The wonders of modern technology eh? Well yes I am currently listening to BBC Radio 1 as I write this post - hard to believe for some I know.
This post is about how we got the internet and how to do it especialy if your from or moving to this area. Any comments are more than welcome detailing alternative providers/reliability in service etc. Heres how we did it..
Our PC was brought to us by a very good freind (you know who you are!) after a year of "snail mail" so with equipment ready we began our internet search "IBERBANDA" is now our provider. The cost is 39 euros per month for broadband plus the tax so budget for around 45 all in. The service is overall very reliable. Our gps system depends on the connection to the dish on top of Sagra mountain so if we are experiencing bad weather the connection can be a bit hit and miss. Internet (particularly broadband) does seem to be the exception to the rule as far as "Spain is cheaper" is concerened.
Your first port of call will be the cyber cafe in Huescar or similar depending on your local town. You will then fill in a form with bank details etc and you can expect an engineer within 14 days (14 spanish days that is) They will then either mount a 14"x14" square receiver on the highest point above your cave or erect a post (30 euros extra) so that the receiver can bounce or "see" the signal source (in our case Sagra mountain) You will have to make provision for the ariel which is very similar to a tv ariel, in our case our cable came through the ceiling of our rear most bedroom, the engineer did leave leave a little disgrunted when we said we would fit/lead the cable cable ourselves - he said he hadnt done "all of his job". Leading the cable from the ceiling to the actual computer was simple, we did it ourselves only because we still had decorative issues in that room. One good point the engineer made was though was to put the internet cable through conduit like electrical wires due to yeso (plaster) slightly acidic - this we did at no extra hassle and to be safe in the long run. So connect up and wahey! online!!??? NOPE.
Older computers will need an adapter for broadband, this adapter which fits very easily into your pc (only a screwdriver needed) can be purchased for 7 euros. My tip would be to ask for one anyway on a sale or return basis just in case.
Conclusion: Our PC brought from the Uk works very very well with our internet provider, however I have heard different opinions - it depends on your area. The only problems we have have is with heavy weather which I think you have to accomodate given the technology only available to you. Contacting the company can test your patience unless you speak good Spanish, only one helpline operator speaks English and they never seem to be on their shift when you ring! (apparently) We havnt had any need to ring the helpline and have had our system now for 6 months.
Iberbanda can be contacted on: 911021000 or fax 911021444
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