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Wifi in the car | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Wifi in the car

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Wifi in the car, originally uploaded by Michael Surtees.

When you sell a house, you have to be accommodating to potential buyers by not being inside when they come for a viewing. Monday was Canada Day and hence a perfect day for people to look. No problem, but when you have a dog with back-to-back-to-back showings, and plus 35 degree heat in the sun, that becomes an issue. On top of that, we’ve had some vital issues come up with apartment searching in NYC. So we’ve needed to stay connected to the web. Because of Maddie we couldn’t leave her in the car so I tested a theory about the strength of wifi outside a Starbucks. We drove up beside one, kept the A.C. going and opened the net on my MacBook. Within a couple seconds I saw the familiar credit card sign in for web access. So after punching in the credit card info we had all day access. I didn’t know much about the strength of wifi, but in hindsight it makes sense that you could probably get a decent signal outside. I wonder how many other people have been in a situation where they needed to stay in their car, hopefully parked and needed access to the net. And if so, how many were aware that they could actually get a signal if they parked close to a wifi hotspot?

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  • Mark Turuk

    God knows that my neighbor two doors down has a decent wifi connection (unsecured) set up. 🙂

    Though the temptation to continue using his network was strong, I decided to be a nice guy about it and set up my own when I got my new Dell. I can confirm access from the car in front of my house, and the box does say 300 ft range.

    I named my network “Toronto Literacy Free Wireless Access Point”, and then, yes, I did secure it. ^_^ lol

  • http://www.michaelsurtees.com michael

    Right now my network is called “grid”, but when I set things up in NYC it’s going to be called “icanreadyourmindifyoucanseethis”.

  • Litherland

    I wonder how many other people have been in a situation where they needed to stay in their car, hopefully parked and needed access to the net. And if so, how many were aware that they could actually get a signal if they parked close to a wifi hotspot?

    Lots, for a while now, I dare say…

  • melissa harrell

    this is bringing back so many memories. what to do with a weimaraner all day long when you are showing your house? besides the park, it was nice to have my powerbook & all the restaurants with outdoor seating and free wifi~ the only problem i had was keeping my powerbook charged.