Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




5 posts

Wannabe Geek


Topic # 22850 10-Jun-2008 12:59
Send private message

Pls help, going to Oz for 10 days and have been told the place we are staying at is a WIFI hotspot and they provide their guests witha free username and password. I have a laptop which is about 4 years old and wondered how on earth I get to use this facility. My wifi knowledge is poor, so dont know where to start or what I need and if there is a big set up procedure. Currently in XTRA broadband in NZ. Can anyone explain in simple terms for this dummie.
Many Thanks

Create new topic
Minimalist
5352 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 344

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 137000 10-Jun-2008 13:29
Send private message

Are you using windows XP? Is there a little icon down by the clock that looks like a computer with waves coming out of it like http://www.cites.uiuc.edu/wireless/graphics/win-choosewireless.gif ?

xpd

Runnin' and Gunnin'
8154 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1047

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 137017 10-Jun-2008 14:13
Send private message

Does your laptop have Wifi to start with ? :)
If yes, then goto the Control Panel, Network Connections and make sure the Wireless is enabled in there (also some laptops have an external switch to turn it on and off).
Then once youre in range of a Wifi connection, it should pop up, enter the password etc and off you go... in theory anyway :)




XPD / @DemiseNZ / Gavin
 
Corsair Carbide SPEC-02 / Corsair VS550 / G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB / Zotac 760GTX AMP! / ASUS H81M-E / Intel Pentium K Anniversay G3258 @3.9Ghz

 

Internet provided by : Voyager - VDSL 65/28  -  Musical Support by : Like A Storm - Visual Entertainment by : Plex and Steam and Overwatch


 
 
 
 




5 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 137428 11-Jun-2008 17:39
Send private message

Using windows XP, no indication of wireless facility on taskbar. Laptop does have a slot on the side with a blank insert, about the size of a wirless card i presume. Also has a switch on the front on / off with a little picture showing a tower and waves coming off it. Does nothing when switching it though.

Minimalist
5352 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 344

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 137434 11-Jun-2008 17:58
Send private message

Normally flicking that switch would result in some form of visual and/or audible indication that the wireless adaptor was being enabled / disabled if it was actually present.

Take your laptop into a shop and get them to verify the slot but something like http://www.dse.co.nz/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/en/product/XH9945 should do the trick.

Plug it in, install it, then when you get to the location of the network click the little wifi icon which should now be down by the clock after installing the wifi card, click "show available wireless networks", and select the one you want. It will probably prompt for your user name and password at that stage or else just connect up. If it just connects straight away then when you open your web browser it will then prompt you for the username and password.

Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

How Oppo shakes New Zealand’s phone market
Posted 22-Aug-2017 18:32


Recognition for top small business advisors
Posted 22-Aug-2017 17:23


OPPO R11 dual 20MP camera phone debuts in New Zealand
Posted 22-Aug-2017 15:45


Intel introduces new 8th Generation processors
Posted 21-Aug-2017 19:02


Trend Micro launches Home Network Security
Posted 21-Aug-2017 18:38


Avondale College students at top of Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship
Posted 21-Aug-2017 14:11


Garmin introduces inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+
Posted 21-Aug-2017 14:05


Public Wi-Fi plus cloud file sharing
Posted 18-Aug-2017 11:20


D-Link NZ launches professional Wireless AC Wave 2 Access Point for businesses
Posted 17-Aug-2017 19:25


Garmin introduces the Rino 700 five-watt two-way handheld radio
Posted 17-Aug-2017 19:04


Garmin announces the Foretrex 601 and Foretrex 701 Ballistic Edition for outdoor and tactical use
Posted 17-Aug-2017 19:02


Brightstar announces new distribution partnership with Samsung Knox platform in Australia
Posted 17-Aug-2017 17:07


Free gig-enabled WiFi network extends across Dunedin
Posted 17-Aug-2017 17:04


Samsung expands with connect Gear S3 Frontier
Posted 17-Aug-2017 15:55


Fact-checking Southern Cross Next cable is fastest to USA
Posted 17-Aug-2017 13:57



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.