no connection outside of home on mini 9 laptop

Asked by regina on 2009-03-29

 i go outside in the community and turn on my mini 9 laptop it will not let me get a connection ,in the house it works well i can go as far as seeing yahoo but trying to check the mail and browse impossible it says address does not exsist.Help me i want to use it outdoors thanks.

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Craig Huffstetler (xq) said : #1

Are you trying to use it on your wireless network outside? If so, is it in range? Wireless networks have a range until you hop onto another one. Or perhaps other networks in general?

Or are you using a wireless Internet card through a wireless carrier such as Verizon or AT&T? If so, is it USB or PCMIA? These have blackout areas but are not widespread.

It sounds like you are using wireless inside (from a router) and expect it to continue to work even though you go out of range. This isn't the case :( You have to stay within distance for it to pick up the signal or you can always travel no another wireless "hot spot" like a café.

Please let us know specifics. Thanks!

regina (regina-dewalt) said : #2

Im in the house decide to go out, the laptop is on get in the car ,Im on yahoo about to check messages ,and it freezes and say no address ,Its yahoo.So cant check mail outdoors is there some type of device i can buy to get connection out in the community.I have Verizon Fios.

regina (regina-dewalt) said : #3

Trying to hop on another network how do i do that .Thanks

Craig Huffstetler (xq) said : #4

If you want to have a connection "almost anywhere" I would go to your local Verizon Cellular store and get a USB device. It would enable you to roam about free and use cell towers as your Internet source.

To get on other networks, do as you did at home. Either you need the key (if they're private), you must pay or just connect if it's public. They should show up in your network manager applet when available and you just have to click on them. They will prompt you for a key if they are locked/private. They also have a lock beside them in the dropdown ;)

Again, your main limit with wireless networks is range and also security. You're lucky to get a weak signal from outside. I would try local cafés, other places with free wifi and if you really want it pay for a dedicated wireless broadband device from Verizon or another cell company.

Best Craig Huffstetler (xq) said : #5

To read more about Network Manager:

regina (regina-dewalt) said : #6

Thanks Craig Huffstetler, that solved my question.