Conversation: 13. Calling for a Wireless Connection
13. Calling for a Wireless Connection

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A: I'd like to order broadband internet for my laptop.

B: Just plug the Ethernet cable into your computer, and a prompt will tell you the payment options.

A: I don't have an Ethernet port. My computer runs entirely on wireless service.

B: That's too bad. But there are several alternatives, if you want to hear them.

A: Yes, please! Tell me about the alternatives.

B: We run a fully equipped computer lab on the first floor.

A: Very good. How much does that cost?

B: The service is free to hotel patrons. However, printing costs ten cents per page.

A: I see. And the other alternatives?

B: Alternatively, we do offer wireless in our lobby. You can bring your laptop down here.

A: Great! What if I need to print something in the lobby?

B: You would have to use the computer lab. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

2. Repeat


A: I need broadband for my computer.

B: No problem. Just plug the Ethernet cable into your computer, and you're good to go.

A: That's a problem. My laptop has no Ethernet port, it's wireless only.

B: Hmm. Well, we have some alternatives, if you're interested.

A: Go ahead. I'm all ears.

B: We have a computer lab on the first floor.

A: That's great! How much is it?

B: It's absolutely free to guests. Except for printing, of course.

A: What about the other alternatives?

B: You could use your wireless right here in our lobby.

A: Yes, that's the ticket! And if I need to print something there?

B: Well, we don't have a printer in the lobby yet. You'll have to use the lab.

3. Repeat


A: I'd like to get busy on my computer, but I need some broadband.

B: There's an Ethernet cable in your room. Just plug it into the back of your laptop.

A: I can't use Ethernet. My computer is wireless only.

B: That's okay. I can tell you about some alternatives we have.

A: Any alternative that works will be great.

B: Well, there's our computer lab on the first floor.

A: That sounds good. What's the charge?

B: The lab and the computers are no charge, but you have to pay for whatever you print.

A: That sounds good. Now, how about the other alternatives?

B: Of course. Our lobby is set up for wireless, so just bring your computer down here.

A: Use my laptop in the lobby? That's great! Now, if I need to print something there?

B: They plan to install a printer here. But until then, you'll have to use the lab.

4. Repeat


A: I can't get going on my computer until I get a broadband hookup.

B: Just plug the Ethernet cable into your computer, and you'll be off and running.

A: That would be okay if I had an Ethernet port. Unfortunately, my laptop uses wireless only.

B: In that case, let me tell you about some alternatives.

A: Anything to get me up and running.

B: For starters, we have a computer lab.

A: Fantastic! What do I have to pay per hour?

B: The lab is completely free. But you do have to pay a dime a page for printing.

A: That's fine. Now tell me about the other alternatives.

B: Just bring your laptop down here to the lobby. We're set up for wireless right here.

A: Great! I like that suggestion, but what if I need to print something there?

B: Unfortunately, you'll have to go to the computer lab for your printing needs.

5. Repeat


A: How do I get online with my laptop?

B: Just plug the Ethernet cable into your computer, and you'll be online in a heartbeat.

A: I see the cable. But my computer runs on wireless only.

B: No problem. I'll tell you about our alternatives.

A: Yes, I'd love to hear what the alternatives are.

B: Our state-of-the-art computer lab is on the first floor.

A: Great! But is it free?

B: Sir, the computers are free to guests, but you do have to pay a nominal printing fee.

A: You said there were other alternatives?

B: Just use your computer here in the lobby. It's set up for wireless.

A: That sounds like a winner. Now if I need to print something in the lobby?

B: We might have a printer here next month. But for now, you'll have to go to the lab.


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