DSL hardware: getting the connection

By Steve Antonoff, ITworld.com |  Networking

Recommendations: (1) If your ISP allows you to do a self-install of an Ethernet based
bridge, go for it (Earthlink/Mindspring does that). (2) If your ISP offers a USB
device, think twice about it. (3) Get the service, be prepared for some outages, but
enjoy the speed. As Tony the Tiger says, it's grrrrrrrrreat!

As for the future of DSL: it seems the favorite words from a DSL ISP are "we won't
support you". If you ask Earthlink for the password to access your DSL bridge, they
won't support you. If you use a device other than the one provided by the ISP, they
won't support you. Run Windows 2000? They won't support you. Cross your T's before
you dot your I's? They won't support you. One can only hope this will improve as the
ISP's learn something about the other end of the business. Good luck!

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