3.0 meg charter cable or 6.0meg at&t dsl?

Discussion in 'Networking and Computer Security' started by Warmonger41, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. Warmonger41

    Warmonger41 Big Geek

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    Ok so I have had cable for a few months and its great and everything its just I have this advertisment for 6meg dsl for 27.99 as opposed to 3meg charter cable which costs almost 50$(thats including modem payment).

    The numbers look undeniable but is this too good to be true? What would you guys recommend?

    AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Residential Service
     
  2. Anti-Trend

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    I have a 6 megabit ADSL package through SBC/AT&T, but the upstream is only 768 kilobit. What's the upstream on your cable package?
     
  3. DaRuSsIaMaN

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    wow dsl technology got up to such speeds these days? I had no idea... I thought they were still groveling in the dust of like 1Mb max lol

    Dang, that's an awesom deal though if u already use a telephone line. My cable is ~80 for both tv and internet so i guess like ~40 for internet (up to about 5 Megabits). Too bad this wouldn't work for me since me & my roommates all use cell phones... And btw, watch out for the fine print: it says at the bottom it's for 12 months only? So I guess after that they can change the price on u? lol


    EDIT: why does the upstream matter? that's only important if u host a server isn't it? For online gaming its all downstream only that counts, right?
     
  4. Anti-Trend

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    Any downstream traffic will incur some upstream overhead. And the more responsive the upstream, the more responsive the downstream. But if you'll notice the link in my sig, yes, I am hosting a server. Even if you're not hosting a web or file server, wouldn't it be nice to be able to host your own game servers, upload quickly, etc?
     
  5. Warmonger41

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    im not sure what my upstream is. How do I find it out? And I did notice the "for 12 months" but I can just switch back if its too expensive after 12 months. So wut would u do?

    and btw if upstream is just for hosting gaming servers then im thinking of that as a bonus not something i need
     
  6. DaRuSsIaMaN

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    Agreed, that's how I feel too. I've never had a game server yet lol, and it doesn't look like I will anytime soon. So if I were u I'd sign up for it. But u gotta have an ADSL modem. Only thing is ... isn't all dsl kinda dependent on how far away u are from the ISP's servers or whatever u call it? I thought remember reading something like that ... isn't it kind of like how a cell phone works? If u're far away from a tower u're gonna have low signal, and isn't it a similar deal with dsl? So u may be unlucky and end up with significantly lower speeds than advertised if that's the case. But I could be totally wrong, someone correct me if I posted a bunch of b.s.
     
  7. Warmonger41

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    Someone plz tell me hes wrong. lol. And if hes not can someone help me find out how close the nearest tower is or w/e, and how it will be affected?
     
  8. DaRuSsIaMaN

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    Lol, looks like I'm right after all, at least partly. Look what happened to Rusty S in his thread started just today in this section also.

    I think, however, it usually shouldn't be a major problem. When I went to the website u linked in your first post, it has at the top of the page that thing to check your availability. So I think what that means is that if you come up as "available" then u're not too far away. I think -- if they're honest, anyway -- and your house is too far away to get anywhere near the advertised speeds then they'll list u as unavailable. So I guess the question is how much of a gap between advertised and actual speeds are considered acceptable to them. So bottom line is that u will probably get speeds close to what's advertised (but not fully that) unless u just get unlucky. At least that's how I understand it and I'm not too certain on this ... again, someone correct me if i'm wrong or confirm if I'm right because I wanna know for sure too if I'm understanding it right.
     

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