If you subscribe to Road Runner Internet services through Bright House Networks, you can achieve download speeds up to 40 megabits per second with the Lightning plan and use either a wired or wireless router with your modem to connect multiple computers. Whether your home is ideal for a wired set-up or you own several wireless-enabled devices, you or a Bright House technician can install the network best for your needs.
Because Road Runner Internet uses a cable modem that has a a port for an Ethernet cable, you can run it directly to your computer or to any wired or wireless router. Regardless of the router type, it will have an Ethernet port for the "Line Out" or "Internet" connection. This also means that you can purchase routers from almost any manufacturer, including Linksys, NETGEAR or D-Link.
Bright House, the local company that provides Road Runner's Internet service, offers a home-networking solution for an additional fee when you purchase its fastest plan, known as Lightning. Your cable company technician will not only set-up your Internet connection but will also create a local area network for your home with a wireless router. With this setup, your wireless laptop, gaming console and even cell phone can access the Internet, shared files and printer.
The wireless networking options that Bright House provides are optional and, although they will provide you with a compatible router, you can purchase your own. This might be a better option for you financially as Road Runner Lightning networking comes with an installation fee of $50 for up to two computers or devices as of the time of publication. Each additional computer requires another $30 installation fee. If you are comfortable doing so, you can purchase wired or wireless routers for around the price of the basic installation fee charged by Bright House.
Whether you purchase a wireless router separately or pay for home networking with your Road Runner Lightning service, not all of your devices may be wireless-ready. Many laptops and video games consoles have internal wireless adapters, but desktops or older computers may not. You can purchase external adapters that plug into your computer's USB port to add it to a wireless network. Additionally, wireless routers also include limited Ethernet ports for wired connections.
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