Buying a Laptop With Wireless Internet

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Most laptops sold today come with wireless connections that are built in, but many people are looking for laptops that come with wireless G capabilities. Check a computer's wireless capabilities with help from a software developer in this free video on laptops and tech support.

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Hi, my name is Dave Andrews. Today, I'm going to talk to you about buying a laptop, that has wireless internet capabilities. Now, most laptops, when you go into the store nowadays, are going to have a wireless connection built into them. What this allows you to do, is to get on the internet, without being plugged into your internet connection. It also allows you to go to places that, such as cafes, and coffee shops, that have internet access,where you can just sit down at their table, get your coffee, and get on the internet, using your wireless internet laptop. What you want to look for, when you're buying a laptop, is that it has wireless G capabilities, which is the newest form of wireless that's out there, and it's pretty standard on most laptops. Now, if you want to be able to use the laptop, let's say while you're driving on the road, of course, I wouldn't suggest you use it while you're driving, but you might have a passenger who wants to get on the internet. You would need a cellular connection, that you can actually sign up for, and you can buy a laptop that has a built in cellular connection now, using Sprint, or Verizon, or any of the big cellular providers, now provide that as well, but what you're going to look for definitely, is that it has the newest wireless G connection, and also, if you're going to use it at home, keep in mind, that you have to have a wireless access point, connected to your internet connection. Once you have that wireless access point, you'll be able to wander about your house, using your laptop, with no problems. I'm going to show you a little bit here too, about how to check on a laptop, what type of wireless capabilities it has. Click on the Start button, and then right click on Computer, and go to Manage. Now, on Windows Vista, you're going to have to be the Administrator. Just click Continue, and what we're interested here in this screen, is the Device Manager. Just click on Device Manager. Scroll down a little bit to Network Adapters, and as you can see, I have a Broadcom 802.11B or G Wireless LAN, WLAN. My name is Dave Andrews, and I've just told you a little bit about buying a laptop, with wireless capabilities.

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