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Old 07-25-2013, 11:45 PM
 
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As I mentioned in an earlier post, my mother, who is in her late 70s, will be losing her dialup WebTV service in October. I decided to get her a Chromebook laptop since it seems almost as simple as her old WebTV.

The issue is: she has wifi at home, but she spends a lot of time at her rural summer place which only has dialup service. Is it possible for her to run a Chromebook off of dialup ? If it runs off of dialup I might skip wifi alltogether & have her run it in both places that way....if it runs ok ?

She only needs to read some local papers, check email & do basic stuff. If I can't get Chromebook to run this way does anyone know of a decent used laptop I can set up for dialup that won't giver her problems ? Thanks
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:31 PM
 
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She has wifi at home but you want her to run dialup instead? What type of internet is she paying for?

Chromebooks do not have phone jacks, and I don't think you can install other hardware with it like a normal OS..... I originally said to buy one of these:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Wintec-Fil...em-CX/15074369

but Chromebooks run off Chrome OS, and it's all web-based, absolutely not good with dialup connections...

so I guess the short answer is no, it will not work with dialup.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:04 PM
 
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She has wifi at home but you want her to run dialup instead? What type of internet is she paying for?

Chromebooks do not have phone jacks, and I don't think you can install other hardware with it like a normal OS..... I originally said to buy one of these:

Wintec FileMate 56k USB Modem CX - Walmart.com

but Chromebooks run off Chrome OS, and it's all web-based, absolutely not good with dialup connections...

so I guess the short answer is no, it will not work with dialup.
Thanks. She has access to wifi, but has not added it to her cable because she is still using her WebTV until October 1. She can plug her WebTV into the phone line at home & do the same up north at her summer place so there has been no need to set up wifi. I might get her an older laptop & keep her on dialup since she spends a lot of time at her summer place. Lol, if I get her wifi at home she will be sitting in her car at the library up north half the year trying to use their wifi.

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Old 07-26-2013, 04:18 PM
 
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I highly doubt the Google OS will have a built-in dial-up modem driver and with no ability for you to install any new drivers, using a USB dial-up modem won't work. Get a cheap laptop.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:56 AM
 
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Thanks. She has access to wifi, but has not added it to her cable because she is still using her WebTV until October 1. She can plug her WebTV into the phone line at home & do the same up north at her summer place so there has been no need to set up wifi. I might get her an older laptop & keep her on dialup since she spends a lot of time at her summer place. Lol, if I get her wifi at home she will be sitting in her car at the library up north half the year trying to use their wifi.
I understand, I have several users who are older and would rather have consistency than the fastest/best/latest/greatest. Being able to do the same thing for the same result in any location is something some people feel comfortable with.

Have you considered setting her up with a laptop with a 4G card, through a company like Clear or a phone carrier like ATT or T-Mobile or something? That way the "routine" would just to plug in the thing and off it goes.... it would work wherever there is cell service, meaning it would indeed work in the car or at the store or wherever. It will be more expensive than dialup though.

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Old 07-27-2013, 04:02 PM
 
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I understand, I have several users who are older and would rather have consistency than the fastest/best/latest/greatest. Being able to do the same thing for the same result in any location is something some people feel comfortable with.

Have you considered setting her up with a laptop with a 4G card, through a company like Clear or a phone carrier like ATT or T-Mobile or something? That way the "routine" would just to plug in the thing and off it goes.... it would work wherever there is cell service, meaning it would indeed work in the car or at the store or wherever. It will be more expensive than dialup though.

Wireless Internet Plans for On-The-Go | CLEAR
Some great ideas Thankfully I have until October 1 to set her up with something. T-Mobile might fit the bil for her.
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:09 PM
 
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I have older Chromebook that was given to me as a gift a couple of years ago. It came with an option for Verizon Wireless 3G usage.
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:29 PM
 
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If consistency is the key, setting up wifi in both locations would make a lot more sense than scrounging for a machine that has a dial up modem. If having broadband service at both locations doesn't make much sense (cost-wise) then I think a mobile hotspot would be a great option (especially given the little data we're talking about here). Either way (broadband/wifi or hotspot/wifi) allows you to choose whatever laptop makes sense for your mom. Or, a cell enable iPad...nothing else required (other than the data plan).
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