How I Got Wireless Internet For My Laptop At Home

Getting a wireless internet connection at home for your laptop may sound so techie and such, but it isn’t really that difficult to do it yourself.

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I got wireless internet for my laptop at home and I did it all myself. Applause please. For one who is not so savvy in network and IT stuff of this kind, that was some accomplishment. Of course, I did my fair share of research before I was able to conquer the fear of the unknown.

After buying a laptop as a gift to myself sometime last


December, I learned that to have access to faster internet at home, I really need to have a land line and an internet subscription from an internet provider. As our house is located in an area in the suburbs which has just been developed recently, there were still no phone lines then. So, by the time I got my laptop, I had to contend with a wireless internet connection using a USB adapter provided by a cellphone company. And the best that it could provide is around 128 kbps, despite their ads telling us of speeds faster than light (inside a turtle’s closed eyes).

Long story short, our long-awaited phone connection finally materialized. This was a land-line phone account that comes with an internet service. With my previous usb adapter internet, I have to pay hourly for the internet service. This time, I have 24/7 internet, and cheaper and quite faster at that.

I was provided with a telephone unit, a modem, a small ‘line splitter’ box, and some cables. This was okey as far as internet connection for my desktop is concerned. For my laptop however, I needed a router for internet access. Of course, I could always connect my laptop using a cable, but that would defeat the laptops mobility (even if it’s only at the house). So, I bought a router. I think all modern routers are capable of both wired and wireless access nowadays. Mine can provide wireless access, and also has 4 ports from which wired access can be acquired.

Configuring the router was a breeze as its manual (I think all brands/models come with either printed or online manuals, or both) spelled out everything in a dummy-friendly manner. So, within 7 minutes, I had wireless internet for my laptop. If my laptop could withstand moisture, I could probably bring it and watch youtube while taking a shower. (Reminder to self: Search Google for water proof laptops.)

So far, the surfing speed is cool enough for me. However, once my online income picks up to hotter levels, I’d definitely want to upgrade to speeds more than what I need.

You can check out these resources regarding wifi and wireless internet access:
WiFi Wiki
Wireless internet for laptops

Wireless Internet Without Router

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8 thoughts on “How I Got Wireless Internet For My Laptop At Home”

    1. I’m not that savvy about bandwidth thingies, but 20 gigs per month sounds like a lot to me. A router is the way to go to maximize your internet connection’s use I suppose.

        1. Sire 20gigs they must be downloading heaps of movies or games. My brother has the same problem with his Gen Y son who is still at school. At one point it was so slow when I was living with them I couldn’t even get on the net!!!
          My brother has set a limit now but as he works away,bit hard to monitor except on his fortnightly trips home.
          The joys of the Gen Yers eh??!! What a shock when they have to pay the bill 🙂
          Patricia Perth Australia
          Patricia´s latest blog post ..Lavender Growing-Pots on the patio or containers on balconies

        2. Yep, and they’ve done it to me again. I’ve been in slow motion for a couple of days now and I have another five to go. Wouldn’t be so bad if I could whittle away the time by having sex with the wife but I can’t see that happening any time soon 😀

  1. Firstly thanks for visiting my site and commenting. I know how you feel about speeds and modems. I was without regular internet connection when I moved house not long ago. A friend loaned me a modem but the connection was intermittent which isn’t good for blogging all day!
    I now have an efficient (though expensive connection) while I wait to move into my place. While I am here have to use this as too much hassle setting stuff up at my Mother’s home. Just so good to have good wireless connection even if with a prepaid modem.
    Happy blogging
    Patricia Perth Australia
    Patricia´s latest blog post ..Lavender- Is it an endangered species

    1. Hi Patricia, welcome to my humble blog! I envy you for being able to blog all day. For now, I can only dream of ‘blogging full time‘. I still hold on to my day job because my online income is not enough for me to live on it. 🙂

      As to internet speeds, I’ve learned to accept that we get what we pay for. Thus, to get some internet speed that we can be satisfied with, we have no choice but to get the more expensive packages.

      Again, welcome Patricia and thank you for taking the time to comment. BTW, Our city’s current mayor’s favorite color is some violet color that’s almost lavender. 🙂 Now, everytime I see his colors, I’m reminded of lavenderuses. 🙂

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