[CentOS] OT: wifi, phone, power in India and Malaysia

Tue May 24 14:29:50 UTC 2011
Richard Mollel <unixtipz at yahoo.com>

--- On Tue, 5/24/11, ken <gebser at mousecar.com> wrote:

> From: ken <gebser at mousecar.com>
> Subject: [CentOS] OT: wifi, phone, power in India and Malaysia
> To: "CentOS Mailing List" <centos at centos.org>
> Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 5:48 AM
> A not so technical friend in India is
> shopping for a laptop.  He often
> travels and stays months in Malaysia and so needs to be
> able to use the
> laptop there as well.  He typically connects to the
> internet via wifi,
> but sometimes must use a telephone line (yes, with a
> modem).  And of
> course there will be times when he has to plug into mains
> power to
> recharge the battery.  So to be able to fully use his
> future laptop in
> both India and Malaysia, I need to know:
> Are the wifi standards the same in both India and
> Malaysia?  And will
> the same wifi card work in both countries?

Wifi is wifi, never heard of a wifi A or B.

> Similarly, will the modem work in both countries?

see above...

> And, too, is the mains power the same in India and
> Malaysia?

All laptops I have thus far encountered, have power adapters that take in anywhere from 100-250V. You should be covered worldwide if your meets those requirements.
This friend might have used a phone-charger or hair-dryer, what voltage were those?

> If there is an incompatibility in any of these, what is the
> simplest
> resolution?
> I should probably get him an extended warranty also. 
> Is there such a
> warranty which would allow him to have the laptop fixed in
> either
> country, depending upon where he happens to be?

Extended warranties :-) for a laptop purchased in the U.S.? Try Toshiba or Samsung, but again, only your friend can tell you whether he has ever seen a Toshiba shop or Samsung shop. If he goes to rural areas, chances are none of those would be present anyways. 
> Am I overlooking any considerations?

YES. A big one for foreign travel people is a GSM modem, whereby one would use a SIM card from their phone for internet access. I really doubt that part of the world would have any dial-up access as you claim. They never caught up to it, and landline are rarely available. However, GSM 3G access is abundant, even in the remotest of areas.....

> Thanks in advance for your sage experience.
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