Installation for a high-speed cable connection?

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Trash Fish, Aug 17, 2006.

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    Trash Fish Guest

    My apologies (sorry) if this is a bad question here and/or one that's
    been previously asked many times in the past by others, but my
    connection to the Internet is quite a slow one that's via dial-up modem
    only and I'm currently considering upgrading to a high-speed
    connection. My only ISP is AOL 9.0, and when I called AOL today they
    told me that a high-speed AOL connection at my home is possible via
    cable, although I've never had any cable TV at my home. I wanted to
    find out details about what's involved for the installation process,
    but unfortunately all they could tell me is that if I actually go ahead
    & order the high-speed cable connection, they'll send me a "free
    self-installation" kit. I seem to remember that there's also a
    "professional installation" service available, but there's probably a
    charge for it.

    Sorry again about my ignorance about high-speed cable installation
    processes, as I know almost nothing at all about them, but can anyone
    please tell me what's involved in such installation processes? What is
    done during the processes, how difficult or easy are they,
    approximately how long do they take, etc.?

    Also, if somehow I encounter any major or significant problems with a
    new high-speed cable connection, would it be possible for me to easily
    go back to my previous dial-up modem connection?

    Any efforts to help will be greatly appreciated - thanks.
    Trash Fish, Aug 17, 2006
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    Chet39 Guest

    First you need to have a cable line run to your house if there isn't one
    already. You should have at least one connection near where you will have
    the computer or router.

    The cable company will install what is called a cable modem which has a TV
    cable connection on one end and either USB or Ethernet connection on the
    other. Depending on the cable company the installation and service might
    require you to sign up for basic TV service as well, whether you use it or

    The cable service provides several email addresses and full internet access
    which you can access through Outlook Express and Internet Explorer which
    came with your computer. At this point you should be wondering why you
    would also pay AOL when you would have everything you need without them.
    Having to give your friends a new email address is the only annoyance.
    Chet39, Aug 17, 2006
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    Alex Clayton Guest

    First thing you should do is drop AOL. Look up your cable TV provider in
    your area. Call them, and after you give them your address they can tell you
    if they offer Broadband. They may offer you different ISP's, or you may have
    to use them. Either way it will be far superior to what you have. Once they
    run the cable it's no harder than hooking up a TV. You need a cable modem,
    and wire. This is probably what the "self install kit" is. If you have a
    laptop you can buy a wireless router and use your laptop anywhere in the
    house, or even outside on the connection. if you have more than one desktop
    you can buy an adapter to hook them into the wireless system also. After I
    finally did it I wondered why I waited so long to switch.
    Alex Clayton, Aug 17, 2006
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    tony sayer Guest

    Are you in the UK or the USofA ?...
    tony sayer, Aug 17, 2006
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    Duane Arnold Guest

    There is most likely as charge for them coming out, but not on the first
    time setup. I have never had to pay for it.
    If you want to know what's going to happen and how long it's going to
    take for the setup, then call the ISP. The ISP and their install person
    will tell you everything you need to know.
    I am on the road and I switch between my dial-up ISP to get my email,
    post to you, etc and use the hotel's wireless BB to surf with the
    browser. I do this everyday, while I am on the road.

    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Aug 18, 2006
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    David Azose Guest

    Hi Duane,

    There are 2 varieties of high speed Internet connection: 1)Cable and
    2)DSL. You mentioned cable in your email and as that is what I have,
    I'll share my experience with you.

    You don't need to already have cable television in your home to use high
    speed cable to access the Internet. The cable company can (and in your
    case, will) connect a cable from their company to your home for just
    high speed Internet use.

    The cable company will come to your home and determine where the cable
    wire should enter your house. They will have to drill a hole through
    your house, just as your regular telephone line comes into the house. It
    should be near where your computer is. The cable is exactly the same
    type as one that goes to the back of your television set, including the
    connector on the end of the cable.

    Once the cable is in your house, the installer person from the cable
    company might install a cable modem. "Professional installation" varies
    from cable company to cable company, but in any case, you certainly can
    plug in the wires to the modem if he simply leaves you with one. The
    modem is an external piece of electronics, with it's own case and power
    cord. It has blinking lights on the front that indicate that the power
    is on and that the modem is receiving Internet signals from the cable

    On the back side of the modem there is a connector for the cable from
    the cable company. This can be considered the "IN" side of the modem.
    For the "OUT" side (which would go the your computer) there is a
    connector that looks like a regular telephone jack, but slightly larger.
    This is a standard network connector and uses a cable called a CAT
    6(short for CATEGORY 6)cable. The cable company should supply this.

    Your computer should have a network port (a network interface card
    inside your computer that has the jack that looks like a regular
    telephone jack, only slightly larger). If your computer does not have
    such a port,then you may need to opt for the "professional installation"
    so the installer can install one. The installer person (or you) will
    then connect the CAT6 cable from the "OUT" of the modem to the
    computer's network port.

    At this point, if you opt to not have the "professional installation"
    the cable installer person will leave you with some account information,
    such as a "user name" and "password" and perhaps some weird numbers, and
    a CD disk. This disk has a "wizard" type of program that walks you
    through the setting up of your Internet connection account. You should
    try to use the disk to set things up yourself first. But if you can't,
    you can always call for the "professional installation" later.

    You can always go back to using you regular dial-up connection. But my
    experience is once you try a high speed connection, it's difficult going
    back. Good luck.

    David A.
    David Azose, Aug 19, 2006
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    Duane Arnold Guest

    I know this.
    I know this.
    I know this and besides, anywhere I have lived over the last 20 years or
    so has not been without cable.
    I know this and it's been a few times where I had to tell the install
    person what to do.
    I know this, since I am the one who has to support my network of
    computers on the LAN.
    It's connected to the WAN port on my FW appliance and you'll notice I am
    not saying my router.
    I don't need the professional installer to do anything. If I move to a
    new location and need an ISP cable for the Internet, I give the MAC of
    the cable modem and the MAC of the first device past the modem to the ISP.

    The would be the MAC of the router or the FW appliance I am now using so
    that they could be provisioned by the ISP and linked to my account so
    that my machines can share the single IP from the ISP, because the NAT
    mapping technology the router or FW appliance provides the means to
    share the single IP from the ISP for all machines on my LAN.
    No doubt. But when you're in a hotel room, the laptop uses DUN and
    wireless BB network of the hotel to access the Internet.

    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Aug 19, 2006
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    Trash Fish Guest

    Thanks for all the replies & efforts to help (it's all greatly
    appreciated), and sorry about not replying sooner, but I don't check
    this newsgroup every day. Anyway, I think David Azose meant to tell me
    what he told Duane Arnold, but inadvertently called me "Duane" instead
    of my name. I'm in a midwestern state of the USA, to answer Tony
    Sayer's question. As I previously said, I've never had any cable TV at
    my home; in fact, I don't even want any cable TV at my home, even if
    it's free, because I already watch enough network TV and have a fear of
    becoming addicted to watching too much TV if I were to ever get any
    cable TV. And as strange as it may sound, I actually prefer to stay on
    AOL, as ignominious as they are, because I've become quite used to AOL
    & the features that they offer, and even more so, I don't want to
    discontinue AOL because I have thousands of important e-mails saved on
    AOL in my AOL "Personal Filing Cabinets".

    If AOL told me that high-speed cable service is available to my home
    location in particular, does that mean that a cable line has already
    been run to my home? I called them, but they said that they can't give
    any details about the installation process unless I actually go ahead &
    order their cable service, but the problem is that I don't want to do
    that until I know more about the installation process!

    I bought my current PC in early Nov. '04 and it's a Sony VAIO
    PCV-RS720G, so I assume or presume that it probably already has a
    network port (network interface card inside it). If it in fact does,
    then does that mean that my PC doesn't have to be opened at all for the
    cable installation process? Conversely, if it doesn't, then does that
    necessarily mean that my PC definitely has to be opened up to install
    the network port?

    Also, what happens if I would like more than just one of my PC's to get
    cable service? I have 2 other PC's that I use sometimes such that it
    would be nice, but not absolutely necessary, for them to also get cable

    Similarly in regards to cable, I also know almost nothing at all about
    DSL either, but given my personal situation that I've described, would
    DSL actually be better for me than cable? How does DSL differ from
    cable, especially in terms of the installation process, and in terms of
    advantages & disadvantages?

    Sorry about asking so many questions & being so ignorant about these
    things, but I'm not necessarily asking *every*one to answer *all* of my
    questions, and again, any efforts at all to help will be greatly
    appreciated - thanks very much.

    PS - Anyone possibly know of any good sites on the Internet that could
    help educate me about these things?
    Trash Fish, Aug 20, 2006
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    David Azose Guest


    Sorry for my mis-delivery before. I thought I was answering you and not

    When AOL said that cable was available in your area they did NOT mean
    that there is a cable already run to your house. In fact, I don't
    believe AOL is a cable company (they would simply use a cable company's
    cables for their service. That's why someone earlier suggested that you
    not even use AOL. Instead, find out what cable company services your
    area and call them directly). In any case, the cable company would need
    to run a cable from the nearest telephone pole (or other point where
    they have run their cable) to your house, drill a hole into your house,
    and run the cable into your house. In my case, this took about 2 hours.

    Your computer is new enough that I'm fairly certain it has a network
    port so it does not have to be opened up. I believe (but I'm not
    certain) that some modems also have a USB port that can connect to your
    computer through its USB port. Again, I don't have any hard data, but my
    intuition tells me this would be less desirable than a network port.

    The main difference between cable and DSL is that DSL uses the telephone
    line instead of the cable company's cable. In terms of the installation
    process, I suspect they would be identical. But, DSL is not available
    everywhere since you must be within a certain distance from a telephone
    company switch, and many homes are not. Cable is certainly more popular
    than DSL and cable generally also has a slight speed advantage over DSL.

    The fact that you might want more than one computer connected to the
    Internet is the most common situation for most people, especially
    families. The solution is to buy a router. There are 2 main varieties of
    routers: Wired only and Wireless + Wired. I suggest you get the Wireless
    + Wired as the cost is only slightly higher than the wired only kind and
    it is more versatile.

    A router has several desirable functions. It has a safety feature called
    a built in hardware firewall. This means that there is a physical,
    electronic separation between the Internet signals coming from the
    outside world and any computers connected to the router. The most common
    routers also have a built in switch which is a fancy way of saying it
    has 1 "IN" port and several (usually 4) "OUT" ports to which up to 4
    computer can be connected with CAT6 network wires. All the computers
    connected to the router can be on the Internet at the same time.

    If the router is a wireless router, it works similarly to a wireless
    telephone. If you have a laptop with wireless capability, then that
    laptop can communicate with the wireless router (no need to have it
    wired to the router) and also be on the Internet. Most desktop computers
    don't normally come with wireless capability, but that can be added by
    installing a wireless card inside the computer if desired. Many (more
    than 200!) wireless computers can access the wireless router at the same
    time if they are all within range of the wireless router.

    There are many brands of routers. The one I have is a Linksys and if you
    go to their website ( I believe they have lots of
    information on setting up a network using a wireless router. Other
    brands are Dlink, Netgear, 3Com. Good luck.

    David Azose
    David Azose, Aug 20, 2006
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