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Q.  I have a question I hope that someone can help me with....I just recently bought a laptop, and I donít really know much about computers so I thought that with a laptop I could go on the internet anywhere that I'm at and not have to plug anything in (like dial up), but now I see that is not the case, so Iím confused, I thought laptops were supposed to be wireless. Is there something that I need to do or get to be able to connect to the internet without having to dial up? and I want to be able to take my laptop with me to Europe when I go on vacation this summer, would I be able to do that and how would I get an internet connection?

A.  There are cellular modems available for laptops, but going overseas would make that option very cost ineffective.  I believe that probably your best option is to get a wireless network card (often called a Wi-Fi card) for your laptop.  You can ask any computer store if they carry Wi-Fi cards for laptops and have them give you a recommendation on which one to buy.

Once you get overseas, you will then need to look for coffee shops, internet cafes, hotels, etc. that claim to have Wi-Fi internet access or wireless internet access.  I have not been overseas, so I do not know how common they are over there, but in many of the US's big cities, they are all over the place.  Perhaps a travel agent would have a little more information regarding the availability of Wi-Fi overseas.

If there are any other overseas travelers out there that can add to this tip let me know and I will make sure you information is published.

Let me know if you need anything else.

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