What is the best way to “stay connected” with my laptop?

Brent - I'm traveling via car across the country this summer. What is the best way to "stay connected" with my laptop?

For those of you heading for the open road this summer, here are some tips that will help you stay connected. If you can afford it, buy a wireless laptop card from your cell phone provider; Verizon offers the fastest network, but AT&T and Sprint have better nation-wide coverage. Check their coverage maps to see which provider will work best for you. Cards cost $80-130.00 and monthly plans start at $45.00/mo but go up to $60.00/mo for unlimited usage.

Here are some ideas on how connect for free using your laptop's built-in WiFi capability. Your hotel or motel is a great place to start since many offer complimentary Wi-Fi in their guest rooms and common areas. Keep in mind, most motels still don't lock their Wi-Fi signals which means you can park near the registration office and pick up their public Wi-Fi connection. Alternatively, many public libraries - even in the smallest towns - offer free Wi-Fi access and signals are often accessible from the parking lot.

If you don't mind paying an access charge, Boingo offers internet access at almost 6,000 Wi-Fi hot spots across the US including every Barnes & Noble, every Coffee Bean & Teal Leaf caf


About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc., which provides IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP Mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.


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