hawkins wi fi antenna dish

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  1. manovision

    manovision Deleted User

    Have read some posts about this piece of kit. Can somebody explain to me how it works ? Do i just plug it in to my laptop and away I go ? The reason I ask is because whenever I take my pc to mates houses, I always seem to need a network key or something to use their router, so surely if I am out by a lake doing some fishing in the middle of France or the UK and I can get a WiFi signal from a nearby house or farm, then it seems to me that I will need to input this key. Or am I being stupid.

    If its a case of buy one and then away you go then I will get one ordered as I have a dongle but it so slow at loading up pages.

    Paul
     
  2. nozzel

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    Paul. I use a Hawkins Wi-Fi antenna dish its works fine every where EU..GB..USA etc, but it won't solve your problem. All it does (and it does it well) is to increase the strength of the wi-fi you receive.
    Your problem is you are trying to access a secure site which without the pass word or code you are prevented from using . Its secure to stop people like you (and me) from getting a free Wi-Fi service it also protects the information (credit card, bank details etc) on the owners computer
    If you want to be a tight wad (like me) buy a Wi-Fi finder from eBay that will show you where Wi-Fi is (not if its secure or non-secure) fire up and check if your luck is in. Put free Wi-Fi in your search engine it will return pages of free site.

    REMEMBER
    if your using non secure WI-Fi your computer and all its information is out there for any body to look at and use

    Nozzel
     
  3. Diabalo

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    And don't forget it is illegal to piggy back onto someones network, even if they are daft enough not to have it encrypted, unless it is somewhere like McDonalds etc.
     
  4. Douglas

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    I have found that in some countrys, ie Spain, Portugal and Germany and probable many more but I don't know of them, there are perfecty legal wifi stations that are setup deliberately for free connections ie Librarys, cafe's govenment educational centres, amateur radio operators and probable many more I have just not found!!

    So all this talk of illegality is just that, TALK, you don't have to break any laws to get a connection!!!

    Just because The UK has a fixation on political correctness and its citizen's beaten into submission does not mean the rest of Europe has!!!!

    So lets just stop all this scaremongering and tell the good points as well as the bad one's

    Doug...
     
  5. Diabalo

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    Not scare mongering, just pointing out a fact..............

    Wifi Hijacking Conviction

    In the first case of its kind in the UK, a man has been prosecuted for hijacking a wireless broadband connection and has been fined 500 pounds and sentenced to twelve months's conditional discharge. While there have been several convictions for theft of credit card information over wireless networks, this case involved the theft of wifi signals for something as pedestrian as browsing the Internet. Considering the fact that in the United States there are millions of wifi users and that it is relatively easy to use a neighbor's signal even for users who have virtually no technical expertise, it may only be a matter of time before a litany of cases like this appear in U.S. courts.
     
  6. sinbad1

    sinbad1 Deleted User

    Hey why not build your own wifi booster:BigGrin:

    click here
     
  7. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    Where can you but them in the UK?

    Tnx

    Shiftzz
     
  8. Larrynwin

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    I have a little dongle which is ok in uk !!!!!!
     
  9. sinbad1

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    Ah!! never mind, when your a big boy things will improve.:Rofl1:

    (sorry Larry, I could not resist it) I have my hat on!!!!! hardhat
     
  12. sinbad1

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    size doesn't matter its what you do with your little dongle:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  13. JJ

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    It is always people with little Dongles that claim size doesn't matter... I've been claiming it for years... But today I got rid of my little Dongle all together and fitted the SIM card into the internal thingy in the laptop. I can now move the laptop around the van without the dangling Dongle to worry about at all...
     
  14. sinbad1

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    Was the operation painfull:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Not too painful Sinbad but thanks for the concern! Nearly damaged a finger nail pushing it in until it clicked (the SIM card not the finger nail)...
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Very, VERY well !

    I got mine this week, just had time to try it.

    Laptop has built in WiFi and reasonable performance, picked up 2 WiFis, mine being one of them.

    Load up the Hawking drivers ( they say you must download the latest off www ). Use the same Vista network program -- 15 - Yes FIFTEEN WiFis logged.

    Only 2 were unsecured.

    So that has to be logged as a success.

    And it's so damned sexy sitting there.
     
  17. Sundowners

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    is it possible to use a sat. dish to replace a dongle??
    Poor old Cheyne (upmarkethippie) cannot get a signal where he is staying, and is also thinking of getting a TV.
    Digital without a dish is a non-starter here, so it would be nice if he could combine the two!!
    Nigel & Pamala
     
  18. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Hi Nigel

    Yes you can , at a price £4k

    Mobile internet access from RoadPro
     
  19. Douglas

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    Technically yes you put a wifi dongle were the LNB should go, but the problem is that USB ports dont work to good if the cable is longer that 3 meters

    Doug...
     
  20. Sundowners

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    thanks guys, maybe think again?????:cry::Doh:
    Nigel
     
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