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What do I need to go wireless on the road?

by trbramel / September 28, 2004 5:01 PM PDT

I've purchased my first laptop and want to go wireless while I am traveling. I have a compaq nx9040 Intel Pentium M 1.50Ghz. What do I need to go wireless?

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Re: What do I need to go wireless on the road?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2004 10:27 PM PDT

If you ask, then you don't have the need? Maybe your question may have been...

Why would I want wireless in my laptop?

For me, it's another way to get internet access while out there. Many places are now free hotspots and this makes a quick way to connect.

if you don't have the wireless card, then you have to wait to find a phone or ethernet jack which are not as ready.

Best of luck and happy travels.

Bob

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Re: What do I need to go wireless on the road?
by trbramel / September 29, 2004 2:54 PM PDT

Well it's not that I don't have the need, I not sure what card to by. I am currently in China doing contract work and would to purchase a wireless card. I am under impression that I need only a WiFi card. The IT guy for the company is saying I would need to buy an expensive wireless card that I believe uses the SIM card. I am look to be able to connect at hotels, airports, ect.

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Re: What do I need to go wireless on the road?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 29, 2004 10:23 PM PDT

If the road is away from WiFi hotspots, then your fees go up to "a lot of bucks" and the person was right. To get Internet-Everywhere you pay dearly. If you are happy with WiFi hotspots, then you get a wifi card.

Bob

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Re: What do I need to go wireless on the road?
by trbramel / September 30, 2004 10:43 AM PDT

Thanks for your help!

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Re: What do I need to go wireless on the road?
by jennifromthelou / November 3, 2004 7:52 AM PST

What is the best wireless card to use? I think my life would be different if I got the wirless hook up but for some reason I am apprehensive about it. Is it really expensive... and if so is it still worth it. I was told to check out kevinkringle.com, but do you know other websites I should look at?

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My best card so far is a WaveBuddy
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 3, 2004 9:26 AM PST

It's a name I've never heard of, but found for 8 bucks each at compgeeks.com They sold out but I picked up 4 of them on a lark. It was a surprise that it worked better than my Dlink or Linksys cards.

Happy hunting,

Bob

PS. I also found a WiFi sniffer for 15 bucks. I can sniff if WiFi is active before I boot up. At many libraries access is free so between an 8 dollar card and free access it can't be expensive.

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