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madcow May 15, 2001 01:19 AM
DSL software
Any suggestions for good dsl software under OS9?

C-Eye May 15, 2001 10:54 AM
What kind of software do you need for DSL? Just plug it in, configure TCP/IP and you're good to go...

euro May 16, 2001 09:37 PM
You need something like MacPoet or EnterNet to connect unless you have a hardware router. Your DSL provider will typically give you the software. Personally, I think a router is MUCH more reliable, safe and easy. Well worth the extra bucks in my opinion.

C-Eye May 16, 2001 11:33 PM
Oh, I've had DSL through BellSouth and Telocity and both came with a hardware router (or 'DSL Modem') - I thought this was standard.

BTW - I don't recommend BellSouth, but I've been pretty happy with Telocity so far. BellSouth was going to charge me $150 to install just because I'm on a Mac, while Telocity shipped me the router and I was online in about 20 minutes. Service was on and off for a while, but it's been super stable for about a week straight.

yoyo52 May 17, 2001 12:19 AM
Telocity doesn't use the PPPoE protocol, so you don't need a router or software. The hardware theyship you is just the DSL modem, not a router.

Good luck with Telocity. I had it for about a month and quit after that time because they had such lousy service, constatnly off. I've been having a real hassle getting reconnected via another ISP, mostly it seems because Verizon, my "local" carrier, is full of dipsh!ts, it seems.

Anyway, if you do have a PPPoE connection, then you'll need the software that the ISP provides or, as euro says, a router. I'd vote for the router. I think I saw a really cheap deal at dealmac today, in fact.

And that's true too.--Shakespeare, King Lear
craigthomas May 17, 2001 01:43 AM
As said above, if you have PPPoE DSL (which is most popular since static IP addresses are running low), I'd advise a DSL router. This is NOT a modem. DSL routers enhance the PPPoE experience by allowing you to get on the Internet without promting any software. Open your browser, and you are ready to go. DSL routers also let you add more computers by simply plugging an ethernet cable to the extra ethernet ports on the back. Mine can go up to 256 computers using the same DSL line at the same time. Way more than I need, but I do utilize the multiple aspect none the less. They are super easy to set up with just a browser and your DSL settings from your ISP.

I have heard that Radio Shack has a Linksys (sp?) model for around $99.
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