To Go Broadband Or Not!

Posted: June 13, 2008 in AOL Australia, Computer Stuff, Internet, iPrimus
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We have made the decision to go broadband. It probably won’t be for a little while, but we will eventually do it. There are a few things that we have to do first, before we go broadband. Firstly we need to get a modem and it has to be one that is not only compatible with Windows Vista, but one that is supported by Primus AOL.

I’d really like to get a Netcomm modem. We used to have an old Netcomm dial up modem when we got our first computer and found it to be very good. Netcomm have a very good reputation, so I’d like to stick with them.

Now to see which modems are compatible with Primus AOL. The Netcomm NB1200 is compatible, and is a cheap modem, available in Office Works in Elsternwick for less than $30. Unfortunately because this is an old modem it is not Vista compatible. Doh!!! I am still wondering why we upgraded to Vista!

The Netcomm NB5 modem is another one that is compatible with Primus AOL. It costs $97 at Office Works, so it’s not that expensive. However there are two versions of the NB5, the NB5Plus4 and the NB5Plus4W. These can be either revision 1 or revision 2 versions, with only the revision 2 version being compatible with Vista. Revision 1 units will not work with Vista as they have an older chipset in them which is not compatible with Vista. Revision 2 units will work fine with the drivers listed above as they have a different version of the chipset in them. So hopefully if and when I go to Office Works to buy the Netcomm NB4 modem it will be a revision 2 version. (My luck they will only have revision 1!)

The next thing I have to do is settle on an internet plan. I will stick with Primus AOL, despite all the grief they have given me over the years. The Primus phone plan we are on is just too good to get rid of. I like the ADSL+2 Starter plan where I get 2GB of downloads for $35. (This is just $5 a month more than the current dial up plan I am on!) One thing that I like is that there is no excess data charge as the download speed is reduced if monthly data allowance is exceeded. There are other plans that charge you extra if you go over your download limit. We were once stung by this type of thing a long time ago (12 years) when we first got dial up.

Before we get broadband I will still have to do a little bit more investigation.

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