[KyOSS Discuss] Thoughts on fast reliable internet.

Deven Phillips deven.phillips at gmail.com
Sun Nov 10 15:33:50 EST 2013


You could talk to Bluegrass about their WiMAX offerings. Up to 1Gb and
quite reliable.

Deven
On Nov 10, 2013 3:17 PM, "Barton Chittenden" <bartonski at gmail.com> wrote:

> Those of you who follow me on Google+ will know that I'm in the process of
> changing jobs. I quit Appriss last Thursday, and I'm starting work at ByWater
> Solutions <http://bywatersolutions.com/about-us/> on Wednesday.
>
> The new job is going to be entirely work from home, so I need fast
> reliable internet*. This presents a couple of challenges:
>
>
>    1. The cable box and wireless router are in a loft, my office is on
>    the ground floor down a hallway. Wireless connection drops when I download
>    a large file.
>    2. Time Warner isn't hugely reliable. They're ok, mostly, but I've had
>    at least a couple of multiple hour  outages in the last 6 months... and
>    there may have been more that I didn't notice, because I wasn't at home.
>
> In terms of routing internet through the home, I think that power-line
> networking seems to be the lowest hassle and seems reasonably fast, as long
> as there aren't too many end points. I don't know about the reliability
> though... otherwise, I'll have to run cat5 down to the office, and my wife
> definitely isn't going to go for running cable across walls and such. It
> looks like bluegrass.net will do this, although I have a feeling that an
> electrician would also be able to do the job.
>
> In terms of ISP, here are my thoughts:
>
> I really don't like Time Warner -- i have the constant impression that
> they're dicking over anyone who doesn't know better than to pay for their
> own cable modem and wireless router, and will do the same to anyone else
> that they get the chance to. I would leave them if I had any comparable
> options.
>
> BellSouth or AT&T supposedly ran fiber down our street -- at least someone
> buried a bigass box in the neighbor's yard about 8 years ago, and ran
> something to it underground -- I heard that it was fiber optic, but it
> could be a banana cream conduit for all I know. It might as well be banana
> cream, because we can't get anything other than 8 megabit DSL.
>
> I checked out Bluegrass.net's cable prices; they run $239/mo for a 20Mbps
> connection (which is what I currently have with Time warner). This is
> a "small business element" according to Bluegrass.net. I presume that this
> runs across Time Warner's network; as such, I don't know how much more
> reliable it would be. The extra few $ a month that I spent might get me
> back up and running more quickly ... I just don't know if I would be paying
> for anything other than shiboleet <http://xkcd.com/806/> access.
>
> Any thoughts would be welcome.
>
> --Barton
>
> *technically, I probably don't need the fastest residential internet that
> money can buy, but the company is paying for it, so I would like to get
> something good and zippy as long as it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
>
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