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Ihatetimewarner
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Icon 1 posted June 14, 2008 05:51      Profile for Ihatetimewarner         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I am completely fed up with everything about Time Warner. The only thing that has worked well is Road Runner. I would like to switch to AT&T, but I don't know anthing about their DSL. Does anybody know of any problems (or lack there of) with DSL through AT&T? Specifically, can I get phone calls while on the internet? Will it kick me off the internet when people call? Is it as fast as Road Runner?
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I don't use AT&T for DSL - Qwest got the concessions where I live. It works well most of the time. Sometimes, usually Sunday evenings, I have issues that involve multiple resets of the modem. DSL does not turn off when people call - it's not a standard modem, and the information is coming in over different frequencies than phone calls. You will need filters, actually, for any phones you don't plug into the DSL modem to cut the noise but your provider will provide those. The speed depends on a variety of things - ask AT&T what's available in your area.

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How far of that DSL central office to your house? A lot of phone has a special adapter when you uses DSL.
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I thought AT&T wasn't a local carrier?

Beyond that, DSL sucks in the US. I think it may be a bit better in other countries, but it's slow and expensive in the US.

I'm pretty sure you're better off sticking with RR, assuming your connection is good. Try and ditch everything else about them if you can.

Oh, and I'm thinking this may not be the most productive nick for general posting. But maybe that's just me, and I just walked around a video store for a a good few minutes wondering why there wasn't any coffee in it. (Answer: The sign /was/ right over the entrance way, but the real entrance was offset to the right by a few feet...and the sign for the video store was /huge/ and far above normal viewing range.)

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Really? I thought the answer would be "It's a video store." [Razz]

Unless you're in Seattle. Even bike shops have coffee stands in Seattle.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Really? I thought the answer would be "It's a video store." [Razz]

Unless you're in Seattle. Even bike shops have coffee stands in Seattle.

Well...that's kind of what I thought. I figured it was quite strange...but there weren't any videos downstairs - just lots of candy. I figured that maybe it was a mixed 'store/coffee shop' and that the coffee would be upstairs with seating, but instead...there were videos...and a kiosk that I managed to haxx0r.

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Thanks for the advice. I might have to just suck it up and deal with terrible customer service until I can risk downgrading my internet reliability. In the mean time I need a good cup of coffee and a movie. Know any good places?
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quote:
Originally posted by Ihatetimewarner:
In the mean time I need a good cup of coffee and a movie. Know any good places?

Sorry, can't help you here, but have you heard of Yappi? It's a forum geared toward high school sports in Ohio, but there's plenty of chatter about other things, including restaurants in this or that city. Register and ask your question. I promise you'll get answers.

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
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Originally posted by Ihatetimewarner:
In the mean time I need a good cup of coffee and a movie. Know any good places?

Sorry, can't help you here, but have you heard of Yappi? It's a forum geared toward high school sports in Ohio, but there's plenty of chatter about other things, including restaurants in this or that city. Register and ask your question. I promise you'll get answers.
I'm pretty sure that was a rhetorical question - a shot at humor based on my post. [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by iNoles:
How far of that DSL central office to your house? A lot of phone has a special adapter when you uses DSL.

Actual distance from the CO is mostly meaningless -- you'd be amazed at how weirdly phone wiring is run. You can be < 1km from the CO but still have > 6km of wire between you and them.
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Is AT&T U-verse available where you are yet? Internet through that isn't bad, 10M/1.5M for $55/month for the top tier. Their TV service only looks good if your cable company has a badly designed distribution system too but you can drop that.

U-verse is where they run fiber to a box within 3,000 feet of your home and use the existing copper from there. So you get state-of-the-art communications to somewhere down the block and your packets take a muddy dirt trail to your home. Sadly, for Internet this is usually superior to what the cable monopoly provides.

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We can't get their Elite DSL ($35). We can only get the Pro DSL ($30). They advertise that it is 50x faster than standard dial up, but I don't really know what that means.
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quote:
Originally posted by Ihatetimewarner:
We can't get their Elite DSL ($35). We can only get the Pro DSL ($30). They advertise that it is 50x faster than standard dial up, but I don't really know what that means.

Dial up is a strange thing. I remember the good old days where you pray that you get a connection as you hear the musical tones coming from your computer. Somedays you go to download a song and it takes 5 min. and the next day a song takes 3 hours as you are kicking your tower the whole time.

Thank someone for the invention of wireless high speed internet!

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