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Must I Have Wi-Fi To Use Kindle Fire HD?


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Initial post: Nov 24, 2013 10:19:43 AM PST
nmccamy says:
I'm thinking of buying the Kindle Fire HD. I am NOT interested in most of its features. I only want to be able to import files from my computer to the Kindle via USB.

Are you required to have Wi-Fi to use the Kindle? I don't have Wi-Fi and am not interested in Wi-Fi.

Can I purchase Kindle books from Amazon, or anyone else, and simply download them to my computer so that I can import them to Kindle via USB?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 10:26:01 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
yes you can, but you'll be lacking the page numbers and any xray info as well as the instant translation and wikipedia look up

and you'll have to connect wirelessly at least once in order to finalise the registration

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 1:56:21 PM PST
nmccamy says:
Thank you for your reply.

I don't have Wi-Fi and do not want to spend the money to set it up.
What will happen if I don't finalize the registration? Can I still use Kindle? Can I purchase Kindle books without finalizing the registration?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 2:10:06 PM PST
B. Marks says:
The Kindle Fire HD is useless till it's registered. If you don't want to get Wifi at home you can take it to a MacDonalds or Hardies or Starbucks or any place else that has a public Wifi hotspot and connect and register it.

After you've registered it you can then download books to your computer although, as explained, you'll lose some of the features by doing this.

If you have an internet connection you can add a wireless router for less than $25 and you'll have Wifi. The setup these days has gotten trivial. You simply put the included CD in your computer and it tells you how to connect the router, giving you clear pictures and diagrams. It asks you a few questions and each question has a default answer you can simply accept and it will work just fine. You don't have to make any decisions or have any more technical knowledge than it takes to open the box it comes in.

Once you get Wifi you can download or stream TV shows and movies. You can buy books online. You can get a variety of apps. Most apps, by the way, won't work unless they can connect to the internet once or twice a week to check their license.

With Wifi the Fire HD becomes a useful and fun and simple device to use. Without Wifi it's an irritating device with limited utility.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 2:12:12 PM PST
You don't want a Fire. Choose something else.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 2:12:51 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
If all you want are to read books, you might should consider the Paperwhite. It isn't in color but is great for reading.

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 2:12:52 PM PST
TuxGirl says:
honestly, if you just want books, a 3g eink kindle would be a better choice...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 2:30:13 PM PST
J. Donahue says:
If you don't have Wi-Fi available in your home, the Fire is not going to do much for you.

For curiosity's sake, what do you think it costs to set up Wi-Fi in your home?

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 2:53:17 PM PST
B. Marks says:
Reading back through this a friend's experience came to mind. He asked me what it would take to get Wifi in his house so he could use his printer from 2 different computers. I explained a few things to him and the next time I saw him he said he had it and it was working out great.

I told him pretty much what I said here about it being simple and under $25 but he decided he didn't want to risk getting stuck with junk so he called his ISP and they came out and set it up for him. They charged him $200 for the router plus labor for setting it up.

The next time I was at his house I took a look at what they installed for him. It was an 802.11G modem, an older standard that hasn't been used for years. Fortunately everything is backward compatible so it worked okay. But the G routers were slow and had far less range than the $25 one you can get at Amazon or Walmart.

I wonder if the OP contacted his ISP to find out about installing Wifi and that's why he thinks it's prohibitive.

Barry

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 5:01:55 PM PST
It's really really to clear why the OP says he's "interested" in the Fire, since he doesn't really seem interested in using it. Perhaps if he explained more about those files he wants to transfer we could give better advice!

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 3:40:04 AM PST
nmccamy says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 3:44:36 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
it's to validate that your kindle has arrived and to activate it (McDonald's, Starbucks, many public libraries and malls, truck stops, etc all have free wifi)

and as several people have mentioned, you could purchase the one with 3G (free access to the kindle store, wikipedia and for downloading books) and never have to connect via wifi - I have both a Kindle Touch and a Paperwhite that are wifi virgins that have only ever connected via 3G

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 4:45:31 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
Why is it a ripoff? Amazon doesn't make any mone from you having wifi.
You don't have to drive around town...go to a friend's house, go to the public library, McDonald's, Starbucks, etc. You don't even have to inside McDonald's or Starbucks. Just park your car in their parking lot.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 5:08:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 25, 2013 5:09:49 AM PST
DT says:
The only downside to the 3g option is that public library books on loan can't be downloaded this way.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 5:10:00 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 25, 2013 5:12:54 AM PST
LOL. It's just as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 5:13:54 AM PST
**Meya** says:
That was fast.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 5:16:07 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
LOL...I saw it before it got zapped. Agree with what you said.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 5:26:09 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
doesn't bother me - it's not an option where i live

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 5:30:05 AM PST
Tinker-bella says:
Granted, but they still can be sideloaded via the USB cord and the OP's home computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 5:41:27 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 25, 2013 5:43:26 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Then don't buy the damn thing. No one is forcing you.... It is kind of crazy to have a wifi device but no wifi to use it. Just like buying a car without the gas.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 6:22:43 AM PST
Was it the F._F. Sake, or the collection of punctuation, do you think?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 6:27:10 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
I was thinking maybe the F._F. Sake.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 6:48:41 AM PST
King Al says:
Even if you could register by other methods, a Fire is definitely not worth the money if you don't have wi-fi -- that is much more than $25.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2013 6:49:16 AM PST
King Al says:
Why should Amazon pay for you to borrow books instead of buying them from Amazon?
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