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DSL modem - can I buy/install my own, is compatibility a pro

by Razzzberri / May 8, 2008 11:21 AM PDT

My Mickey Mouse phone company (Citizen's Telecom/Frontier Communications) wants an arm and a leg to "rent" their 356k DSL wireless modem each month. But they say I can buy one from a third party, & they'll hook it up for $25. I'd like to be able to buy & intall one myself, but I'm not sure which type I'll need, which manufacturer is best. Gateway, 2 Wire, or whichever company can provide the cheapest that will do the job. I am a senior citizen, running MAC OSX10.4.11. Can anyone advise me? Every penny counts.


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Just sharing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 8, 2008 9:42 PM PDT

I loaned my DSL modem to a neighbor for troubleshooting. So while hookup is a breeze sometimes they must do that step if a wiring change is required in some external box. But you should be able to install the thing.

But back to setup. I can't count how many know knowthing about PPPoE. If you don't you may not be ready to install.

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I can set up the network preferences...
by Razzzberri / May 9, 2008 12:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Just sharing.

I can set up any acct information, preferences, etc - just need to know what DSL modem would be easiest and most compatible with my provider and my MAC OS.

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So you know PPPoE?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 9, 2008 12:16 AM PDT

If not, let them do it the first time. Also if you didn't research PPPoE. It shows you may have issues.

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dsl set-up
by rudster2005 / May 9, 2008 12:43 AM PDT
In reply to: So you know PPPoE?

call the geeksquad and have them come to your home and take care of it and also get a tune-up and it,s all covered if you have a problem down the road. Sometimes we just have to pay!

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I've installed a modem before..l
by Razzzberri / May 9, 2008 1:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Just sharing.

At my FL home, I've installed a PPPoE (point-to-point protocol over ethernet) ethernet modem and separate wireless router on an AT&T line successfully. I want to try it myself on this phone line from Mickey Mouse telecom, but I need to know what type wireless DSL modem works best with my MAC OS.

This phone company charges $19.99 per month for dial-up so slow that the connection times out before pages load. Its cost for the "light" (cheapest) DSL is $29.99, + $3.99 for modem rental. I'll only use it for 6 mos of my one year mandated contract, so instead of paying $33.98 a month for 12 months, I'll effectively be paying $67.96 per month actual usage. Mickey Mouse telecom has no provision for temporarily suspending service, as other companies do. I don't want to pay them 1 cent more than necessary!!

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There you go.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 9, 2008 2:03 AM PDT

Writing just a bit more tells me you shouldn't have any issue. I didn't know that you had setup this before or what country you were in.

Go for it.

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Which has best support for MAC?
by Razzzberri / May 9, 2008 2:08 AM PDT
In reply to: There you go.

THANX for everything, now...

LINKSYS has lousy support for MAC, any clues about which manufacturer has decent support?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 9, 2008 2:34 AM PDT

But you don't need it. For a setup with modem then a router you just have the router do the PPPoE login.

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