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Finally broke down and called for DSL today. No more dial up :banana

How easy is it to install? Anyone ever have problems? Do they give you software to connect to the internet, or do you just use Internet Explorer?

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don't they come out and set it up for you?

if they don't do it anymore there will be VERY detailed ins. make sure you USE THEM. ;)
 

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Lets just say that 50% of my "consulting" work for other firm personel involves correctly setting up SWBell DSL in people's homes.
 

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:lol :lol :lol

Abe, I'm gonna email him your number and email addy if you don't pay me $10 to keep quiet. :evilgrin :crackup
 

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why DSL? cable should run better if it's available. the problem with DSL, is that it will eventually destroy the phome line. With the extremely high frequencies used to transmit data over the line, it actually breaks down the line at an atomic level. We also have a problem out here, b/c the DSL line goes through the Telephone Company, whereas the service is actually through the ISP i work for. So for any problem there are 2 different companies involved and we usually end up blaming each other and it takes quite a bit of effort to get everything straightened out. just my $.02
 

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I've set up DSL twice so far and it couldn't be any simpler:shrug
 

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now al you got to do is buy a cell phone crusher.....:redflip
yup i just got cable internet at my "place" should have it on line next week when i get back... when i pick up their box...
 

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See I am not to far behind, I just got a cell phone, and me and the gf will be getting a place in the next few months, but I am leaning towards a cable modem. They always have deals on it around here and is prety easy to install.

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Never tried DSL... I like my cable connection though :shrug
 

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dover338 said:
why DSL? cable should run better if it's available.

DSL has much higher upload speeds, ive used both ADSL, SDSL and Cable in my home, and was happiest with the SDSL (1.1Mb upload and download)


With the extremely high frequencies used to transmit data over the line, it actually breaks down the line at an atomic level. my $.02
Thats funny, where did you hear that, Star Trek? Exteremely high frequencies, degrading copper wire? I have never heard of such a thing.
 

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I had a cellphone but cancelled it because A.) I hardly ever used it and B.) I was tired of the bogus charges and escalating costs every month. I had a group plan thru work where the phone was supposed to cost $17 per month. I had never gotten a bill less than $26. Somtimes it would be in the $40-$45 range even though I had free nights and weekends. :shrug

I decided against a cable modem for 2 reasons;

1. It's only available thru Cox Cable which absolutely sucks ass. I hate them as much as Cingular. I got rid of Cox Cable for Directv and never looked back and never been happier.

2. I have Verizon for telephone service, I get a good package deal on the DSL Internet. It's only $29.99 per month compared to $49.99 for cable. :D
 

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Make sure you get something like a Linksys firewall too. If you are running something like a standard install of XP and are directly connected to the internet, I'd give you 24 hours before your machine is hacked...
 

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Make sure you get something like a Linksys firewall too. If you are running something like a standard install of XP and are directly connected to the internet, I'd give you 24 hours before your machine is hacked...
probably less than that. :(
 

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My recommendation is to not use the installation software. Set up a PPPoE connection manually in Windows. There may be info for this in the documentation that comes with your equipment, or you can find info for it online. Try the forums at http://www.dslreports.com they should have some good info on there. I know there are actual SBC Yahoo techs on the forum that help people there as part of their job. They tell everybody in the SBC forum not to use the software. There may be similar people on the Verizon forum.
 

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pdog said:
Make sure you get something like a Linksys firewall too. If you are running something like a standard install of XP and are directly connected to the internet, I'd give you 24 hours before your machine is hacked...
How do I do that? Thanks for all the replies so far
 

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A simple firewall device is under $50 these days. There are others with more bells and whistles (wireless, print server, etc) but if you just want to check email and browse the web, something like these will do the job. Just insert the firewall between the DSL modem and your computer. If you have problems, JBTX linked you to the site which can help.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...60303-5083914?v=glance&s=electronics&n=507846
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...60303-5083914?v=glance&s=electronics&n=507846

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How do I do that? Thanks for all the replies so far
 

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I read about a security experiment where researchers put a machine with vanilla Redhat 7.0 directly on the internet. It was rooted 9 minutes later. :eek People tend not to believe numbers that pessimistic so I round up to a day.

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probably less than that. :(
 

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pdog said:
A simple firewall device is under $50 these days. There are others with more bells and whistles (wireless, print server, etc) but if you just want to check email and browse the web, something like these will do the job. Just insert the firewall between the DSL modem and your computer. If you have problems, JBTX linked you to the site which can help.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...60303-5083914?v=glance&s=electronics&n=507846
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...60303-5083914?v=glance&s=electronics&n=507846
Thanks! I assume CompUSA or Best Buy would have this Firewall Device?
 
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