Yet another Broadband/network question

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Nick Fielding, Sep 16, 2003.

  1. Hey, I am at uni and have got a private house for my second year where
    broadband is available. We have 4 computers, a zonet zfs3008 auto mdix 8
    port Ethernet switch, 3 straight cables and one cross over. We haven't
    subscribed to a broadband service yet.

    Can anybody tell me which broadband service would be best for our set-up?
    and whether we would need any new equipment, being penny-pinching students
    we would prefer to use the equipment we already have.

    Nick Fielding, Sep 16, 2003
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  2. Nick Fielding

    awm Guest

    What ever you do don't go for BT Yahoo the mail and news servers are
    dreadful and for the full range of services you will have to use a
    Yahoo customised broweser.

    Look around some ISPs are selling essentially the same product for 10
    pounds less per month. Also be aware that the Alcatel modem supplied in
    most ADSL package can be very picky about the USB port it is connected
    too -- most VIA chipset USB ports just don't work well with it.

    As for how to connect sugest you go for "wires only" and go for a cheap
    Conexant chipset modem-router either single ethernet+USB or 4 ether net
    + USB -- diffrence in prices is only about 10 quid, 45 instead of 35
    +p&p. The router will give you a nats firewall for extra protection.
    Also make sure each pC on your network has proper virus and firewall
    protection as the risks with an always on connection are much greater.

    Be aware that if you down load truly masive downloads on a regular basis
    most ADSL ISP will put you in a contention ratio ghetto with other band
    width hoggers.

    You might also want to consider a ISP that gives you a fixed IP addrss
    with no extra charge.
    awm, Sep 16, 2003
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