|RE:Do ISPs still support a mint, unmodified i-Opener? (modified 0 times) ||vailr|
|As I remember it: during the time when Netpliance was transitioning all customers away from their own ISP to Earthlink ISP (or was it AT&T?), they supported any version of IOpener going to the newly designated ISP. But after a certain time period, the Netpliance dialup ISP was shut down completely. So, if there were some way to network via dial-up modem to another computer, which had the necessary code, then (theoretically) you could switch any version:1 thru :5 IOpener to Earthlink/ATT ISP. You'd also need a way to "convince" the unmodified machine, that it was connecting to the genuine Netpliance ISP.|
That said: There's probably no EASY way to enable newer ISP's, other than opening the case, temporarily attaching a hard drive (which may also require flashing, or else swapping out, the bios chip), and re-writing the SanDisk contents. Or if you could do it, NetZero would make an ideal "no cost" email & light web surfing ISP (no cost, for 10 hours per month). NetZero ISP could be set up on a notebook hard drive (probably not possible using only the SanDisk), running the free downloadable "Linspire" operating system. You'd attach the notebook hard drive, via adapter, to a desktop machine; boot from the Linspire CD; install the O.S.; then attach the HD to the IOpener. Linspire 4.5 has built-in support for NetZero, as well as several other ISP's..