I have a Toshiba Laptop. I will be spending 6 months or so at my Holiday Home in Brittany. Is it possible to upgrade the PC to operate without connecting to the French telecom system.
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Re: Connecting my Laptop to the internet in France
Alternative to using a dial-up modem via the telecom system is to connect via an internet service provider. If this is your home, then you will need to have either DSL or cable piped in via a provider (either the French telecom company or another "ISP"). This service is usually considered "broadband" and is faster than dial-up modelm. If the place is managed by someone else, ask ahead if they have wireless or ethernet (wired) internet service. Your laptop likely has the connector for wired ethernet service, but check if it has wireless capability. If it doesn't you will need to purchase a wireless NIC. These are available in USB and PC-Card formats depending on what you have.
A final resort if the choices above do not work, is to get a PC-Card 3G data network card. These are 3G telecom modems that plug right into your laptop. They will come with a monthly access charge similar to a 3G cellular phone (uses the same network). But, it is very important that you check that there is service in the locale that you are going to use it in. These work well for remote locations, but again, you must check coverage first.
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Many hotels in Europe offer free WiFi connections and the hotels will provide you with the necessary sign-on information when you check in.
Your computer should automatically find the connection then all you have to do is sign on with the information the hotel provided.
In addition, many hotels also have business centers where free computers are available which provide instant access to the internet. In those cases I recommend using the hotel computer to protect information that you have on your laptop.
Hacking is a major problem in Europe and often hackers will have locked onto your computer within seconds after you have logged in...especially on public WiFi networks.
This can and does happen even on "secure" sites. You need to be aware of this and avoid accessing any websites where you have confidential information.
Once you return from France, I would suggest running an immediate full system anti-virus scan and I would change all of the passwords in all of the accounts I accessed while I was away.
One reason that you need to pay for tech support for this laptop is because of out of warranty and most of the time, you will have to pay for any technical support that you may have. I suggest that you try to make sure that the lan of this laptop is working properly by making sure that the driver is installed. Since you've tried wireless, try also the wired connection. Use ethernet cable from your router or modem to your laptop. Then try connecting to the internet.
Not sure what you are trying to do, bluetooth is a short range wireless protocol, this is not for internet access.
If you want bluetooth on your laptop, buy a bluetooth dongle, they are very cheap.
If you want internet without an internet account at home, buy a mobile internet dongle, they are about £15 a month for 2GB limit
1.Log into router 2. Verify wireless router name( on the computer) >>> ( on/off) 3.Note router name you are connecting to. 4.. Check the laptop do ipconfig /all to see current IP addresses. 5. Set the laptop up in the router by WEP KEY or MAC address. 6.Note router name you are connecting to. 7. Move the laptop about 20ft away and try to log on to the internet. This is for all routers to set up wirelessly.