Internet Service Provider (ISP) Costs and Services
Broadband (DSL) and Dial-Up
Finding An ISP
How To Choose An ISP
Web Site Hosting

Equipment Needed
Testing


21 October 2013
Jon Schweitzer


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•Try to choose the ISP or Website hoster that has the costs and services marked with a *
•What do you require from your ISP or Website hoster?
•How many email addresses do you require?
•Dial-Up Only - How many hours a month will you want to be online.
•Access the Website links below and learn more about how to find an and choose an ISP or Website hoster.

BROADBAND (DSL) - PHONE LINE, CABLE OR WIRELESS
Costs
*=Very Good
•Basic monthly fee - Phone Line, slowest speed, $20* to $25 - Cable, $40* to $60 - Wireless, $40* to $80
•Free account set up*
•Email addresses included in monthly fee - 1 to 10*
•Free Download Quota or Bandwidth cap of 25G* a month without a fee
•Internet traffic access fee going over the Download Quota - $X. This fee applies when there is heavy use by you downloading things from the Internet or people visiting your website and downloading.
•Free Technical Support* - 24/7*

Services
•Money back - 30 days*
•Free modem* and filters* for each phone or free modem* for Cable
•At least 80%* of the maximum speed at all times
•Free FTP capabilities*
•Free Newsgroups access*
•Technical support online or live* 0 to part-time to 24/7* (24 hours 7 days a week)
•Free Web site space 100 Megs to 1* gig
•They have software help for you to make a small free web site*
•Free Email addresses 1 or 3* to 10
•Friendliness and efficiency on the phone*


The biggest and best site for anything Broadband might be: http://www.dslreports.com/

Testing
Use this site to test your Broadband speed and conduct many other tests. http://www.dslreports.com/tools

DIAL-UP
Costs
*=Very Good
•Basic monthly fee - Free* to $25 - Very good if under $10
•Account set up fee - Free* to $30 - one time
•Internet online use - This is the sneaky item that you have to search very hard to find that is the total number of hours you are allowed online each month. They will hide that total number of hours you are allowed. It might be as little as 150 hours a month plus $Z monthly over the Y hours allowed to unlimited (24/7)*. They want to confuse you with the phase "UNLIMITED INTERNET ACCESS" which not the same as "ONLINE USE".
•FTP account - Free* to $X - monthly
•Newsgroups - Free* to $Y - monthly
•Internet traffic access fee - over D amount - my ISP monthly limit is 500 MB a month. This fee applies when there is heavy use by you downloading things from the Internet or people visiting your website and downloading.
•Technical Support - $0* to $E - monthly

Services
•Local access phone number*
•Free 15 to 30* day trial period*
•Maximum file size of text and attachments that can be sent out with one email. This is the sneaky item that you have to search very hard to find and ask about and can as low as 20K. You should have at least 100K. 1 Meg* or more would be best.
•Email addresses included in monthly fee - 1 to 3*
•Special software is not required*
•Free Newsgroups access*
•Free FTP capabilities*
•Internet "ONLINE USE" - 150 hours a month to unlimited 24/7*
•Unlimited Internet access* which is NOT the same as "ONLINE USE"
•Technical support online or live* and 0 to part-time to 24/7*
•Free Website space 20 to 100* Megs
•They make or help you make a small free web site for you*
•Free Email addresses 1 to 10*
•"Dialup" access speed 43K to 50K*
•Technical support calls are returned quickly by the ISP*
•Friendliness and efficiency on the phone*


Dial-Up Access Requirements - Minimum
Dependable connection to the Internet
Log on anytime without problems
Never knocked off at any time for any reason, except non-use for 30-60 minutes of non-use
The speed does not drop below 40K


Finding An ISP
You can start at this link http://www.freedomlist.com/ and go to http://www.dslreports.com/psearch

How To Choose An ISP
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/internet101/extra/49 and http://www.usa.gov/topics/science/communications/internet/service-provider.shtml and http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/10-things-to-look-for-in-an-isp/1766

WEB SITE HOSTING
Costs
*=Very Good
•Basic monthly fee - $3* to $7 - Very good if under $4
•Money back - 30 days*
•Account set up fee - Free* to $20 - one time
•Free Email addresses - 4 to unlimited*
•Domain name transfer and setup Free* - one time
•Domain name - Free for life* to Free to $15 - annual fee
•Technical Support - Free* - online or live* and 0 to part-time to 24/7*

Services
•Free FTP capabilities*
•Free Technical support online or live* and 0 to part-time to 24/7*
•Website space of 100 Gigs to unlimited*
•Free software to help you make a small Website*
•Free Unlimited data transfer (bandwidth)*
•Free Email addresses - 3 to unlimited*
•Free security protection*
•Free Website templates*
•99% up time*
•Friendliness and efficiency on the phone*


Web Hosting Links
http://www.freehostsfinder.com/ and http://www.top-10-web-hosting.com/ and https://www.godaddy.com/ and Hostgator and http://www.freehostingcloud.com/

Email Services if there are problems with your ISP or Hosting service
http://email.about.com/cs/freeemailreviews/tp/free_email.htm

EQUIPMENT NEEDED TO CONNECT TO:
Broadband (DSL)
Phone Line
•A computer with an Ethernet female connector in the back or you must install an Ethernet "card" inside the computer
•An external DSL Modem - The modem must be compatible with the service and you should look at the Website of the service for the list of compatible modems.
•A phone line with or without an account with your local phone company
•Phone line filters for each phone
•A router is also highly recommended

Cable
•An external DSL Modem - The modem must be compatible with the service and you should look at the Website of the service for the list of compatible modems.
•A wired router is also highly recommended - it must have a firewall

Wireless
•An internal wireless modem "card" inside a tower or desktop
•An external wireless modem "card" inserted into a "slot" port on the side of a laptop
•A wireless router is also highly recommended - it must have a firewall
•Configure your router to a channel that is NOT #6.

How to Buy a Wireless Modem for Your Laptop http://www.ehow.com/how_2008978_wireless-modem-laptop.html

Learn about DSL Modems at: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-dsl-modem.htm and http://www.howstuffworks.com/dsl.htm and http://computer.howstuffworks.com/dsl3.htm and http://compnetworking.about.com/od/dslvscablemodem/a/dslcablecompare.htm

Learn about Routers at: What is a Cable Router? and Top Routers (not wireless) and Wireless Routers

Websites about a Router's firewall are at: http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/224

Dial-Up
•A computer with an internal Dial-Up Modem or you must add a Dial-Up Modem "card" inside your computer.
•A phone line with an account with your local phone company

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