HOW STUFF WORKS
QUIZZES

FOLLOW US
Do you know how to stay wired in the wild?
by Staff
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.

Most people go camping to "get away from it all." The seriously internet addicted, however, view camping as:

  • a way to hone their hacking skills by building homemade wireless signal boosters
  • a chance to blog from places mother nature never intended
  • All of the above

Internet addicted camping aficionados never hit the trail without:

  • bug spray
  • a cantenna
  • toilet paper

Your fellow campers may make fun of you when you insist on packing your internet essentials, but this handy device will give you the last laugh if your group gets turned around on the trail:

  • Compass
  • Flare
  • GPS-Enabled Smart Phone

Accessing the internet produces a distinct physical effect, not unlike the type of rush you may feel after completing a long hike.

  • True
  • False

The positive "rush" you feel when you get online, go on a strenuous hike or use certain drugs is caused by a release of which neurotransmitter?

  • Dopamine
  • Tryptophan
  • Endorphin

___________________ Is a great app for finding everything you might need on the trail -- from Wi-Fi enabled campgrounds to secret fishing holes.

  • Google Earth
  • Facebook
  • FishNotes

Online camping directories such as camp-wireless.org provide lists of campsites with Wi-Fi access and ______________ for easy navigation.

  • Well marked trails
  • Waypoints
  • Step by step directions

Use waypoints from online camping directories to create a custom ______________ in Google Earth that will mark and allow you to quickly view your favorite Wi-Fi enabled campgrounds, parks and public spaces.

  • Atlas
  • Topographic Map
  • Layer

You're stranded at a campground with no Wi-Fi access. You do, however, have your smart phone. You can _______________:

  • Create a mobile hotspot
  • Tether your phone to your laptop and for dial-up access
  • Call a hotel

Your smart phone does not have the capability to power a mobile hotspot. What are your options?

  • Use tin foil and copper wire to capture and transmit your phone's broadband signal
  • Download a third-party app like "MyWi"
  • Upgrade your smart phone

Another great way to stay connected when you are away from a standard wireless network is to use _______________.

  • Internet access at local libraries
  • Dial-up
  • WiMAX

Wi-Fi, WiMAX and mobile hotspots are great, but how are you supposed to stay connected when you're out of range of a broadband signal?

  • Use a portable Wi-Fi antenna to boost the range of your signal
  • Climb above the tree line for a clearer signal
  • Turn slowly while holding your wireless device in front of you until you regain a signal

If you want to make your own Wi-Fi antenna booster to take on your camping chip, you'll need a package of these popular chips:

  • Ruffles
  • Pringles
  • Lay's Stax

The first Pringles "Cantenna" was built by ___________________.

  • Students at MIT
  • Yagi
  • Andrew Clapp

To build your own Pringles Cantenna to take on your camping trip, you'll need threaded rod, copper tubing, plastic tubing, nuts, washers and a _____________.

  • Pigtail
  • Degree in higher mathematics
  • Length of twine

If building electronics isn't your forte, you can also _______________ a Wi-Fi antenna.

  • borrow
  • purchase
  • rent

______________ will enable you to access internet even in the world's wildest regions.

  • Satellite Internet
  • Red Cross First Responder Technology
  • Doctors Without Borders

In terms of cost, satellite internet service is _______________ broadband internet service.

  • comparable to
  • less expensive than
  • more expensive than

Even satellite internet requires power. What is one power alternative a serious internet addict might want to have when camping far away from any available power outlets?

  • Kinetic energy rechargeable batteries
  • Wireless power cords
  • Wind-up phone chargers

Another great source of portable source of power for serious internet addicts who want to stay wired up while they're camping out is:

  • A battery or solar powered USB charger
  • A large gasoline generator
  • Clothing made from solar absorbing material