Fujitsu Lifebook P727 laptop review
We're two translators working from home and thinking about becoming mobile.
At the moment we've got two PCs (one Dell Dimension 2400 and one Dell Dimension 3100, both with Windows XP) directly connected (as a wired peer-to-peer network) via a Netgear Router and Ethernet cable. This allows us joint internet usage sharing the same broadband access (provided by AOL) as well as file sharing.
We're now thinking of buying intially one laptop/notebook PC and using this for working away from home. We're still at the early planning stage and therefore have lots of questions (unfortunately, Dell and other potential vendors either don't answer our questions or can't even be contacted by E-mail):
1) Are all new laptops nowadays able to access free WiFi hotspots automatically, i.e. without the need of additional devices or software? Or do we need to look out for some piece of hardware and/or software they should be supplied with?
2) Since we don't want to rely entirely on free WiFi hotspots, our long-term idea is to get a mobile broadband contract (e.g. with Vodafone). Our question for this: Can we connect the laptop and the Dell Dimension 3100 in a similar way as before (either by wire or wireless) and share this mobile internet access in the same way we're doing at the moment with our home internet access?
Many thanks for your help!
Q 2: - Sharing Mobile Broadband Connection Over Wireless Router
Its possible using Windows Internet Connection Sharing
You must allow Windows to set the IP address
And enable Windows Internet Connection Sharing on computer with mobile broadband card
Equipment required: - 1 – Wireless Router
You need to disable DHCP on router
Hi Strawballs and ambra4,
Brilliant - many thanks to both of you for replying so quickly! I think this covers our most important questions, so I can get cracking and look out for a laptop + wireless router.
Any idea if the built-in wireless 802.11g or 802.11n would also work for free WiFi hotspots in Spain? I'd assume it should be the same technology everywhere, but you never know...
Thanks again, take care,
Will work world wide once you find a hot spot you can access
Great, many thanks for this, ambra4.
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