My friend lives in an apartment and has an ipod that need wifi to access the internet. The apartment does not have internet connection. This may be a stupid question, but he wants to buy a wireless router to access the internet. We are getting different answers about using a router. Can a router be used or even useful if the apartment doesn't have internet access? Is there a router that picks up internet with a physical connection?

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    What? It's not like wireless routers pick internet from the air... you have to have an internet connection with a provider (wifi based it's called WiMAX or something like that). – Con7e Aug 7 '14 at 15:08
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    Who/what will provide your friend with Internet service? – Jason Aug 7 '14 at 15:24

Unless you are in reach of a public Wifi, you would need some way to connect to an ISP (Internet Service Provider).

The simplest way to get such connection without cables is to use a 3G/4G Router that "connects to the internet" in the same way a mobile phone does. Therefore you would need a data plan associated with the 3G/4G chip you would use on the router.

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    Another addition to this may be to use your smartphone as a wireless hotspot - thus turning it into a wireless router. Be warned, however, it will use your mobile phone's data allowance so take this into consideration - the same as the 3G/4G router answer above. – Kinnectus Aug 7 '14 at 15:20
  • I've got a DrayTek router which supports a 3g/4g dongle in the USB port to provde internet access. – upsidedowncreature Oct 4 '18 at 15:46

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