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    No, MetroCast does not offer virus protection services.

    Speeds will depend on the service level to which you subscribe. The asymmetric cable modem scheme is the most common type of cable network setup, and will allow for a faster transmission rate (higher bandwidth) on the downstream data path than the upstream data path. This network set up works well since most cable modem users download more information than they send. For example, downloading web pages and multimedia files and participating in newsgroups requires much more bandwidth than sending web page requests or e-mail. For comparison, our base level of service downloads at 1.5 Mb per second, which averages at about 180 Kilobytes per second. Compare that to a telephone modem which downloads at about 7 Kilobytes per second. Would you rather drive at 55 miles an hour or 7 miles an hour?

    No, you do not need a telephone line when using a two-way cable modem. The cable line carries both upstream and downstream signals.

    Cable modems can connect to the internet and download information much faster than a dial up modem. For example, it will take a cable modem user milliseconds to connect to the Internet while it will take a dial up modem user about a minute. Cable modems can also download information at speeds beginning at 1.5 Mbps while a dial up modem will only download information at 53 Kbps or less.

    Yes, since the television and the cable modem operate on separate frequencies, you are able to watch television and browse the Internet at the same time.

    The MetroCast Acceptable Use Policy sets forth current and commonly found internet service use policies and procedures, including monthly bandwidth usage thresholds. For more information about the policy, click here.

    Cable modems modulate and demodulate RF signals. The cable modem receives data in what is known as the downstream signal. This signal is modulated on television channels that are six MHz wide at frequencies between 88 to 860 MHz.

    New Minimum Requirements PC/Lap Top Platform Operating Systems: Windows XP, Vista and Seven Processor Speed: 300 MHz or higher Memory: 128MB Hard Drive space: 150 MB of available space Macintosh Platform Operating Systems: OS 10.4 Processor Speed: Power PC G3 Memory: 256MB Hard Drive space: 100MB available space

    A cable modem connects your computer to the internet.   A cable modem has two connections, one that leads to the cable lines outside your home and an Ethernet connection to your computer.

    With MetroCast Internet, you have the speed you need to do what you want online, without the lag time.  Stream and download movies, videos and music.  Play online games without missing any of the action.

    There are two options for connecting a cable modem to your home computer. The most common connection type is Ethernet. Ethernet uses a 10Base T or 10/100Base T connection to transfer information from the modem to a Network Interface Card (NIC card) in your computer. In most cases MetroCast will add the Ethernet card into your computer if one is not already installed. (some restrictions apply) The other common connection type is USB. USB has some advantages in that no additional hardware needs to be added to the computer. MetroCast will help to choose the best connection type for your computer.