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Have a new kindle touch but no wifi at home. Only have a connection to the internet on my pc. How do I resiter my kindle with the usb cable provided.


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Initial post: Sep 15, 2012 6:26:40 AM PDT
Have a new kindle touch but no wifi at home. Only have a connection to the internet on my pc. How do I resiter my kindle with the usb cable provided.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 6:37:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 15, 2012 6:40:24 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
You can register your device on http://amazon.com/myk page, under Manage Your Devices (Amazon might have already done that), but it will have to "call home" at least once to finish the process.

Also note that books you buy can be transferred via USB as described on http://amazon.com/kindletransfer, but some auxiliary files, like those with paper-equivalent page numbers or X-ray info are delivered only wirelessly. So, I suggest that you read once a week or so while sipping coffee or nibbling some fries in a place with public WiFi hot spot.

Edit: home wireless routers are cheap and easy to install. You can have a refurbished unit for as low as $20. (Another edit: I see that some *new* units from respected manufacturers are around $20.)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 6:42:44 AM PDT
Beth says:
I would add to Dragi's list that many public libraries have free wifi so if you have such close to you that would work.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 7:00:53 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Also, many public places have free wifi - such as McDonalds, Starbucks, and other eating establishments.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 7:01:53 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Some people reported using cafes in B&N bookstores for Kindle syncing :o)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 7:02:37 AM PDT
I was pleased to find that my local car dealership had open wi-fi available for their customers.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 7:03:52 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Last fall I was at the car dealer for repairs and they did NOT have free wifi. I was sad. Saturn used to have free wifi. I miss my Saturn dealer...sigh.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 7:07:48 AM PDT
Hotels usually have it, but you need the password. The church where our Cubs meet has an open signal, which is foolish, but I'm not going to tell them, because I sometimes use it during meetings.

Point being, OP, that you should be able to find a wi-fi signal *somewhere*. Heck, someone with a smartphone can CREATE a hotspot for you!

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 7:08:21 AM PDT
JC says:
Some computers can be turned into a wireless access point too. At least Macs can. It's not a strong signal but before I got a wireless router, I could turn on Internet Sharing on my Mac, use it to broadcast a wireless signal, do what I needed to do, and then turn it off again.

If you have a Mac, look into Internet Sharing. It's not something you'd want to leave on all the time as it isn't secure but it could be used for syncing. I haven't used a PC in years so I don't know if they generally have this capability or not.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 8:27:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 23, 2013 8:35:24 PM PST
xgi93 says:
I don't want wireless internet (meaning I don't want to replace the wired setup I presently have with my cable company). If I'm correctly understanding how this works, in order to get my new Kindle (the basic one with 6" screen WSO, paid $69.00) registered, that's what I would have to do: buy a router, into which my ethernet cable would plug into first, then my cable modem, so that all of my internet activity that I do on my desktop PC would now be wireless. I do all my household business including banking online, pay all my bills, etc., on a secure wired setup; I'm not changing all that for a one-shot deal where I use wi-fi just to register my Kindle (I'm not interested in direct delivery of the books I buy for it; I've got no problem using USB to load them on it). Looks like I'll have to pay a visit to Ruby Tuesday, which is supposedly the only AT&T free access spot near me, and hope I can get through to at least get this reader set up. I admit it; I don't know much at all about wifi, and never was much interested in it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2013 9:05:56 PM PST
Actually, you don't have that quite right. The cable from the wall still goes to the cable modem. The cable from the cable modem would now plug into the router to generate the wireless signal. However, most (?all) routers also allow you to plug in a cable to connect a desktop, or a printer. It's really not that difficult or expensive, and if you set it up, then you'd find other things you could connect to your wireless network. You'd also find it is in fact easier to use your kindle with a wireless connection But if you don't want to do that, yes, go someplace with a free signal.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2013 9:31:00 PM PST
Dawn says:
Really you don't have any McDonalds or Starbucks near you at all? Both have free WiFi at all their US locations.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2013 11:02:16 PM PST
Believe it or not, some people live pretty far from stores and restaurants.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 12:48:42 AM PST
C. Tompkins says:
Also, you could go to a friends house who has WiFi to register it. If the friend happens to live close enough, and will let you, you could use their WiFi connection to get books too.
But if you had WiFi, you can browse the web or download a book while you are curled up in your pajamas in bed. WiFi can be set up to be just as secure as the cable connection.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 2:31:58 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Someone posted yesterday that they were able to get their Kindle registered by calling customer service. You still will not have all the functionality until you connect at least once with wifi though like collections.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 2:32:12 AM PST
Also bear in mind that until you connect at least once via wifi, some of the kindle features (such as collections and page numbers) won't work.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 4:38:28 AM PST
Surely even the most hermity of recluses MUST go into town for SOMETHING. Supplies. A dental cleaning. Car serviced. Stock ammo. There MUST be SOME public wi- fi somewhere. Take the new Kindle along. Enjoy a McMuffin. Make a day of it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 5:00:12 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
xgi93, a typical wireless router includes four Ethernet ports as well, so your existing wired connectivity can be maintained. In our house all desktop computers and devices that stream video, such as the TiVo, the Blu-ray player, and the PS3, are connected via Ethernet, while Kindles, iPads, laptops, Internet radios us wifi, all via the same entry-level Netgear router. At least 15 devices, all told.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 5:02:10 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
I was tickled to find free wifi at the new Giant Foods supermarket down the road, just the other day.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 5:03:53 AM PST
OT...there is a Giant grocery store near where our youngest son lives in Philly. I sure wish I had one here where I live. It's a fantastic store.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 5:34:38 AM PST
Folina Dubernol says: "Surely even the most hermity of recluses MUST go into town for SOMETHING."

The "most hermity" people would be the ones living out the far wilderness of Alaska (and some in Maine) that have supplies flown in to them and never go into town themselves. But seeing as they also don't have internet or phone (they use ham radio) I doubt they have Kindles.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 6:03:30 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 6:37:10 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 24, 2013 6:39:43 AM PST
Fud53 says: "Actually every library I've been to recently did NOT have any wifi for it's patrons so I don't know from where you get your info."

I'd say that she got it from actual libraries. Just a few quick examples from here in the NE:

http://rodgerslibrary.org/library-info/policies/wifi-network/
http://www.bpl.org/general/wireless.htm
http://www.stonehamlibrary.org/wireless/
http://www.sharonpubliclibrary.org/WirelessInternetFAQs.htm
http://www.waylandlibrary.org/resources_services/computers_wifi.htm
http://www.cambridgema.gov/cpl/aboutus/faq.aspx
http://www.bklynpubliclibrary.org/wireless

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 6:38:43 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
Chicago: http://www.nypl.org/help/computers-internet-and-wireless-access/wireless-internet-access
Tacoma: http://www.tacomapubliclibrary.org/Page.aspx?nid=109

and here's an article that mentions the Stockton-San Joaquin County Library in Tracy, Calif and Meridian, Idaho

http://www.muniwireless.com/2009/01/16/free-wif-public-libraries-downtowns/

Winnipeg: http://wpl.winnipeg.ca/library/wifi.asp

depends on where you live, the money allocated to your library system, etc

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 6:39:48 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
and my local one, but that's in France, so i didn't think fud would accept that, plus the shopping mall and plaza near where I work have free wifi as well
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