Comcast is cable internet. It kills DSL as far as speed and if you want to upload, you need it.
All you need is a wireless router, no monthly charge if you buy your own. Depending on how the apartment is set up you may need a modem, you'll have to check with them or Comcast. Just set up your wireless modem and have it talk to the laptop. It's really easy. Just use the Quick Start CD that will come with the router and it'll set up everything and security.
If you can pick up other signals, how secure do you think it is?
I want to get internet service for my home. I live in zip 37217. I have NEVER had anything but dial up from AOL, and I haven't even had that in about 6 years. I am currently using my BlackBerry as a modem, which is slow and irritating. Our apartment complex has some sort of an exclusive deal with Comcast so they are my only option as far as DSL goes. I would like to avoid using their service at almost any cost. I only need something fast enough for uploading pictures, watching video online, downloading updates and the like. When we moved in here, I was able to pick up signals from Netgear and Belkin on my laptop. With these services is there a security issue? Do you puchase the hardware and pay a monthly fee? Do you have to get internet service through another company? I don't really understand how this works, and I am wondering if this would be a better option. Also, what all would I need to buy? I have an HP laptop that's just over a year old with Vista and a built in wireless card. Any other alternatives would be appreciated as well. Thanks!