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26 April 2005 @ 03:12 pm
looking for service...  
Most internet service providers can't provide me with anything beyond dial-up. I live in sort of the middle of nowhere, in the middle of a big city but not really near much, about 15250 feet from my nearest central office for DSL purposes.

Several will offer me IDSL, at almost 3x the speed of dialup, for $100 to $120 a month. Been there, done that. There's also ISDN, which I believe would give me similar speeds and probably cost even more. Bleh.

Comcast has been my best option for a while. Their basic service only offers 256 kbit up, which isn't enough, so I have their Pro package at nearly $100 a month, which gives me a measly 384 kbit up (and 4Mbit up, which is more than I need). I could get a price break if I also had cable tv... ha, I say. I have real IP addresses, but they change now and then, and my computers won't route well with each other, as each is assigned a different gateway, somewhere deep in the Comcast network.

Covad can give me a Dedicated Loop SOHO connection, 384 kbit up, 1.5 Mbit down, for $74.95 (plus equipment and installation one-time, router having wireless = bonus), and even 5 static IPs. It appears to be business class. This looks promising.

Great Oaks Wireless Internet is going to stop by my home tomorrow to see if they can get a connection there. They offer 1.5 Mbit *up and down* for a mere $64.95 a month, and guarantee 50% of that speed minimum during peak hours for residential customers. They don't think I can get that speed where I live, more likely 900 kbit, which would run $40 something a month. If they can't connect, I'll likely go for Covad, unless I find something better soon.
Current Mood: geeky
Current Music: Районы-кварталы by Звери
Blessed Holocaust of Tolerance7leaguebootdisk on April 26th, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
I loved Sprint Wireless Broadband, but not availiable for years.

WiMax is coming, that will give very nice point to point wireless. Still, a year or two out, at least (there is also an unlicenced version, that will just be a better WiFi, but not by much).

You can do your own wireless, point a high gain antena at a neighbor who has DSL, and who points an antena at you, that can go for miles.
Nikithespatula on April 26th, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC)
I'll point out that we have covad... the price it nice, but we tend to get a lot of middle of the night downtime
ashi: arrrr!ashi on April 26th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
Yes... should do for a home connection. I'm really hoping for Great Oaks, but I have doubts about the trailer roof being able to see the hilly Santa Theresa Park area... especially with that big church-hill that is likely in the way.

I wonder if I have enough neighbours in the new apartments yet that someone might be giving away a little free bandwidth...
Nikithespatula on April 26th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
I could bring my laptop over and find out for you if you want :}
ashi: ashi.comashi on April 26th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
I can use mine :)
Nikithespatula on April 26th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
oh yeah, you found yours, I forgot :}
"D" is for Doridzayde on April 26th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the russian musics by the way. Happy birthday to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ashi: snoeashi on April 27th, 2005 10:08 am (UTC)
:D You like?
I haven't played around with that big track that's supposed to be a videoclip yet, to see what i can get it to play on...
chucklemagne on April 27th, 2005 09:52 am (UTC)
Considering up speed is more important to you than down, have you looked into co-location? Just plop your server in someone's datacenter and suck off their T1...
ashi: ashi.comashi on April 27th, 2005 10:07 am (UTC)
Yes. Actually, my server is at thespatula's house because of the 1 Mbit up/down. I'm working on putting together a 1U server which I will soon have hosted at a co-location site to replace that one and have even nicer speed and uptime.

I still want some good upload speed at home, so I can do a little torrenting, quickly put up episodes I fansub and AMVs I create, do some IRC sharing...
chucklemagne on April 27th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
Can you not torrent from the colo?

I guess I think of upload bandwidth as being more relevant to making things available to others. Something like a fansub or AMV that you upload once to the colo and is available there to be downloaded by others seems like something I'd put up with since you can start that upload then leave the house and do something else. Or just work on something local. Or if you must surf the web, throttle the upload so it takes longer but your access is still comfortably useable. Whereas if everyone had to pull their own copies of your AMV from your house that'd affect you at times you couldn't control, and would slow the users up.

I'm not familiar with IRC sharing. Is it not something you could do from the colo?
ashi: arrrr!ashi on April 27th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
I seem to have different types of bittorrent and IRC usage.

My server will be running a bittorrent tracker, which doesn't take much bandwidth. I also plan to IRC share certain series via my co-lo, but there's no way I can fit my whole collection in a 1U server. I'll pick a few of my lesser-known favorites for the most part, things that might be hard to find, and also things I've worked on.

At home, I plan to torrent things to watch, most of which won't end up on my server. Some of them I'll share with people via IRC before I burn them off. By request, I'll be able to load a series back up in order to share it.

Also, the way torrents work, you tend to get better download speeds the more you share, and I like to keep a torrent active until I at least have shared the same amount I've downloaded.

When I help create something to share, I usually create it at home, upload to the server, sometimes push it to a few other people, then start the torrent process, providing initial bandwidth both from home and my server to get it started quickly. More popular series tend to be self-sustaining after the first few hours, for several months. Torrents for several files will sometimes take a day or two to get going enough to be self-sustaining, even using two or more pools of bandwidth. Less popular torrents just don't get enough people constantly on them to keep them going, so I usually keep uploading them at the minimum 3 kb/s, and combine them when possible. I'm currently seeding two such torrents at home.

This is based on my usage I've observed while having the pseudo-co-lo. My personal bottleneck with my connection at home always seems to be at upload, even when I have the co-lo to help me out.
chucklemagne on April 27th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
Truly you lead a complicated life. Have you considered moving into the data center? You'd have to invest in a jacket... Or fuck it, get a T1 to the trailer.
ashi: arrrr!ashi on April 27th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
I have considered starting my own co-lo site... the park isn't wired for 220 volts, which larger UPS systems require, but I'll bet it could be wired...