Complementing a similar strategy for its DSL service, EarthLink said it has started to offer a home networking service bundle to its cable modem ISP customers.
EarthLink's home networking service and gateway hardware will leverage both wired and wireless links to share high-speed connections and files among several PCs and peripherals on a home network. The company's wired version uses Ethernet, and its wireless product taps an integrated 802.11b protocol network.
EarthLink hopes to attract customers to the home networking service via a variety of promotions. In a discounting move that was effective until the end of March, EarthLink was hewing $149.95 off the gateway ($50 price reduction and a $99.95 rebate), making the wired version free and cutting the wireless version in half. The EarthLink Home Networking service goes for $9.95 per month.
EarthLink has launched its broadband ISP in 21 Time Warner Cable markets, and plans to offer it to the MSO's 18 remaining markets by the middle of 2002. Including cable, DSL and two-way satellite, EarthLink has signed up more than 471,000 broadband customers.