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    MAC Codes - Does my cable broadband have one?

    Hi All

    I am currently a customer with Virgin Media (Was NTL originally).

    Anyway 24 hours ago i convinced Virgin to let me have the 20mb line for same price as the 2mb line but only for 3 months. This has yet to kick in and i am seriousley debating whether to canx my account and give Be a chance.

    When i enquired with Be they said i need a MAC Code. I asked Virgin what is my MAC code and some chap said i dont have one. I just wondered is a MAC code necessary when changing providers baring in mind i am currently on cable and will probably move to a BT Line so i am unsure if Cable broadband have MAC codes.

    Any help/advice is much appreciated.

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    Original Poster

    Cheers mate.

    The MAC is needed for ADSL to ADSL, cable to ADSL is the same as setting up a new ADSL connection as far as I'm aware.

    John

    Johnmcl7

    The MAC is needed for ADSL to ADSL, cable to ADSL is the same as setting … The MAC is needed for ADSL to ADSL, cable to ADSL is the same as setting up a new ADSL connection as far as I'm aware.John



    Yep two entirely seperately systems. mac is for adsl only on phone lines, nowt to do with cable.

    Original Poster

    Thanks Chaps. Last question please

    If i change to be what equipment do i need.

    I read they send me an adsl modem/router (Am i best off buying one of these myself in terms of like a netgear one).

    Secondly i need either a USB Adapter or a PCI Wireless Card.

    Do i need an ethernet card? Sorry for all the questions.

    All depends on which provider you choose.

    Some will give you hardware, some won;t, some will loan/rent to you, others will provide nothing etc.

    Have a browse on [url]www.solwise.co.uk[/url]

    Also have a good look on the articles, help, forums and guides on [url]www.thinkbroadband.com[/url]

    When it comes to anything but light usage I'm not a huge wireless fan, see here:
    ]http//ww…e=8

    If your main net usage is in one place, you may as well lay down a £5 20meterish cat5e ethernet utp cable from the router you'll use on adsl to the pc/laptop you'll be using.

    Chances are your pc/laptop has a RJ45 ethernet port unless it's truly ancient

    You get a free router with BE but its about £25 connection

    Original Poster

    Yes BE is a £24 connection fee. Put in an order today via Quidco. Ebuyer are doing an adsl/router and usb adapter bundle that one of the mods posted recentley for £50+ quid. Thanks for the info chaps/gals.
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