Internet service with cable company, pros and cons?

  1. I was wondering if anyone has their internet service through their cable company? Hubby and I were thinking about it, we currently have Compu Serve and are not thrilled with it. I was wondering if you have your internet through the cable can more than one computer in the house go on at the same time, do you need a special box for it like cable channels? Remember I am a computer retard so any advise is greatly appreciated. Also, what is the average cost for this service, are you glad you have it, would you go back to the dial up service?

    So many questions, sorry.
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Angelica
    I get my internet through Adelphia. Sure is fast! I'll never go back to dial-up. I'm not really sure what I pay. My internet and cable are on the same bill. It's about $80. They gave me a modem box when they started my service. I imagine an extra connection would cost more, but I'm not sure. Probably depends on the company.
  4. by   Katnip
    I have mine through Adelphia also. Compared to dial-up it's awesome. The only time I had a disconnect was when my husband was fooling around and accidently unplugged a router. We have 4 computers on the service.

    We bought our own modem and router because we're networked. I think they were about $20-30 each. Can't swear by it. Not sure what the monthly bill is with the cable TV either. It's more than satellite and dial-up with an extra phone line, but not by a whole lot.
  5. by   Ted
    Of course there is the occasional glitch, but boy. . .

    Cable Modems ROCK!!!

    I get up to 1400 kbps with my cable modem! (Kilobytes per second!)

    When I used a dial up modem (which I've since taken out of my computer), I was getting around 26 kbps.

    1400 kbps verses 26 kbps. . . I think we can all agree that this just plainly rocks!

    Of course I pay $44.00 per month for this speed! But I do use it a lot, though. I upkeep two small web sites (three, actually), down load programs (that I PAID for, by the way!) and listen to lots of music when I can.

    Here's a web site that will show you the speed of your internet connection: Speed Check

    Cheers!

    Ted
  6. by   debralynn
    The speed counter said I had 1041! I guess thats ok. I have mine thru my cable, I pay $40.00. It takes only a few seconds to download music compared to dial up, which seems to take forever!
  7. by   nursegoodguy
    Yes I have it through my cable company and it is Great! You need a special modem that they usually rent you for like $5. and you can connect all your computers via (it's either a hub or a router that we use) and ethernet cables although the cable company will not help you as they want you to have a seperate cable for each computer! Do you have a CompUSA or some other electronics store there? They could probably best advise you. Just check to see if you have those ethernet connections on your computer, (they look like a wide phone outlet) It is Great and Fast! And NO disconnects or busy signals! Dial up... not as long as I can have cable modem! The price is just a little bit more than we use to pay for America Online too but the difference.... Wow!
  8. by   Ted
    Originally posted by debralynn
    The speed counter said I had 1041! I guess thats ok. I have mine thru my cable, I pay $40.00. It takes only a few seconds to download music compared to dial up, which seems to take forever!
    I noticed that my cable modem speed varies. During "high peak" usage times, the speed counter will register around 1000 kbps. Apparently as more people who have cable modem service (with my company) uses the internet, speed will be affected.

    Usually, though, the connection speed is between 1200 and 1400. Oh yea!

    But then again, I'm up at 4:00 A. M. (during my night off, no less! ) when most NORMAL people are sleeping.

    Ted

    P. S. I just check the modem speed: 1516 kbps

    Last edit by Ted on Aug 12, '03
  9. by   Tweety
    We have both. Spouse has DSL on his school computer, and we have cable on the other one. Both are good. The only thing is the cable is slower during peak times. But not to bad. Anything beats dialup. When I've done speed tests, cable has been faster. I'm at work and not on my cable one so I can't test it at the moment.
  10. by   bedpan
    ~sighhhhh~

    I went from cable modem back to dialup - I moved about 30 miles when I started school to an apartment about a mile from my school and dial up is the only thing offered in this area (Is this dedication or what? Giving up my cable modem!!!)
  11. by   Tweety
    My speed is 2314! That's rocking and rolling. Love my cable.
  12. by   Ted
    Originally posted by bedpan
    ~sighhhhh~

    I went from cable modem back to dialup - I moved about 30 miles when I started school to an apartment about a mile from my school and dial up is the only thing offered in this area (Is this dedication or what? Giving up my cable modem!!!)
    The Horror!

    Warm thoughts your way as you crawl through the internet. . .

    {{{{HUG}}}}

    What dedication, though. Good luck with your schooling :kiss

    Ted
  13. by   NRSKarenRN
    Have Comcast cable and internet account.
    Comcast even came out this past Sunday with new modem after internet service down on Saturday. We rent modem for $3.00/month---started before you could buy your own modem.

    If you have Comcast in your area, cheepest deal is getting modem @Radio Shack. Cable is just $19.95/mo til end of year and you get $25.00 Radio Shack gift card too.
  14. by   Huq
    I have Comcast for cable and Internet. Comcast provided their modem when it was set up. Cost, a little higher than dial up but well worth it.

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