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Old 07-01-2005, 01:57 PM   #1
Registered: Mar 2003
Location: Kansas City
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experiences with roadrunner?

I have an appointment soon to have a tech guy come out and install cable tv + roadrunner. They asked me if I had a Windows machine and I said yes, but it just died so I'm Linux only now. Does anybody have any experience with dealing with these people, and what their reaction might be, and whether you can set up a new account with just Linux? I'm not a networking newbie and I know how to use ifconfig, route, etc, but with DSL you had to have their (windows) software to set up a new account (except with an arcane, undocumented method that I found out about weeks after setting it up), and I'm afraid of something like that happening now.
Old 07-01-2005, 04:12 PM   #2
Registered: Oct 2001
Location: Brockport, NY
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Don't worry about it. The only problems I've ever had with RoadRunner were the crappy wiring in my old appartment and getting an appointment to have it turned on. There's no special configuration needed - no account creation, no authentication, no special software. For me, it's always just been plug and play. Just plug the cable modem into your router (or straight into your PC's network card, if you must) and you should be good to go.

FYI, when I first got RoadRunner four years ago, they did explicitly tell me that they don't support Linux, so I suspect that the tech won't even touch your computer. But, as I said, it doesn't matter. All the "installation" (which, by the way, they were charging for at the time) consisted of was installing the cable modem drivers (which you don't need if you use the ethernet interface on the modem), and their custom branded build of Internet Explorer and Outlook Express. Other than that, it's just the guy flipping whatever switch they use to turn on internet access and making sure the cable modem gets signal.


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