Earthlink anyone?

jaydee

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How are they? Do they disconnect you after a certain amount of idle time? Anything bad about them? Anyone providing better service?
 

cavingjan

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I switched to them after I nuked my old ISP that couldn't figure out how to get me online and had no call in tech support. If I can't get online with you, how am I supposed to send you emails? grr.
But earthlink is nice. I have a 3com 56k LAN modem that I have hooked up to them. I wasn't sure (neither were they) that it would work for them but they gave me a free month to play and try to get it to work. They've been nice. Do not install their software though. It took a couple days to finally track the last of the stuff down and nuke it from my laptop. I only wanted the dialer program so I didn't have reams of phone numbers sticking out my rear. I do however find myself using AOL out on the road more than my Earthlink account.
Gaming is usually stable. They did have a DNS problem a few months ago.
 

isekii

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I used earthlink.. they have never signed of off for being idle..

They are I think one of the best Nationwide dial up providers..

other than that.. get small local ones that aren't whored out...

Earthlink has rocked .. throughout my dialup career and if I lost my cable.. I'd most likely go back to earthlink..

they have a promo where you can get 60 days for 1 buck.. Let me know if you want the code..

I'll give it to you.

 

ManSnake

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Earthlink is pretty good if you ask me, I don't think you will get disconnected often.
 

Goldfish

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I used their dialup before I switched to DSL. It was very reliable, I got about 6k most of the time, which is real good for 56k.
 

Hoober

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I've got Earthlink for when I travel and I've never had a problem with them. never been disconnected for idle time, either.
 

dcdomain

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Definitely one of the better ISPS out there. However, for some reason I wasn't able to play any SC/BW games on Battle.net because of latency problems. On the same computer/modem and phoneline I switched to my friend's Rutgers account and had no problems.

Other than that, they are a great company.
 

jaydee

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Cool. I think I'll do it. Too far out for DSL, and cable doesn't go by my house (go figure), so dial-up is my only real choice. Did I hear of some promotion of a free digital camera (crappy, but free nonetheless)? I haven't seen anything on their website about it though.
 

Aenygma

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Its a nice national ISP... you will get more lag on it than a local ISP though.


The free camera is a POS, better to go with some sort of deal where they give you a certain amount of months for say 9.95 and then it goes to 19.95. They run multiple deals every month, but dont advertise them.
 

JLindo

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For the most part I like them. Don't count on them for customer support though. I know more than most of the techs there already, so they can't usually be of much "support". Other than that and the ocassional spammer, I like Earthlink good enough. Besides which, for $17.95 a month (a deal through Sams Club), I won't complain.
 

mztykal

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They kick you off if you're idle for too long. I've had Earthlink for a year already and they've always kicked me off if I was idle for awhile. The only way to stop it is to nuke the control manager file. :(

Earthlink is good though. Constant speeds and decent downloads at around 5k. :)
 

jaydee

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<< They kick you off if you're idle for too long. I've had Earthlink for a year already and they've always kicked me off if I was idle for awhile. The only way to stop it is to nuke the control manager file. :( >>



Wouldn't ping X.com -t be easier?
 

yakko

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Most of the connection quality will depend on the lines in your area. If your phone company has crappy lines epect slower speeds and more bumps.
 

SJ

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They don't kick you off for being idle, atleast not me. Also a word of warning they don't really like you to leave it connected for 24 hours or longer. They will send you an email warning. I got a warning a long time ago, but still do it(for those long ass downloads, which suck on dialup), and never heard back from them so who knows.