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Any way to get home Wi-Fi connection for one week?

mwierb 1 10 August 19, 2015 at 07:26 AM
I am moving into my college house tomorrow. I signed up for DFT Communications to install my Internet, but they told me that the earliest they can come to my house is on the 26th. So that means my buddies and I are stuck without WiFi for almost a whole week. We are going to use Apple TV to stream Netflix, Hulu, etc., but we won't be able to stream it until DFT Communications come to my house.
So, I am wondering if there's any way we can get a Wi-Fi connection in our home just for a week. I won't be able to use a hotspot as they are all out of range. I'm just not sure what to do, I'm hoping you guys could help me. Thank you!

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I can't think of any high bandwidth options. 4G/phone tethering would work, but bandwidth is very limited.

What's the neighborhood like? Is there anyone in range that would let you pay to share their Wi-Fi? If so, you could set your router as a repeater on their network. Streaming on that kind of setup would probably be rude though. Also, "Hi can I use your internet for a week" is probably not the best of introductions.

How far away from any hotspots are you? Could you pull one in with a more powerful antennae?
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I would suggest a library card.
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With internet Location is everything. Sounds like your probably near Fredonia, NY.

Will a hotspot off a cellular provider not work because you don't have a signal? Not sure how university students would survive without data and voice service but that's besides the point. Streaming video would eat your data very quickly.

I don't see many other economical options. Make friends with the neighbors and pay them for some wifi for a week? You guys might have to rough it out at the school, coffee shops, friends houses, and other free wifi spots for a week. Smilie In the future you will call earlier Smilie
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download some stuff from your university or wherever and watch that for a week + tether for low-bandwidth stuff like e-mail
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Quote from mwierb View Post :
I am moving into my college house tomorrow. I signed up for DFT Communications to install my Internet, but they told me that the earliest they can come to my house is on the 26th. So that means my buddies and I are stuck without WiFi for almost a whole week. We are going to use Apple TV to stream Netflix, Hulu, etc., but we won't be able to stream it until DFT Communications come to my house.
So, I am wondering if there's any way we can get a Wi-Fi connection in our home just for a week. I won't be able to use a hotspot as they are all out of range. I'm just not sure what to do, I'm hoping you guys could help me. Thank you!
Get an antenna for local TV, if you're close enough to pick up the broadcasts. Go to coffee shops and such for free wifi (at least buy a coffee or something to sip while you surf). Beyond that, it's only a week, so you'll probably survive. You could even talk to each other, or go outside laugh out loud
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Do you actually need an install? Is the house already wired? Most companies have self-install kits available.

Other solution is choosing another provider (cable internet instead fiber or whatever) that may allow self-install for quicker service.
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There isn't a solution that would give you enough bandwidth to stream. Ask a neighbor, if not like others have suggested go download movies from the campus network/wifi and bring it home and connect your laptop to your tv and watch.
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anyone have Comcast? does Comcast operate in your area? If yes then you could connect to an xfitnity WiFi point broadcasting (if there is one). If not don't worry about it's only a week, sit back and play some beer pong and enjoy your self.
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