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Best/Cheapest way to access the internet-no WiFi or smartpho

Post by 1210sda » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:05 pm

I would like to be able to get on the internet when I'm away from my desktop computer. For instance, if I'm in my family room and I want to get on Wikipedia or to send a quick email without leaving the football game I'm watching on TV.

I don't have a smart phone nor do I have WIFI.

I see where Amazon has the Kindle Touch 3G for $149 and the Kindle Keyboard 3G for $139.

Are these my best options? I just want simple access to the internet when I'm away from my computer

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Post by jasonlitka » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:27 pm

I don't own one, but I believe I read somewhere that the Kindle's browser only works on WiFi.

Your best bet is probably to replace your router with one that supports wifi or add a wireless access point and then buy a cheap netbook or tablet.

If you're not technically-inclined, the Linksys WAP610N should basically be a drop-in to add wireless to your existing network provided you've got a free network port on your router or switch.
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Post by hicabob » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:34 pm

1210sda wrote:I would like to be able to get on the internet when I'm away from my desktop computer. For instance, if I'm in my family room and I want to get on Wikipedia or to send a quick email without leaving the football game I'm watching on TV.

I don't have a smart phone nor do I have WIFI.

I see where Amazon has the Kindle Touch 3G for $149 and the Kindle Keyboard 3G for $139.

Are these my best options? I just want simple access to the internet when I'm away from my computer

1210
kindle is cheapest yes - best - far from - to put it crudely - kindle browser sucks - deliberately I'm sure else everyone would use it for free internet. It can work (albeit painfully) in an "emergency". BTW - I love my kindle.

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Post by BogleBrit » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:41 pm

I have what they're now calling the Kindle Keyboard 3G and the web browsing capabilities are extremely limited. It should really only be considered as an e-book device. If you use it for reading mobile/text versions of websites such as newspapers then it can be fine once you have them saved as links but for anything else it is pretty painful especially if the website has a lot of pictures in it. It can be handy for using GMail if you are travelling (I set up a GMail account because it did not handle the other e-mail accounts I had well) and the the best thing about it is that the 3G is free worldwide so you can access your local newspapers and use GMail for free when overseas. I almost returned mine after finding out how bad the browser was but I really like the e-ink for reading for extended periods. I would not recommend it at all as a primary way to access the internet. I believe the Kindle Touch 3G is essentially the new version of the Kindle Keyboard 3G. The suggestion of setting up a router and buying a netbook or one of the new 'cheaper' tablet devices (Kindle Fire / Nook Tablet) would be an extra $150 well spent.

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Post by ejvyas » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:42 pm

Buy Apple iPod Touch. It saved me lots of time (starting/shutting down computers)
Quick email access
Quick search
recipes
music
podcast*** (while exercising or cooking or driving)

Nothing comes close (except of course the iPad)

Buy a second hand latest generation through eBay

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Post by XtremeSki2001 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:45 pm

ejvyas wrote:Buy Apple iPod Touch. It saved me lots of time (starting/shutting down computers)
Quick email access
Quick search
recipes
music
podcast*** (while exercising or cooking or driving)

Nothing comes close (except of course the iPad)

Buy a second hand latest generation through eBay
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Post by bradshaw1965 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:46 pm

I can't support the Kindle browser even as a desert island solution, but yes the 3G kindle browser is currently free. Amazon has called the feature experimental and have left the possibility of removing or charging for the service.

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Post by HomerJ » Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:29 pm

If you already have Internet, a wifi router will cost you $30 at Best Buy.

You can get a refurbished laptop super cheap at most computer stores too... Microcenter is a good choice.

IPod Touch is also good solution, but you first need the wifi router.

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Post by junior » Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:40 pm

If you want a bigger screen than the IPOD Touch the Kindle Fire or Nook Color might do combined with a WIFI router.

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Post by 1210sda » Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:49 pm

rrosenkoetter wrote:If you already have Internet, a wifi router will cost you $30 at Best Buy.

You can get a refurbished laptop super cheap at most computer stores too... Microcenter is a good choice.

IPod Touch is also good solution, but you first need the wifi router.
Yes, I already have the internet. Its part of a package deal with my TV, Phone and Internet. However, I don't have WiFi service from my provider.

Will a wifi router still work without wifi from my internet provider ??

I also have an old lenovo lap top that I could use.

I'm pretty clueless at this. Appreciate all the help that I can get.

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Post by hicabob » Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:00 pm

1210sda wrote:
rrosenkoetter wrote:If you already have Internet, a wifi router will cost you $30 at Best Buy.

You can get a refurbished laptop super cheap at most computer stores too... Microcenter is a good choice.

IPod Touch is also good solution, but you first need the wifi router.
Yes, I already have the internet. Its part of a package deal with my TV, Phone and Internet. However, I don't have WiFi service from my provider.

Will a wifi router still work without wifi from my internet provider ??

I also have an old lenovo lap top that I could use.

I'm pretty clueless at this. Appreciate all the help that I can get.

1210

Yup - it would work - they take a little setup but quite easy - just follow instructions - this is a decent unit ....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6833124190

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Post by ejvyas » Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:11 pm

1210sda wrote:
rrosenkoetter wrote:If you already have Internet, a wifi router will cost you $30 at Best Buy.

You can get a refurbished laptop super cheap at most computer stores too... Microcenter is a good choice.

IPod Touch is also good solution, but you first need the wifi router.
Yes, I already have the internet. Its part of a package deal with my TV, Phone and Internet. However, I don't have WiFi service from my provider.

Will a wifi router still work without wifi from my internet provider ??

I also have an old lenovo lap top that I could use.

I'm pretty clueless at this. Appreciate all the help that I can get.

1210
You should read this article: http://www.howstuffworks.com/wireless-network.htm Basically Wifi is something you do from your end. The cable company is not involved. They just provide you an internet line. Buying an appropriate wifi router and connecting it to that line will make it wireless.

If you laptop is then capable of Wifi you can connect to this access point.

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Post by FrugalInvestor » Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:24 pm

ejvyas wrote:Buy Apple iPod Touch. It saved me lots of time (starting/shutting down computers)
Quick email access
Quick search
recipes
music
podcast*** (while exercising or cooking or driving)

Nothing comes close (except of course the iPad)

Buy a second hand latest generation through eBay
If you can access the internet on you i-Pod Touch without using Wi-fi I'd very much like to know how you're doing it. :shock:
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Post by ejvyas » Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:29 pm

FrugalInvestor wrote:
ejvyas wrote:Buy Apple iPod Touch. It saved me lots of time (starting/shutting down computers)
Quick email access
Quick search
recipes
music
podcast*** (while exercising or cooking or driving)

Nothing comes close (except of course the iPad)

Buy a second hand latest generation through eBay
If you can access the internet on you i-Pod Touch without using Wi-fi I'd very much like to know how you're doing it. :shock:
Can do it but its not easy and out-of-scope for this topic. :roll:

For this topic WiFi is essential be it - iPod Touch, Laptop, tablet etc etc..

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Post by l2ridehd » Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:32 pm

I just purchased a Linksys wireless router from Tigerdirect for $18. It was a refurbished one but works fine. Newegg also has deals every now and then.

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Post by ginyah » Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:41 pm

If you really want the cheapest way to access the web - go to your public library and use their computers.

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Post by BogleBrit » Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:54 pm

I put off setting up WiFi in my house because it wasn't something I really understood. I finally decided to try and I bought a Vizio router from Costco. I was sure I had done something wrong because there was no way it could be as easy as just plugging in a couple of cables. Fired up my laptop and sure enough, there was the router. I was so proud of myself I then offered to help a friend with their router. They bought a LinkSys and we ended up on the phone with customer service in India. It may be a better router but it was not plug and play like the Vizio which works just fine in my house.

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Post by ejvyas » Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:55 pm

ginyah wrote:If you really want the cheapest way to access the web - go to your public library and use their computers.
By that time the football game would be over :sharebeer
without leaving the football game I'm watching on TV

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Post by ejvyas » Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:00 pm

BogleBrit wrote:I put off setting up WiFi in my house because it wasn't something I really understood. I finally decided to try and I bought a Vizio router from Costco. I was sure I had done something wrong because there was no way it could be as easy as just plugging in a couple of cables. Fired up my laptop and sure enough, there was the router. I was so proud of myself I then offered to help a friend with their router. They bought a LinkSys and we ended up on the phone with customer service in India. It may be a better router but it was not plug and play like the Vizio which works just fine in my house.
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I think you finally set up WiFi :-)

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Post by peter71 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:32 pm

I haven't yet made up my mind about my Kindle Keyboard 3G's browser . . . for everything BUT gmail, I'm finding that it's working better than I expected . . . but for gmail it's spotty, particularly (it seems) with 3G, even in locations where gmail on my flip phone is fine . . .

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Post by BogleBrit » Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:53 pm

peter71 - are you using the mobile version ? Also, if you haven't tried it yet look into Kinstant. It really helps with navigating to websites you want to visit frequently and has a bunch of mobile sites already linked.

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Post by peter71 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:08 pm

thanks boglebrit! will check out kinstant. in the meantime i'm trying a first post from the kindle ...i do think i have the mobile gmail and a restart usually fixes things but it does freeze on me,

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Post by PaddyMac » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:16 pm

When you set up WiFi, but sure to set it up with a password. That will stop your neighbor downloading kiddie porn and blaming you...(it's happened, google it).

Also, be sure to keep the password handy so that when your kids or grandkids visit, they will be able to quickly connect their iPads or phones. Plus, expect your visitors to stay longer. (Last time we visited the inlaws, we were so hobbled without wifi - we had a Mac laptop and iPad to check email but could only use the creaky old PC to check webmail.... So we got a nephew to bring over some wifi equipment, and when the party started we were all connected... One laptop, two iPads, and two iPhones...)

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