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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kanata, Ontario, Canada
05-16-2009, 04:05 PM
In the picture I posted above,
TOP LEFT- SSD SLOT - pata, for your STEC, ST, Crucial or Runcore Drive
TOP RIGHT - RAM SLOT - put a nice 2Gb SODIMM here
BOTTOM LEFT - WWAN SLOT - put an 3G card or other Mini PCIe card here (will not accept a PATA SSD)
BOTTOM RIGHT - WIFI SLOT - a/b/g or n card etc
Obviously, cards in each slot can work independently and simultaneously. As noted in the PCI-E SDHC thread, if a WWAN+WIFI card existed, that would free up a slot.
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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: New Hampshire
05-16-2009, 09:40 PM
WiFi works with wireless access points, such as you'd find at many coffee shops, airports, hotels, and at home if you have a wireless router. At home, it's whatever Internet service you have signed up for. Elsewhere, many wireless "hotspots" are free, many require payment - there are many options. JiWire provides a popular hotspot lookup tool.
All Dell Minis have WiFi with a card separate from the 3G (WWAN) card.
3G is cellular wireless and requires signing up for a data plan with your cellphone provider and a compatible card. Dell in the US offers cards for AT&T only, and if you do not order the Mini with the 3G/WWAN option, it will almost certainly omit the connector and antenna needed to add your own. USB adapters are available from all providers.
The advantage of WWAN is that it works anywhere you have a cellphone signal. The disadvantage is that it is slower than WiFi and it is expensive (data plans usually start at $50/mo and go up from there, though there are exceptions.)
Another alternative is "tethering" to your cellphone if it supports it and your cell plan allows it. This requires only a USB or Bluetooth connection to the phone and software on the Mini for tethering (depends on which OS your cellphone uses.) I use this. It has the advantages of a wireless card without needing extra hardware, but is a bit clunkier to use.
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