Queso
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Griping About Internet Availability

Sat Jul 29, 2006 11:37 am

As most of you know, I'm proud of where I live out in the sticks. But it does have it's disadvantages at times. It's been a little stormy here for the past couple of hours and my internet access has been intermittent. I live much too far away from the phone company central office to have DSL (and my dial-up speed is only 24k) and the crappy little cable system out here is still analog. I had Direcway satellite internet for a few years but it's very expensive, subject to bandwidth restrictions, has a HUGE lag when you click on a link to try to open it, and the upload speed was slower than dialup. So along came Clearwire, a wireless internet provider. It has fairly good upload speed, no lag, about 1.5mbps download speed, and was less than 2/3 the cost of satellite with no equipment investment required and I can grab the wireless modem and take it to work with me!

The only problem is that sometimes when it rains really hard (about once every 6 months), the signal drops and it goes down and I can't give CastleIsland a hard time when I really need to.

How often does YOUR internet access go down? Do you have other problems that might be different?
 
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RE: Griping About Internet Availability

Sat Jul 29, 2006 11:43 am

my ISP sucks. I have ADSL (new technology for home users here in Paraguay) and they keep restricting my bandwith. They make it lower and lower each time. And its friggin expensive 60 USD a month. Its better than satellite internet that they offer here though.

Sometimes, when I work on my laptop, I use my neighbor's WiFi which isn't password protected. They have their business's network hoked up at home, so sometimes its pretty fast. When it's cloudy/rainy, their internet doesn't work, meaning I don't get WiFi sometimes.
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RE: Griping About Internet Availability

Sat Jul 29, 2006 11:49 am

I think my folks use a similar wireless system based on radio frequencies. Almost DSL-speed caught by an antenna on the roof? They, too, live in East Jesus and would've needed the über-expensive DirecWay. I'll ask 'em, but figure I would've heard something if they had a decline in service quality during a storm.
 
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RE: Griping About Internet Availability

Sat Jul 29, 2006 11:53 am

Quoting Queso (Thread starter):
As most of you know, I'm proud of where I live out in the sticks. But it does have it's disadvantages at times. It's been a little stormy here for the past couple of hours and my internet access has been intermittent. I live much too far away from the phone company central office to have DSL (and my dial-up speed is only 24k) and the crappy little cable system out here is still analog. I had Direcway satellite internet for a few years but it's very expensive, subject to bandwidth restrictions, has a HUGE lag when you click on a link to try to open it, and the upload speed was slower than dialup. So along came Clearwire, a wireless internet provider. It has fairly good upload speed, no lag, about 1.5mbps download speed, and was less than 2/3 the cost of satellite with no equipment investment required and I can grab the wireless modem and take it to work with me!



Quoting Queso (Thread starter):
The only problem is that sometimes when it rains really hard (about once every 6 months), the signal drops and it goes down

Signed,

Johan
 
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RE: Griping About Internet Availability

Sat Jul 29, 2006 11:58 am

I've got cable internet from mediacom here in central Iowa and I am quite pleased with the service. As I teach college classes over the internet there can be no service interruptions.

I had probably five or six different dial up services. I went through AOL, Radiks, MSN, and a couple others, the last being earthlink. AOL wouldn't get out of my credit card and it took an act of congress to get their fangs out of my jugular.

There were always problems with the Earthlink system (when they started trying to "improve" it) and their 'tech support' was always and forever blaming my phone lines or my modem settings. So I could always check my settings, as they had a 28.8k server in Tipton, Iowa that was hardly ever in use. I'd dial it up, everythign would work fine, I'd call them back and say "Now. Are you done being stupid or do you want to continue?"

MSN was pretty bad too. They had problems and I dumped them when one of their tech support people told me that their server wasn't broken, it had "issues". No lie.

Mediacom is pretty good, they have tech people who actually are pretty knowledgeable, and the only thing I don't like is the price-about $40 per month
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RE: Griping About Internet Availability

Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:04 pm

Quoting Aircraft (Reply 3):
Signed,

Johan

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RE: Griping About Internet Availability

Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:41 pm

I have DSL service through Qwest, though the acutal ISP in my case is a company in Las Cruces, NM. In the nearly three years I've had the services, I've only had occasional outages, at the most five. The longest I've been aware of an outage was three to four hours. I'd say that is pretty good.
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RE: Griping About Internet Availability

Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:19 pm

I work for an ISP offering ADSL and SDSL connections. Our ADSL is basically a wholesale product of what Swisscom offers - the main Swiss carrier. This means we are not directly responsible for outages when they happen.

Except when a card breaks down in the central office DSLAM, the service virtually never goes down - maybe once or twice a year for 1 hour or so, which is quite acceptable. They do planned maintenances on Sunday nights between 2 and 4 am which can take quite a long time (up to 2 hours) but they don't usually impact anyone. Companies that can't take planned maintenances on Sundays have to get SDSL, the more professional service which has 1-2 planned maintenances of 10 minutes every year, and otherwise no downtime (except if the Earth explodes or so).

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