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by cruisefree / August 30, 2008 10:58 AM PDT

i am looking into buying alaptop which i want to take it on a cruise and need to know what i really need for it. i want to go wi-fi would i be able to get a signal anywhere without paying for service from the ship i see a lot of people at airports using comp. what do they have to get onlinte thank you very much cruiser

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Well, it ain't free. . .
by Coryphaeus / August 30, 2008 8:37 PM PDT
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Get a laptop with built in wireless. It's hard to find one today without it.

Hot-spots are available everywhere, but about 90% of them are not free. Wireless at airports runs about five bucks an hour. Some coffee shops (you know the big one) are not free either. You have to shop around. And I'll almost guarantee wi-fi on the ship is not free. But who knows? All you have to do is ask.

To use these hot spots, you open your browser and the laptop will find the signal. It'll ask you if you want to use this network. You say yes. The laptop will then open a page for the provider's network. And give you the cost for using the service. You enter your credit card information. Done.

All those people you see surfing are paying for it. The only exception I've found is in a hotel where it's part of the room cost.

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Re: wifi
by Kees Bakker / August 30, 2008 9:08 PM PDT
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I don't expect there is much wifi signal in the middle of the sea. So most of the time you would have to pay for using the ships facilities.

Kees

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Check with the cruise company..that's the only source
by VAPCMD / August 30, 2008 10:40 PM PDT
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for a signal unless you're dockside somewhere and I'm sure they'll tell what charges are applicable.

Question is ... why take a laptop on vacation ? It's just another thing to have to keep track of and distract you from enjoying the trip.

VAPCMD

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Today's cruise lines do put wifi in the rooms.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 30, 2008 10:49 PM PDT
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While any current laptop will do fine be sure to think over your security when you do that.

Imagine the usual owner that has Windows autologin then all web pages remember passwords. Just think what happens when that laptop is stolen.
Bob

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