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Creating A Home Network: Fee?

My roommates and I are about to sign up for either earthlink or road runner's high speed "lite" cable internet service. I am not 100% about Roadrunner but Earthlink claims that if we want to share access to the connection amongst 3 computers in our home that we will have to also pay 7.95 a month for something they call "Earthlink Home Network." Has anyone else encountered this? They insist that we won't be able to share the connection, it sounds like a way for earthlink to scam 7.95 a month to me. I was under the impression that once we pay for a high speed in connection in our home we can connect a router and share it as we please.

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Router. . .

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If you use them to share, they're acting like a router and they charge for that. Get your own router, any good brand, I use D-link. Put a NIC in each PC, connect the router to the modem and each PC to the router. Use wired or wireless if the PCs have wireless capability. Done. If you want to keep each PC private from the others, do not turn on File and Printer Sharing. If you want to share files/printers, turn it on.


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Create our own home network

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Creating A Home network: Fee?

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Some ISP's have the ability to monitor the number of systems connected to their system at a time. I don't claim to know the details of it, but have been hearing more and more about tierd browsing (IE charging more for networking, downloading video's, etc.) Before signing anything I would look at your TOS (terms of service(, It would have to be mentioned in the TOS if they must license multiple computers accessing their network at the same time.

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