my son receved new laptop today .thought it could be connected to internet without cable . have broadband on desktop and understand about router to network but can laptop be connected and pick up broadband at home without router or networking and if so how? help please.
Only if you have either a wireless modem router or a cable router that you could add a wireless access point to . Of course all this about the wireless stuff is providing the laptop has wireless built in or you buy a wireless PCMCIA card to go with it .
" but can laptop be connected and pick up broadband at home without router or networking and if so how? "
You could plug the modem into the laptop, but you would only be able to use one at a time.
You could use a CAT 5 crossover cable. This would fit into the ethernet slot of both computers ( if they have them ). You could then share the internet to both machines at once. Of course the main machine would need to be switched on to the internet for the laptop to work.
The Dell does come with WiFi. You could use a WiFi router, it would be easier and the laptop would be very mobile.
" It would be nit-picking to criticise Dell for not including a hardware switch to activate the wireless, especially as Fn+F2 works just as well. As with all new Centrino Duo notebooks, it includes an 802.11a/b/g adaptor, while Bluetooth is a welcome bonus. Just note, the one-year collect-and-return warranty will leave you to pick up carriage and repair costs from the second year onwards. "