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Internet Options in Hyde Park
This article explains internet options that are available in Hyde Park.
Internet access is available in most areas of campus. The University's network, however, does not extend throughout Hyde Park. University community members living off-campus need to make their own arrangements for internet access at their residences. This tip sheet describes the most common commercial internet options that are available to Hyde Park residents.
DSL: AT&T offers DSL high-speed internet. Combination packages that cover both phone and internet service are available. Check rates and sign up for service at www.att.com.
Cable: Comcast offers cable high-speed internet. Combination packages that cover internet service and cable television are available. Check rates and sign up for services at visit www.comcast.com or by calling 1-877-870-4310.
Satellite: HughesNet satellite offers satellite Internet and voice services. Check rates and sign up for services at visit internet.hughesnet.com or by calling 1-866-347-3292.
Cellular Data: A laptop connection card or a USB cellular modem allows you to access data networks provided by cellular companies. AT&T offers discounts to University of Chicago Students and Staff, on plans that combine cellular data with free Wi-Fi in certain businesses such as Starbucks. You can access the Internet wherever cell coverage is available; this option is ideal for frequent travelers. Contact your cellular provider to check rates and sign up for service. You can sign up for AT&T discounts at www.att.com/wireless/ucemployees or www.att.com/wireless/ucstudents.
Building-Wide Coverage: Some apartment buildings in the area may have an existing wireless network that you can access as a tenant. If numerous tenants or an entire building is interested in creating a wireless network, it may be cost-effective and convenient to sign up for one internet connection and set up shared routers. Contact your landlord to learn if this is an option in your building.
Dial-up: If you want the least expensive and slowest home option, dial-up service is available. EarthLink Internet Services offers dial-up at 56Kbps. Check rates and sign up for service at www.earthlink.net.
If you are interested in local wireless access, you can sign up with any of these services and set up a wireless router in your home. Wireless routers can be rented from and set up by AT&T or Comcast, or purchased at most electronics stores. With an AT&T DSL package or an AT&T laptop connection card, you can get Wi-Fi at many national businesses such as Starbucks.
You can also check local coffee shops, restaurants, and bookstores to see if they offer Wi-Fi.