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devices required for wireless connection to internet

by mamontano / May 26, 2009 10:04 PM PDT

I'm still trying to figure out what laptop i want and how much
to spend. I'm leaning towards the "fw series" sony and would like to
know what i'll need to connect to the internet so as to factor
in total cost. TIA

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(NT) forgot to mention - i have cox cable
by mamontano / May 26, 2009 10:04 PM PDT
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Wireless hook up
by Phil Crase / May 26, 2009 10:16 PM PDT

You will need a cable modem and wirless router. You can also get what is called a CABLE GATEWAY, which is a MODEM/WIRELESS ROUTER combination. Either way you would have what you need.

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HP mini
by numan2good / May 27, 2009 3:04 AM PDT

well why dont you go for hp mini....
man its awesome as i am using one from last week...
its handy..its good looking,its perfect,it had all the functions..
check it out buddy

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That laptop has a wireless card that
by orlbuckeye / May 27, 2009 4:46 AM PDT

will allow access to any public wireless network. You will be able access private networks if you have the password you can get a G router for real cheap right now and you should be set to go. Most of the time you connect and go but sometime if your new to computers setting up security is a little more tricky.

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brand new to wireless and 1st laptop
by mamontano / May 27, 2009 9:06 PM PDT

Maybe i should move my thread to the appropriate forum - sorry.
What would be a starting point for laptops that are better for
wireless connections. I've read that centrino and centrino processing
is better for wireless and battery life. Is it worth the extra cost?
I guess i want internet/email access at home and on the road and at
places that have wifi. Can you send me some links to the devices
that would be needed or are these things built into the laptop or
usb dongel type devices? I have cox cable at home but what would
allow me to have access anywhere? Is there a service for this? TIA

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Thats fine
by orlbuckeye / May 27, 2009 9:42 PM PDT

It has the Intel wireless card which will work. The Intel is capable of wireless N & G. All you need is a router that will connect to your internet connection. The router will allow you to use connected with wires or wireless. Wireless N routers are a lttle more expensive. Most of the public networks are using G.

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No problem
by deniceels / May 27, 2009 10:31 PM PDT

Almost all new laptops comes with wireless device built-in to their system, only difference is whether they include a B/G type, G-only type or B/G/N type (these are mostly the reach of the wifi signals and whether your device can receive them - frequency/spectrum). G can receive both B and G, N type depends on the broadcaster on whether using a Draft-N or not. So, wireless-wise, you won't have issues, only leaving the password to access it (if it's free or subscription if it's paid-type). The cox cable will let you surf wired, for in the event the location you are at have a socket for it (and somewhat when at home, you don't have a wireless router - thus can connect directly to the cable or ADSL modem).

Power saving? yes, but only if you don't run many applications or intensive ones or setting your power usage to maximum performance or display to be the brightest settings, else it won't make any difference.

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Surfing with a router is much safer
by orlbuckeye / May 28, 2009 10:58 AM PDT
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then attaching directly to a cable modem. The IP address of your laptop is hidden behind the firewall the router provides. A hacker may find the IP of the router but the laptop will have it's own IP address that is protected.

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