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How do I connect to dial up

by angel-54 / October 31, 2006 9:01 PM PST

I am going away and taking my laptop. The hotel has a data port.

At home I use wireless cable to connect so I have no idea what to do to use the dial up.

Could someone help me out?

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Re: data port
by Kees Bakker / October 31, 2006 9:14 PM PST


A 'data port' doesn't sound as 'dial-up'. With dial-up you use your normal phone, and you need both a dial-up modem (a 56K6 modem, mostly, that's the speed) and be registered by an ISP that lets you phone in and specify your username and password.

A 'data port' sounds as an Ethernet-connection. Check if your laptop comes with it. It might be called 'network connection' or 'LAN connection' also. You need a socalled RJ-45 cable to connect the Ethernet outlet offered by the hotel to it.

If your laptop doesn't have such a connection (but all current ones have it) and the hotel doesn't offer wireless, it's hopeless.

You better contact the hotel for the details. Is it Ethernet, do they provide a cable to use, and if not, do you need a crossed cable or a straight one?

Hope this helps.


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Data Port = old term for dial tone.
by Coryphaeus / November 1, 2006 7:26 AM PST
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The data port on the hotel phone is just an access to the dial tone on the phone. It's not Ethernet. You plug the laptop/PC modem into the Data Port and get dial tone and dial out.

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Thanks for the correction!
by Kees Bakker / November 1, 2006 4:15 PM PST

So she needs a dial-up modem (either internal or external) and an ISP-subscription (phone number to call, username, password) and she will be paying the (high) hotel phone rates while connected.

Seems like a good reason to find a hotel offering WiFi-services!


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Quite welcome. . .
by Coryphaeus / November 1, 2006 7:54 PM PST

I feel she'd be hard pressed to find a hotel that does NOT offer wi-fi.

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