I've seen the other answers but just wanted to add one more. An ISDN
router will give a single computer, in many cases, better performance
than an ISDN modem, which by the way, is a TA. The term modem is
used because it is less technoid than modem. Earthlink should not care
what you are connecting to the ISDN line and if they do, you should
dump them as an ISP.
The key difference about which they can and should care is whether
you get one or more IP addresses assigned to you. They have complete
control over that - you only get one. The other concern they might have
is whether you are trying to host a web site through your connection.
Since they are probably only giving you a dynamic IP address, and
you only have an ISDN line, and it will not be up all the time (probably),
they have nothing to fear.
FYI - my company has written training courses for several major router
vendors and one of the key selling points of ISDN routers is that users
can share a single dial-up account with an ISP.
Good luck with the installation. Earthlink is a good ISP (we have one
emergency account with them in case our primary account fails).
Craig Wiesner - WKMN Training - InternetWorking Education Specialists
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> I have an ISDN line run to my house, and they're hooking it up Weds.
> I called Earthlink to change my account to ISDN today. The rep said
> although the access is dual channel, if I try to use a router or TA, I
> will be "bumped off". What gives??? I thought one of the reasons you
> used a router was to hide the network from the ISP. So this guy is
> telling me all I can use (with this account) is an ISDN 'modem'??
> Thanks for the help.
> Wayne Darinzo
> Reply to: Please add 'net' to the
> end of my address