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I have cable Internet and two computers

Posted By: Margi on 2009-06-03
In Reply to: Best Router? - Margi

The cable guy who determined I need a new router said something about Linksys having a G and N (models?) and that the N was faster, but I usually get good advice here and want to know a little bit more before I go to the store and get hit up by the salesman. :)

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Currently have AT&T/SBC phone service (landline),  Verizon Wireless cell phone, and Insight broadband internet cable and TV.  Monthly costs:

AT&T:  $50/month unlimited calling

Verizon:  $40/month with 400 minutes (and never even get close to calling that much)

Insight:  $45 internet cable and $45 cable TV

Total:  $180 per month

Thinking of switch to AT&T for bundle of phone, internet, and TV for total of $100/month.  Can't break Verizon contract, or would switch cell phone service too.  So, would save $40 a month by getting the AT&T bundle. 

My question is:  Is DSL "elite speed" REALLY as fast as cable?  And does DSL have fewer episodes of service being down?  With cable, I've had entire weeks where the service was down, and I couldn't work; thus, didn't have a paycheck!  DSL tells me they "never" go down because I'd be on my server, as opposed to sharing a server with cable internet.  Speed is everything to me, as it is to all of my MT colleagues, but it's also important to have service that won't go down for long periods of time.  Any experience with these that you'd like to share?

dsl vs. cable internet
Hmmm....this is a dilemma. Thank you for your note. Do you think DSL, then, is more cost-efficient than cable? Do you have the "bundle" that includes landline phone,
DirectTV, and internet? Are all DSL providers relatively the same cost and service? Mine would be with AT&T.
dsl vs. cable internet
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Okay. When your DSL goes out, does your phone go out, as well? How long does DSL stay down? I know I'm asking a million questions, but want to make the right decision. Getting a divorce and moving out on my own, which is stressful enough. Want to make sure my work goes smoothly at my new place.
dsl vs. cable internet
Wow!  You guys are awesome with your descriptions of pros-and-cons of DSL vs. cable.  Think I'll stick with what I have for now (cable internet and TV; AT&T phone service).  Glad I asked you for your expert opinions before signing up for anything.  I'm such an easy mark for sales people. 
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I am thinking about it, I have TV and Internet cable. nm
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I think this is why EMR has become popular.  My daughter has been typing on the computer since she was 4-years-old.  My son is a pretty quick typist at 12 years of age. 

My PCP uses his computer, but a lot of times PCPs do not use transcriptionists at least in my state/experience.  It is mostly specialists.  I have noticed the bigger the practice/facility, the larger the transcription company.

Part of an ortho practice I transcribed for went with C-Bay because they wanted to go digital and have 24-hour TAT; however, three out of seven physicians were older and still used tapes.  It all depends on the circumstance and preference.

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using the wireless router and we would sometimes get this problem. We are allowed up to 5 computers to be used on the router. However, sometimes when my kids were downloading or IM-ing, the router was treating those tasks as another computer on the network. So when I went to get online, the router would think there were already 5 computers on and not allow me to connect to the internet. I used to have to unplug router to reset it and then I could get online. Kids are more careful now about logging off and/or shutting off computers, and we haven't had a problem since.
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I just use two computers...
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Of course the doc I worked for back then had a computer, but only for billing, and was too cheap to buy another one. So I sat in a little corner with an old IBM selectric and a dozen bottles of white out.

At the risk of really making me look old,  I'll mention I took typing in high school and in college on a MANUAL typewriter.

For all you younguns' out there, that means it had no electricity. 


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I run 2 computers at a time. nm

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I hate computers nm
Getting e-mail on both computers...
In your e-mail program click on tools/accounts/whatever account you need to change/properties/advanced. You will see a button under delivery that says "leave a copy of message on server." Check that off.

All messages will stay on the server when downloaded from that computer, and the other will be able to receive all messages. If you want both of them to get ALL of incoming messages, set them both up that way. If your e-mail server is your personal e-mail account, you should go into webmail and delete them all now and then, or you will run out of space. If you are on a company server for the address they usually clean up the mailboxes automatically weekly or monthly, and you shouldn't have to worry about it.

Your replies will only be stored on the computer you respond from, but you will have receive all the incoming e-mail this way.

two computers, one keyboard
I think this subject has come up before but I couldn't find it in archives.  Can I use one keyboard and one mouse for two computers if both my computers are behind a wireless router?  If so, where do I find what I need to connect them? 
Two computers, only 1 with ExText

I have 2 separate computers connected by a router.  My primary computer has ExText.  The other one doesn't.  Both receive the Internet.  I do my work on the one with the ExText and Internet searches on the one without even though I can still get Internet on both computers at the same time. 

The modem for the Internet connects to the router.  A separate cable goes from each computer into the router.  Works great. 

I have 4 computers networked.
Only one of my computers has EXText and it works fine with the other four. You need to be sure that your wireless router is set to handle that many computers. There is a setting you can change but I can't tell you where it's at. My stepson fixed mine.
We can all sit here at our home computers and (sm)
"act professional" (i.e., management's euphemism for "shut up and type faster!"
Yes you can switch computers...
Short of plugging and unplugging the USB ports you can get a KVM-Switch. This is a little control panel and you change with just the push of a button. I fill in a an office where they have one screen set up with one keyboard and mouse yet there are two drives, one mains system drive and the second is actually a dictation system. I switch between them just by pushing a button both are running at same time so you could switch accounts.

Here is a sample. Some cost more but you might find it cheaper. This one is $50.


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