What can I do to avoid going through my cable provider to get the Internet on my laptop?

by on August 15, 2009

Q: What can I do to avoid going through my cable provider to get the Internet on my laptop?

I am trying to avoid purchasing an internet plan with my cable provider as they have quoted a hook up fee of $149.00. For wireless which should be illegal. Is there a wireless card available for laptops to connect ?


One Response to “What can I do to avoid going through my cable provider to get the Internet on my laptop?”
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    I think you are misunderstanding what the $149.00 setup fee is for. The fee, in most cases, is for a wireless router/modem that you will then own. It is no different than if you went to BestBuy, Amazon, or any other electronic store and wanted to buy a wireless router.

    Broadband Internet at the basic level is just a connection to your house. There is usually an extra fee for the modem and an even larger extra fee for a modem/wireless router combo.

    It is really no different than if you were to go to BestBuy, Amazon, or some other electronic store and spend $100.00 to $300.00 on a wireless router and then, depending on if they need it or not, $100.00 to $200.00 per wireless card for each computer.

    Some Internet providers have started to include a wireless router/modem in the setup package but there is still usually a fee or at least a fee that is rebated. This is usually limited to DSL and in most cases when it comes to DSL you are required to buy the modem anyway. Cable companies are the only ones that I know of that actually rent modems still, usually at a cost of about $5.00 a month. However, like in your case, you asked for the wireless option and they usually don’t rent that so they gave you the price it would cost to buy it. If you look into it more it might even cover the cost of one or two wireless cards too if you need them.

    It is usually more cost effective to get the package from your cable company for two reasons. The first is that it is usually less expensive than getting it from a local electronic store. The second reason is they will actually support it. If you get the $5.00 a month modem rental and then hook your own wireless router up to it and you have problems then they wont help you with the wireless part. They will only help you with your modem. If you get the wireless router/modem combo from them then they will help you with any issues you run into.