is high-speed bandwidth?
Anything faster than 56 Kbps (kilobytes per second) is considered
to be high speed. Typically it is supplied at 128 Kbps and moves up
from there to any magnitude.
I need a separate telephone line?
No, the community intranet and the connection to the World Wide Web
are on a separate cable. You will always be connected and never need
a telephone line to do so.
is the provider of services?
In communities we have done thus far, we have utilized our strategic
Group to provide television services through a digital satellite
system. The distribution from the satellite head-end along with the
inclusion of intranet and Internet connectivity has been completed along
with Sprint who
provides the connection to the Internet.
I have to buy anything to make my computer work on the network?
You need a Network Interface Card (NIC) for each computer you want
connected to the service. Each home is wired with a structured
wiring package with Category 5 cable allowing for you to plug your
computer into that Category 5 outlet which looks like a fatter telephone
cable outlet. The NIC is then automatically recognized and set up
by the system.
NIC, or how do I do it?
You can follow the instructions supplied with the NIC, or you can have the
computer vendor where you made your NIC purchase or any other vendor install
secure is this network?
This setup is a TRUE intranet. This means there is a server on the
premises behind a firewall. This will give you optimum protection
from electronic intrusion, however, you will still
have to guard against viruses from emails or other areas.
I protected from hackers and viruses?
You are to the extent of your virus protection software. Hackers
will be thwarted by the firewall in place, but viruses can still get
through your email. If you have an up-to-date anti-virus program
installed on your computer and you do not give access to anyone
outside the community, you will not have a problem.
is an intranet different from the Internet?
The intranet is a community-wide, private, secure network for the use of
the residents and for their eyes only where as the Internet and the World Wide
Web which resides on the Internet is
outside the community for anyone to see.
can I be sure I am protected from
electronic intrusion if my computer is always on?
As long as your computer is within the intranet community, you are behind the
firewall. This is the best protection you can receive other than
turning your computer off. You can also add purchasable software
firewalls on your computer.
I use two or more computers at the same time in my house?
Yes, your house is wired and setup as a Local Area Network (LAN).
Peer-to-peer networking or client-server networking can be accomplished
with this setup.
special equipment is in my house?
You have a cable modem and a 5-port hub installed in your structured wired
I pay extra for this
wiring and equipment?
The cost of wiring and equipment is part of the structured wiring that enables your house to be a
“smart home” and is included in the cost of the home.
do I setup my computers to use the “internal network”?
Each computer you want on you home LAN needs a NIC and a
network cable (Category 5 cable with RJ45 connector).
I use a single printer for all my computers?
Yes, as long as you have setup your home LAN.
happens to my intranet connection if the system goes down?
If the cable service to your home goes down you would not be
able to access the community intranet or the World Wide Web until it is
restored. However, you would
still be able to use your home LAN.
I pay extra for access to the Internet?
No, always on high speed Internet access is included in your basic
my home security system tied into the intranet?
No, but it could be if you wanted it to. This would be an optional
upgrade you could discuss with the structured wiring provider for your
I access my home computer from outside the community?
Yes, you can utilizing your user name and password, but you want to be sure not
to give this information to anyone else.