Internet/Broadband-ready netbook suitable for hospital stay

April 25, 2013 at 12:18:33
Specs: Windows Vista
my friend is going into hospital & wants to purchase a mini laptop with which to access internet/watch tv (i-player / catch up etc) what are her options vis-a-vis broadband versus wi-fi ,what are their limitations & respective costs? she needs a screen of 10-15" apart from laptop what else will she need to get "up & running"? what specification does it need to have?

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#1
April 25, 2013 at 12:42:39
Does the hospital offer internet access? If yes, what type do they offer, wired or wireless (wifi)?

Those are key questions to have answered (by the hospital) before you go any further.

If they do provide internet access it will most likely be wireless. So, should the hospital provide wireless internet access, you will want to get a laptop that has a wireless network interface.

As to what else she may need, that depends. If she presently has say a Netflix account, she can get Netflix on her laptop. I'm not sure how it's done, but I suspect it would involve going to their website first.

Most new laptops won't really be "limited" in any sense unless your friend is a hardcore online gamer. Most laptops aren't designed for gaming. If she's not, most everything she need will be available to her through her laptop's operating system or the internet.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
April 25, 2013 at 13:18:58
vis-a-vis broadband versus wi-fi

Just to clear up something, wi-fi is broadband, just as a wired connection is broadband. Broadband is a collective name for high speed Internet to differentiate it from the old dial up Internet connection.

One other thing you might confider is an iPad or a similar tablet PC. Small., light, compact and portable but you will be restricted to wi-fi. I haven't seen a tablet PC with a wired connection.

Bear in mind that you will be using a shared connection and if it is wi-fi performance may not be as good as you expect. It may be that the hospital blocks streaming video because of bandwidth constraints. Something else you need to check with the hospital.

Stuart


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#3
April 25, 2013 at 15:07:58
thanks so much,now have somewhere to start(will check with ozi 1st) as to wi-fi interface, she currently uses a dongle on her home computer as she has no fone line,hence my query on limits (she has a 1Gb download limit/month on her pay as you go dongle) watching tv/you tube etc is a no-no,should she invest in a fone line so she can get unlimited broadband? thanks lots

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#4
April 25, 2013 at 15:21:23
considered i-pads & tablets but her eyesight is not so good,she has internet access on her i-phone but wont use it for web as it is too "finicky" ,needs 15" screen ideally. thank you for your input

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#5
April 25, 2013 at 21:14:41
as to wi-fi interface, she currently uses a dongle on her home computer as she has no fone line,hence my query on limits

Most, if not all laptops come with a wireless network interface as standard equipment these days, so the dongle shouldn't be necessary. Nobody can say about limits within the hospital except the hospital themselves.

should she invest in a fone line so she can get unlimited broadband?

Around here we have 3 major types of providers. There is ADSL which requires a phone line and is provided by a telephone company.

There is also cable highspeed internet which comes through a coax cable and is usually the same provider as cable TV

Lastly, we now see wireless internet providers. Especially in remote areas.

I'm sure if you check around you'll find you have at least the cable or ADSL if not all 3. Compare packages and pick whichever is going to suit her best before deciding which to go with. All would require the provider to install some equipment in the home but the setup fees may vary by a noticable amount depending on what service you go with.

Most of our providers have packages with limits but the limits are pretty high and should cover average use and streaming video.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#6
April 26, 2013 at 05:53:23
will look into wireless internet as this seems best option. thank you

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