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 PostPost subject: Question on the internet        Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 11:41 pm 
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Couldn't you access the internet without an ISP? You would think you could just plug in a modem and go.


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No. Plugging in a modem and connecting to the Internet would be using an ISP.


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This is practically impossible. When connecting to the Internet, you must use at least some type of service. With modems, you must dial to a certain service, and because of that, it pretty much requires an ISP.

However, in "Internet for Dummies" (3rd Edition), I heard of someone who literally built his own ISP in his own home, and in his own attic! :P The place is loaded with things that an ISP would use that are required to connect to the Internet's worldwide network! Although this was not referred to as an "ISP", as far as technology is concerned, it is!

A quote from the book:
Internet for Dummies (3rd Edition) wrote:
Yup!

Ah, you do have a computer. (Or maybe you're thinking of buying one.)

One approach (let's call it the "geek," or "deranged," approach) is to run
network cables (held in place by duct tape, of course) all over your house,
climb up on the roof, put up radio antennas, and fill up the attic with humming
boxes full of routers and subnets and channel service units and heaven knows
what else. This approach can be made to work (John has done it, in fact, more
than once), but if you were the kind of geek who liked to do that sort of thing,
you probably wouldn't be reading this book.

The other appoach, the "normal" approach, is to use a computer and a phone
line to dial in to an Internet service in which the geeks have already set things
up for you. (Carol and Margy favor this approach.)

I strongly recommend that you don't attempt something like this unless you're actually setting up an ISP! As they always say, "Don't try this at home"! :P

Edit: Fixed the format for the word "Yup!".

Edit 2: Put "Yup" in italic style, as it is in the book it came from.


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