January 23, 2009 at 11:02 pm #160806
Definitely a beginner. I would be grateful for answers to a few questions. I am seriously think of buying the the NC10.
Forive my lack of knowlede
In terms of accessing the internet. Apart from Wifi, I understand I can make use of the USB stick mobile.
Forgive my ignorance
Does that mean I can access the internet anywhere ?
What is the best USB to use.?
Is there something better that a USB?
Does it make any difference that I have a vodaphone mobile phone contract in agreeing a package with them about internet acces, as it is already on my phone?
My other questions relate to watching TV on a net book>
Does the NC10 support a slingbox device or something similar to allow me to watch the TV from my Sky Box on the move
If it does, what is the quality like and do I need somrthing else to make it work faster/properly.?
Thanks for any answers you can provide
AlJanuary 24, 2009 at 12:11 am #181152adatay92Member
Welcome to the site Al.
Apart from accessing the internet using the built in WiFi, you can also use a mobile broadband USB adaptor. All of the major mobile phone operators in the UK supply them either on contract or on a top up basis. These mobile broadband adaptors (also commonly called “dongles”) plug into a USB port and allow internet access anywhere there is 3G network coverage. You can go to the website of the mobile phone providers and put your postcode in and they will tell you how good the coverage is in that area – although this is not always 100% accurate!
Another option is to use your existing mobile phone (connected to the NC10) either via bluetooth or USB (this is known as “tethering”). Your mobile phone will act as a modem giving you access to the internet. The connection is dependant on you having signal on your mobile phone. It is possible to get 3G speeds through your mobile phone but it will depend on what phone you have. For this to work, you will most likely need to arrange a “data/internet allowance” as part of your contract through your network provider. Without this it will be VERY costly to access the internet through your phone.
Slingbox – I don’t have any personal experience with this, but the NC10 meets the miniumum requirements for installing the slingbox software. As long as you’re using a WiFi or 3G internet connection you should be able to stream TV using the slingbox without any problem.
Minimum requirements for slingbox software:
* Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows XP SP2
* 1.3 GHz processor
* 1 GB RAM
* 150 MB available disk space for installation
* 24-bit graphics
* 16-bit sound
* Network connectivity
Sorry these is a very long winded answer to your questions. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions if I’ve confused you.January 24, 2009 at 11:03 am #181155
That is a great help
I will probably have some more questions in the future
AlJanuary 24, 2009 at 1:42 pm #181153robrechtMember
Welcome. I have Slingbox working on my NC10. Works great. Video quality is the same as on my Toshiba Qosmio full-size laptop. It is not HD quality video but it is acceptable on a laptop. You don’t need anything to make it work.
I also have TiVo Desktop installed and it works fine as well, but you will need to download some codecs to allow Windows Media Player to play back TiVo files.January 24, 2009 at 2:47 pm #181156
When you say you dont need anything. Do you mean just install the slingbox and I can watch Sky from my home TV?
Also will HSDPA make a difference to either the internet access or the slingbox? I see they are going to introduce
HSDPA soon on the NC10
AlJanuary 24, 2009 at 2:54 pm #181154robrechtMember
Well, of course, you will also need a physical Slingbox attached to your TV, TiVo, and/or DVD player. It isn’t just software.
HSPDA means you will need a data contract from the appropriate phone company. That will allow you to connect to your Slingbox or to the Internet when you are not in a WiFi hotspot. You can already do this by tethering to a data-enabled cell phone or PDA phone, either with a data cable or wirelessly via Bluetooth. Personally, I prefer that option because I don’t want to pay for yet another data connection.January 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm #181157
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