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Old 07-24-2010, 04:29 PM   #1
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I may be the only person on the face of the planet that wants to ask this question, but here goes.

To access WiFi, do you have to be in a hotspot? I've been looking at the Barnes and Noble Nook (the B&N equivalent of the Kindle). There is a less expensive model that works via WiFi, while the more expensive model uses a 3-G network. If I was using the less expensive model, would I have to be near a hotspot in order to download books? Could I do the same from home?

   
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Yes, you do have to be in a hotspot. Mind you, if you have a wireless router at home, you have your own hotspot.

   
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Howard:
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if you have a wireless router at home
Or one of your neigbours has . . .

   
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Yes, you do have to be in a hotspot. Mind you, if you have a wireless router at home, you have your own hotspot.
Unfortunately, I don't. I'm hooked up via cable here. Thanks for your response. You've answered my question.

   
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I don't particularly wish to be dependent upon a neighbor, or hope that one has a wireless router. When I bite the bullet, I'll just go with either the more expensive Nook, or get the Kindle. I'm leaning toward the Kindle anyway.

   
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Is your cable going straight to your computer? If not - if there is a router in between the cable modem and the computer, then it might be wireless.
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Depending on the price differences, it might pay to get a wireless router at home. If you don't have some sort of router already it would be a good idea anyway, because decent ones have basic firewall capacity, which is a good idea.
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Or one of your neigbours has . . .
Michael--

I was initially headed in that direction, but thought I'd better keep things on the up-and-up. But now that you've mentioned it...there are probably still all sorts of unsecured wi-fi signals floating around--hotel parking lots, cafés, office buildings, etc.

I dunno what business is like for "war drivers" these days: people who used to drive around town looking for unsecured wifi signals. I suspect that the pickings are probably slimmer now that people are more aware of such things. Or are they?

   
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Susie--

If I were you, I would give Kayza's suggestion serious consideration. Wireless routers are quite cheap these days and have other uses beyond downloading books to an e-reader. It gives you a degree of computer mobility within your home--if, say, you have a laptop and want to use it online in other rooms, or if you have other computer users in your house and don't want to run ethernet cables all over the place.

Unless, of course, you happen to have a house with 3-foot-thick granite walls, like one of our estimable British forum members!

The extra cost of the 3G e-reader, plus the cost of associated airtime & bandwidth pricing (depending on your plan) might make the wi-fi option a better choice.

   
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FWIW:

The extra cost of 3g on the Nook is $50.
A reasonable Netgear wireless router is $40 at Staples.

With 3g you can download books anywhere (at least anywhere you have 3G or perhaps some sort of fallback coverage). Or in wireless hotspots.

With wireless, you can download books at home or in wireless hotspots. And get some other advantages, as Howard and some of the others have pointed out.

OTOH, there's a bit of setup with a wireless router, where the 3G option should just ... work.

If you're technophobic and want to be able to d/l books from anywhere, the 3g option seems best. If you don't mind a few bytes under your fingernails and want lots more options, the wireless is it.

   
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