Cable Internet

Cable Internet

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:01 pm

Previous comments about this topic here:

Switching from Landlines to Mobile Phones

On Saturday a tech is visiting from Service Electric.

It's running at 246 down/133 up right now, DSL for $35.95/mo.

The rep I talked to almost started laughing when I did the speed test.

It's the 6 mbps option.


http://www.secable.com/sparta/packages-internet.html
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
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Re: Cable Internet

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:13 pm

Did you by any chance run additional cable in your house? lots of splits, old cable? You should have a line coming from the pole where it splits. From there one for the cable TV and one directly to the modem.Cheap line, many splits, long runs can cut down on the performance considerably. you have to think of it like a water hose. Even if you're running the same size hose if you split it the pressure is going to decrease the farther you co down the line as you encounter more splits. Same thing with the quality of the cable, if you have crappy old stuff its like having a little tiny hose and you'll get no volume out of it.
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Re: Cable Internet

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:43 pm

Way ahead of you on that one, Mayor!

I have splitters and cables all over the place (yea...I did it).

I'm going to request a 2nd line from the pole, the computers are at the part of the house closest to the road, so if they will do it the line will run from the pole to the house and right into the correct room.

I get a modem with it, but I have to buy a router to run the lines to the 2 PCs and the iBook. The rep told me Linksys was the best, what do you think?
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Re: Cable Internet

PostBy: Razzler On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:57 pm

DSL uses the phone line. cable uses the TV cable.
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Re: Cable Internet

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:12 pm

Ooops, I though you meant you were getting those speeds from cable and the tech was coming to look at. I'd be laughing too, $35 a month for those speeds is rip-off.

I use a linksys router myself, not sure if there is a "best" there. Just get a wireless one then you don't have to run any wires. Be sure to secure it.
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Re: Cable Internet

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:55 pm

Ooops, I though you meant you were getting those speeds from cable and the tech was coming to look at.


That's OK, unless you reviewed the other thread first you wouldn't know I was continuing the conversation we had there.

I have the 2 PCs in this room and the iBook is in the next room tethered to a Ethernet cable. If I get the wireless router it would be nice to be able to move the laptop downstairs. I was planning to get a wireless router someday, even if I stayed with this ISP.
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Re: Cable Internet

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Aug 27, 2008 10:37 pm

There's no reason not to get one now. The wireless routers also have ethernet connections. The one I have comes with four ports, I think that's pretty standard. You can use either a ethernet or wireless on each port.
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Re: Cable Internet

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:49 am

Linksys is fine, it is all I use for my installs.
They will most likely not run a second cable but.... ya never know!
The proper setup for a single line is....
New feed, two way splitter, one to feed cable modem, the other to feed everything else.
The modem is picky on signal strength so it needs to be fed the best possible signal.
You would feed the new TV split back to your old rats nest of cable and splitters.
Ideally all cable home runs to a single point where you have a proper splitter that may also include amplification.
Real world says eliminate as much bad stuff that is accessible.
This means new RG6 where possible, eliminate re split lines by adding cable to bring the third line to a 3 way splitter or better, use a quality full frequency range splitter and keep the runs under 125 feet total length otherwise you need to add an amp.
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Re: Cable Internet

PostBy: Adamiscold On: Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:20 pm

I use a linksys router # WRT54GL and have not had any problems with it. The only wireless device I have connected to it is our Wii system and every now and then my wife's laptop when she brings it home from work. I have another netgear hub splitting off of that and in total I connect 8 devices from my modem out not including our two computers and her occasional work laptop and we have no trouble with connection speed what so ever. Comcast offers I think it's 10Mbps down and 1Mbps up for 43 bucks a month. DSL can not compare to cable at all, they claim Broadband at 769kbps download speed, what a hand job that is. :mad:
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Re: Cable Internet

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Aug 30, 2008 10:18 am

On Cable Internet now, the first stop was here. Seems a lot faster.


Just did the Speakeasy speed test:

5634 kbps down, 495 kbps up.
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Re: Cable Internet

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:28 pm

Welcome to the real fast internet.
Downloads will be nice now.
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Re: Cable Internet

PostBy: Adamiscold On: Sat Aug 30, 2008 4:39 pm

Wood'nCoal wrote:On Cable Internet now, the first stop was here. Seems a lot faster.



Welcome to the real world :)


Here's a place to test around the country. http://www.dslreports.com
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Re: Cable Internet

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Aug 30, 2008 5:09 pm

Sure is a lot faster. :D
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Re: Cable Internet

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:41 pm

Don't expect that everywhere, this site is exceptionally fast. :D Now you get to find out who has the snail sites... :lol:

most of the time
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Re: Cable Internet

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Aug 30, 2008 10:39 pm

One of my friends who lives abt. 45 miles east of here got Cable Internet/phone/television today as well, from Cablevision. He did the speed test and came up a lot faster then I did. I may upgrade to the next tier.
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