Chrismast dinner is in the stomach or shitted out and ofcourse we chatted, my mother and I... and things are about to get serious because I offered my mammie to take her to an electronics/computer store on tuesday which is tomorrow... so it's a bit short notice but I think it's ok, if we can't decide then we will postpone me thinks ! ;) :)
Currently I am looking into options and the latest and greatest laptop processor seems to be either an intel icore 5 or amd phentom II (I am bit suspicious of these processors since one laptop with an icore5 was turned off when I visitted the store while all others where on (went to buy a shaver))
Where they trying to save it ? Save power ? Save electricity ? Was there something wrong with it... I don't know..
What I do know is:
The processor should be 64 bit and have windows 7 in 64 bit coming with it, because that's the pretty near future... so no 32 bit operating system for my mother... 32 bit is dead and won't be supported for much longer by Microsoft. So that's for certain.
I would prefer the phentom II because it has sse 4a which I consider to be more important for general purpose compression... but maybe sse 4.1a from intel is also kinda nice for video. So I am still a bit in a doubt about that.
What I am mostly concerned about is a wireless router + wireless support in a laptop.
Now perhaps I could make a cable from the basement to the ground floor but I am not sure if my mother wants a cable running through her hallway...
Currently the internet cable goes through a plastic pipe up the attic and back down again into the "computer room", which is upstairs. My mum doesn't want to go up the stairs anymore just to view the e-mail or internet which is understandable...
So I/we were thinking about using a wireless router for now, until maybe I can sort out if a cable option is possible... perhaps drilling more holes... which might be nice for future as cable will probably offer higher and more reliable speed without health dangers... I estimate my mother might have at least 10 year to live and probably 20 years max... so that's a long time... I hope so... :)
I do want her to experience better computing especially screen-wise, so perhaps laptop not the best choice... but a big clunky computer in the living room ain't her style.
Anyway this means the wireless signal will have to travel through at least:2 centimeter of wood or so, 1 centimeter of glue, 20 to 40 centimeters of hard concreet. Perhaps the concreet is even "re-inforced concreet" which means metal bars could be running through it... but probably not... those only in the basement.
So the question is:
What wireless router can go through 40 centimeters of though concrete ?!?!? (plus a bit of wood, glue and perhaps plastics).
Currently Wireless N seems to be all the rage... but I would like it to support Wireless G as well in case anybody else comes there and wants to use internet as well...
I have seen some router reviews and user comments but none so far are statisfieing to them or me... (I am just starting to look into this though... )