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Acer Aspire, built-in cable modem?

August 11, 2010 at 10:17:55
Specs: Windows Vista

I'm switching cable service, and one of the questions online is do I need a modem for internet. I have an Acer Aspire 5515 laptop, does it have a built-in modem for cable? It seems I read something to this effect somewhere, but not sure. If not I need to take the option to "lease" a modem from the cable company... which I'd rather not do if I don't need to, of course. Anyone know?

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#1
August 11, 2010 at 10:38:51

Do you currently have cable internet service?

You need a cable modem. If you don't currently own one then you will need to lease or buy. If you wish to use wireless connections for your laptop you will also need a wireless router.

I recommend using a router even if you only plan on using one wired connection. The router acts as a hardware firewall that protects your computer somewhat from the outside world.

Most wireless router will also have ports for connecting computers to it using a networking cable.


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#2
August 11, 2010 at 11:00:15

No, currently I have no cable at all, but am planning to hook up with one of the bundles of internet, telephone and cable television being offered this summer. One of the questions asked on signup for this is if I have a modem, and I wondered what the chances were (although I never saw it mentioned anywhere) that there might be some sort of built-in modem in the laptop.

Thanks for the quick & helpful response!


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#3
August 11, 2010 at 11:04:58

If you plan on getting the VOIP (voice over internet protocol) you definitely need one of their modems. Buying a modem is not really a good idea. First of all when things don't work the first thing the tech says is that the problem is with YOUR hardware.

Also, technology changes and you will get stuck owning obsolete hardware. You will also need to rent set top boxes.

What company are you considering using?


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#4
August 11, 2010 at 11:31:52

Computers don't have a high speed modem, but they may have a dial-up (slow speed) modem - if so there's at least one telephone jack available on the outside of the computer case; usually desktop computers have two of them, laptops have one.

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#5
August 11, 2010 at 11:53:24

Not to get confused about the above info. The dial up modem is of no use to you for cable. I doubt your laptop even has a dialup modem. Those are old news. Haven't been integrated even in desktops for a number of years.

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