CommunityConnect service brings wireless broadband
to your favorite Cafes, Restaurants, Ski Resorts,
downtown shopping zones and other public locations
in the Tahoe community. Accessing the Internet from
a CommunityConnect Hotspot is simple.
What You Need to Connect
To A CommunityConnect Hotspot 1. A laptop, PDA, cell phone or other
form of handheld device with Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless
capability. Your existing device may already have
this capability built-in. If not, you can purchase
a Wi-Fi networking card for most laptops and many
handhelds at any major electronics retailer.
*If you are attempting to use a hotspot but are having
difficulty getting connected or getting reliable service
you may wish to switch to a high power WiFi card or
use a small external antenna. This will improve your
performance considerably. In Old Town Truckee, for
example, the farther you get away from the center
of old town, the more difficult it is to connect.
2. Web Browser - You can use any
standard Internet-ready browser on any operating system.
No additional software is required.
3. Subscription - Launch your browser
at any CommunityConnect hotspot location and follow
the directions to pay for your subscription.
Connecting To A CommunityConnect Hotspot First step: While at an Exwire Hotspot
location configure your Wi-Fi enabled device to connect
to Exwire's network by simply setting the SSID (network
name) to 'exwire' Start the configuration application
for your wireless device (if not Windows XP) and type
'exwire' in the SSID (network name). If your WiFi
device has a scan utility you can scan for available
networks and connect to the network that appears as
'exwire'. Windows XP automatically searches for wireless
networks once you have installed the wireless card.
Second step: Once your device is
wirelessly enabled launch your web browser and the
Exwire CommunityConnect site will appear.
Third step: Follow the instructions
to set-up an account and begin surfing the Internet
at broadband speed.