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Laptop bought...now what?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by alongcameaspider, Jun 7, 2007.

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  1. alongcameaspider

    alongcameaspider Thread Starter

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    Finally got a laptop but now what? What else do I need to purchase to get internet at home? Help me! Do I really need a docking station? :confused:
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Perhaps you could tell us something about your current home network environment, as well as the make/model of the laptop? Do you want it connected wired or wirelessly?

    Please supply the following info.

    Make/model of the broadband modem.
    Make/model of the router (if any).
    Connection type, wired, wireless.
    Make/model of network card or wireless adapter.
    Make/model of your computer.
    Version and patch level of Windows, i.e. XP-Home SP2.
     
  3. alongcameaspider

    alongcameaspider Thread Starter

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    Well first of all it's a Dell and I want it connected the cheapest way possible. I'm a single mom and a college student. Wireless would be nice but I have it right now at my desk in the living room so I would not mind keeping it there and using something like cable internet.
     
  4. alongcameaspider

    alongcameaspider Thread Starter

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    but...with cable do I connect like a desktop? with wireless would I need a modem and a wireless card?
     
  5. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

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    If you already have a wireless network connection, then you just add the laptop to it. There's nothing to buy.
     
  6. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    What kind of Internet access do you currently have at this location? If you have none, then you have to find out what is available in your area. You can get dial-up for $10-15 a month, which is painfully slow. DSL and Cable Internet access will be a lot easier to live with, and they'll cost $20-40 a month, depending your specific location and the services available. For many services, you may end up with wireless for free, since a lot of ISP's include a wireless router in their service bundle. Also, a wireless router can cost as little as $10 on rebate deals, so you may be able to have wireless for very little money.

    First step: Find out what possibilities for Internet access are available in your area.
     
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