LA Times: PacBell to Offer Consumers a Do-It-Yourself DSL Installation Kit [Linux Support Promised]
Jul 08, 2000, 18:27 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Pacific Bell this week will begin offering customers a
self-install kit for its high-speed Internet access service, a move
the phone company hopes will significantly reduce installation
delays and logistics headaches for consumers who order the
company's digital subscriber line, or DSL, service."
"The free kit includes six phone-line filters... The filters are
easily installed between a wall jack and each phone or fax machine
hooked up to the phone line that will carry the DSL signal. ... On
a typical installation, a phone technician adds a "splitter" to the
phone line to separate the analog and digital signals. Filters do
away with the need for splitters (and the need for an on-site
technician), but requires the installation of a filtering device
for each phone or fax machine connected to the DSL line."
"PacBell says most customers should be able to complete the DSL
installation within an hour. The kits are available for use
with computers running Windows 95 or 98. Kits are in development
for use with computers running Windows 2000, Windows NT, Macintosh,
Linux or Unix software, according to PacBell."
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