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  1. SGB

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    We just subscribed to Mediacom's internet for our rental house. We added a wireless router. Renters can either just turn on their wireless enabled laptop and be on our network, or connect via a wire that is connected to the router if they have an ethernet card for a hardwire connection. No Mediacom sofware is required. Just open up IE or your favorite browser and you're on the internet. I don't know if it's worth it yet, but anything to make SoWal visitors able to get on sowal.com!
     
  2. yippie

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    No software is required for Sprint DSL either.

    Don't go to Cox whatever you do. They have SEVERE e-mail problems. I dropped them after a year and a half, SEVERE e-mail problems.

    I had Sprint DSL installed in both my home and office and am pleased so far. But, call Sprint directly, the resellers service, even though they claime it is Sprint, doesn't compare to Sprint Direct. I used Network Tallahassee, and have absolutely nothing good to say about them. Down more than up and a lot of the resellers use Network Tallahassee in this are.

    Many of my clients have complained about Mediacom being down a lot.
     
  3. aquaticbiology

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    oooh! - unsecured wireless internet - the cops (and anybody else with a laptop in their car) will be parked outside your house half the time and the porno kid in the house next door can use it for free too and you'll be registered as going to those sites! yay! thanks! wireless routers rule!
     
  4. Smiling JOe

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    ab, are you trying to scare people? It is pretty simple to create a password to access the wi-fi, and even easier to post that password in the beach house with simple instructions. You can even hide the network, so that it is invisible to those not in the know.
     
  5. katie blue

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    There used to be a webcam here that we all enjoyed until it bit the dust, many moons ago pre-Ivan. Ivan took it out I guess. BR, are you really thinking of setting up a cam? And if so, would it be left up much of the time? It would be incredible to see SoWal beach in real time once again.
     
  6. hutch

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    We have tried both Sprint DSL and Medicom. Online testing shows Medicom cable is much faster. If you are not uploading large files using Sprint DSL should be okay. Sprint has not upgrade their phone lines in our area and does cause some problems. Medicom has been down some, but usually fixed within a few hours.
     
  7. Beach Runner

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    Actually the old webcam was at the SoWal beach home of one of my neighbors and friends in GA. Great people BTW.

    The thing is, I disconnect my electronics when we're not here. Even if I left them on, if there were a power surge, I'd have to be here to log on again. Also, I wouldn't want to leave it out if we had renters here - they'd steal it or break it (assuming history repeats itself and our rental management company does jack sh** whenever something here is missing or damaged).

    I also can't get the gosh-darned new webcam (that my husband chose for me) to work. It's an Aiptek MiniPencam. Their tech support says you use NetMeeting to set up the website, but I see nothing in NetMeeting that lets you enter an ftp site to upload the webcam video to. Without that, I can see the video, but no one else can. I've re-emailed their tech support. If I can't get it working soon, I'm gonna go buy a different one.

    SJ - exactly (wrt the wireless)!
     
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  8. Beach Runner

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    Yay! I got 10 MB for a website on Earthlink after signing up for Sprint DSL. Gotta get my new website designed! OKAY, MY ARTIST DAUGHTER, MAKE ME A LAYOUT!

    I just ftp'ed this image because it was a birthday card sent to me by my sister - love the card (and my sister): http://home.earthlink.net/~beachrunner/
     
  9. aquaticbiology

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    never saw any leftovers around here either!

    sj and br - please make sure the folks passord protect their internet access, once most folks get that hi-speed running wirelessly, they just don't take the extra step to secure it. I wouldnt know if its easy to password protect as I dont support wireless internet since I usually end up needing to use the power plug anyhow so what's one more wire - I heard that it is sooooo easy to find unsecured wireless that if you're looking to check your e-mail just plug up the laptop in the car, turn on the computer and drive slow down any street
     
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  10. Beach Runner

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    Oh, yeah, I know about encryption and not broadcasting the SSID. Occasionally I go wardriving for grins (I live in a really boring town and my husband travels a lot). I talked about wardriving on another thread. What amazes me is whose wireless networks are not protected, such as GTPres - duh, let's guess who that is (I found this on wifimaps.com).
     
  11. Jdarg

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    What is wardriving?? :dunno:
     
  12. Smiling JOe

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    the practice of people driving around cities looking for insecure wireless networks
     
  13. Cil

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    Great beginning to the website.
    BTW
    What's leftover wine? ;-)
    We just switched to MediaCom (from GTcom) for our new rental on Cape San Blas. I hope it is an improvement, we should be here through March.
     
  14. Beach Runner

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    Yeah, I love that wine card.

    BTW I started wardriving at my daughter's apartment. I did it out of curiosity - she had cable modem and wireless of her own. I was surprised how many unsecured wireless networks there were in the apartment building and how many were named linksys. One of her neighbor's wireless networks was named "Yo' mamma." I got a better signal from that one than hers.
     
  15. Beach Runner

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    We signed up for Sprint 1.5 Mbs high-speed Internet for $34.99 a month. We already had Sprint local service (we use cell phones for long distance) that was costing us just under $20 per month. My first bill after adding this service was $178.45. Let's see, $20+$34.99=$178.45? Yes, I realize that there's some tax and maybe a first month installation charge, but I wasn't planning on that much. I've tried calling Sprint to get an explanation, but I get too frustrated trying to find someone there who knows what they're talking about.

    Anyone out there have Sprint local plus 1.5 Mbs Internet? Just curious what your monthly bill shakes out to be after the initial charges.
     
  16. scrltbegonya

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    What about broadband/wireless - excuse the lack of correct terminology - to take a laptop to the beach? More exactly to Grayton. Is that feasible? Or am I dreaming?
     
  17. Beach Runner

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    Are you looking for a wireless lounge, or wireless at a rental? At our house (which we rent out), we've just set up wireless Internet at 1.5 Mbs. We enjoy it, our guests will enjoy it.
     
  18. scrltbegonya

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    Live here. Want to use my laptop while sitting in the truck on the beach...
     
  19. Beach Runner

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    Naw, I'll just wardrive and illegally use your wireless network. Just like the cops do in our town. JUST KIDDING (about me, but not about the cops - they really do that - they park near the local college and use students' unprotected wireless networks). :floor:
     
  20. Jolive

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    I'm on Georgie Street in Point Washington and we have a bundled package with Mediacom (something like $106/month) which gives us Digital Cable (with HBO and Starz Channels) and a Cable Modem/High Speed Digital Internet. I LOVE the service...it's so fast. I use Sprint DSL at my office on Hwy 331 South (south of the bridge) and it is so slow compared to my high speed cable access at home. It crawls so we must be located on the periphery from the DSL station or whatever (isn't it that you must be within a certain radius to get DSL and the closer you are, the better the service?) What is frustrating is that we can't get the Cable Internet Service at the office because Mediacom doesn't service that area, even though it is only about 3 miles from where I live.
     

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