[rescue] looking for a Multia
Curtis H. Wilbar Jr.
rescue at hawkmountain.net
Tue Aug 12 11:41:15 CDT 2003
>Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2003 10:58:39 -0500
>From: "Joshua D. Boyd" <jdboyd at celestrion.net>
>To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
>Subject: Re: [rescue] looking for a Multia
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>On Tue, Aug 12, 2003 at 11:03:54AM -0400, Dave McGuire wrote:
>> You using a modem or something?
>Yep, I'm stuck in dial up. Well, actually, that's not even working
>right now, either, but hopefully it will be by the end of the day.
>I moved. There is no high speed internet service convienient to the
>apartment building I now live in. I've had the apartment for 4 weeks
>today, and I still haven't been able to get definate answers from
>Comcast and Verizon about what options exist. The phone company
>insisted on connecting my apartment to a switch that is 4 miles away
>instead of the one that is 2-3 miles away. The apartment building does
>not have any pre-existing cable service run to it, so cable would have
>to be run from the road, which is down a 3-4 tenths of a mile lane. The
>cable company won't even talk to me, actually, they will only talk to
>the landlord. I'm supposed to have an answer about whether the cable
>company will do it and what the potential cost would be early this week,
>but it hasn't come through.
If cable is available in that area... see if you can find a cable
subscriber that will allow you to setup a WiFi link. Offer to split
the internet portion of the cable bill with them, and you'll provide
the equipment (or something like that).
>ISDN is definately available, but with a hefty install and a 30-60 day
>lead time on installation. Further, I haven't been able to get the
>phone company to give me the business pricing talked about on
>dslreports. Instead they keep running me around for hours then dump me
>on residential, which is obscenely expensive (dslreports.com reports
>that business service is far cheaper in this case). Verizon wireless is
>also available. The speed on that ranges from 40k to 144k. They won't
>say what I'd actually get from my apartment. They aren't even clear on
>what model phone would be best. Both ISDN and Verizon Wireless require
>a 2 year contract, and I don't know that I'm really all that likely to
>stay longer than a year. Obviously I only want to go with either of
>these as a fall back position after everything else is ruled out.
Unless the RBOCs have changed, the cheapest ISDN is till residential
and you use DOV (data over voice) which merely flags a bit saying that
this is a voice call, not a data call. You lose 8K per channel (you
get 56K per channel with DOV instead of 64K), but if you have equipment
and your ISP will support dual DOV B channels, you'll get 110K of bandwidth
without per minute/per packet charges.
>BTW, no one was willing to give me authoratative answers about whether
>DSL or cable were available until after I took the place. I hate
>comcast and verizon. I look forward to the day that I can just pick up
>a fractional T to either epix.net or D&E (two local companies that have
>been nice to deal with in the past), or better yet, maybe Patrick would
>want to expand into that area of business.
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Knock on wood, I've had pretty good luck with Comcast (Media One ->
AT&T Broadband -> Comcast). I've had very few problems... once in a
long while I'll have to log into the 3620 and do a shut/no shut to
get cable back up, and if that don't work, power cycle the cable modem
(even though it indicates it has a connection with the head end).... but
that isn't required very often (about once every 6-8 weeks or more).
While I never wanted to get ISP services through the cable company, I've
personally had good luck with them (knock on wood), and I can't get
anything else where I am to rival the speed for the price....
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