Reconfigure your network connection with isp-switch

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Article from Issue 88/2008
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When an Internet provider goes down, users suffer. Alternatively, users can immediately switch to another ISP. We’ll show you a Perl script that can help you reconfigure your computer to make the switch.

In California, two major competitors currently offer Internet access to private households: AT&T with broadband DSL and Comcast with broadband Internet via the TV cable. A DSL or cable modem picks up data off the wire, and a router connects the machines on the home network with the Internet. Both providers have their advantagesand disadvantages. The cable solution suffers from too many kids in the neighborhood playing World of Warcraft because bandwidth drops as more users join the network.

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