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Posted: 10/22/2001 12:06:47 PM EDT
I can save $10 a month if I buy my own cable modem. What models do you guys like? Here are my choices: 3Com CMX2940 CMS29220 3CR29220 3CR29221 3CR29223 Arris/Nortel CM100 CM200 CM200U BestData CMX100 CMZ110 COM21 DP1010 DP101 DP111 DP1110 Doxport 1110 Ericsson PipeRider HM200C Motorola SB2100 SB3100 SB4100 Thompson/RCA DCM105 DCM205 DCM215 DCM225 DCM226 DCM235 DCM235R Toshiba DAZ8801 DAZ8811 DAZ8813 PCX1100 PCX1100U Zoom 5011(external modem only) What do ya'all think?
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 12:26:19 PM EDT
Only $10? My crappy cable company gave me $15 off of the service for owning mine, so I reasoned that within a year's time I would save enough jack to have paid for the modem. I went with the Toshiba PCX 1100 and have had good luck with it, but don't have any experience with the other models mentioned so that I could comment one way or another. I would say that as long as you plan on living in an area where cable internet service is available, you may as well buy a modem. It beats giving the cable company any more of your money than necessary and you'll have a little something to show for it.
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 12:28:20 PM EDT
I'm pretty sure the one I have is called a "Surfboard" (not sure, I'm not at home right now) and it's been excellent.
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 12:33:21 PM EDT
I'm pretty sure the one I have is called a "Surfboard" (not sure, I'm not at home right now) and it's been excellent.
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Surfboard is correct, but I couldn't tell you who makes it. A guy at work had one that he leased from the cable company, but couldn't find one available anywhere when he was ready to buy (cable company sells modems, just not the one you're leasing). It was a good modem, but he wound up getting the same Toshiba model as me. It was a pain in the ass to reconfigure things, but once it was done he's had good service from it, too.
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 12:33:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Malpaso: I'm pretty sure the one I have is called a "Surfboard" (not sure, I'm not at home right now) and it's been excellent.
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Got the same "Surfboard" modem, don't know exact model number, didn't have any problems with it. Shameless plug, I switched over to DSL and don't have a need for it anymore - if anybody wants it, I'll let it go for $65 shipped.
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 12:45:52 PM EDT
Surfboards are the Motorola cable modems. While Motorola makes a fine product, anything you hook up to the AT&T cable service will be screwed up by those imbeciles. Somehow their service interferes with your ability to access the web pages that live inside of your cable modem, and in my case, my home router. AT&T SUCKS.
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 2:13:24 PM EDT
3Com just announced that they will no longer be producing broadband/cable devices. (and the "CMX" was notorious for dropping sync under load) The Motorolas seem nice.
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 2:44:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Weiseguy: AT&T SUCKS.
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Yup, AT&T sure does suck (more downtime than up) reason why I went to DSL when it became available in my 'hood.
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 2:52:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/22/2001 2:47:36 PM EDT by BKVic]
Ive got Road Runner cable internet and use the Surfboard,have never had a problem with it. My cable company gives you the use of the modem for free but for all I know they could have a higher monthly rate then you all are paying. And by the way, $65 is an outstanding deal on the modem, I saw a new one in Sundays paper at Circuit City going for $199. BKVic
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 2:52:12 PM EDT
Try this link for good info on modems. They have a link that compares many different brands. [url]www.cable-modems.org/[/url]
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 2:55:00 PM EDT
i have the toshiba pcx1100 and it works great
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 3:00:27 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 3:13:23 PM EDT
I have AT&T @home I love it 3445/128 speeds Motorola surfboard SB3100 works for me
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 3:25:48 PM EDT
Originally Posted By tattoo: i love my dsl, btw i want to hook up another computer to this dsl moden anyone tell me a good way to do it other then a $200 dsl hub?
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How about $99 (or less in some places) for a router? The Linksys BEFSR41 is a popular choice. Some people like Netgear's too. [img]http://www.practicallynetworked.com/reviews/images/befsr41.gif[/img] I just hooked one up for a friend the other day...it was as easy as filling out a form on a web site.
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 3:33:18 PM EDT
tattoo, http://www.pricewatch.com/ and look under "Networking Other" look for DSL/Cable routers and start from there. I just saw a D-Link DSL router for 61 dollars. Another one of my favorite good deal sites is: http://www.ubid.com Note: Ubid has a great reputation, some of the dealers on pricewatch are so-so but they have low prices. When purchasing on UBid, make sure you are buying from the UBid warehouse, private sellers can sell on there as well.
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 4:27:43 PM EDT
I am an ISP Admin for a local cable company. We have bi-directional communication with our modems and I would only use 1 type. We have tried many, many, many modems and the clear winner is the SurfBoard 4100. It just kicks butt. Toshiba and Bay Networks made decent ones, and 3com no longer produces any. Trust me, SB4100 all the way
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 5:11:23 PM EDT
I've been using a Best Data Model CMX110 without any problems so far but I would like an on/off switch on it. Bought it at CompUSA.
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 5:19:46 PM EDT
Bite the bullet and get a low-end Cisco router on the aftermarket (with all the dot coms bailing there's an abundance of this equip). It's static IP friendlier if your cable company offers the service. I got a Cisco UBR-924 with the 4 port hub. Love it. Time Warner is putting out 4MB down 2 up for $540 a month. Just so happens that the UBR-924 is what they put out to their clients who don't have one. $540/month is a lot to pay for BUT... I got two servers full of low-end website host clients paying me $20/month average. None of their sites even come close to getting any real traffic so I get to surf @ 4MB and put a couple grand in my pocket a month.
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 5:21:21 PM EDT
Skip the com21. I am stuck with one for the moment. It looks (and acts) like a toy. Very unreliable.
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 5:59:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 6:41:12 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 7:19:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/22/2001 7:14:42 PM EDT by ShortyAK]
3com makes excellent networking products (I have used their SuperStack line in a number of installations). The $9 ethernet hub you found is only for connecting Ethernet devices, not for routing or running NAT (network address translation). What type of IP configuration does your ISP use? Will you have multiple static IPs or will you need to distribute from a single IP address? The answers to these questions will determine what other hardware you will need. [edited to fix my chimplike typing] Shorty
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 8:31:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 9:40:46 PM EDT
Ok, first, you need to make sure your DSL modem connects to your computer via Ethernet (not USB). Ethernet is a networking type using telephone-like connectors (a little wider) and category 5 cables. You will need to connect your two PCs to a hub/router. I have used the Netgear Cable/DSL router with much success. It includes a 4 port hub. It will take the single address supplied by your ISP and make it usable to all your systems. Here's a link to one [url]http://shop3.outpost.com/product/61257/[/url] It's pretty easy to do this by just following the instructions included in the package. Email me if you have any specific questions. Shorty
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 9:44:31 PM EDT
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