Hello everyone, I have some questions about my cable modem service. I am new to cable, last two months, but concerned that I am getting ripped off. I have an old Pentium Pro 200Mhz machine and decided it would be good for an internet machine. So my cable company recently started carring high speed internet access. However, the rates they advertise are much slower than some of the rates I see here. Anyway here are my questions, some are common so please bear with me. I am reading all I can about this science.
1. Cable company says maximum rate should be 500KB. I see posts here for cable modems near 7MB. I get High/Low, 350KB/50KB. My cable company's service provider is ispchannel.com. Shouldn't the rate be much higher?
2. I did not have an ethernet card or modem, so the company supplied on --Free. They do permit you to have your own. Are the ones they supplied cheap? Would I benefit from buying a good modem and card from a recognized industry leader? -- Modem RCA, DCM225, Ethernet Card, Kingston KNE30.
3. They used RG6 cable from the street to my connection. Is this the best cable type?
4. There are no filters on the cable side of the splitter to filter TV noise/signals. Would this help improve my signal and speed?
5. Is there any software test that can determine how many users are on my node?
Thanks to anyone and all that can help educate me on some of the questions above.