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09 November 2004 @ 11:15 am
DSL ^_^  
Finally, I found a company that will sell me DSL, and not iDSL.

Warning, bandwidth geekery and discussions of money ahead.

Covad can provide me with Dedicated Loop SOHO 1.5/384 service for $64.95 a month, 1 year contract, some setup fees. I can provide my own router to save money... one of the ones they'll accept goes for pretty cheap on eBay. It comes with one static IP, $10 extra a month for 5 of them.

That's 1.5 Mbit down, 384 kbit up, or about 164 kb/s down & 42 kb/s up. I currently pay close to $100 a month for Comcast Pro, 4 Mbit down and 384 kbit up, but I mostly went Pro for the 384 kbit up. I rarely am able to use the full 4 Mbit down anyway.

This will also fix my problem of communication between computers in my house. I didn't go through a router, so each computer was assigned a different gateway router somewhere in the Comcast network... so basically, sending files between my computers took longer than sending them to my IRC friends all over the world. Longer? Well, the packets were going out through the Comcast "modem," from one router in their network to another, and back through the same "modem." I cheated with Windows computers by forcing them to use Netbios, which can't route outside my home network, but I couldn't get my Mac to use Netbios.

So, grab a router on eBay, then it'll be time to order the service! Hopefully some day I'll be able to get even more bandwidth without resorting to T1 (or T1 prices will drop).
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: South Park: Chef - Simultaneous
ashi: arrrr!ashi on November 9th, 2004 07:39 pm (UTC)
Hmm, or I could go with having them provide a Netopia 3347W-T Wireless Gateway and getting most of it rebated... $159 and then $149 rebate... more up-front, but going wireless for $10 and some trouble is sounding good... I'll have to look at reviews of the router.
"D" is for Dori: Ayadzayde on November 9th, 2004 07:43 pm (UTC)
You know how much I love my wireless??? And in your place, you need it... less wires = less mess.
ashi: p-chanashi on November 9th, 2004 07:50 pm (UTC)
Heehee. And I might talk one of my neighbors into sharing to cut the costs even further... or get thespatula to buy a mobile estate near mine.
Nikithespatula on November 9th, 2004 09:18 pm (UTC)
Heh. I wish I could afford that :P It's too expensive though.
ashiashi on November 9th, 2004 10:56 pm (UTC)
Aww darn. I tried.
"D" is for Doridzayde on November 9th, 2004 11:43 pm (UTC)
mobile estate... good term for it.
ashiashi on November 10th, 2004 01:19 am (UTC)
I usually say trailer, but I remembered the name of the park I live in uses that term, and I thought it would be amusing. ^_^
chucklemagne on November 9th, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC)
Verizon is test-marketting fiber to the premises in some areas: http://www22.verizon.com/FiosForHome/channels/Fios/HighSpeedInternetForHome.asp?promotion_code=&variant=

Basic rate would be 5Mbps down, 2Mbps up for $39.95. Damn.
ashi: p-chanashi on November 9th, 2004 10:55 pm (UTC)
More up than down? 5Mbit up? Oh my. I want want want.
ashi: arrrr!ashi on November 9th, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC)
Not available where I live yet. I'm on the future notification list.
ashiashi on November 10th, 2004 01:20 am (UTC)
Oh, I think the first comment had up and down backwards. Still, 2Mbit up... dr00l...
chucklemagne on November 10th, 2004 04:26 am (UTC)
Yes, I had it wrong the first time, so I deleted the comment and commented again. Sorry 'bout that.
Menollynolly on November 10th, 2004 01:21 am (UTC)
I've got a spare DSL box...remind me when I'm at home and we can see if it's on the good list.
chucklemagne on November 10th, 2004 04:28 am (UTC)
I think we have a DSL modem from when we had Verizon DSL in Cupertino.
Menollynolly on November 10th, 2004 07:17 am (UTC)
What I have is a ZyXEL Prestige 645. If you (or anyone else reading) want it, let me know before Loscon and I'll bring it along.
ashi: arrrr!ashi on November 10th, 2004 05:59 pm (UTC)
My choices of Covad-approved routers:

Netopia 3347W-T 3D Reach Wireless Gateway
Broadxent 8120
ZyXEL 643

I looked at the differences between the 643 and 645 and ran into this:


Important bits:

The 643 is a router, and 645 is a bridge.

Covad wants all SOHO lines to use the router version of the CPE, either the older 643, or the new BroadXent 8120


So, if I'm going to have to spend money anyway, I might as well go wireless for $10 after their rebate.

Thanks for the offer :D