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Old 07-13-2007, 04:28 PM   #1
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Notebook nic or ? and other ?s

I am trying to go "hi-tech" and try to use my note book with wifi.....that's the free connection, right?

My notebook (5 years old, when I bought it then it was a laptop) is an HP with a slot for a card BUT the slot is wide and takes # F236B card...which is slow apparently (11 mpbs)

Should I go with an usb card/nic which can/will have higher speed?

If I get a Linksys WRT545G can I "play" at home aka test my wireless system?

Will I be able to hard-wire the router or the modem to my desk-top AND wireless to my notebook and have both use MSN at the same time?

I have been reading interesting info about wifi and free wifi in RV parks.....maybe this is not worth it......oh but it is because I can watch TV and write to this forum from the family room
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:41 PM   #2
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Hi all,

In theory, the circuit can send 1.544 Mb and receive 1.544 Mbit/s concurrently. This is over twice DSL speed, but still way below 11 Mbit/s. You will not notice any improvement using the Internet. For file sharing or printing there could be an improvement, though.

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Hi all,

In theory, the circuit can send 1.544 Mb and receive 1.544 Mbit/s concurrently. This is over twice DSL speed, but still way below 11 Mbit/s. You will not notice any improvement using the Internet. For file sharing or printing there could be an improvement, though.

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Sorry, I left out that the 1.544 is a T1 speed.

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Old 07-13-2007, 04:59 PM   #4
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A few more basic answers...

Greetings from Silicon Valley, where the WiFi is always free and the air is full of moving electrons...

Yes, WiFi is the usually free version, though some places like Starbucks (T-Mobile) and Airports (AT&T) do require paid subscription to access their WiFi...

USB or thick credit-card size wireless card should work in old (ancient??) HP Omnibook, though you might have some steps to take to explain to Windows and Explorer software that their connection is coming via USB port.

Yes, if you buy a Linksys Wireless Router, you can connect PC (or laptop) by cable to one of the 4 LAN cable connectors on the router, and also use the Laptop wirelessly. Both computers can access same or different sites simultaneously, though speeds might suffer for major uploads or downloads.. The Linksys plugs into home DSL or Cable Modem connection... (Don't bother if home is dial-up...) Do consider trying to enable the "security" feature of the Linksys, so hackers near your home can't eavesdrop and use your connection...

Patience is required, and maybe a helper the first time through, since you'll have to learn tricks to get Explorer to open with access page information, since physical and software connection are often needed to connect to internet using WiFi... The free ones often just ask you to abide by their terms of service before passing you along to internet connection..
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Hello,I was kinda in the same ball park.My 5-6 year old laptop was on sprint cell phone (edvo) modem.Worked ok,but my new c-phone was out dated when I bought it,so it was only 2-3 times faster than dial up.My current campground has (free) wi-fi.I tried a connection card,but my slot is messed up and no longer works. I went to a usb adapter,it works ok (4-6 times faster than dial up,went to talk to comp repair guy.He told me my laptop is too old and outdated (it will work,just not as fast).To use a connection card or usb adapter for wi-fi,you have to have a "high speed port" the older laptops don't have.You need to be fairly close to the router (wi-fi source) to get the best signal,just like a cell phone to a cell site antenna.I'am on Msn as I write this,the folks beside me are on aol at the same time,both of us going through the c/g's router.You can do away with your isp if you want,by just using "Internet explorer".This set up costs me nothing and I use "IE" and have Msn set has my home page.Hope that helps you out... Brian
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He told me my laptop is too old and outdated (it will work,just not as fast).To use a connection card or usb adapter for wi-fi,you have to have a "high speed port" the older laptops don't have.
I believe that is called USB 2.0. It was tentatively called other things, but they didn't seem to sick.
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Any PCMICA card you buy for your older laptop will not work in the newer ones. They went from a wider card to a narrower one. I would suggest the cheapest option. Any new laptop you buy will likely have WI-FI built in.

I personally use a Air card EVDO from Verizon in a D-link DIR-450 router. Internet almost anywhere, anytime for $30/ month.
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I would agree almost any of the $400.00 laptops sold today will have wifi built in and will out perform your older laptop. They will store more music, and run current programs, and more than likely play DVDs. The cost of finding upgrade parts for that older laptop may not be worth the funds. That all being said, I have seen Woot : One Day, One Deal (SM) carry older wifi upgrades pretty cheap, the sales item changes once a day, but 2 or 3 times a month they have wifi items.
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Most new computers will work with recently older equipment, but systems change so quicky that that time frame is small and growing smaller.

Buy the new technology, you will get bigger, better and faster technology at a fraction of the price the same capacity cost 3 years ago.
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I myself would like to buy a new laptop,but this old Gateway keeps working,and I just cann't see throwing it away because it's old. One day it'll bite the bullet,and I'll get more high tech! Brian
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Old 07-14-2007, 02:40 PM   #12
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I think the consensus is that I should get a new notebook.......

Am I wasting my $200 for a Linksys WRT54G and some card (either the one to fit in the "antique"-sized slot or a usb port one) and who knows what I else I will need.

Isn't the card or whatever supposed to have an antenna on it so I can pickup RV park signals? Is there such a thing as a remote antenna--like for on the picnic table?

I have msn through Qwest. It is not the fastest but it is better than AOL dial-up that I had for 9 years.

Will I go back to those speeds--those in my AOL period

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$200? for a WRT54G (a solid router) and a wifi card? Where are you shopping? $100 maybe for the two. THe WRT54G is not a waste unless you want to upgrade to 802.11N.
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Just to add this result for my wifi..
Personal test results

.bigSpeed{ font-size: 180%; color: #369; font-weight: bold; text-align: center;}Speed

6.8 megabits per second
Communications 6.8 megabits per second
Storage 826.5 kilobytes per second
1MB file download 1.2 seconds
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Date & time Sunday, August 5, 3:46PM*
Test type IDT4 Free
Connection type Wireless: 802.11
Region New Hampshire
Data size 1024KB
IP address 75.67.255.173
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I am using a brand new Toshiba laptop, model P205-S6267, Vista Home Premium, with built in WIFI for 802-11a/b/g/n.
The wifi setup is a NetGear tied into the Motorola Surfboard 5120. Biggest problem you will have initially during setup is to sync both the cable modem first, then the wifi to your cable modem and the main puter. Be sure you write down all ID/password info down for a distance future references. If you elect to go with NetGear, Radio Shack has the best deal on prices. Be sure to change your settings (You will want to change these, depending on your location to others) for the channel you use, check the SSID for broadcasting, PLZS don't use the factory's default ID/PASSWORD~! If you need the extra range, etc..the 4x and 12x 802-11n is one of the easiest and, nicest ways to go. It just gets alittle more into Spread Spectrum to achieve these results.
Once you're up and running..You'll love it~!!
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