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, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.