We were at our neighbor's today. She has a wireless laptop that connects to a tower about a mile and a half from her. Anyway, to lay it out, on her laptop, a Dell Inspiron 1525, she has an internal wireless antenna - and she can connect through the tower. She occasionally uses it when she wants to be outdoors rather than cooped up inside. I think it's called stealing the signal, since she isn't paying for it. My question. everything I've read said you needed to be within 100-150 feet of a source, yet she's picking up the signal from a tower 1 1/2 miles away. Have they been lying to us? Her connection is awfully slow, and it takes a long time even for a page to load, but it works.