said by Stuntkok:
I'm considering picking a one year contract. I also need to figure out if there is any advantage in getting a static IP address.
You need a static IP if you want to open up *any* incoming connections at all. Xplornet is NATted, meaning all incoming ports are blocked unless you go static.
*And*, unless they've fixed the problem in the past few months, you need to be crystal clear about the need for static before the installation begins, because the current hardware they're installing isn't (or at least, wasn't) capable of supporting a static IP. I had to have my hardware swapped out.
I haven't checked recently, but when I got mine done you could only get a 1-year contract if you paid much more up-front for the hardware. But they'll explain all that in the quote.
Xplornet WiMAX -} Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH running DD-WRT -} about 13 machines running everything you can think of.