What does 'Wireless-ready' mean?

  MikejgL 16:54 10 Nov 2005

My niece has just been given an IBM Thinkpad. She has been told that it is 'wireless-ready'. She expects to switch on and get straight onto the web via a mysterious wireless link. I'm pretty sure that's a pious hope! What does 'wireless-ready' mean? Grateful for a link to a site which will explain it to me! Thanks in advance.

  PaulB2005 16:57 10 Nov 2005

It means it has an internal built in wireless adaptor so if she has a Broadband connection and a wireless router she can connect to the router and then to the Internet wirelessly.

She might be able to pick up a neighbours connection if they haven't secured it but that would be illegal.

  bremner 17:00 10 Nov 2005

It means it has a wireless network connection installed on the laptop.

She will be able to use the connection where wireless networks exist.

To use it at home she would need a broadband connection to a modem/wireless router.

In public hotels often offer free connections for their guests and there are many pay-for public wireless hotspots cropping up all over the place.

  Pidder 18:22 10 Nov 2005

Believe one has first to enable the wireless access. Is this correct, how is it normally done?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:07 10 Nov 2005
  Pidder 18:24 11 Nov 2005

Thanks, bookmarked for further reading.

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