Re: Dial up on Laptop?
Well, if you decide to get broadband and would like to share it with both of your computers you will need a router, wireless or not. If it is wireless you will need to buy a wireless card or a wireless usb adapter for your other computer. The laptop already has this built in so it will be good to go. If you don't go wireless, you will have to connect both computers via an ethernet cable to the router. You shouldn't need to buy anything but a router for this providing your other computer has a network adapter, if it's not too old it should.
If you don't decide not to go with broadband and stay with dialup, you can turn on internet connection sharing and share the connection between both computers, but it will be dreadfully slow....trust me, you won't want this option.
You can connect each computer seperately via dialup and only have one computer dialed in at a time and it will be the same as you have now. You will just have to set the details of what phone number to dial to and all that for the new computer. It's pretty easy.
When all else fails...Ham Radio!
I still have the same old HP DV9700T laptop I've had for years...still kickin'