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Netbook LAN wireless range - any concerns?

by ncr-c101 / February 20, 2010 6:59 AM PST

I'm shopping for a netbook and wonder if netbooks have degraded wireless LAN connectivity compared to laptops.

I would think that they are comparable until I read a review that said that particular netbook model was good because it could connect up to 50 feet.

That raised a flag for me because my laptop is fine in my current environment, but a 50 foot range might be problematic if a netbook has worse connectivity performance.

I searched and didn't find any mention that netbooks are any different as a class compared to laptops. (I can appreciate that there are individual differences, of course.)

Any one have an opinion or experience on this topic? It's a pretty important data point in my buying decision.

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Similar to same as other laptops here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2010 7:08 AM PST

The bottom line is one laptop may fare better than another. Same for netbooks. If it is a REAL ISSUE you can always buy some wifi usb dongle and CANTENNA?

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Thanks for the confirmation
by ncr-c101 / February 20, 2010 1:39 PM PST

Since I posted my note, I've been almost non-stop researching and reading reviews. It seems that some netbooks are better because they have better wireless chipsets, and some problems were fixed with driver updates.

But nowhere have I read anything about limited reception for netbooks as a class, so I guess the single review that raised a flag was probably anecdotal.

On average, I retire my computers after 8+ years, so I put a lot of time into making a good buying decision. Thanks for all the invaluable info found here.

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The only problem with a netbook
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2010 11:28 PM PST

Is that it makes a poor laptop. It would be agony to use that as my only PC. Yes I can plug in a real keyboard, mouse and display.

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Netbook wi-fi
by pupskweek / March 13, 2010 3:02 AM PST

Re your reply about connectivity--how do I get a usb dongle and cantenna? Or were you just kidding? I need help to get wi-fi on my netbook but my router is far away.....thanks for any help, Pups

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how do I get a usb dongle and cantenna?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 13, 2010 3:10 AM PST
In reply to: Netbook wi-fi

You would buy such things. Only those that want some over 100 foot connectivity would want such a thing. But asking how to get such may not have been your real question. But let's say it was. You would go shopping and buy the parts.

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Dongle and catenna
by pupskweek / March 13, 2010 4:07 AM PST

Ok, I am going shopping!!! Thanks!!! (It just sounded kinda funny)

Thanks again--Pups

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