Six girls will be sharing a 3-bedroom, 2-story apartment near UC Davis, CA, when the fall quarter starts. For tv, they will have the standard (extended basic) package from Comcast. For internet, five want SBC Yahoo! DSL, and one (my daughter) wants Comcast. Some of the SBCers may later move over to Comcast if the DSL service is poor. (The CO is 11,424 feet from the apartment address.) Or, the opposite could happen.
I'm in charge of getting Comcast tv and internet set up. Comcast tells me that the apartment address does have cable tv capabilities, but the service is turned off. I believe the current tenants moved out this week. I don't know if it ever had Comcast internet, so I don't know the condition of the line.
Comcast is scheduled to turn the tv on and drop off a self-install internet kit in two weeks. I'll drive up there to accept the kit and set it up. I have a few questions about self-install and wireless routers.
The last time I did a self install was when you had to connect to an SAS region to provision the modem. I see that it's different these days.According to this faq, one has to use the Comcast software provided to provision the modem. The SAS method is no longer used. The faq states that you may be able to 'ditch' the setup procedure once provisioned, thereby avoiding the installation of any other Comcast software and browser branding. Has anyone done a self-install lately that can advise me on this?
When I set up the self-install with the representative over the phone, he only took the address of the install and my daughter's name. Should we have at least chosen an account name so that it would be in their database when we did the self-install?
I have to have wired and wireless capabilities. Some machines that will be using Comcast are wired only, and some also have wireless capabilities. These are desktops and notebooks, upstairs and downstairs.
Someone else is setting up the SBC Yahoo! DSL which will also be wired and wireless. Will these two wireless signals peacefull coexist?
Since there will be a high density of wireless users in the area, I need to select a router that will provide good security. I've been looking at the following, but I have to admit it's beyond me to decipher what's important and what's marketting. Should I automatically eliminate any of these? (I have an old D-link 514 in my house now, that works fine, but I suspect security capabilites have long since passed this one up.)
D-link 524, 624 Netgear WGR614, WGT624, WPN824NA Linksys WRT54G, WRT54GC, WRT54GS
I've asked a lot in this note, so if you get this far, thanks in advance.