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I have been on a dial-up modem for years and could easily tell if I was on line by looking for the little flashing modem or the two computers in the task bar. I have been on Road Runner cable for two days and can see no indication if I am on or off line.

Am I connected and on line just by turning on the computer? If so, how do I get off line short of turning off the modem which causes strange messages from the computer about finding another LAN or some such.

Thanks

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Cable is an "Always On" connection. The modem connects to the NIC in the PC and is always connected. When the PC is on, you are connected to the net. If you want to disconnect, unplug the Ethernet cord from the NIC, or unplug the cable coax from the cable modem. You may get an alert or error message, but that's just the way it works. It's designed to be always connected.

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Thanks for your help. Not really happy to be online when I am doing checkbook balancing and such.

Guess I will get a quick disconnect for the coax on the modem---

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may i ask why it concerns you?
ive been on cable for yrs thats one reason you pay for its allways on. if your worried about security do you run a firewall, good virus program thats up todate, plus run anti spyware software?

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If anybody could see your checkbook figures while you were working on it, they probably could see it just as easily while you're browsing or e-mailing. That doesn't really make a difference, except for the time frame.

So better have a good protection around, and keep everybody out whatever you do. Then you'll find appreciate that mail comes flowing in while you're doing the books, without the need to dial-up to check it.

Kees

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With cable, it's an "always on" connection.
If your PC is on, you are online. If it's off, then you are offline.

IF your modem has a standby button, you can use that to go offline and still leave your PC on.

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Right click on My Network Places (either in start bar or on your desktop)
Go to Properties, and
Right Click on Local Area Connection (this is where you can disconnect broadband). At the bottom of the screen put a
check mark in Show icon. You'll now see whenever there is traffic. I would also recommend getting ZoneAlarm. It has an option for you to "Stop All Internet Activity".

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