How To Use A Netbook

Dear Computer Lady,

I have a computer hooked to phone line (DSL) I just bought a Netbook to use traveling. I’m lost–how does Netbook one work? How do I get online? Do I need something else from the store? I’m a senior and not very savvy on this new stuff.

Thank you so much and I hope you can help me. Lee


Dear Lee,

What an excellent question! I have a netbook, and I love the freedom it gives me. I can move around the house and am no longer chained to my desk if I want to be using the computer.

The netbook is made to work with a wireless internet signal known as Wi-Fi. When you travel, you would just look for places that advertise free Wi-Fi. When you are in range of a wireless signal, just right click on the network icon in the lower right hand corner of your screen, and a list of available networks will pop up. Click on one of the, then click “Connect”.

If you want to use the netbook at home to access the internet wirelessly, you will need to purchase a wireless router. The router will hook up to your DSL modem, and then your computer will hook with a cable to the router, and your netbook will be able to connect with the wireless signal.

Once you get it setup the first time, the netbook will automatically connect each time you turn it on.


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    • oldcampcook
    • April 2, 2010

    Lee and others might also want to delete any browser history on their notebook before using it on their home net work, just to help preclude downloading any virus they might have picked up on the “free” wireless access points.


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