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Bill M.
07-29-08, 07:02 PM
On Tue, 29 Jul 2008 17:11:11 -0500, "rick" <itzmine@earthlink.net>
wrote:

>After 15 years of 2-3 kbs download speeds we finally have the option of
>getting cable internet through Charter in St. Louis and instead of renting
>the modem and router for $10 a month I would like to purchase my own but I'm
>new to this equipment and looking for suggestions.

Suggestions are basically opinions, and here's mine. I would agree to
use their modem at first, just to make sure that part is working fine
before you swap it out for one of your own after a month or three.
When you do buy a modem, I am partial to the Motorola Surfboard
series. If you shop around and wait for a sale, you can sometimes find
the current model essentially free after rebate, or close to it.

>I checked on Newegg and I think the Linksys WRT54GL router along with the
>D-link DCM 202 modem will do the trick but not sure?

I have a couple of WRT54GL's and like them very much. Highly
recommended. For this part of the local network, I would jump in right
away and buy the WRT54GL without temporarily renting Charter's stuff.

>I plan to have my computer as the main and the wife and daughters pickup
>through a network card and not sure which network card to choose from.

Wired or wireless? Most desktop PC's come with a wired connection,
while laptops generally come with both wired and wireless
capabilities.

If you're buying from Newegg, which I recommend, you're fairly safe
using the user reviews & ratings as a rough guide to what works.

>Also if it makes any difference on the equipment I would like to play around
>with the DirecTV on demand feature sometime in the future.

I don't know anything about that or how it would be affected by your
local network.

--
Bill

rick
07-30-08, 05:58 PM
"Bill M." <wbillups@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> On Tue, 29 Jul 2008 17:11:11 -0500, "rick" <itzmine@earthlink.net>
> wrote:
>
>>After 15 years of 2-3 kbs download speeds we finally have the option of
>>getting cable internet through Charter in St. Louis and instead of renting
>>the modem and router for $10 a month I would like to purchase my own but
>>I'm
>>new to this equipment and looking for suggestions.
>
> Suggestions are basically opinions, and here's mine. I would agree to
> use their modem at first, just to make sure that part is working fine
> before you swap it out for one of your own after a month or three.
> When you do buy a modem, I am partial to the Motorola Surfboard
> series. If you shop around and wait for a sale, you can sometimes find
> the current model essentially free after rebate, or close to it.
>
>>I checked on Newegg and I think the Linksys WRT54GL router along with the
>>D-link DCM 202 modem will do the trick but not sure?
>
> I have a couple of WRT54GL's and like them very much. Highly
> recommended. For this part of the local network, I would jump in right
> away and buy the WRT54GL without temporarily renting Charter's stuff.
>
>>I plan to have my computer as the main and the wife and daughters pickup
>>through a network card and not sure which network card to choose from.
>
> Wired or wireless? Most desktop PC's come with a wired connection,
> while laptops generally come with both wired and wireless
> capabilities.
>
> If you're buying from Newegg, which I recommend, you're fairly safe
> using the user reviews & ratings as a rough guide to what works.
>
>>Also if it makes any difference on the equipment I would like to play
>>around
>>with the DirecTV on demand feature sometime in the future.
>
> I don't know anything about that or how it would be affected by your
> local network.
>
> --
> Bill


Thanks for the info, I will purchase a modem and if for some reason it gives
any hiccups during installation I'll rent Charters for a month or so and
figure out the problem from there.

Thanks,
Rick