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How to get wireless internet on the costa del sol

Currencies Direct June 14th 2009 - 3 minute read

What is wireless internet?

Simply put, this typically means a connection to the internet without having to plug a cable into your computer from an internet receiver (Router). The term ‘WI-FI’ is often used to refer to wireless internet.

Firstly, if you already have internet and simply wish to have it relayed wirelessly to other parts of your dwelling, your router should be wireless (usually obvious from its small antennae). With a simple configuration you can have wireless access directly. You may have to upgrade your router.

If you do not have a fixed line internet connection with a router, you must get your internet signal from someone else’s. This would usually be from a company offering such services commercially. In some cases a community may get together and provide wireless internet access to all living in that community. This is provided by a company solely for those within the contracts.  To ensure that only those who are eligible can connect to this type of connection a code is usually provided.

Many communities install a wireless access service for their residents. Sadly in some cases, these are often wholly inadequate. Often the contract is gained on price and may not include sufficient antennas to provide a good strong signal to all homes. Or it may be that the providing company do not provide a sufficient speed to cater for all using it. Internet is measured in bandwidth. The higher the bandwidth: the stronger the signal, the more capacity for all to share and the faster the navigation.

Even if the signal is visible to others nearby, actual connection to the internet would only be possible with the correct code. Most modern laptops can detect a wireless signal automatically. For desktop computers a plug-in wireless receiver would need to be added. This device is not expensive -normally around 25EUR. Whether your community has such a service is unimportant, as there are reputable companies such as Mercury Internet who provide wireless access at good speeds to most parts of the coast and inland. Such companies often have price bands & speeds to suit all budgets.

You may also pick up a signal in your local commercial shopping centre. This is often provided by a trader to encourage business. For example, the local cafeteria may offer such a service to encourage you to stay and drink their coffee and eat their snacks while you use your laptop on site. Additionally, you may pick up a commercial signal at home which displays a telephone number as part of it’s ID. This is often quite useful for short term access and in some cases long term. You would simply dial that number make an agreement for a price and period of use and get the code needed to connect. Be sure though that the signal strength is adequate.

What if there is no wireless internet access nearby?

Another useful system is the mobile broadband available from companies such as Vodafone; Orange; Movistar and others. For this you plug in a special modem they provide that locates the satellite signal. This is especially useful in rural areas or for people who have to be mobile.

Finally, a word of caution.

Carrying out online banking and making internet transactions with a credit card over a wireless signal may present security issues. The signal can be intercepted by someone nearby with the right equipment and skills. The details being transmitted can be then used improperly. It is possible to avoid many of the risks this method of connection can present using the right security software along with some safe practices.

Information courtesy of Dave’s Helpline who have been on the coast for over 13 years helping people overcome all types of computer challenges. from Training to Problem Solving, Dave’s Helpline is the computer lifeline. 

To contact Dave call 0034 952 664 713 or email

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