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end of an era

My mother just informed me by email that she is signing up for DSL service (long time coming IMHO), but this means that she's going to cancel the computer phone line.  Kind of sad for me for some reason, as this line was the one I used to run my BBS on in high school and used it for AOL before that, racking up neverwinter nights hours like nobody's business.  And I used it for the shitty ISP I had in high school too, looking at pornography on the Usenet with text-only clients and reading my email with friggin' pine (seriously, pine).  Of course I had we had a 3rd line to the house for awhile for my dad's fax machine in the early 90s, and I used that for my BBS too for awhile, but it was mostly just the 2nd line.  Oh well.  I dunno if she'll want to cancel our AOL account, which we've had since something like 1992 or 1993.  Will I be able to use AIM still or what? 

I'm glad she got DSL as opposed to a cable modem b/c it's probably a little cheaper, and a cable line doesn't need to be run to the computer room.  Also, I can use my laptop upstairs in my bedroom when I come visit instead of having to use her computer.  I guess now it's time for me to get her a router so she can have hardware firewall (or do those little speedstream modems have any firewall in them?).  If I get her a WRT54G then I can just use my laptop anywhere in the house while I'm there.  That would be nice.



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Jan. 6th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
Get a linksys cable sharing router with wireless and firewall. Easy to find and cheap, too. I have one and it works great.
Jan. 8th, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
Do you know the model number for this? I've never heard of a cable-sharing router. Is this for cable modem use or DSL as well?
Jan. 8th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
I use a WRT54G. The cable hooks up to the modem and the modem hooks up to the router. Then everything - wired and wireless - shares the cable broadband connection. DSL works the same way.
Jan. 8th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Ohh okay. Yeah that's what I meant, That's what I do in my apartment, with DSL. That's what I was thinking to do at the house too. WRT54G is more difficult to find now as they've made several revisions to it, and they usually stock the newer smaller version. But Linksys made a good decision with the open-source so I want to get her on board too.
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