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Internet and TCP/IP Connection Options 379 Tips from the Windows Pros: Staying Connected While Traveling Abroad As I said earlier, you can choose an ISP with regional local access numbers to let you connect without toll charges wheresoever you roam in your home country. But what about when you travel overseas? Actually, you usually don't have to go far to find an Internet terminal. You can rent PCs with Internet connections for roughly $1 to $10 per hour almost anywhere. Listings of Internet cafés and computer parlors are now a required element in guide books (for example, the fantastic Rough Guide series), and Tourism Information centers in most towns can direct you to the nearest rental centers. If you want to connect your own computer, however, connecting is a bit more difficult. The following are some tips I've picked up in travels through Mexico, Australia, and Europe: · Do your research before you leave. Search the Internet to find at least one Internet location and/ or ISP in each area you'll be visiting. Print these pages and bring them along, being sure to get the local address and telephone number. You might find a more convenient location or better service after you arrive, but this way you have a place to start. · Most Internet cafés won't let you hook up your own computer. Some will. You can find Kinko's Copy centers, for example, in many large cities in North America, Europe, and Asia; they're outfitted with fast computers, fast connections, and at least one bay with an Ethernet cable that you can use to connect your own laptop. Bring a PCMCIA Ethernet card, and you're set. (You will have to configure it using the Local Area Connection icon in Network and Dial-Up Connec- tions, as you'll learn in Chapter 21, using the setting provided by the rental center.) · Bring some formatted floppy disks with you. If you need to transfer files and can't hook up your