[Novalug] Dial-up wireless broadband for laptop?
Roger W. Broseus
rogerb at bronord.com
Sat Sep 13 16:55:44 EDT 2008
I'm not sure what you mean by "dial-up broadband." "Pure" dial-up with a
modem can't touch broadband. However, DSL comes pretty close. I used
Comcast for a few year but got p_ssed because of rate creep - nickel and
dime additions of fees - and slow response of dns servers. This problem
was recognized by their field reps but went unresolved.
So, I switched to cheaper Verizon DSL and can not tell any difference in
up/down speeds. If anything, it's faster. It does a fine job of
supporting a home network with to desk tops and a laptop for routine
email and web browsing. As with cable modem service, downloading a whole
distro, like a Ubuntu install CD, took awhile - I can't remember, maybe
an hour? But, I just set it on autopilot and go to dinner or let it work
in the background. Of course, if you are not near a "central office" (a
few thousand feet), DSL doesn't work very well. (I live in Bethesda,
about 1/2 mi from the switching center.)
Oh: Verizon gave me a $60 incentive to dump cable service! I'm paying
about $13 less per month for mid-level service about comparable in speed
to cable. Tech support, outsourced to the Philippines, is good and they
walked me through setup when a problem arose.
Roger W. Broseus - Linux User
Email: RogerB at bronord.com
Web Site: www.bronord.com
novalug-request at calypso.tux.org wrote:
> 1. Dial-up wireless broadband for laptop? (Subba Rao)
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> Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2008 09:40:01 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Subba Rao <castellan2004-novalug at yahoo.com>
> Subject: [Novalug] Dial-up wireless broadband for laptop?
> To: NOVA LUG <novalug at calypso.tux.org>
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> Good morning everyone,
> I am toying with the idea of getting dial-up broadband for laptop.? The only commercial I have seen is the AT&T commercial (with the English guy standing in the pond).? During the SANS conference in August, the instructor setup a network for the class using Sprint with a wireless router for the classroom.? The classroom was in the lower level of the hotel.? I could not believe the throughput on this connection.? It was 15 or 20 minutes to download the Fedora torrent (4GB).? My Comcast connection at home does take 3 to 4 hours for the same download.
> I want hear others experience with dialup wireless broadband.? Is this performance real or did I experience something else at SANS?? This morning I was updating my system and it was taking forever which then triggered this solution option.? Any input and advice on this solution appreciated.
> Thank you in advance.
> Have a great weekend everyone!
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