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Chapter 10. Tools for the Perfect Road Warrior > Loading Software Before You Go

Loading Software Before You Go

As an experienced road warrior, it is likely that you already know what software to load into your laptop (or PDA) before you leave. It's still worth observing that there is no guarantee that you will be able to access the Internet just because you have Wi-Fi–enabled equipment. You need to plan to be self-sufficient. This means loading the software you'll need before you go. At a minimum, you should probably bring on your computer or PDA:

  • Drivers and related software for your Wi-Fi card (see Chapter 8, “Adding Wi-Fi to a Mobile Computer,” for more information about the software that might be required).

  • Wi-Fi hotspot directory information (see the next section, “Taking Hotspot Info with You,” for more information).

  • Software to access a Virtual Private Network (VPN) if your company operates one (see Chapter 18, “Protecting Your Mobile Wi-Fi Computer,” for more information about VPNs) and if it requires special software.

  • An Internet browser.

  • An email program such as Outlook.

  • All of the general software you will need, including contact management, word processing, presentation, and any specialized software related to your job or interests.


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