it be DSL or Cable. That is about your only options.

I think Comcast is offering an intro package that you can get internet for 29.99 for the first 6 months. The reason I know that is because I called them up and said I would like that price because I would hate to have to switch over to DSL since they are also offering a great deal to switch over.

They agreed to give me the next 6 months for 29.99. smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

well maybe I will try that route, they offered an intro price, then after 3 months it basically doubled. Like I said, overall with the internet I can take it or leave it, just more was looking for what other type of options may be avail than the 2 big companies that I see advertise all the time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We use Sprint cards at work and they work pretty well. For surfing and internet, they work just fine. That being said, it costs almost as much to go that route as it does to have Comcast. Using the Xbox live and one of those cards most likely wouldn't work, not sure how you'd even connect to that. If you could it would be pretty slow.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

DSL or Cable!! I was just helping a guy with some PC/Printer/Wireless issues and he has satellite and it was painful. First you get used to the speed and also most sites today are designed with broadband in mind.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In an apartment, I would bet that you could leech off a neighbor smile My wife's laptop picks up like 6-8 networks in our house.

I had Comcast for years. There internet isn't cheap, but it was reliable and fast. It's probably the only thing they had that I was happy with (other than the price). I recently switched to Qwest DSL. It's a bit slower, but not slow by any means. I don't do anything that requires ultra-high speeds so it is fine with me. I think you can get Qwest DSL without a land line phone. I'd give them a call and ask.

I don't know that any other options would be any cheaper.

Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will check the qwest line out. I was looking for a T-mobile store because on their site they market some sort of home internet system, but I don't understand all of it.

Hypothetically, if I had some sort of wireless capable device, like a laptop, that would tell me if there were other wireless systems nearby?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hypothetically, if I had some sort of wireless capable device, like a laptop, that would tell me if there were other wireless systems nearby?

Yeah, anything with a wireless card in it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, a wireless device will display the available networks in your area. I don't know what the law is on this though. What I do know is that it is exactly as stated AN UNSECURE CONNECTION. So just as you are accessing that network, so are other people who then can in turn access your PC. Be very careful of that.

Last night I was messing around with some speed tests on my Comcast service, and was very pleased with the numbers I was getting, especially my uploads speeds. My average was approx 3000/1500 or 3/1.5 (download/upload).

You can try this for yourself at speedtest.net

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't know the legality of "leeching" onto a network. I wouldn't advocate it, but if you do it, as dtro said, it is unsecure so anyone can now see your PC. Make sure you have your firewall enabled at the very least and good anti virus.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are on a unsecured wireless you still need to have their usernames and passwords to access them. Plus their HDD's would have to be shared, if they go to that extreme they want you to see what is on there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are on a unsecured wireless you still need to have their usernames and passwords to access them. Plus their HDD's would have to be shared, if they go to that extreme they want you to see what is on there.

Not so, you can set up a wireless network with no username/password combo, just not recommended unless you live out in the toolies. That is how the internet cafes are setup.

If you have a wide open Wireless LAN I have tools that I can use to capture packets from your PC/Laptop. They are called sniffers. Believe me the are tools out there that can do that and more.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Standard Windows install leaves some gaping holes as far as security/service type ports go. I have a WPA/TKIP WLAN with a 25 character key, windows firewall on and a firewall on my network and I still won't keep any financial account numbers or anything on my PC.

Call me paranoid, but I have sit in on too many security seminars/webinars to understand the ramifications of being lax on security.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hypothetically, if I had some sort of wireless capable device, like a laptop, that would tell me if there were other wireless systems nearby?

You can buy a wireless reciever for your Xbox 360 and if there are any unsecure networks you would find them. I 'borrowed' internet and played my ps3 on it before actually getting my own service. Sometimes it wasnt available though or it would lag out a lot.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have Qwest DSL and I think it is $26.99 per month with MSN as the internet provider. I'm runnin 1.5 gig at this time and can go to 5 gig service for another ten bucks per month. I heard that I can up it to 3 gig service for another five bucks per month also and I think this plan is new. They also don't raise the price on you after you have been with them for a while. I have been paying the same price for abour eight years.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Comcast is a bit more but I think it is the most consistent provider. I have the basic cable internet and get constant speeds in the 10 gig range all the time. But the price is a bit steep around $60.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • I broke the trigger guard my my t/c omega on the last day of the season.  I looked online but can't seem to find anywhere selling that part.  Any idea where to get one?  I'd rather not buy entire new muzzleloader. It's the silver part in this pic.    
    • Yes we have and still, It only makes sense that if 85% of this country's population identifies as Christian. 85% of the criminals when ask with a check off box on their in-processing form, would identify with what they were raised with as well. Big shock! By the way that question is on the in-processing forms so the few atheist's and other beliefs can be accommodated during their stay as well. It doesn't mean that the little Norwegian or German Lutheran ladies down in Belle Plaine are going to gun down Big Dave with their AR's after the church Pot Luck as he walks down the street! Fear-Not Dave.   
    • Not just heat, if you have central air it will run off that also though not as well.  Usually no real need to have a humidifier run in the summer though around here.  
    • You can buy shallow mount speakers for a couple extra bucks, but making a bumpout inside isn't to bad.  We put ours in the corners in the back with a 45'd wood box.  The front are in the bathroom wall so there was room there.  Going to throw in some outside ones next summer and for those I'm planning on shaving out the sprayfoam and just packing insulation in behind them.  They will be mounted behind cabinets so shouldn't lose to much heat.  Outside if they don't fit I will be buying the plastic pre-made spacers, don't want wood out there.
    • We've went over this before but over 85% of this country's population is Christian. Guess who is causing over 85% of the crime? And actually, there have been terroristic threats against the couple of outed atheists here in Belle Plaine.......
    • I like seeing that gas line open in the bathroom.  I saw a couple manufactures at a show this summer that had them hidden in the wall and that absolutely terrifies me.  If something were to happen with it they would be sol.
    • This was probably one of the most frustrating Muzzy seasons I can remember. There are lots of deer around. Cameras and tracks in the snow confirmed that. We just saw very few in the daylight. The properties we hunt do get hit pretty hard with the rifle guys, but usually with some snow/cold they will start to hit the food sources in the afternoons as the season progresses. But not this year. They would wait until about 5:30 before arriving on the food. Oh well we still had lots of fun. I will go out a few times yet with the bow. Still have a doe tag that would love to fill.
    • We saw some good bucks this weekend but couldn't quite seal the deal on any of them...my son smoked his second one with the ML this afternoon after talking me in to going out when we should have been packing to leave for home...(: found a big deadhead this morning too...deer were super spooky but saw plenty...time to pack all the hunting gear away and focus on ice!! 
  • Our Sponsors