[olug] Internet Access

Nathan D.Rotschafer nrotschafer at geniussystems.net
Tue Dec 14 13:00:01 UTC 2004

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Excellent word usage so late at night!  But seriously, for me the 
initial benefit was simple.  Upload bandwidth for my ip phone at home.  
Then I figured out I could host stuff from my house on standard ports 
with that upload speed and that made it so much the better.  The I 
figured out they didn't care...bonus #3.  The cost factor never really 
played into it for me but was added bonus #4.  As you move further west 
it seems the slower your cox speeds go (more and more people in 
suburbia are mindlessly hooking their windows computers up to the 
internet because it is the "next great thing" and their kids want it).  
I challenge someone around here to beat the speed of my qwest cable 
modem (downloads a 1MB/sec and yes that is megabytes NOT megabits).  
Even downloads over 1.5Mbits/sec when I had my apartment with cox 
seemed rare.  And bonus #5 that you don't realize till you have 
it...stability.  I used to laugh at people with cox service how it 
would go down in a storm...meanwhile I'm sitting in my apartment with 
UPSes and a stable connection to the internet that never and I mean 
NEVER dropped in 9 months and satellite TV that was only out 1 time 
(forget that cable smoke and mirrors about how it always goes out)

Nathan D. Rotschafer
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On Dec 14, 2004, at 12:42 AM, Robert A. Jacobs wrote:

> On Mon, 2004-12-13 at 23:42, Jake Churchill wrote:
>> See, it's $40 for Cox and you get 4Mbps download and 512Kbps upload.
> Technically, you get *up to* 4Mbps download and *up to* 512Kps upload.
> If the pipe is saturated, you won't get near those values and depending
> on how many of your neighbors are sharing your pipe *and* what they are
> doing, you may be getting far less than you think.  That's the point
> Trent made earlier.
> The other salient point is Nate's:  Cox's AUP states that you can't run
> any servers...no web servers...no mail servers...no anything.  While 
> you
> can probably get around it by launching your servers on non-standard
> ports, Cox is within their rights to kick you off their service if you
> run servers (the fact that they choose to turn their heads the other 
> way
> *right now* does not obviate the fact that they can, at any point,
> choose not to turn their heads).
> Running servers is typically a non-issue in the DSL world and is the 
> one
> thing that keeps me interested in this possibility.  The fact that it 
> is
> cheaper is also a bonus.
> -robert.a.jacobs
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