Laptop virgin needs advice!
October 18, 2008 1:15pm CST
Hi, I'm thinking of getting a laptop because I write better on a keyboard than longhand, and I could take the laptop with me places and continue writing that way. I've never had or used a laptop before, so I need help here. How are you connected to the internet when you're using a laptop? When you buy one, does it come with some kind of connection or would I use my internet connection that I have with my desktop computer? Is there something you buy extra for the laptop to keep it connected to the internet when you are travelling with it? Think "laptops for dummies" when you answer please, I'm not stupid but inexperienced. Thanks!
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• Cambridge, England
18 Oct 08
Most laptops these days come with a built-in WiFi (wireless connection). Check the specifications of the one you are thinking of buying (and ask the salesman) to see that it has this. If it doesn't, you can buy cards or a USB device that will plug in to do the same job. What this will give you is the ability to connect to the Internet where ever there is a wireless network. Most libraries (in the US) have this free and I believe that Starbucks and MacDonald also have free WiFi. Sometimes you may have to pay and you can subscribe to a number of providers who put WiFi networks into public places. The other option (which gives much more freedom but can be expensive) is to sign up with a mobile phone company that will give you Internet access over the mobile phone network. Whether you can connect or not depends on the mobile phone coverage at any particular location, so it's a good idea to check the coverage of your mobile phone companies. They will usually give you a modem when you sign up which is, effectively, all the workings of a mobile phone without the keypad and screen and so on. This will plug into a USB port. The speeds are not usually as fast as your Internet connection at home. Here in the UK, some phone companies are even offering free laptops if you sign up with a contract for a phone and a Mobile Internet connection (this should give you a clue as to how much more it's likely to cost than an ADSL line!) When you are at home, you can use your existing connection. You would just plug the cable into your laptop instead of into your PC, do the setup routine (depending on what connection you have - ADSL or dial-up) and away you go. Be aware that a laptop keyboard is not quite the same as a standard PC keyboard. It lies flat, for one thing and the keys feel rather different. The alphabetic keys are in the same places but some of the other keys are rearranged (and the number pad on the right of a standard keyboard doesn't exist on a laptop. Instead some of the normal keys are used with a function key). Many people find that it takes a little time to get used to a laptop keyboard but that it's not the end of the world!
• Cambridge, England
18 Oct 08
I should add that, at home, if you already have a wireless router, you will be able to use the laptop where ever it's in range, which will usually be most of the house and sometimes the garden as well. I mention this because some ADSL suppliers give you a modem/router which is already wireless enabled, even though you may run a cable from it to your PC.
18 Oct 08
For getting internet in laptop, you can you wired or wireless connection. Wired connection won't help you as you want internet, where ever you goes. So the next option is Wireless. Most of the laptops came with built in feature. Here the concept is different. If you are using wireless modem to get internet in your laptop, you have to be in the limits of the wireless modem. If else, you won't get any internet in your laptop. The final option is either Sim enabled USB modem or Data Travel Card. USB modem is just like a pendrive in appearance and works like mobile modem. It was little expensive and you can get internet connection where ever you want provided it has signal. Data card is also same as USB but the port/slot that you have to use is different. Both can manage a speed upto 156 Kbps. I live in India and I said the avialable types in india only. I don't know for other countries.