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Discussion in 'Networking' started by Bill T., Apr 12, 2010.

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  1. Bill T.

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    I have been told some laptops can be used for internet browsing without being connected to a cable or power source. I f this is so, please tell me what I should buy to achieve this. Thankyou.
     
  2. DoubleHelix

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    A power source is never needed for Internet access. All new laptops have wireless networking capabilities which allow you to connect to a wireless router or WiFi hotspot. There is also the option of wireless broadband which requires a special modem from a service provider and usually involves a contract although some offer pre-paid options. Availability is dependent on where you live.
     
  3. JohnWill

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    The power source is required, but one such power source is the battery. :D
     
  4. Bill T.

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    Thanks for your input. What I really want to know is this: If I am in a parked car, for example; can i use the lap top to surf the net ?
     
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    Depending on your location you may be able to use a USB or memory card slot based wireless modem based on cell phone technology as mentioned by DoubleHelix.

    A small number of cities may offer city wide WiFi service. You would need to check with you local government about availability and pricing.

    The last thing you want to do is park next to a place that offers free WiFI for their customers and borrow their WiFi connection. Some places consider that theft of service and you may find yourself on the wrong side of the law.
     
  6. Bill T.

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    Thanks to all who have helped with this enquiry regarding laptops.
     
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    Hi,
    I use my laptop in my car with mobile broadband in the UK and it works fine. Batteries don't always last the 2 hrs that's claimed though.

    Netbooks are another option, they're smaller and lighter but depending on the spec not necessarily much cheaper!

    Richard.
     
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    You have to be in an area that provides internet for convenience .Many McDonald's hamburger joints provide the service now.

    If you want to have it at home you have to buy an internet plan... then a router with wireless capabilities.
    50 bucks will buy the router..Now you can have internet throughout a typical house.
     
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