If you love to camp out but can't stand the thought of being away from the Internet for any length of time, this quiz is for you. See how much you know about finding mobile hotspots, boosting your wireless signal and using equipment that will keep you connected, even in the remotest regions.
Stay wired in when you're camping out by making sure you have access to Wi-Fi even when you're on the trail.
Mosquito repellant may protect you from West Nile, and toilet paper is luxury at a campsite, but to the seriously internet addicted, a Wi-Fi signal boosting antenna is the real travel essential.
Staying connected to the outside world, even in the wild, has many practical real-world advantages. Bring your GPS-Enabled smart phone and you'll never be lost again.
According to Psychology Today, "self-proclaimed Internet addicts report feeling a pleasurable mood burst of 'rush' from simply booting up their computer, let alone visiting their favorite websites…"
Dopamine causes the euphoria that addicts chase, whether they get it from drugs or Internet activities.
Google Earth is a free desktop and mobile application that lets you view satellite imagery, maps and terrain anywhere on earth and even in outer space.
A "waypoint" is a way to reference a particular place in physical space. Import waypoints into a GPS device or Google Earth for easy navigation.
One of Google Earth's most useful features for internet addicts is the ability to upload custom layers marking the locations of Wi-Fi access, electrical power and other necessities for non-stop Internet access.
Today many smart phones can legally be as mobile hotspots. Tap into your phone's broadband connection to create an individual wireless network for to your laptop and other devices.
For smart phones that don't come with the built-in ability to power a mobile hotspot, apps like MyWi try to fill in the gaps. Be careful with these; they generally require that you jailbreak your phone and data charges can be costly.
Companies like Clear, Sprint, Comcast and others now offer a various WiMAX hubs and USB modems designed to enable you to take your broadband internet service with you wherever you go.
Amplify the range of any Wi-Fi network with a Wi-Fi antenna booster
Pringles chip cans are often used to make simple waveguide antennae.
Programmer Andrew Clapp claims credit for designing the first Pringles Cantenna; however, it is not known whether or not he ever used his device on a camping trip!
A pigtail is an informal name for a type of patch cable that has a connector at one end and plain wire at the other. Andrew Clapp makes his Pringles Cantennas with an N-Connector attached to coaxial cable.
If soldering and doing frequency calculations isn't your thing, companies like Wireless Garden, Inc. have Wi-Fi antennas for sale. The "Super Cantenna" is small enough to fit inside a backpack.
Whether your reason is noble or you've simply hit rock bottom trying to watch TV in the middle of the rainforest, satellite technology will enable you to access internet even in the world's wildest regions.
There is a reason that not everyone uses this technology, and that reason is: satellite internet service is not cheap. Satellite hardware can cost up to tens of thousands of dollars, and you will also need to pay for the data you download.
One nifty little alternative technology is the wind-up cell phone charger. Wind-up chargers work by storing kinetic energy generated by winding a small hand crank and converting it to usable power.
Several different types of rechargeable kinetic energy batteries are currently under development; in the meantime, serious internet addicts should pack a supply of regular batteries and a battery powered USB charger when they go camping.