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Topic # 15725 5-Sep-2007 11:10 Send private message

Hi, I'm considering buying a laptop and have never used laptops and wireless internet before. Can somebody tell me how this works? I know one of my friends used a PCM card from woosh to connect to internet, but do all new laptops use this to connect to internet? What is wi fi? Thanks very much for your help.

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Reply # 85414 5-Sep-2007 11:15 Send private message

These are different technologies...

WiFi is a Local Area Network technology - you can access a network through an access point. This access point might be connect to the Internet and therefore your laptop will have access as well - if authorised. You can have WiFi at home, work or in some public places such as libraries, cafes, airports, hotels, etc.

When out and about you can connect to WiFi providers who will charge for this service (some are free though). WiFi has a limited range, no more than 300 meters in most cases.

Woosh uses a different technology, and it works like a mobile phone. You can plug a Woosh modem to your laptop through USB, PC card or you can even plug it to an access point and have wireless access to the Internet it provides. It's much more mobile than WiFi, but you can only use it where the Woosh service is avaialble.






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  Reply # 85415 5-Sep-2007 11:34 Send private message

Hi, Thanks very much for your help and very fast reply! I'm considering buying an HP series laptop which apparently has "Express Card/54 PC Card slot", do you know if I will be able to use woosh wireless with this without having to connect to a phone line?? Thanks.

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