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wireles network hacks mods - briere D.

briere D. wireles network hacks mods - Wiley publishing, 2005. - 387 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-9583-0
Download (direct link): wirelesnetworkhacks.pdf
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^ CNET: CNET is one of the most venerable and reliable Internet news sites out there — with coverage of a huge variety of service, networking, and computer news. CNET is perhaps best known for its comparison reviews and Editor’s Choice awards, and their broadband coverage is no exception. You can use CNET to find their recommendations on broadband services, and then use their service finder to locate the cable or DSL providers who service your home. Find it at www.cnet.com.
Chapter 4: Wi-Fi and Broadband Connections
DSL Prime: You can find out what any DSL provider worldwide is working on at DSL Prime, a true insider’s resource for reading about the latest happenings in DSL. This is considered a must-read by those in the DSL industry, and if you like reading about what is going to happen soon in your territory, here’s a good place to start. Visit www.dslprime.com.
^ Local service provider Web sites: You should always also check on the Web sites of your local telephone company and cable company. At the very least, you’ll probably find a service area map that explains exactly where broadband is and is not available. In most cases, you can enter your phone number or address into a form on the Web page to find out exactly what you can and can’t receive.
These are just a few of the sites you can use for tracking down broadband services — if you visit our book’s companion Web site at www.digital dummies.com, you’ll find links to even more!
Affordability
Let’s get to the big issue for many people — broadband Internet just plain costs more than dial-up access. Unfortunately, we can’t change the laws of economics — this is just plain true. Building a broadband network is more expensive (although not a lot more expensive) than providing low-speed dialup Internet access over the existing telephony network.
The good news is this: The price differential between broadband and dial-up is decreasing every day as the big investments that broadband providers have made in their networks pay off — allowing them to lower their prices. But you should still expect to pay more for broadband than you do for dialup: Whereas “full-service” dial-up services like AOL or Earthlink cost $20-$25 a month, broadband services start off at about $10 more a month, and can run over $50 a month for premium super-high-speed services.
You get a lot more for your dollar with broadband — if you were to use a purely economic measure, you’d see that you get ten or more times the speed for only 50 percent more money, which is a good deal in our book. (And hey, this is our book!) If you are using a dedicated second phone line for your dial-up modem, just getting broadband in the first place would be cheaper.
If you want to save some money on broadband, it really pays to shop around. Here are some tips:
Generally, DSL is cheaper than cable Internet services — usually $10 or $15 a month cheaper (although in some areas, cable companies are lowering their prices to compete).
Look for promotional pricing — often half off or more for the first six months or a year. This lets you try broadband without breaking the bank.
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Part I: Making Your World Wireless
Look for a broadband provider who gives away the “modem” for the service for free — so you don’t have to put any up-front money into the service. Similarly, look for free “self-install” packages — no sense paying them money to “flip a switch” in their office.
^ Consider a bundled service — most cable and phone companies give you significant discounts if you also buy TV, local, and long distance phone services (or even mobile phone services) from them at the same time. With a bundle like this, you can get your broadband bill down to $30 or so a month — and get discounts on the other service to boot!
So you see, although we can’t tell you that broadband is going to be cheaper than dial-up, you can make it only a little bit more expensive. Combine that with the absolute benefits of broadband we’re about to discuss in the next section, and we think that we’ve made a home-run economic case for upgrading!
Who realty needs broadband anyway?
We hear this all the time: Yeah, I can get broadband at my house now, and yeah . . . it’s not too expensive, and it would be nice to have, but I don’t really need it, so I’m not going to bother. Usually, these folks don’t really use their Internet connection much due to the shortcomings of dial-up, not because they wouldn’t appreciate what broadband offers. Now as a couple of guys who have been involved in the broadband world since its early days, this is a discouraging thing to hear — but not so discouraging that we haven’t got a snappy comeback. So let us state this up front: If you’ve got a wireless network in your home, and you can possibly get it and fit it into your budget, you need to have broadband. Why? Here are just a few of the reasons:
Will I ever need dial-up again?
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