|When you’re an online student, it’s a good idea to have a|
back up Internet connection. While your home connection may
be the most convenient way to access the web, many people
find themselves without service when they move to a new
location, experience a power outage, or have unreliable
If you’re trying to engage in an online class discussion or
post your midterm essay to your course Web site, the last
thing you want to worry about is whether or not you’ll be
able to access the web. When you find yourself without the
Internet in your home, check out some of these great
alternative places to catch a signal:
Libraries: The great thing about public library Internet
access is that it’s usually free. Many public libraries are
creating and improving computer labs for public use.
Depending on the consumer traffic at your local library,
this could be a great place to do your work or it could be
a giant headache.
Some library labs are overcrowded and a bit too loud for
writing that mid-term. You probably don’t want to face
shoving high school students, long waits, and 15-minute
limits. However, other library labs can offer a calm and
peaceful place to do your work. Ask your librarian what the
best hours are.
Internet Cafes: Cafes are springing up all over the place.
They generally offer a reliable connection at a fast speed
for a reasonable price. Search your neighborhood for these
tiny shops and you’ll probably be surprised at how many you
Neighbors: If you have a wireless connection on your laptop
you may be able to access your neighbors’ wireless signal
in your own home. Don’t “borrow” their bandwidth without
permission though; be sure to ask if you can use their
Bookstores and Coffee Shops: These local hot spots often
have wireless connection available, free of charge, to
patrons. If you bring your laptop with a wireless
connection, you can grab a hot chocolate and use the
Internet to your heart’s content.
The nice thing about bookstores is that, unlike public
libraries, they generally maintain long hours and have a
very clean atmosphere. However, you may want to call ahead
to make sure you won’t find yourself in the middle of a
dramatic poetry jam.
Local Colleges: If you live near a college, you may want to
check out their Internet policy. Many colleges offer free
wireless connection everywhere on campus. College libraries
often provide Internet hook ups for laptops as well as
computer labs. At some colleges you may have to have a
student ID to log on, so check with the school before
connecting your computer.
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