What is DSL? Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is a broadband access technology that uses existing copper telephone lines and specialized equipment housed in space leased in telephone company central offices to connect you right in to the Internet. This gives "always-on" Internet access and does not tie up the phone line. No more paying for a second phone line and no more waiting for someone in the household to get off the phone, your connection is ready to go at any time!
Where is it DSL available? DSL service is broadly available in the Illinois and Iowa Quad-Cities, including Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Milan, Silvis, Davenport, and Bettendorf. The level of service available to an individual member may vary according to location.
What comes with DSL service as far as email, etc.? Our DSL members may have up to 10 email boxes. They also may have a 10-hour a month backup dialup account at no extra charge. Like our dialup members, DSL members receive free virus and spam filtering; Webmail; exclusive access to the online editions of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus, plus text and photo archives; personal web page; free training seminars; and phone support.
What's the difference between DSL and cable modem service? The main difference is that cable modem users are on a shared loop and must share bandwidth. DSL customers are on their own lines and do not share service. Therefore, the speed of DSL service tends to be more consistent and reliable.
What kind of hardware do I need? Can I supply my own? Although most people still call them DSL "modems," they really are micro-routers. They cannot be used for dialup access. If you purchase DSL access, a modem will be provided for you either by purchase or by rental, depending on the DSL service you purchase and the options available to you. We cannot support other brands of hardware at this time. Please note: Your modem connects only one computer to the Internet.
Can I share my DSL line with more than one computer? Yes. You will have a dynamically allocated IP address and can use one machine as a gateway. Static IPs are not available with residential service. To obtain a static IP, you would need to upgrade to a business-level service. If you wish to use the connection on multiple machines, you can pick up the proper hardware at most local computer stores. Please note that QCO staff will not be able to support setting up or troubleshooting your home network.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2013. There are 27 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Within a few weeks the Rock Island Barracks will contain more than 10,000 rebel prisoners, a guard of about 1,500 and a large number of officers. This should bring business to our city. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Corn was selling at 25 cents per bushel in Rock Island county, and the average price of wheat was 80 cents per bushel. 1913 -- 100 years ago: R.G. Hudson and R.H. Dart were elected wardens at Trinity Episcopal Church. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Smiling, baldish, 30-year-old Jimmy Roosevelt reported for work today as movie maker Sam Goldwyn's new hired hand. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Members of the East Moline City Council last night unanimously voted approval of the name of John F. Kennedy Drive for the improved sections of 3rd and 4th streets between 17th Avenue and the south city limits. 1988 -- 25 years ago: A $70,000 fundraising drive is underway to establish a Big Brother/Big Sisters program in the Quad-Cities. Organizers hope to raise funds to begin the nationally affiliated program by March 1.