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Suggestions Please People... (Internet Connection Related)

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by kelvin, Oct 11, 2003.

  1. kelvin

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    Ok... I work at a small(ish) solicitors firm that specialise in conveyancing in Christchurch, and as a result of new rules and legislation, they need to incorporate Internet access throughout the office in order to keep up to date (about time too!)

    At present they have one PC connected via dial up for the odd occasion that something is needed, but as of next week access is going to be a near enough hourly necessity for at least 3, of the 4 PC's.

    Obviously a "split" broadband connection is the way to go (a fair bit of downloading is likely to be needed), but after a "helpful" call to BT yesterday who provide the switchboard facilities, it seems they're intent on charging way more than I expected - £75 per month for access plus between £300 and £400 to install. The company are happy to pay ( :suicide: ) but I'm pretty certain they could get it cheaper... question is, how?

    At home we have a b/band connection (unsure of the monthly cost) with a modem that doubles up as a 4 way router - this sort of setup would be ideal in the office so suggestions along this line would be appreciated...

    Anyone have any idea's? - Come on... help me save them some money so I can have a payrise instead! ;)

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  2. vonhosen

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    I think you are going to see different prices quoterd for home or business use.

    Obviously different bandwidths are availabale 512kbs , 1Mbs etc & although as you say you can have a modem/router to connect 4 PCs to share the one internet connection thru the router you need to read the small print because I believe some of companies (particularly) home use prices will state in the terms & conditions that only one PC should be connected, no sharing.

    You need to investigate exactly what is on offer from each provider to see if you're covered & getting best value. I would imagine that BT are quoting you for allowing connection sharing & your home connection may not, hence big price difference.
     
  3. kelvin

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    Fair point, and admittedly one I hadn't thought of...

    I have a feeling our "home" connection may actually be governed as "business" purely because it's paid for by Dad's company so he can work from home. That would explain the modem/router at least... I only really used that as an example so that people would get an idea of what I'm after...

    That said though, £75 still sounds steep. Speed isn't essential but would obviously be nice, the main thing is that we'd be permitted to share it...

    Any idea's on cheap ISP's?

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  4. KraGorn

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    That sounds extremely expensive from BT .. I had to arrange ADSL for our sales office which is a mile away from our main site, went BT as path of least resistance .. ie, when it goes wrong there's no finger-pointing between BT and the ISP, in theory ;) .. went for this service.

    I'm no way saying it's "the best", simplicity and lack of need to spend time thinking were my main priorities :) .. that said, it's worked okay so far.

    As Kelvin pointed out, make damned sure you go for a 'business' service, it's a rip-off because in practice you rarely get anything superior to the 'consumer' service, but if they catch a business using a non-business plan they get very ugly.. :mad:
     
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    I use freeuk.com @ £22.99 a month for home use...never had any problems
     
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    aRE are the PC's networked?
    If so dial up or broadband is easy!
    If not then they will need to be either wirelessly or over cat 5 (cat 5 harware cheaper) Who provides their Practice Management Software??? LMK i know a fair bit about lawyers and computers!
     

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