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OT: WHAT DO I NEED FOR LAPTOP WIRELESS WEB CONNEC

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by gdbabin, Aug 7, 2009.

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  1. gdbabin

    gdbabin TS Member

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    I have a DELL Latitude 830 and I want to set it up for wireless web connectivity. What do I need hardware, application, and service wise to get it done?


    I'd like to have it ready before I leave for Sparta tomorrow if possible. Experts please advise.


    Thanks,


    Guy Babin
     
  2. gdbabin

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    Jackie,


    The device manager says I have a Dell Wireless 1490 Dual Band WLAN Mini-card. If I understand you correctly, all I have to do is be within a wireless service hot spot and it should connect without any configuring?


    Thanks,


    Guy
     
  3. tuckpa

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    Save yourself time and security.Go to your local Verizon store and get an air card.They even have the ones that plug right into the usb port,so you can use it on any computer.They have by far the best coast to coast coverage. you'll be amazed at how fast they are too.
     
  4. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    I'd suggest pulling into a local Wendy's or such, and trying it out first.
     
  5. gdbabin

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    Understood all. I do hesitate to give Verizon more bucks than I am already and won't need it everyday.

    Very helpfull, thanks,

    Guy B.
     
  6. glenn mcleod

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    Verizon works great. You almost have to be in the main bldg to use your wireless. Glenn
     
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    With a new dell E 6400 we can log in from the North Loop campgrounds. It's a good mile to the CEB. I use a Ver. MiFi
     
  8. gdbabin

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    So the difference is with Verizon you are riding their sophisticated nation wide wireless telephone network with a subscription fee.


    If not on Verizon (or other wireless provider) you are at the mercy of the quality and your physical displacement from a free to use local wireless server.


    Is that an almost correct way to state the difference?


    Guy B.
     
  9. BigM-Perazzi

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    Pretty much... and as you know, it's $60 a month to verizon on a year or two contract to use it....
     
  10. Auctioneer

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    I had a renter that had wireless and I tried to get on her service but couldn't. Did some research and because of the walls I have all brick 2 feet thick the signal would not go through them.
     
  11. Quack Shot

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    Careful about the Wireless plans from providers like Verizon. They usually have limits on how much bandwidth you can use in a month and charge through the "nose" if you go over.

    The internal dual band WiFi should do well for you if there is access. You may have to turn the laptop from one side or the other, since the antennas are usually around the display. Sort of like the "rabbit ear" effect from years gone by.
     
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