What is wirless 802.11

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2 questions:

1- I'm planning on buying a laptop to work in a wi-fi system already in my house. Some systems say"integrated 802.1..b or g". Does this mean I do not have to have an ethernet card used in the expansion slot?

2-should I go with the Pentium mobile centrino chip set or will I be just fine if it says "integrated 802....b or g" with a regular P4 chip? Is it worth the extra money?

3-since were at it - a last question: if you were going to buy a laptop today which brand would you buy from a smart layout/ease of use point of view?

I really appreciate your thoughts.

Doug

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This question was answered on August 28, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Hey Doug, No fair you said 2 questions hahaha! Just teasing..

For question one - if it says intergrated wirless or 802.11 it means it is already built into the laptop so there is no need for a Ethernet Card.

For question two - The Centrino or Pentium question hmmmmm.. Well it depends If i were you tho i would definately read up on the latest news about it As far as i know when searching around on the web at performance, Centrino processors run at compatable speeds with the Pentiums For example a 1.4ghz Centrino will compete at Pentium 2.0ghz or higher processor Centrino has also been known for longer battery power as well Yes it is a bit more expensive than the Pentium So i suggest just read up on it and decide whether or not it is for you.

For question three - My personal laptop i would go for is the Fujitsu Lifebook C series with the built in wireless connection I like it because the the wirleless antenna is located on the outside of the laptop instead of inside the casing which blocks signals at times So that would be my own personal choice There are many good laptops out now such as Dell, ACER, and HP..What you could do is go to a place like best buy or comp usa buy a laptop test it out for 30 days if you dont like it they have a return policy. So get the one that feels right to you and then check out its performance ratings from a few well known sites and waaa laaaa make a decision...

I hope this has helped you

Good luck

Stanley Alexander

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on August 28, 2003