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Old 10-28-10, 11:35 AM
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Question dell laptop

i have a dell inspirion 5160 ( almost 6 yrs old) it has no wireless capability.
what is needed to take it on the road / use it to send email & photos back to office?

i already use verizon dsl - & sprint wireless cell phone.
do i have to get a 'contract' with one of them?

what if i want to switch / is a wireless card only good with a dedicated provider?
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Old 10-28-10, 11:52 AM
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If you will be staying in Motels...all but the very bottom end (and a surprising number of them do as well) will have wireless capability. A USB wireless network adapter would be cheapest.

Problem with them sometimes is the security issue. If your info will have no private or confidential info...I wouldn't be that concerned as long as you have good security on the laptop.

No clue on the cell phone stuff...
Old 10-28-10, 12:07 PM
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I have an old Gateway that I keep in the job truck just to look things up on while on site. I use a PCMCIA adapter and it seems to work fine. Like Vic said, most motels, even banks and coffee shops will have access to the internet. McD, Hardees, Wendy's all have it, so you can either get something to eat, or sit in the truck and surf.
Old 10-28-10, 12:30 PM
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i to will need to use it on the job site.
-the PCMCIA card that you use, how does it connect?
as in - does it connect to IEXPLORER?/ verizon/msn-etc

i am dealing with property foreclosures.
the main office (several states away) wants me to upload a didgital photo of the property upon arrival at the address
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We have USB modem cards through Sprint, Verizon and AT&T all over the office we use if we're not going to be in an area where we can connect to a network
Old 10-28-10, 02:34 PM
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i was looking a verizon's web site (you can't talk to any one in person)-they have a prepaid air time 'express card-& usb modem'. for sale.
how can i tell if either of these will work with this - older dell 5160 laptop?

they sell a pci card but it is on aa monthly bassis.
Old 10-29-10, 11:58 AM
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If you are using XP and have a spare USB port then it will work. For a laptop the USB option is the way to go unless you know you have a slot.
Old 10-29-10, 04:40 PM
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Agree with txrxio. You could also get the prepaid wireless adapter from Verizon, AND a regular USB wireless adapter, that way if say you are someplace with free wireless access, you don't have to use your time with verizon and can easily connect with the wifi adpater
Old 10-29-10, 06:18 PM
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thanks for the help-
i think i understand now

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