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  1. stephen wormald

    stephen wormald Read Only Funster

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    :Rofl1:I would like to use a laptop in my motorhome but have no idea how to set it up, at the moment i have talktalk through a phone line. My computer has no wireless set up. Could anyone give me the information I require.

    Would I have to change my provider and would a dongle work. I would like my laptop to work in England and abroad.

    Hears hoping someone can help

    Steve
     
  2. American Dream

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    Hi Stephen..

    Dongles work...albeit guite slow data transfer rate...

    You don't say whether you are on sites with wi-fi.

    I'm sure there'll be someone along soon with sound advice.
     
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    We have just come back from Portugal we found parks and libuarys all had wifi also some of the hotels but I have never used them and are a bit of a dinasore when it comes to computers.

    All the best
     
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    Tell us more about the laptop?

    You say it doesn't have wi-fi built in.

    It might be an option to get a wi-fi dongle.:thumb:

    Only useable on site and outside wi-fi hotspots though like MacDonalds etc.

    Away from wi-fi sites I guess a dongle might be the only option unless you can patch the mobile into the lappy.

    http://www.top10-broadband.co.uk/guides/broadband_abroad/
     
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    Information on laptop
    Microsoft windows xp
    version 2002
    service pack 3

    If this means anything to you you are a better man than me
     
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    This is a big question, Stephen!
    You have three basic options:
    1. Using a mobile phone as a modem. This way you connect your mobile phone to the laptop and you can use it like a dial-up modem on a landline. You would need to have a data-enabled service from your SIM-card supplier (Vodaphone etc)
    2. Use a "dongle" which is a small device that plugs into the USB port on your laptop and has a SIM card in it. This is using the GPRS service from one of the suppliers (Vodaphone etc). Some basic info here: http://www.insys-datacommunication.co.uk/en/mount/nav-uk/knowledge-base/mobile/gprs-basics/
    3. Get a WiFi adaptor for your laptop. Again a small device that goes in a USB port. This only works if you are within range of a WiFi hotspot. Some are free like McDonalds and some charge like the Caravan Club sites. If you go this route, make sure you get a Wireless-n card as these will give you much greater range. Also, take the benefit of not having a built in one and get a long USB extension. This means you can put the adaptor outside the van (through a hecki) and get better signals.

    If you go abroad, do not be tempted to use your UK SIM card. It will cost a lot of money very easily. Get one in the country you are visiting.

    There is a constant barrage of "offers" from the mobile phone companies. Be very careful to read exactly what they are offering - they are a sneaky bunch!

    Of the three options, the WiFi is the cheapest but not if you need to be able to use the net wherever you are. There is a not very accurate list of WiFi hotspots on www.jiwire.com

    Hope that doesn't add to your confusion...:RollEyes:
    Patrick
     
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    And the Make/model, memory and hard disk space?

    I assume it has a few usb ports.:thumb:

    Shouldn't be a problem if it has.
     
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    Dongle would be your easiest choice - do shop around and ask lots of questions! Some dongles are more expensive than others, some have greater capacity per pound, others need topping every month, whereas some are every 3! Bit of a minefeild.

    We have an 02 one which we can leave for months without topping, and if you need to, can keep it 'live' with a £2 top up rather than a full £15 monthly fee. Reception isn't too bad, but some remote areas can be sloooow! You do get free unlimited access in hotspots though!
     
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    We bought a Vodaphone dongle last year for £25 and it came with free £15 credit and this lasted quite a long time until Emily downloaded some films that is. Put another £15 credit on but we only use the dongle if on site anywhere that we cant access their network.

    Dale
     
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