[KyOSS Discuss] Thoughts on fast reliable internet.

Barton Chittenden bartonski at gmail.com
Sun Nov 10 15:51:49 EST 2013


Looks like there's a huge hole in their wireless offerings around Buechel.
:-(

Why oh why couldn't I live in Shively? ;-\


On Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM, Deven Phillips <deven.phillips at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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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