4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 9, 2010 8:43 AM by Demo
DP1053 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am considering purchasing an IPad for an 80 year old gentleman. He has wireless internet in his home but has cable internet at his summer residence. Is there any adapter to accomplish an internet access to a cable internet system, without the installation of a wireless router and confusing this man?

HP, Windows Vista
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (163,035 points)
    No. The only connection to the internet is via wifi. You could buy him a router and set it up for him in his summer home. Also, in case of problems it is very advisable for him to have access to a computer for backups error recovery.
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
    DP1053 wrote:
    Is there any adapter to accomplish an internet access to a cable internet system, without the installation of a wireless router and confusing this man?


    Preconfigure the wireless router to have the same SSID at your place, and then he can take it with him to his other place. Simple instruction ; unplug the cable between the computer and the router and plug in the wireless router, instead of the computer. Should you ever go there colour code the cables with electrical tape.

    My Dad is 74 and he managed it

    (My sister is forty something and didn't )
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,445 points)
    Airport Express is ideal for this purpose.

    Also, routers in the U.S. typically have four Ethernet ports so there's no need to unplug.
  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (84,650 points)
    Another option is to buy the iPad and the Verizon Wireless mobile MiFi 2200 Hot Spot at one of the Verizon Wireless stores. I did this last month and am very satisfied with the service. However, like any of these devices, if his summer home is out in the middle of nowhere, he may have reception problems with the hot spot.

    The other downside is that then he will have a monthly data charge like you have with iPhone service or a Droid. You must have the data plan in order to use the mobile hot spot that Verizon offers. The device itself is about the size of a credit card but a little thicker. It is battery powered and comes with a wall charger.

    You can view the device and the plan on the Verizon Wireless web site.