Connecting to internet with wi-fi laptop

  hugeb 11:53 08 Feb 2004
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I may be a bit dim (not) but when I bought a laptop last week and the guy in the shop says its got wi-fi I thought that it would be ideal as I work away from home and would like to be able to use it to down load and send e-mails etc.
My intention is to use the local Starbucks coffee shop as it is a 'hot spot'and I should be able to connect there.
1 - do I need to have a separate ISP account with someone?
2 - is there anything I need to do to enable the wi-fi or does it magically know what its doing? cos I certainly dont!!!

  mgmcc 13:21 08 Feb 2004

<< 1 - do I need to have a separate ISP account with someone? >>

If you don't have a regular account with a Wi-Fi provider such as BT, you should just be able to buy the time you need at the hotspot - Starbucks, Hotels etc.

<< 2 - is there anything I need to do to enable the wi-fi or does it magically know what its doing? >>

There should be an icon for the Wi-Fi adapter, possibly either in the System Tray or Control Panel. Launching the Wi-Fi monitor will then let it search for any available Hotspots to connect to. Just connect to the network and enter the necessary authentication from the Wi-Fi provider.

  nick_j007 13:35 08 Feb 2004

Excuse me butting in...how fast are these connections please? As fast as 512 Broadband? Faster that dial up though I assume.

Thank you,

Nick

  mgmcc 21:23 08 Feb 2004

Nick,

BT OpenZone click here is described as "Wireless Broadband" so presumably runs on an 'ADSL' type network. Speeds should be comparable to a conventional broadband connection which, of course, is slower than 802.11b WiFi.

  powerless 21:28 08 Feb 2004

b = 11Mbps

g = 54Mbps

Intel Centrinio is of the b standard and for internet will be fine...g is OTT

For moving large files over a network g would be more suited as its a faster standard.

Providing reception is excellent you can surf the net just the same as you would with using wires.

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