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what is it called?

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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
we are looking at getting that internet thing where you can go online anywhere on your laptop. whats it called please and is there any good deals about please?
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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suspended#1
a wireless dongle ?

ebay
#2
wireless dongle
#3
Wi-Fi!!
You can get it free at mcdonalds and starbucks along with many other places, or you can sign a contract with any of the mobile networks using a USB toggle. Beware download caps and the excesses are punitive.
#4
And if u do sign a contract NEVER use it abroad.
#6
Does your laptop have a built in modem?
#7
thanks everyone, I've looked on ebay and thousands of dongles came up..... what do I go for? and how do you top them up, just like topping up a mobile with credit is it?
#8
drdanielmacdonald
Does your laptop have a built in modem?


erm.... how will i know?:thinking:
#9
kirsty1981
erm.... how will i know?:thinking:


will it need one?
#10
ok- try this!!
Click Start
Click Connect to
Wireless Network Connection
Then Click view wireless networks- it will search!
suspended#11
kirsty1981
thanks everyone, I've looked on ebay and thousands of dongles came up..... what do I go for? and how do you top them up, just like topping up a mobile with credit is it?

you pay through your provider ... you will need a wireless router ... unless someone nearby has an unsecured network or you have one of the new dongles from the mobile phone companies that work on thier own networks
#12
i have a bnib linksys adapter for cable 10£ del if interested
#13
I'm confused! I have wireless broadband at home at the mo, what do I need to be able to connect to the internet when I'm out and about, sorry I'm so dappy!
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kirsty1981
I'm confused! I have wireless broadband at home at the mo, what do I need to be able to connect to the internet when I'm out and about, sorry I'm so dappy!


you can only use your wireless connection when your at home and within recieving distance of the router ... if you want to surf anywhere ... then you will have to go for one of the new mobile phone dongles that allow you to browse through there connection anywhere ... i would contact your mobile phone provider for a dongle
#15
nicki3668
you can only use your wireless connection when your at home and within recieving distance of the router ... if you want to surf anywhere ... then you will have to go for one of the new mobile phone dongles that allow you to browse through there connection anywhere ... i would contact your mobile phone provider for a dongle


thanks for your help x :)
suspended#16
kirsty1981
thanks for your help x :)


welcome :-D
1 Like #17
Some fairly confusing replies in this thread so far.

The service that allows you to connect to the internet wirelessly in most major towns and cities is called mobile internet.

A dongle is just any of those plug-in USB sticks that lets you connect to something, you can get bluetooth dongles, TV dongles, bluetooth dongles and similar. You should probably avoid the phrase wireless dongle as there are several different types of wireless technology that all use dongles. Call it a mobile internet dongle instead.

For mobile internet you need a mobile internet dongle or a computer with mobile internet capability built in (often called 3G, HSDPA or HSUPA). You also need a contract or pay as you go arrangement from one of the companies providing mobile broadband, as mobile broadband works on the mobile phone network this is generally the same companies you'd get a mobile contract from like Vodaphone, T-mobile or Three.

It will technically work anywhere a mobile phone will but unless the local phone mast supports the faster standards it will be slower than dial-up so if you're planning to take it to a less densly populated part of the UK then check the coverage maps for your chosen provider first.

Oh yes, and as others have said don't use it abroad. The charges are absolutely huge.

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