Internet with no phone service or cable provider

Michelle writes, “My aunt wants the Internet however she doesn’t want a phone line and she doesn’t want cable. Do you know of any internet installation with this kind of setup?”
Piggybacking Internet service as DSL over a phone line or high speed cable service are the two easiest ways to have Internet access, although they aren’t the only solutions. Depending on where your aunt lives, there may be several ways for her to access the Internet without either of these more traditional Internet access solutions.


I’m changing locations often enough I finally decided it was easier to get a BroadbandConnect card than deal with the hassles of various networks failing in the middle of something important. If a dedicated fast connection isn’t in your budget, but you still want the convenience of quick configuration, NetSetMan may be the tool you were looking for. Instead of editing network settings at home, at work, and elsewhere, NetSetMan helps you perform on the fly network configuration, saving time in setting up your network connection as you move from place to place. Two awesome features are storage of settings for default printer and configuration of network drives, so you never end up printing to nowhere or slowing down your Windows Explorer as you wait for non-existent resources to timeout. Store up to 6 different locations, including IP address, DNS, subnet mask and default gateway. If you need a corporate solution or more than 6 location settings, there’s also a pro version of NetSetMan with additional volume licensing options. [Windows 2k/XP/Vista $0.00]

Troubleshooting Wireless Networks

Joe writes, I have a Linksys “B” game adapter. Try as I might I can’t get it to work on my “G” wireless network. The router is configured correctly, the WEP encryption is configured on both the router and the game adapter correctly. I am at a loss. Do you have any suggestions on how to make the network “see” the game adapter?
I tend to sit in the camp that believes if it is configured correctly, it’s already working. 😉 Networking is always a tricky proposition, especially when you are trying to get a handful of components using slightly different standards to all play nice. If it’s in your budget, the easy solution is to dump the 802.11b game adapter and purchase an 802.11g game adapter. Using 802.11b devices on a network with a bunch of 802.11g devices slows down the network for all the other devices on the network, which doesn’t really help network performance for everything else. Gaming is almost always better with higher network speeds, which is why hardcore gamers swear by wired connections over wireless. If upgrading isn’t an option, there are a number of configuration options on your router to verify: