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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Wifi Catcher

Since I started trying to lower my tech bills, I have reduced my costs but not enough. The home phone cost was replaced by MagicJack. Twelve months for $20 suits me better than the exorbitant monthly phone bill for just the basics. I cannot remember what I saved. about $45 unless you remember better than I do. An outdoor antenna that cost me $100 cut out the monthly bill of $50 for the tv. These replacements occurred last year..

That leaves me with the cell phone and wifi. I cannot escape from the cell bill without penalties. Actually, I like ATT much better since I only have the cell charge with them.

Getting wifi more cheaply is my goal right now. Free wifi is my goal. Lots of places have free wifi, so I want to be able to connect to one of those. One employee said I needed a range extender. No! I brought it home but it is only to make your wifi reach to the yard or from on end of the house to the other. That went back to the store.

So, the popular answer to my question is, "What you want does not exist." I asked a young man in WM who I could ask for the answer I want. He said, "Nerds, find  a nerd." Where can I find a nerd or maybe a nest of them?

He suggested BAM. I went to the electronics dept and asked a young man were I could find nerds. He opened his mouth, snapped it shut and jerked around, "You mean candy or people? People!

The person he suggested was at lunch. So, I came back by the electronics dept in 30 minutes and just waited. In the meantime another young man asked what I needed. I told him. The name suggested walked up behind him, "Wifi catcher. That's what you need."

I was so shocked that in tech stores no one knew. Only one tech person in WM knew! I really hate it when people tell me that a certain technology does not exist. Well, I just knew I was not the only person near a Burger King or whatever and want to get their free signal. So I knew it must exist.

Now, I am looking for  Wifi Catcher. My computer, MagicJack, and printer all use wifi. There are so many I am confused as to what I need. Isn't that always the way?

This is all about the money, saving money to be exact. There is no way to get computer, phone, and printer close to the laptop so I won't need wifi.

Your turn
Have you ever heard of a wifi catcher? Do you use a wifi catcher? Do you have an opinion as to which is best?

11 comments:

  1. If you use a public wifi you want to be extra careful as people might be able to hack into your computer while you are connected to it. That's why so many people password protect their home internet so others can't "get in".

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    1. Kay,
      I thought about that. But, I am willing to take my chances at this point. Thanks for the warning.

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  2. Kay is right. Don't do any banking or purchasing on that

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    1. I only bank late at night and no one is sitting in front of the free wifi.

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  3. There's some ups and downs to this plan. You don't want to be snagging an individual's WiFi or a fake signal. For example, I heard about crooks broadcasting a public signal at the airport and using the airport's name...totally fake, totally out to scam someone.

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    1. Cherdo,
      I would never catch an individual's wifi. The other is scary, but I can make sure of the real name of the entity I use. Thanks for the warning.

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  4. "Where can I find a nerd or maybe a nest of them? "-I laughed really hard at that one.
    And sorry dear, I have no idea how to help you.

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    1. Sonya Ann,
      Thanks...lol. They laughed, too.

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  5. Technidiot here! No clue about the wifi catcher. But now I know what I need to invent, Nerd bait!

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  6. Anne,

    LOL...Nerd bait for sure.

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  7. I tried researching something similar for a while... being able to find a wifi signal for my spare phone. I did lots of research, but never figured it out :(

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