Broadband beginner - advice on the simple stuff please

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Terry Pinnell, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. I've finally taken the plunge and will swap my Demon/Surftime (full)
    dial-up service for BT Broadband, the £27/month version. It's due in a
    week or so. Although I gather from my son (who overtook me on the
    technological front at least 10 years ago), that it's 'a piece of
    cake', I would appreciate a pointer to some really basic stuff on
    installation please.

    At present, everything is pretty smooth and stable. The only reason
    I've held off on this decsion for so long was fear of screwing that
    up. I'm the sole user of an XP Home PC, with no network, just DUN. I
    use MSIE6 for browsing and Agent for news and email. I start a session
    using MailWasher to check my mail (POP3, via Pipex), go into Agent and
    read my filetered email and a lot of newgroups, visit sites, etc.

    But what will I have to do to keep this familiar routine as closely as
    possible? What about my DUN settings in Agent and MSIE6, for instance?
    There's no 'ADSL' or 'Broadband' option that I can see. And the last
    thing I want is heavy re-configuring stuff in the bowels of XP, which
    I regard as a black art <g>.

    Any pointers or practical advice (in reasonably non-technical terms)
    would be appreciated please.
    Terry Pinnell, Mar 5, 2004
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    Tiscali Tim Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,

    I presume that currently IE6 and Agent connect on demand by invoking your
    DUN setting?

    With BB, you will have a permanent connection. You will need to set IE6 (in
    Internet Options/Connections) to "Never dial a connection".

    I don't know Agent, but presumably there is a menu which lets you define the
    connection for each email account? Depending on what options this gives, set
    them all to "Use any available connection" or "Use Internet Explorer's
    connection". Mailwasher should look after itself. I think that, by default,
    it does whatever IE does.

    One final comment. With an always-on connection with a more-or-less fixed IP
    address, you will be more vulnerable to attack by "nasties" than at present.
    If you're not already using a software firewall, get one and install it
    *before* you switch to BB. The free version of ZoneAlarm will be perfectly
    adeqaute for your purposes.

    Tiscali Tim, Mar 5, 2004
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  3. Tiscali Tim said the following:
    Yes, ZoneAlarm is highly recommended as a basic firewall. It can even monitor what software attempts to connect outside or act as a server to accept connection. And it is much better than the Norton Internet Security interms of performance.

    [email protected], Mar 5, 2004
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    F F Skitty Guest

    " *this* world" ???

    The Martians are here! And they have better browsers!
    F F Skitty, Mar 5, 2004
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    Filthy Rich Guest

    As you post with a Pipex dial up address, I'm surprised you didn't go
    with them for Broadband.....they also give you a free DUN facility as
    a backup.

    I used to be an ntl dial up subscriber and had to use Mailwasher just
    like you do due to the huge amounts of spam. Mercifully, I don't get
    any now I'm on Pipex.

    I also used to use Agent and still do. As someone else has already
    explained in reply, setting the required details in Agent is very
    straightforward and common sense. You must have set them in Agent for
    your dial up connection anyway....

    If BT are as good as Pipex they will send you all the configuration
    addresses you need beforehand.

    Good luck and post again if you get stuck.

    Filthy Rich
    Music House
    Filthy Rich, Mar 5, 2004
  6. Many thanks for that - much appreciated. Yes, your openning assumption
    was correct.

    Re the protection, Windows XP includes 'Internet Connection Firewall'
    (ICF) which I do have enabled. If this is OK, I would continue with
    that when I get broadband. The Help says:
    "ICF [also] protects a single computer connected to the Internet. If
    you have a single computer connected to the Internet with a cable
    modem, a DSL modem, or a dial-up modem, ICF protects your Internet

    Does that look adequate? Or should I switch it off and get ZoneAlarm?
    Terry Pinnell, Mar 5, 2004
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    King Queen Guest

    The Windows XP firewall is OK as far as it goes, but it won't tell you
    if a trojan / piece of adware tries to "phone home". The XP firewall
    stops unsolicited packets coming in but doesn't do any checks on it
    going out. ZoneAlarm does both (though it is definitely a bit of a
    resource hogger).

    I would definitely use ZoneAlarm, but that's me...
    King Queen, Mar 5, 2004
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    F F Skitty Guest

    I'd always keep ICF switched on regardless; use ZoneAlarm as well.
    F F Skitty, Mar 5, 2004
  9. Why oh why do you want BT Broadband - at least get something good value such
    as plusnets 24.99 package with free activation, modem and a whole host of
    other features or if you don't need p2p their 18.99 a month package.
    Shouldn't be a problem then, for a single user a PCI Adsl modem (I say PCI
    as I don't like USB that much, howeveer these are more common and do the
    same) will make use of DUN the same as your exisitng modem so the only real
    difference is that it will be faster and you can leave it on if you want.

    Do also make use of the XP Built in firewall and ensure virus software up to
    date, probably a good idea to logoff broadband unless your using it as well
    on a single pc.
    Yep, it won't take too much effort.
    Don't go with BT - probably the best advice you could get.

    Albrow, Sam J, Mar 5, 2004
  10. Thanks for both the follow-ups re firewalls. I'll get ZoneAlarm too
    Terry Pinnell, Mar 6, 2004
  11. Thanks. I suppose the honest answer is that I thought it looked OK at
    £27/month (not the Basic Broadband at £19.99), plus it seemed
    potentially tidier to keep my phone and internet billing combined,
    plus I didn't wnat to start more research as I suspected that would
    throw me back into indecisive mode again! Anyway, I've signed up now.
    That sounds interesting, as I'm flooded with spam/scam/porn, but I'm
    puzzled as to what you mean. What can Pipex do, with or without
    broadband? I emailed them a few weeks ago to ask why they weren't able
    to do any filtering (like Demon have just introduce, based on
    Brightmail), and they told me they were thinking about it.

    Many thanks, appreciate the help and reassurance.
    Terry Pinnell, Mar 6, 2004
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    Colin Wilson Guest

    I used to be an ntl dial up subscriber and had to use Mailwasher just
    Pipex don`t do any filtering, but from personal experience I can say i`ve
    only started to see spam in quantity (several per day) now i`ve been with
    them for over 12 months. Compare this to btinternet - 2 accounts I have
    with them get 300 per day :-/

    I have, however, been quite careful where I give it out... I also bought
    my own domain, so I can give out "personalised" email addresses to sites
    so I know where any leak to spammers came from.

    Mailwasher is a mail "front end" program - it will download the mail
    headers from all your email accounts, you can set up filters quite
    effectively to block spam (or known spamming hosts, ie. ".comcast." in
    the entire header) and once you`ve deleted the crap direct from the
    server you simply download the legitimate mail.
    Colin Wilson, Mar 6, 2004
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