Switching from DSL to Cable. Help!


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CritterKeeper
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I am considering switching form my ISP to Comcast cable for my internet connection. So here's my question... Has anyone else done this? And... can I do it myself, or should i pay the $25.00 to have them to do it? The $25 isn't the main problem actually... The main problem is making the new internet wireless. I honestly have no clue how this whole cable internet works. I currently have a wireless router all set up... how difficult will it be to hook that up to the new cable thingy? Comcast want $150 to do it. That seems ridiculous to me. So any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!

Thanks in advance my fellow geeks!

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CritterKeeper
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Re: Switching from DSL to Cable. Help!

Followup--- I made the switch. Easy as pie. Did it all myself. Even drilling holes through the floor so as not to have to run the cable wire throughthe upstairs. Didn't even need to change a setting or reset my router. Thanks guys!

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Re: Switching from DSL to Cable.
CritterKeeper wrote:

Even drilling holes through the floor so as not to have to run the cable wire through the upstairs.

Oh man, i would not have tried THAT myself!

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CritterKeeper wrote:

Even drilling holes through the floor so as not to have to run the cable wire through the upstairs.

Oh man, i would not have tried THAT myself!

I know you're jealous *struts* LOL.... I'm a weirdo when it comes to that stuff... made no sense to me on why I should have a stupid wire tacked to my wall, when it could go under the floor! 

Note to anyone doing this... Don't try using a regular drill bit, regardless of how many time you think it looks long enough and like it'll work. Get one of those foot long drill bits. Trust me.

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One time i had to jackhammer through the concrete floor to get to a section of permanently blocked drain pipe (longgg story).. I hit a water pipe with the jackhammer and flooded the whole kitchen.. Since then i leave anything more complicated than changing a lightbulb to professionals..

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I'm sure THAT made The Geek very very happy Tongue

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we no longer speak of the "Clogged pipe incident of 1999"

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Re: Switching from DSL to Cable.

we were faced with a similar situation with our plumbing under the foundation. mr. man (aka the hubby) can be quite handy but wanted to do it himself. the whole pile o dirt in the middle of the dining room but thank the gods he finally gave into my nagging for a professional before he started that project. i almost lost him in a hole under the house once...another long story. lol

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Re: Switching from DSL to Cable. Help!

I made that switch, and they did the "installation" for free because it was part of a promo. In my case, though, I needed a new cable line run from the outside into the house, so I wasn't even going to try that one myself. I wasn't really sure how cable worked, and I mentioned to the guy we might want to move the main computer upstairs later - he quoted me that $150 you're talking about. Totally unnecessary. It's the same as DSL except it plugs in with a cable wire (same one that goes in your TV) instead of a phone cord and phone jack. Beyond that, it's all exactly the same. If you've set up DSL, you'll have no problem setting up cable, in my opinion.

Wireless is just a matter of getting a wireless router. I'd never done that either. I just went to the store, asked a random electronics guy what I needed to buy to make it happen, he sold me a wireless router, and I followed the very easy instructions that came with it. Just make sure you do the password thing.

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Re: Switching from DSL to Cable. Help!

the basic connectivity to cable is simple.. plug your cable-wire into the cable modem, then plug the cable modem Ethernet wire into your PC or your router - anyone can do this.

The making it wireless part should not be difficult - but the exact steps will depend on the equipment they give you.. assuming it's a wireless router/cable modem, you plug it into the cable wire, then plug an ethernet wire from a computer into it (you need to configure it) - open your browser and go to the wireless web-interface (they need to tell you the URL).. once in the configuration page you set your WPA password and SSID(the share name) and that's probably about it.. then you fire up your wireless laptop (you will have to know how to use the wireless software on your laptop), tell it to connect to your new wireless router, enter the password, and you're done.

*EDIT: the only other thing to consider is that if your DSL required any kind of 'dialing' software, or has any software installed on your computer(Drunk that controls your IP settings, you may have to remove/change it.

if they give you a regular (non wireless) cable-modem, then you plug your existing wireless box into the cable modem (probably have to restart it), and thats probably about it - you may have to refer to your wireless box instructions if anything doesnt work, but on newer equipment it should be nearly automatic.

Either way - if you have the documentation for the wireless box, it's pretty easy.

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Re: Switching from DSL to Cable. Help!

Maybe also turn off SSID broadcast. That way your network name is not put out there for people to connect to it in the first place. Or just create on hell of a password. Or both. Yeah both. Just don't rent a wireless router from them. A co-worker got suckered into that. They charge her an extra five dollars a month for wireless router rental. I explained to her that in 6 to 8 months that router would have been paid off if she bought one instead. But you said you won one so you should be fine. 

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