- How do I setup my Cable or DSL modem for Home Networking?
- How can I fix the connection problems I'm having with my Home Networking system?
- Is it easy to install?
- How many computers can be set up on Home Networking?
- How much will it cost?
- How fast is it?
- What are the benefits?
- Will it slow down my existing DSL connection?
- What is better, wired or wireless?
- What is the warranty on the equipment?
- Will I need to buy another modem?
- Is there any downtime?
- Can I find the router in the store?
- When will I receive my Home Networking equipment?
- When will I be charged for Home Networking?
- What is the exchange policy for Home Networking? For example, if I was sent the incorrect equipment, will EarthLink exchange it?
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Today's home networking technology is easy to install. There is no new wiring required, and most applications require one gateway to a high-speed Internet connection and adapters for each electronic device on the network.
EarthLink supports up to 4 computers on its network. However, a customer can network up to 254 computers on their own. The customer will simply need the proper amount of networking equipment.
EarthLink Home Networking is $7.95/mo. in addition to your High Speed Internet monthly access fee.
Canceling EarthLink Home Networking service before the initial 12-month term of agreement ends will result in a cancellation fee of $48.
The Linksys wireless router and card/adapter is free after mail-in rebate. Wireless, Ethernet, and Powerline adapters range from $29.95 to $79.95.
802.11n wireless has data transmission rates up to 54 Mbps. Powerline networking transmits at speeds up to 14 Mbps. Ethernet transmits up to 100 Mbps. Remember that maximum speed may be affected by Radio Frequency (RF) interference, bad cabling, and other types of interference.
The benefits for Home Networking are great. You can save money and time with a home network by sharing peripherals; such as printers, scanners, and your Internet connection. You can increase and manage communication within your home by file swapping, sharing, and routing e-mail, phone, and fax messages. Finally, you can enhance your lifestyle by enjoying new forms of information throughout your home. You can also save everyone the headache of waiting to use the Internet. With a home network, everyone can browse the Web at the same time.
No, the connection remains the same.
It depends on your needs. With a wired connection, the speed of the Internet connection is faster; however, there is more restriction. You and your computer or device must always be connected to the Internet via an Ethernet cord in order to maintain an Internet connection. With a wireless connection, you have more portability; however, the possibility of interference from other devices is higher--which can prevent you from maintaining a connection. If you live in a place that may experience a lot of disturbance from interfering devices, then it would be best to go with a wired connection through Ethernet or Powerline.
The equipment comes with a 1-year warranty.
No, you can still use your existing modem to connect to the Linksys router. The only items that you will need to purchase are wireless or Powerline adapters for your computers.
No. If you are already up and running on DSL or Cable, it will be a short process to connect the router to your computers and configure it. There is no interruption of service.
Yes, but we have competitive pricing and we have a 60-day return policy for defective equipment. We also ship our products free of charge and have sales consultants to make sure you have the products you need to get connected.
From the point of sale, you should receive your equipment within 5-7 business days.
Generally, you will not be billed for your equipment or undergo a recurring monthly service fee until your service is activated.
If you received the incorrect hardware, EarthLink will exchange your equipment at no charge to you. Click here to chat with one of EarthLink's representatives or contact EarthLink's customer support.