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#132573 - 02/02/07 04:17 PM Laptops and wireless?  
Luketrician  Offline
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Sale Creek, TN USA
I would like to have a computer at home. I live out where there is no internet service other than dial-up. What about a laptop with a pc wireless card?? Not sure what that all means but any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!

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#132574 - 02/02/07 05:52 PM Re: Laptops and wireless?  
SteveFehr  Offline
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Chesapeake, VA
You need to have broadband cellular service in your area. If so, then you buy a wireless card from your cell company and get a data contract- about $55/month or so if I recall- and you can get pretty good speeds with that. If your cell company only has older technology, they'll still happily charge you up the butt for a wireless card, but the speeds won't be any faster than dialup.

I have a cable modem, but I have a Treo 700p that I tether to my laptop via bluetooth and I can get 3mbps speeds through that which is pretty awesome [Linked Image]

Another option you have is a satellite modem.

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#132575 - 02/02/07 06:12 PM Re: Laptops and wireless?  
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Sale Creek, TN USA
Thanks for the information Mr.Fehr. I have verizon and my signal is excellent @ home. I will call them tommorrow and see what they want to charge for it. The 55 dollars a mo' is about what I pay for my regular land line through ma' bell. I'm going to have that disconnected next week. I am sick and tired of paying 50 60 dollars a mo' for telemarketers to call the house during the day and leave my answering machine loaded with b/s.... OOPS SORRY! didn't mean to start ranting there!

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#132576 - 02/02/07 07:47 PM Re: Laptops and wireless?  
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#132577 - 02/05/07 09:03 AM Re: Laptops and wireless?  
Gloria  Offline
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Budapest, Hungary

Wifi means net without wire. Anyhow you must have an ADSL adaptor somewhere (out in the netcafe, or at home in your house attached to a telephone line), or a cablenet along with your cable tv. I dunno how cablenet works, but I know, you need no telephone line for that net connection.
After you have the adapter, you can start wondering if you`ll use a PC, and use wires, or a wifi card, or you plan to pay a huge amount for a cool laptop and use it without cable (Wifi).

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#132578 - 02/05/07 01:04 PM Re: Laptops and wireless?  
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Cable modems hook up to your CableTV jacks just like it were any other TV or VCR, and you plug your PC or router into it like you would a DSL modem.

#132579 - 02/06/07 06:24 PM Re: Laptops and wireless?  
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You don't NEED broasdband, you can use wireless over dial-up, but it takes a bit of work and management, and likely a gateway PC.

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