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Cox Delivers Home Networking Solutions to Its High Speed Interne
by BillRoland 09:07PM Wednesday Nov 13 2002

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FlashCard
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'bout time

But are they going to warn of the cap hazards?
A house with 3 kids and 4 puters could cap out pretty quick.

2kmaro
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Re: 'bout time

That's a separate issue. This issue gives official approving sanction to the practice of connecting multiple computers to a single connection via either software internet connection sharing or through a router.

Since such a connection can only utilize the input from a single input line, then the speed available is going to be divided roughly between all the computers maintaining a connection to the internet at a given time. Let's say that you are getting a true 2000kbps downstream speed, but have 4 people on line all downloading the latest Windows XP updates from Microsoft: the best each could hope for would be around 500kbps (4 * 500 = 2000).

A big to-do has been made over one or two persons who participate in the Cox forum receiving warning notices for excessive bandwidth use. That's between 1/2 and 1 percent of the total population of that forum - I don't see that as a significant number at this point in time. Our poll shows that 188 (just over 1/2) of the 375 participants consider themselves on-line gamers. I think we can safely assume that the 200 members visiting the forum are included in those 375 -- and we don't see 188 people complaining because of having encountered the bandwidth use cap yet.

I don't think gaming is going to be the plug-puller, I think it is going to be the continued use of P2P such as the defunct Napster and current apps such as Kaaza. I do wonder how the future of such endeavors as Movie rental over the internet will affect it -- but judging by reports of the quality of that at this point in time, not anything to worry about just yet: people are not going to pay to rent poor quality movies for 24 hours while they can get a better deal using Pay-Per-View and a VCR.
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FlashCard
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Re: 'bout time

You're right. The caps are a seperate issue.

I can't see how they could not support networking and I'm surprised it took this long to do so. Pretty hard to regulate a shared connection via router except through a cap......(I know), so they might as well support it.
They did manage to find a way to make a nickle though with the support contract.
I sure don't envy the phone techs on that one, Lol.

hhawkman
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Re: 'bout time

said by FlashCard:
You're right. The caps are a seperate issue.

I can't see how they could not support networking and I'm surprised it took this long to do so. Pretty hard to regulate a shared connection via router except through a cap......(I know), so they might as well support it.
They did manage to find a way to make a nickle though with the support contract.
I sure don't envy the phone techs on that one, Lol.
Re-read the article. Cox is installing home networks, not supporting them if they didn't install them. It's not avail in all areas. I seem to get the idea that you guys think Cox now supports all home networks. I apologise if I misread.

FlashCard
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Re: 'bout time

»support.cox.net/custsup/homenetw···ty.shtml

You're right, it will be available here Jan.
And rereading it, you're correct on the support thing.
I still believe the caps were put in place as a direct result of instituting this, or paving the way.