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Hooking up a laptop in a semi tractor

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My husband would like to take a laptop (not purchased yet) in his semi with him. What are the different ways he can hook one up and what is needed in each case. What is the best laptop to get for this use and what kind of modem will he need for thedifferent hookups? Someone told him he could get a cellular modem. Is this correct. Since we are fairly new to computers, the more basic the explanation the better. But the more information the better also Thank you for your time in this matter

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by TheChas In reply to Hooking up a laptop in a ...

I would take a look at either IBM or Dell laptops.
Light weight is not a factor, ruggedness is.

You do need to assure that you can get a car adapter for the model of interest.
Then, all you need is a 12 Volt accessory socket to plug the adapterinto.

Yes, you can get cellular modems.
These usually plug into a cell phone, and use the phone to link to an ISP (Internet Service Provider)
It will be best to talk with several cellular providers and find the one that offers the best plan andcoverage for the area that your husband travels.

Beyond that, you want a well padded case to store the laptop in when it is not in use.

Chas

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by fred07 In reply to Hooking up a laptop in a ...

I agree with TheChas and add that with a million plus under my butt I would advise you to sign up with AOL as your ISP [Internet service provider] as they will list to you all their local [what ever phone number to use in that area] and keep down your phone bill by not accessing a long distance number. In this way any TA or Petro TS he stops to fuel at he can connect to the internet. Also at the TV and Phone hookup TS's he can do so from his RIG.
As far as the laptop goes: first, ALWAYS open the laptop with BOTH hands, as I have to repair broken tops alot and that is spendy.
second, Keep it simple with just the cdrom, floppy and modem. Any pentium 3 or 4 or athlon at 1gig processor speed with 256megs of RAM [random access memory] will do you fine.
I would go with windows 98SE over ME or above if possible. What ever system you are using at home is best, as it will be easier to maintain or transfer the BREIFCASE from one to the other.
I personaly do not like AOL[paying extra for somthing included in internet hookup fees] yet in this case I would use it for the savings across country.
I do hope this helps.
If you have more ?'s add your comment/? as I am earmarking your query.

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Hooking up a laptop in a semi tractor

by normlines In reply to Hooking up a laptop in a ...

I am looking for answers also! I would like to get some Application notes on the options of using RF Cell Phone link versus Satalite.

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by wlbowers In reply to Hooking up a laptop in a ...

Dell or Sony

Does he have a sat dish. If so he can get high speed internet through that.

Lee

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by wlbowers In reply to Hooking up a laptop in a ...

Hookup in the semi is easy. They make mobile stands for laptops.

This is one site of many.

http://www.laptraveler.com/automounts.htm

As for the connectivity problem. You have several options. Lets go with the cheapest first.

Standard dialup. You need to find a telephone jack. You need a ISP with lots of dialup numbers across the country.

Cellular Dialup. This is gonna cost you, unless you have a large minute plan.

Wireless. This will cost you depending on the plan you get. This is sprints version

http://tinyurl.com/6cca5

Good Luck Lee

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