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Wirelss internet or cable internet?

by jhall317 / January 1, 2010 5:01 AM PST

I'm retiring my 8 year old HP Pavilion and am looking at a laptop and wireless internet. My current intenet provider is my cable company (no other alternatives). I travel to my parents house where dial up is the only way to access the internet. I have read a lot of the postings on this forum and I am a bit overwhelmed. There seems to be problems with connectivity and speed. Is wireless internet a viable option for someone not totally tech savvy?

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Sure . . .
by Coryphaeus / January 1, 2010 7:07 PM PST

it works like a cell phone. Usually a 3G network. Contact your local phone company, see what they offer, and see what is needed for the laptop. Usually a plug in card.

Easy. But don't expect blistering speed. It's better than dial-up but no where near cable speed. As mentioned above, it uses the cell phone data network, so expect connectivity issues unless you're under a cell phone tower.

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Wireless internet or cable internet?
by jhall317 / January 2, 2010 12:03 AM PST
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Thanks for the info. If my cell phone works fine in my home does that mean I will not have connectivity problems?

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Your home...or your parents' home?
by ahtoi / January 2, 2010 6:27 AM PST

I think it depends on what you want to do with internet. Streaming video will require a lot more bandwidth than just talks/text on the cell. Maybe get a trial period before lock-in might be nice.

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You'll have connectivity . . .
by Coryphaeus / January 2, 2010 7:07 AM PST

but, again, wireless such as 3G is fast enough for browsing and email, but not much more.

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wireless internet or cable...
by jhall317 / January 2, 2010 11:13 PM PST

Thanks to all who responded. After doing more research I decided to keep my cable internet (if I can get the price down) and rent mobile intenet when I need to. I found the to be very helpful.

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