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I'm scared that I will lose power and I am wondering how I can get Internet on my iPad if I lose power and the Internet goes down? I wanna use my iPad for updates during the storm but I most likely won't have Internet. I have an iPhone and is there a way that I can use my iPhone as some way of connecting the Internet from my iPhone which is 3G to my iPad WIFI ONLY. I know there is a way to tether my iPhone and make it a hotspot but I wanna us my iPad because it has a bigger screen and it is easier to use during the storm. So I need your help and need some way to access the Internet on my iPad even if the power goes out during the storm.

asked Aug 26 '11 at 16:16

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edited Aug 26 '11 at 17:05

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You could tether off your iPhone, but I'd advise conserving energy ... Who knows how long the power outage will last or when you'll be able to recharge. Good luck to you & others on the East coast!

answered Aug 26 '11 at 17:09

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I do not mean any harm by this, but I will simply say what I think here:

Really, with a hurricane coming your way, the LAST thing you should be worried about is internet access. Hopefully the cell network will still be active, and you can at least make use of basic mobile web. Using an iPad for browsing is just insane, to me, under the proposed circumstances, again, only because internet access (beyond things like Twitter / Facebook, to let people know you are okay) should be the LEAST of your worries! For things like Twitter, facebook, etc.. you can just update via SMS and the like, if you feel it is that critical.

yes, presuming you have access, you could use some kind of tethering functionality to gain access, etc.. but please, try to focus on the key points: who knows what COULD happen...

The internet is just not that important. Not when you have one of the most powerful forces in nature heading your way.

answered Aug 26 '11 at 17:38

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Kurisu, literally, you want to know something stupid? The FOX station here is telling us to download their apps so we can keep informed but who the hell is still getting service? I talked to some people and they said that T-Mobile is boosting their power higher so people would at least get a bar.

(Aug 26 '11 at 17:42) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Really? Wow.. that is totally messed up.

I can understand it, to a degree, so they can keep people up to date on info, etc, but really... even then, people can just hunt for the info themselves...

(Aug 26 '11 at 17:44) Kurisu Kurisu's gravatar image

Plus NYC is getting ready buy shutting down everything and anything not necessary, like the subway, broadway shows, so on so forth

(Aug 26 '11 at 17:47) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Stuff like that makes sense.. but also proves my above point that, as the question sounds to me, raw internet access like you and I have right now is NOT a priority during this storm. If the cities are taking it THAT severely, then it should go without saying...

(Aug 26 '11 at 17:48) Kurisu Kurisu's gravatar image

Dial up is an option still right?

(Aug 26 '11 at 17:49) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

I would imagine so. Only problem is, powering a device to USE said dial up access, haha.

Funny how phone lines seem to almost ALWAYS stay active, but general area power can get nuked all the time. :X

(Aug 26 '11 at 17:50) Kurisu Kurisu's gravatar image

True, I swear, I remember the blackout of '03, the only entertainment I had was a DVD player and my iPod and my iPod was on half battery.

(Aug 26 '11 at 17:53) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

in summer 03 down here in Memphis, we had a "clipper" style storm crash right on the city. My area went about 2 weeks without electricity.

I do believe I went insane from it. Haha!

So, I know how the original poster feels, but I also know just how trying to survive, in a suburban sense, can be... you just stop caring about the internet, and you just want to be able to shower with warm water.. to be clean.. to have cool air.. :d

(Aug 26 '11 at 17:55) Kurisu Kurisu's gravatar image

Suburbia, I'd shit my pants If I lived in the Jersey shore.. NYC, the actual city, is OK unless you live in Battery Park, or Queens then you need to "get your ass out of there"-Mayor Bloomberg.

(Aug 26 '11 at 17:59) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

The fox app was advertised because what other service would offer it. As long as it's free that's fine. If something urgent needs to be broadcasted but cable network is down but cell is not then there is this app out there to help spread the word. I don't see how that's stupid.

(Aug 26 '11 at 18:43) sillymansam sillymansam's gravatar image
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You are not going to be able to do anything for free. You could have a generator and depending on your type of home internet connection you might be able to use the internet. But even then, if the power is out at your ISP then you will not be able to connect anyway. But a generator costs money.

answered Aug 26 '11 at 16:50

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If you have an iPhone 3GS or 4 with at least iOs 4.3 installed, you can enable the "Personal Hotspot" feature in the Settings menu, then you should enable WiFi on your iPad, search for the iPhone network (you should see the same name you see on iTunes) and type the password shown in the Personal Hotspot settings menu (should be something with the word "paced" and a numeric string, you can change it as well) . Then you can browse on the iPad and use iPhone as a 3G transceiver

answered Aug 27 '11 at 04:58

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edited Aug 27 '11 at 05:30

Here's what I'd do, though it isn't very cost-free of a solution.

Obtain the following;

  1. Cheap Android tablet(Something like this)
  2. Portable USB battery pack, or maybe a few of them. (This, maybe?)
  3. Mobile broadband plan?
  4. LED flashlights, preferably the super bright versions and are rechargeable by USB.

That Android tablet should at least have a wireless hotspot function too for sharing internet with your other devices. I chose Android tablets because they can be cheap and if you're using them for wireless hotspots and nothing else, they can last pretty darn long on battery.

I'd say get a few of those USB battery packs as the blackout might last quite awhile and you wouldn't want to last a week without any internet now, would you? This is pretty much my game plan if I ever go overseas for awhile and wherever I go won't have any power source for me to recharge my devices.

Also, the LED flashlights would keep you from being in the dark efficiently. They're pretty bright and consume very little power compared to standard flashlights and will last you for a few days on a single charge or set of batteries.

answered Aug 27 '11 at 08:16

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