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Time for a change?

I'm thinking of changing Internet providers. It's not that I have any issue with my current provider, but I'm kind of tired of paying seperate bills to seperate entities for my Internet, telephony, and TV. My cable company now has a special offer on, valid until the 31st, of free installation and a digibox thrown in if I make the switch. There's also the possibility of having a wireless Internet connection set up, which they won't do for free, but still...it's tempting...

I'm not happy with where my computer is currently set up, in the bedroom. I want to move it back to the study, where it was when I first moved into this flat. Obviously then, I didn't have Internet access; and I only moved the PC into my own bedroom because at the time, there was someone staying with me and using the study as their bedroom. Since that person's left, the study doesn't really get used anymore except for storage, and I find that quite an annoying waste of the available floor space in my flat. As I understand it, having wireless Internet installed will allow me to set the PC up anywhere I want.

Question is, though: will it allow my neighbours or any waif and stray off the street to access the Internet on my costs as well?

I think I'll need to ponder this some more. Like I said, the offer's still valid till the end of the month.

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hesadevil
Jan. 24th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
will it allow my neighbours or any waif and stray off the street to access the Internet on my costs as well?
Not if you lock it with the security key password. When I boot up the wi-fi at home, I can 'see' 3 or 4 others belonging to neighbours. All of them are protected.
gamiila
Jan. 24th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Ah...well, that's alright then. But now I'm sure I need wi-fi to hook up just one desktop PC...
caegey
Jan. 24th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if you set up a firewall, then people will be able to see the connection and also see that it is secure. Having wireless is great, especially if you have a laptop. Then you can move about anywhere in your home and have access. However, if you only have a desktop and will only have the computer in one place, it might not be worth the extra costs.
gamiila
Jan. 24th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
However, if you only have a desktop and will only have the computer in one place, it might not be worth the extra costs.

That's a very good point; I hadn't thought of that!
meko00
Jan. 24th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
You know, I have a telephone landline and Internet from the same company, but I still get separate bills because they like to mess with us. So...

My parents have wi-fi and like the others have mentioned it's possible to protect it with a password. But I must say the range through walls could be better (though it could just be issues with the house). And really, though it's great for visitors with laptops, if you're only using one computer it might be better in the long run just to install another outlet -- it would depend on the cost, of course. And those free digiboxes have not a very good reputation for quality, at least around here. (We've made the change to digital recently.)

But I agree that it's not ideal to have the computer in your bedroom.
gamiila
Jan. 24th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Food for thought. I'm certainly going to have a re-think as far as the whole wi-fi is concerned...and maybe even the need to switch providers.
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