Goodbye, wi-fi!

April 18, 2007 8:31am CST
My laptop used to detect an available wireless connection and I enjoyed free internet for three weeks. However, just a few days ago, the connection couldn't be detected anymore. I guess this is karma! Is there any way for my laptop to detect another available connection?
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4 responses
@prestocaro (1254)
• United States
18 Apr 07
All you can do is wander around while constantly refreshing the connection menu until you see one pop up. Good luck. It can be very frustrating to see it, and connect, and then have such a low connection that nothing works anyway. I used to piggyback at my old place but now we've got wireless. I'm always amazed that there is some stupid person who doesn't think to password protect their connection. I mean, you could really mess with someone if you wanted to. I usually just want to steal some of their internet, though, lol.
• Philippines
20 Apr 07
Thanks for your response! I am quite pissed, really, now that I can't piggyback anymore LOL
• Canada
18 Apr 07
Computers will detect a wifi signal if it is located within some reasonable range. If the connection is protected, then you will see it, but you will never be able to use it as you don't have the right password. Some laptops, like mine, have a button that enable and disable the Wifi interface. On my laptop this button is F2. When the Wifi interface is disabled, then your computer becomes deaf and blind. You might have disabled the interface accidentally.
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I have been picking up someones wireless connection for the past month or so. Hopefully I wont lose it since due to financial problems we had our internet service turned off. It sometimes is slow but atleast its free.
• Philippines
19 Apr 07
is that possible? can you connect thru wifi (which is not yours) without being detected? isn't a password asked before one can login?? if you were able to use it for free, did you not feel any guilt about it? It's theft after all.
@d00d00 (827)
• Hong Kong
18 Apr 07
we have a similar problem.. mine is that i don't know how my laptop will detect a wireless connection.. like, do i have to tweak the settings or is it just automatic?.. right now, i'm using a broadband internet connection, so i really have no idea how a wi-fi will work (and if it will work) in my laptop if i will be in a wi-fi hot zone. i hope someone can answer your question (as well as mine).. =)