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BuildOrBuy Broadband Connections:
  1. BPL - Broadband Over Power Line
  2. DialUp - Modem DialUp Networking
  3. Firewalls:
  4. Network Protocols & Windows TCP/IP Tweak Settings: Understanding RWIN & MTU values.
  5. Routers: - Networking Routers, Dual WAN Routers and Routers with BackUp DialUp.
  6. Security: - Computer & Homeland Security
  7. Telecommunications Topics: Telecommunications Act of 1996.
  8. Wireless:
images/bullet2.gifwww.intel.com - Broadband Wireless Technology:
Broadband Rules!

For Broadband, we have mainly 2 realistic choices - Cable or DSL. Cable is easier to setup and configure. Cable initially offers a higher throughput whereas DSL may be easier to get and for many Users. Cable is currently the only option for many Users. Whichever Broadband you select, we strongly encourage the following:

  1. Get a Hardware Router!
  2. Get a Software / Hardware Firewall.
  3. Keep your Antivirus software current!
  4. Implement SPAM Protection! Greater Bandwidth requires greater responsibility.
  5. IF and when you go Wireless, keep it safe and lock out the riff raff.

When seeking to secure a Broadband Internet Service Provider (ISP), be careful and research to be sure you're getting what you think you're paying for. You'll find some resellers repackaging services from AOL. Now how many ways can you repackage AOL? Take a look @ Circuit City Broadband offerings. Most all of those Broadband solutions are AOL concentric. OK if that's what you really want.

And... For those Users requiring more Bandwidth requiring Broadband Aggregation by combining disparate Broadband sources, get a Dual WAN Router with Load Balancing! See: Router Recommendations.

  1. SBC ups the ante in broadband war CNET News.com: "SBC, the second-largest phone company in the United States, announced Wednesday that it will reduce the price of its DSL service for new subscribers to $14.95!" (6/2/2005)
  2. Gear Source: DSL Warehouse provides DSL Modems and Routers
  3. Broadband Internet Access with Windows 98 Second Edition (6/19/2002).
  4. images/bullet2.gifBroadband users cut into cable - Tech News - CNET.com (6/4/2002).
  5. images/bullet2.gife-inSITE - The Electronics Industry Knowledge Network: Broadband Breaking News (6/3/2002).
  6. images/bullet2.gifExtremeTech.com:  Push Is On for National Broadband Strategy (5/30/2002).
  7. images/bullet2.gifTechTV Kill DNS Errors for Faster Broadband (5/15/2002).
  8. images/bullet2.gifSecurityFocus HOME News Cable Modem Hacking Goes Mainstream - Keep It Legal! (5/11/2002).
  9. images/bullet2.gifCable-Modems.Org - Your cable modem reference (5/11/2002).
  10. images/bullet2.gifwww.surfboardhack.com OneStep (5/11/2002).

 

Affordable Broadband, for most of us, can be either Cable or DSL depending upon your location and preference. Below are Links to help in understanding Broadband. Welcome!

  1. ../images/bullet2.gifWe suggest using DSL - DSLreports.com - the place for BROADBAND to get a more accurate assessment of service providers in your area. Remember: Knowledge is power only when acted upon. Use the knowledge wisely to make a smart buying decision.
  2. ../images/bullet2.gifDSLnuts Cablenut (Same as www.broadbandnuts.com) Great source of tweaks and tests!
  3. broadbandreports.com - the place for BROADBAND (6/27/2002).
  4. Southwestern Bell Internet - Windows XP - DSL Internet
  5. ../images/bullet2.gifSpeedGuide.net - The Broadband Source, Pure PC Performance!
  6. ../images/bullet2.gifDSL FAQ
  7. ../images/bullet2.gifExtremeTech.com:  Internet Connection Tweaking (2/11/02).
  8. T A L K B R O A D B A N D . C O M

 

Concerned about Your Broadband Access?
  1. Briefly Cox posts lower profit, higher revenue CNET News.com: Bandwidth... At a Premium! "Road Runner zip-bangs to 6mbps..." (7/31/2004)
  2. Broadband numbers show heightened demand CNET News.com: (10/31/2003).
  3. Cable beats DSL in speed race CNET News.com: (4/26/2003).
  4. pcmag.com - Broadband: The Complete Guide to Broadband (1/21/2003).
  5. Research: CableLabs Home: Revolutionizing Cable Technology
  6. images/bullet2.gifNewMedia.com: Tauzin-Dingell Easily Passes House: Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act gains wide support; Senate passage unlikely (3/7/2002).
  7. images/bullet2.gifFrom Jack Hamilton: Ma, Ma, Ma Bell... Tauzin-Dingell Bell Alerts / Who Let The Dogs Out! Voices For Choices - "Congressmen have introduced legislation to Reopen the Telecom Act of 1996 and give Phone Giants special favors." (2/25/2002).
  8. ../images/bullet2.gifBroadband Solutions Magazine Inbox Subscription Form (1/26/2002).
  9. ../images/bullet2.gifFront Page - Broadband Week Online (1/23/2002).
  10. ../images/bullet2.gifCable Modem Help - Answers for cablemodem users (1/30/2002).
  11. vnunet.com Cable modem speeds set to triple (1/18/2002).
  12. CommWeb: Cable Modems - Shared networks in which the high-speed Internet access depends on how many customers are using the Web simultaneously (May 17, 2002).
  13. ../images/bullet2.gifExtremeTech.com: Broadband security - Got Broadband? You're Under Attack (06/12/2001).
  14. Southwestern Bell Internet - Windows XP: DSL Internet

    DSL Modem compatibility with SWBELL & Windows XP using WinXP Built In DSL Driver Software (PPPoE).  ...more.

  15. ActivatorDesk - Desktop Security for DSL Cable Broadband Connectivity - - First beta release will be available soon!

  16. ActivatorDesk Internet Desktop - Speed and Security for your Windows and Internet

  17. DSL - DSLreports.com - the place for BROADBAND!

  18. Navas Cable Modem/DSL Tuning Guide -
  19. Nexland Online: ISB Pro800turbo - Dual Modem Ports, 8 Port 10/100 Switch w/ Serial +

    2 Modem Ports that Load Balance 2 Broadband Connections! See: Routers.

 

Win2000 Users:

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Web Development, Gill Boyd & Team - Posted 08-11-2001, Updated 08-28-01; Revised 04/26/2008