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Wireless: iphone - yes, W7 - no


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#1 Wee Willy

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 02:06 AM

Hi -
I just got a new Dell laptop. I connected it via ethernet to our home LAN. I had the idea that it was 'safer' than wireless until I got security software purchased. Before I did I needed to visit my parents in another town, so I took the Dell with me to finish up. I also just got an iphone (3GS). One day while 'exploring' a dialog came up saying that a wireless connection was available did I want to connect? I did, and it did. Now I can connect to the web! Later, I decided that I wanted to connect the laptop, also. Problem is, it doesn't seem to be able to see the network to which the iphone is connected (& continues to communicate on - I checked). I thought I could connect the laptop manually by typing the IP address, subnet mask, router addr, the DNS, the ISP, or whatever was needed to get the laptop to connect. I haven't been able to find a way to do that.

So far, what I have attempted is: control panel>network and internet>network and sharing center - connect to a network
A little window pops up in bottom right corner of screen saying, "Not connected. No connections are available". But I know there is, cause my iphone is connected to it and I can see the data (IP address, subnet mask, router addr, the DNS, the ISP, etc.) associated with it.

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#2 ThunderZ

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 02:26 AM

Food for thought.

If you were to connect to this unknown network you would be in affect breaking the law. It is called "piggy backing". = using someone else`s purchased bandwidth\product without their knowledge or consent.

Not knowing the source of this network is also potentially putting your PC, data at risk.

#3 Wee Willy

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 12:05 PM

ThunderZ -

I knew it wasn't a good idea, but not that it was illegal. Thanks for saying something. I guess I'll have to wait and see if the problem rears it's ugly head some other time, when I have the necessary permissions.

Thanks again.
Wee Willy




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