Originally posted by Link Hylia@Nov. 03 2002, 4:36 am
yes, any ISP will suffice, but broadband (read- Cable or DSL) is best for gaming. even the best phone lines still have a 200 ms ping time (AOL normally gets a 350ms+), but cable and DSL are often below 50 ms
just think of the Xbox/PS2/Dreamcast/Gamecube as another computer.
if you can easily hook up another computer, and browse the web, just do the same hookups hardwarewise, and you are good to go.
some will need to run a proxy server, as some ISPs need a computer signed on to the network, like AOL. this means that "gateway" (lowercase, not company) will need 2 Ethernet cards 1 for the modem (or USB/etc. used to connect to the modem) and 1 for the console. use a Crossover cable for the console-computer connection. then run a proxy server, like ICS or AnalogX's Proxy (pending your trusting of MS)
now, since it has internet access, it shouldn't be too hard to program a web browser so you can browse the web using the console, like webtv
though you do have to contend with the controllers, as mice and keyboards aren't standard.