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Using an "american" computer in England.

by Usnafu2 / June 7, 2007 7:04 AM PDT

I was wondering if a world traveler you could advise me regarding England.

I know English electricity is 220/ 50 Hz and I will need an adapter for the plug and a voltage converter.
Also the telephone jacks are supposed to be different, right? So I would need an adapter for a modem?
Does anyone know if the British use Ethernet connections as we do in the USA? Do I need an adapter?
How about wireless, do they use 802.11 b/g 54Mbps like the USA?

Any help or advice would be appreciated. Suggestions for where to buy these adapters would be a great help.


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Look at your laptop's power "brick".
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 8, 2007 2:18 AM PDT

Most will accept 220V without issue. As to the phone, the recent feedback is you can use your WIFI and skip the phone connection.


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by Pete W / April 13, 2009 3:47 AM PDT

In the UK you will be able to use Ethernet cables if there is a cable connection where you are staying. Also, there are a great number of wireless hotspots available. I you are lucky you may even be in range of an encryption-free wireless network. Wireless b,g and n networks are available depending where you are. G is the most common. If you cannot get a power adaptor at the airport just buy a new plug head from a diy store. Small screwdriver and penknife required. Don't forget to download tv for your laptop at if you want to watch anything worth watching while you are there.

I hope this helps.


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