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Old Dec 16th 2003, 8:41 pm
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We've all talked about laptops, what about internet connectivity in hotels, motels and hostels in Australia?

Presumably you need an aussie phone to modem (RJ11) connector, or use a straight through RJ45 cable if the hotel is so equipped.

Also I gather you can buy a CD rom from Hellstra etc for cheaper access..

Does anyone know of any standard practises used in Australia?

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We've all talked about laptops, what about internet connectivity in hotels, motels and hostels in Australia?

Presumably you need an aussie phone to modem (RJ11) connector, or use a straight through RJ45 cable if the hotel is so equipped.

Also I gather you can buy a CD rom from Hellstra etc for cheaper access..

Does anyone know of any standard practises used in Australia?

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With that new WiFi job you have, you could sit in the car outside some poor schlob's office with a Pringle can aerial. If you put the pringles in a poly bag first then that counts as room service!l
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With that new WiFi job you have, you could sit in the car outside some poor schlob's office with a Pringle can aerial. If you put the pringles in a poly bag first then that counts as room service!l

wifi is the way forward, i have a wireless network and i could not live without it now.
 
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With that new WiFi job you have, you could sit in the car outside some poor schlob's office with a Pringle can aerial. If you put the pringles in a poly bag first then that counts as room service!l
hhmmm keep an eye out for warchalking and sit back and surf for free in the sun(and it does work btw)
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hhmmm keep an eye out for warchalking and sit back and surf for free in the sun(and it does work btw)

you can print out a "map" for the symbols too, which helps.

 
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Originally posted by badgersmount
We've all talked about laptops, what about internet connectivity in hotels, motels and hostels in Australia?

Presumably you need an aussie phone to modem (RJ11) connector, or use a straight through RJ45 cable if the hotel is so equipped.

Also I gather you can buy a CD rom from Hellstra etc for cheaper access..

Does anyone know of any standard practises used in Australia?

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At work we use GRICdial for roaming users as few ISPs provide a national local call no let alone a national free phone no.

Your ISP needs to support GRIC but once enabled it gives you POPs globally.

http://www.gric.com/download/download2.html

Telstra do support GRIC but I do not know the costs involved. I do know that we prefer users to take a national call cost in preference to using GRIC whilst in Australia.

Another option is getting a PAYG pack from OZemail (available from Dick Smith) but that is not cheap.

Probably the cheapest way is to get an ordinary dialup account and get a list of POP nos and change them as you travel the country. A bit of a pain but cheaper. Dialup accounts are not tied to a telephone no like they are in the UK.

Do not expect modem jacks in hotels/motels outside the cities. Soon to arrive in Sydney is i-burst which is a broadband wireless network.
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yip seen afew for melbourne and sydney.
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i-burst
who is providing ?
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who is providing ?
I am struggling to find prices but here is some info.

http://www.arraycomm.com/iburst/ibmark.htm

It uses some spare bandwidth from the 3G spectrum.
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I am struggling to find prices but here is some info.

http://www.arraycomm.com/iburst/ibmark.htm

It uses some spare bandwidth from the 3G spectrum.
LoL thanks- looking myself
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http://www.zdnet.com.au/supercentre/...0281210,00.htm
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