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DirecTV DSL -- What do you folks think?
Posted 07 August 2002 - 01:45 AM
What do you folks think?
I currently use America Online, but the reason I haven't gone with a cable or DSL modem is whether it'll be easier for people to hack into my computer. Also, the monthly cost is steep. I'm thinking DSL and cable modems have to come down in price, over time. (Don't know how much time, exactly.)
Is there any DirecTV subscribers who have DirecTV DSL, and would like to comment? (P.S. DirecTV says this offer is good until August 31, 2002. The $24.99 for the first three months is five dollars less than what is stated on the Internet. The web page, if you're interested is: http://www.directvds...fer/newoffer12.)
Posted 07 August 2002 - 04:31 AM
The "hacking" into your PC - yes it's possible, but there are things you can do to secure your PC. Did you know that hackers can get into your PC while you are connected via Dialup, too ?
On my DSL connection, I'm using a firewall that does NAT (Network address Translation), this allows me to share my DSL connection to other computers in the house, and also provides some protection since my PC isn't directly on the Internet. You can also get software that does this firewall protection as well (and it would work over dialup as well).
Posted 07 August 2002 - 06:30 AM
I'm just sorry DSL isn't available where I live.
Posted 07 August 2002 - 11:15 AM
I have used the service for about a year now and I have been very satisfied with it. DirecTV DSL provides a static (unchanging) IP number which may be helpful if you want to host a website or some other function on your PC at home. They also provide 5 or 10 megs of stoage space on their computers for hosting a website.
Their email is good. They offer one hour per month of 1-800 dial in access at no cost for travelling.
I agree that a hardware firewall is a good idea; you can get one with a bridge and switch so you can link more than one computer to the 'net (and each other, of course). I have a unit that also provides wireless networking capabilities. The are some that have printer hookups so you can network a printer, but you can also print through a printer hooked up to another computer.
I also use firewall software on my PCs--Zone Alarm--free for personal use.
Posted 07 August 2002 - 02:46 PM
Posted 07 August 2002 - 02:47 PM
Posted 07 August 2002 - 02:54 PM
With cable I occasiaonally fly but often slow to a crawl since the connection is shared. But that really can vary by area. Interestingly Cox is my provider too but I miss DSL.
Posted 07 August 2002 - 02:58 PM
Posted 07 August 2002 - 08:27 PM