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Rumor has it I may be getting a laptop for Christmas, but to really take advantage of it I'd have to set up a wireless router in my home (apartment).

I know enough about the security/procedures to set it up, but my concern is Time Warner. Do they frown on customer's setting up their own routers? $7.95-$9.95/month seems like a ripoff for their setup.
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Probably not - once the signal gets to your cable modem, they don't care about how many different computers as long as you're not using it to connect the whole neighborhood or use up way too much bandwidth (and they'd have the same problem with that if it was just one computer doing it.)

The deal is they you're on your own for any router you hook up to the modem - you should've have a problem, but they won't be offering support, and the first thing they'll ask you to do if you have a problem will be to remove the router and see if it's working. (So, do it before you call.)

You can get a good wireless router for $70, so unless you're using it for the very short term or are uncomfortable setting it up, go ahead and buy one.



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We had one almost the whole time we've been in Minneapolis ('til Comcast took over). There were absolutely no problems having a wireless router, although in retrospect I probably should have spent a little more money for a better one. (We have a DLink.)



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Thanks, that pretty much answers my question. I'll want to spend a little extra to get a decent one then...any suggestions?

Having not done this in a while, what security should I be looking for to be more current? In the router itself...I keep all my software security current at all times.
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Yeah, so here's my thought process. If you can boot the Linux CD and your USB drive works, you know that you are looking at an OS level and not a Hardware level issue.
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