new computer but no broadband

  joban 15:44 20 Sep 10


I have a friend who somewhat late in life is going to buy a laptop (no previous computer experience) and asked for my advice on what to buy. I can do that bit & decided that as Comet is close by it would be a good idea to go there & she can then use their installation and setup service.
I am not at all technical, although I can with time sort out my own problems, but I don't know whether she should organise a broadband connection (currently BT phone) before buying, or the other way round.
Any advice would be appreciated please.


  Clapton is God 16:06 20 Sep 10

Probably best to arrange BB a.s.a.p. because, if your friend hasn't used BB before, it'll take some time to 'activate' her phone line for first-time BB use.

I'm sure that she won't want to hang around waiting for activation AFTER she's bought here laptop.

  northumbria61 16:08 20 Sep 10

Either way, if you intend to use the laptop at home you will need a Broadband Connection. You would have to place an order with your intended ISP and that would take a few days, so depends on whenever you choose to purchase the laptop I suppose.

  joban 16:26 20 Sep 10

Responses so far very helpful, thank you.
I was thinking of taking her down the wireless route - presumably that will mean some extra equipment (I'm cable so unsure of the setup with BT)
What would be the simplest method please?


  onthelimit 16:31 20 Sep 10

Most routers provided by ISPs these days are wireless and all laptops are. Easy to set up, too.

  northumbria61 16:48 20 Sep 10

I am with BT and have the new Home Hub V.2 (Black) for the past 17 months and no problems whatsoever.
Easy to setup. But there are lots of choices. Just remember, the cheapest isn't always the best.

  joban 17:01 20 Sep 10

Many thanks for the replies. All very useful


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