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Re:High Speed Internet: Where?
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2003, 10:25:29 am »

     Looks like my moving options have just expanded!  Comcast is getting scared by DSL, so they've doubled their downstream rates!  We just jumped from 1.7mbps to 3.5mbps down here in Sarasota, FL!!!
     The rate increase should be in all Comcast markets by the end of the year.  If there are any current N.H. residents who are Comcast subscribers who are reading this, please post when and if your rates have increased.

You can use this to test:
http://www.netifice.com/network/bandwidth_meter.shtml
or
http://chi.speakeasy.com

      Also, Roadrunner customers, please notify us if your company makes any speed changes!

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Re:High Speed Internet: Where?
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2003, 05:05:39 pm »

I know it's a little big more expensive, but you can get high speed Satelite internet access, pretty much anywhere.

If a house is cheep enough and it doesn't matter where you live (perhaps you're livelyhood isn't connected to a job.) it might be worth it to buy a really cheep house in the country and purchase high-speed satelite internet.

High-Speed Satelite internet is around $90/month.

Here in Sioux Falls, SD Cable internet is around $29/month, about the same price as AOL dialup. So Satalite's out of the question.

But from what I see, it's less then $40 more per month then your cable access in New Hampshire (at least by the posts I just saw -- and you get satalite TV with that $90/month) so maybe it doesn't matter too much where you move -- especially since lots of other things are cheeper in places with-out high speed internet (e.g., The house itself, property taxes, etc.)

Of course you have to buy the dish, for satalite, which could be cost prohibitive.

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Re:High Speed Internet: Where?
« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2003, 10:01:33 pm »

Tracy,

     Satellite is a neat idea, but for anyone who cares about performance, it blows.  Downstream is quick, but upstream is capped at the speed of a phone line.  Not to mention latency is really bad, as your request for a site, goes through your phone line, to the ISP, to the requested site, back to the ISP, to the satellite, and back down to your house.

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Re:High Speed Internet: Where?
« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2003, 10:54:19 pm »

Direcway is two way satellite service for $60 per month with $600 upfront equipment cost if bought directly from Hughes.  Resellers may have it cheaper.  DirectTV may be added to it as well.

http://www.direcway.com/default.asp?CurrentPath=direcway/for_home/learn_more/oneway_twoway.htm

It still isn't quite as fast as cable, but much better than dial-up.  

To avoid the need for running a phone line to the house, use Vonage, another $25 per month, http://www.vonage.com/.  It plugs into your ethernet router and uses the internet connection for phone service.  It works just like a regular phone, includes a phone number, and has 500 minutes US long distance.  Unlimited long distenace is $35 per month.
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Re:High Speed Internet: Where?
« Reply #19 on: October 24, 2003, 04:53:27 pm »

    Looks like my moving options have just expanded!  Comcast is getting scared by DSL, so they've doubled their downstream rates!  We just jumped from 1.7mbps to 3.5mbps down here in Sarasota, FL!!!
     The rate increase should be in all Comcast markets by the end of the year.  If there are any current N.H. residents who are Comcast subscribers who are reading this, please post when and if your rates have increased.

You can use this to test:
http://www.netifice.com/network/bandwidth_meter.shtml
or
http://chi.speakeasy.com

      Also, Roadrunner customers, please notify us if your company makes any speed changes!

Regards,
Ian


Adelphia just upped their downstream from 2.0+ Mbps to 3.0+ Mbps.  ;D


ps and upstream from 128K to 384K.  :D
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Re:High Speed Internet: Where?
« Reply #20 on: October 24, 2003, 04:56:43 pm »

This is interesting, but does this have any spyware features?


Sorry Mike for missing this reply, finding old posts on this board is a bit of a hassle. I don't know anything about spyware risks with cablenut freeware. I'll do a search and see what I come up with.
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Re:High Speed Internet: Where?
« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2003, 10:36:42 pm »

Anyone know if the isps and telephone companies are willing to do something like install seven data lines(no phone numbers, can not recieve calls) and one phone line to splice together? That would be nice if you do not live in a populated city.
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Re:High Speed Internet: Where?
« Reply #22 on: October 27, 2003, 11:52:49 pm »

I'm sure if their was much demand for something like that in a smaller town, it would be provided.

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Re:High Speed Internet: Where?
« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2003, 12:19:50 pm »

Direcway would cost less than 7 phone lines for better download performance.  Uploads would be about the same performance as 2 phone lines.
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Re:High Speed Internet: Where?
« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2003, 04:12:04 pm »

Direcway distributes Customer Premise Equipment capable of transmitting back to the satellite?  How can they possibly do this affordably?

Regarding spyware, there are plenty of freeware spyware solutions.  It is not necessary as a broadband solution.

Check out Spybot Search and Destroy and Ad-Aware.  You can find the former on Google on a dozen sites and the latter can be found at www.lavasoftusa.com.
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Re:High Speed Internet: Where?
« Reply #25 on: November 05, 2003, 07:22:40 pm »

Regarding spyware, there are plenty of freeware spyware solutions.  It is not necessary as a broadband solution.

Suggestion: Do Not Use Windows. 99.999% of all your worries vanish, and the rest can be eliminated with just a little work.

Linux is free, as in no cost, and free as in freely installable without a 16-page fine print must-agree-to-it-first license agreement.

http://www.debian.org/
http://www.knoppix.net/

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Re:High Speed Internet: Where?
« Reply #26 on: November 05, 2003, 07:54:59 pm »

Agreed as far as I am concerned, but for those who don't know where to locate a spyware solution, Linux may be a big step to take.  Especially Debian!
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Re:High Speed Internet: Where?
« Reply #27 on: November 06, 2003, 01:26:50 am »

Tried Linux two times in the last 3 years based on all the rah-rahing from the fanboys out there.  Despite the pretty GUI they've made, it's still a confusing mess, and I don't have the eternity it takes to figure out how to complete the simplest of tasks!

Okay.. enough thread hijacking.. back to bandwidth talk.
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Re:High Speed Internet: Where?
« Reply #28 on: November 06, 2003, 11:12:49 am »

Agreed as far as I am concerned, but for those who don't know where to locate a spyware solution, Linux may be a big step to take.  Especially Debian!

For home users, I would have to simply recommend a good desktop running on any flavour of linux.

In my opinion, Ximian desktop rocks!

Sorry it only runs on Redhat or Suse.  :'(  
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