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Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:44pm

Post Subject: Internet/broadband laptop connection

I remember reading in "Canal Boat" about a laptop costing approx £160 giving internet access via, I believe, Vodafone. I have searched my back issues but can't find it! Can you give me any more information or a website address please?


Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:33pm

Post Subject: Internet/broadband laptop connection

I expect it was in the product review section and perhaps the Editor will be able to look it up. However at that price it would have to be either a low spec. netbook or a sort of overgrown mobile phone. If you want to do much more that surf the web, download emails and a little light word-processing I suspect it would be underpowered. Then there is the question of data costs which can be very high. If you already have a computer why not use a 3G dongle that plugs into the USB port on the computer? I use a 3 dongle on prepay that costs £29.99 including one £10 top up. You get 1 gig of data or 30 days use for £10 whichever comes first. If you are willing to risk online/Ebay deals I expect you could get one cheaper. All the other mobile companies offer similar deals or pay monthly but I found 3 were the cheapest. AS a steel boat is effective a blocking out radio waves you may need to hang the dongle in the boat's window or even get a long, active USB lead so you can put the dongle on the roof etc. Say another £20 for an active lead. Tony Brooks

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