Over-the-Road Wireless For Dummies

Overview

Do you roam the road making a living, or are you enjoying the nomadic life of a retiree with a motor home? Either way, life goes on no matter where you're hanging your hat tonight. Bills still need to be paid, grandchildren grow up way too fast, and you've gotten pretty dependent on your e-mail. How do you stay connected to the rest of the world while you're on the road?

For a growing number of over-the-road drivers, business travelers, and RV enthusiasts, the answer is a ...

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Overview

Do you roam the road making a living, or are you enjoying the nomadic life of a retiree with a motor home? Either way, life goes on no matter where you're hanging your hat tonight. Bills still need to be paid, grandchildren grow up way too fast, and you've gotten pretty dependent on your e-mail. How do you stay connected to the rest of the world while you're on the road?

For a growing number of over-the-road drivers, business travelers, and RV enthusiasts, the answer is a wireless Internet connection. With a laptop and wireless access, you can

  • Pay bills, check accounts, and handle banking online
  • Send and receive e-mail
  • Surf the Web
  • Access your home PC
  • Make inexpensive phone calls with VoIP
  • Watch TV, download movies, and listen to satellite radio

"So," you say, "I see people in movies popping open their laptops and getting online wherever they happen to be. It looks awfully easy—why do I need a book?" Well, lots of things are easy once you know how. Over-the-Road Wireless For Dummies tells you how in plain English, so you can take advantage of all those cool opportunities safely and easily. You'll discover how to

  • Choose the best Wi-Fi access service for your needs and locate hotspots
  • Assess cellular data services and satellite access to make informed choices about service
  • Adapt your laptop or PDA for wireless, set up an external antenna, and install an external amplifier
  • Use your cell phone as a modem
  • Identify security threats, protect your data with strong passwords and encryption, and set up a personal firewall
  • Install and use Skype and make phone calls with your laptop
  • Make your truck or RV your office with online freight-finding services, a GPS receiver, a travel printer, and software to keep logs and expense records
  • Access streaming TV and radio on the road

With Over-the-Road Wireless For Dummies to help, you can send online birthday cards, watch video of the grandchildren, do your banking, pay bills, keep records, connect to your home PC, and even file your taxes, no matter how far away you roam!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471784036
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/7/2006
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 1,416,915
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

E. Phil Haley has been a dispatcher, an OTR driver, and a trucking company general manager. Now he helps truckers connect with technology through his Web site, www.thecybertruckstop.com.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Taking the Wi-Fi highway 9
Ch. 2 Selecting a standard 17
Ch. 3 Gearing up 29
Ch. 4 Putting your gear together 55
Ch. 5 Spotting hotspots 79
Ch. 6 Using truck - and RV - friendly hotspots 93
Ch. 7 Cellular data services : can you connect me now? 123
Ch. 8 Reattaching the wired tether 147
Ch. 9 Sky-high Wi-Fi 161
Ch. 10 Taking common-sense steps of security 181
Ch. 11 Encrypting data 213
Ch. 12 Accessing your home PC remotely 231
Ch. 13 Talking cheap with VoIP 253
Ch. 14 Managing the over-the-road office 271
Ch. 15 Extra-terrestrial radio 291
Ch. 16 Taking the show on the road 307
Ch. 17 Ten must-have travel accessories 329
Ch. 18 Ten fantastic free applications 337
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