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Re: Upgrading with a low data cap




On Tuesday 09 October 2018 12:20:25 Brian wrote:

> On Tue 09 Oct 2018 at 15:31:03 -0000, Dan Purgert wrote:
> > Richard Owlett wrote:
> > > On 10/09/2018 04:57 AM, Dan Purgert wrote:
> > >> Richard Owlett wrote:
> > >>> On 10/08/2018 06:23 PM, David wrote:
> > >>>> On Tue, 9 Oct 2018 at 06:25, Richard Owlett 
<rowlett@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > >>>>> I have no LAN.
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> I've a low cap.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Using the word "cap" suggests that you have an internet service
> > >>>> provider.
> > >>>
> > >>> True
> > >>>
> > >>>> How do you connect to that service provider?
> > >>>
> > >>> The same way as for decades via a "modem" (quotation marks
> > >>> significant). That was not how my ISP describes it. T-mobile
> > >>> sells it as a WiFi Hotspot which is served by the cell network
> > >>> [the WiFi is turned off]. When my former ISP discontinued
> > >>> dial-up service I chose not to use a connection that physically
> > >>> restricted me to a physical point of service.
> > >>
> > >> You have the capacity for a LAN - you'll just need to turn your
> > >> USB-tethered machine into a router.  Although, perhaps that is
> > >> work you don't want to bother doing.
> > >
> > > LAN generally requires Ethernet. My second most used machine does
> > > not have a physically available Ethernet port.
> >
> > Ethernet doesn't require cables though.  However the secondary bit
> > that you cannot (will not?) add WiFi to the secondary (tertiary?)
> > machines does throw a wrench into the works.
>
> It's about time some invented a WiFi device which plugs into a USB
> port.

Not needed, you can buy such a dongle from netgear for at least half a 
decade or longer. I was out of ports on the 4 port in the shop, so I  
bought one, moved an old router (running dd-wrt) out there and turned 
its radio on, and rigged a teeny desk for my lappy so I could ssh into 
the machines and write gcode in the comfort of a folding chair, then 
exercise it while being able to see the machine move. But I had to turn 
the radio off because it was also bridged to the main router, and thence 
to the backbone.  One of my neighbors got by the simple ssid, and used 
80 gigs of my bandwidth one month so the radio got turned off and I now 
have it hardwired when its out there. So now the radios stay off unless 
one of my boys brings in a smartphone and needs a connection.

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