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VOD Anticipation, What ISP Do You Plan on Using?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by dwk78, Aug 19, 2007.

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  1. directvfreak

    directvfreak Godfather

    Feb 1, 2006
    Time Warner Road Runner.
    I pay for the 5M down and 512K up but in the past weeks I have got the following... weird, maybe time warner upgraded me for free like they did before from 3M to 5M.

  2. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    The OP asked about Clearwire. I recently switched to Clearwire and am getting pretty close to their advertised 1.5 Mb/s downlink speed. Uplink is much slower (rated at 256 kb/s, but often less than 200). I am unaware of any download limits.
  3. JFHughes08088

    JFHughes08088 Godfather

    Mar 24, 2007
    4938 Kbps download
    2611 Kbps upload

    bandwidth is shared between VoIP (2 lines), 5 PC's and soon to come - VOD
  4. drx792

    drx792 Icon

    Feb 27, 2007
    At&t(Bellsouth) Fast Access DSL Xtreme 6.0(which i fought for 10 months to get)

    I usually get 6200kbps down/ 410 up

    i never get any slow speeds really. Online play with games are flawless. No FiOS solution unless Verizon magically obtains Orlando, but U-verse is coming even though i'm in a rural area cause they put VRAD's in since my area is pretty new. Id get U-verse internet for the greater upload and hopefully the fast downstream when available unless brighthouse feels like running some cable down 2 miles to my block. then i could get roadrunner..assuming there is no packet shaving.
  5. iceburg02

    iceburg02 AllStar

    Sep 20, 2006
    1.5 down, 256k up

    It may be time to get a T1 and start my own ISP...
  6. 1948GG

    1948GG Icon

    Aug 4, 2007
    You know, I have had to read the cable 'riot act' provisions (so-called 'overuse' of network resources) to folks who don't believe the notices when they receive them, but the Clearwire AUP (acceptable use policy) is a virtual copy of the cable companies.

    "The excessive use or abuse of Clearwire’s network resources by one subscriber may have a negative impact on all other subscribers. Accordingly, you may not use the Service or take any action, directly or indirectly, that will result in excessive consumption or utilization of the system or network resources, or which may weaken network performance, as determined in Clearwire’s sole discretion"

    Right out of their usage policy, right at the web site. Like I said, a virtual copy of most (I know Comcast and Time Warner Roadrunner for sure), AUP's are identical. They don't 'say' exactly 'how much' is 'too much', which is bad. But I assure you that if you start d/l'ing at those 10-20mb/s (or whatever the fastest speed is), you'll shortly be 'throttled' at turtle-like speeds (a funny on the Comcast commercial!). Then you get a 'nice' letter.

    I think that as soon as VOD rolls out to the masses, and folks here start actually trying to utilize that cable (or wireless) internet, they'll bump up against the limits. It may take a couple or more weeks, but it will be reached. Then hold on for the outcry!
  7. tgater

    tgater Godfather

    Jul 24, 2007
    SBC DSL 3M/768kbs, more reliable than Comca$t and half the price. With cable I could get 4M/768 when it worked!
  8. jimmymiko

    jimmymiko AllStar

    Nov 18, 2005
    Same here:)
  9. VLaslow

    VLaslow Active Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    This is Time Warner Roadrunner via my wireless laptop (I'm reinstalling Windows XP Pro on the desktop right now). Usually, I'm around this speed consistently for their "Extreme" service.

    Speed Meter
    Your current bandwidth reading is
    9.52 Mbps

    However, it's what "the cloud" does to you out there. I was running into slowdowns with some large binary downloads and blamed it on the TW Hardware. It turned out to be some software "sniffers" slowing those downloads. So, if the ISP wants to let it go at "speed," they will. If not, good luck to all of us.
  10. tgater

    tgater Godfather

    Jul 24, 2007
    I don't plan to use VOD that much, but it would be nice to have a reliable ISP with 6M+ speeds. I live in the sticks and will have to stay with SBC for some time. (for the last 34 years our Post Office was in a barber shop.)
  11. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    The wife works from the home and requires internet access for her VoIP line and VPN back to the corporate network. Becuase of that I have both SBC DSL 6Mbps/768Kbps and Earthlink via Time Warner cable 5Mbps/512Kbps. Normally I have things configure so that her devices use the SBC DSL connection and all other devices use the TWC connection since the DSL has been more reliable then TWC.
  12. Ken S

    Ken S RIP

    Feb 12, 2007

    Speedtest shouldn't be trusted. :)


  13. MikeR

    MikeR Hall Of Fame

    Oct 5, 2006
    Comcast...their 6Mbps basic plan
  14. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    Qwest BSI (ADSL2+) has 5m down 896k up available in my area. I will most likely be setting that up in the next few days
  15. Groundhog45

    Groundhog45 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 9, 2005
    Cedar Park,...
    I have Time Warner. Average is about 6K to 7K down and about 350 up. No FIOS here. :( DSL was slower and unreliable when I tried it years ago. It's about $45/mo.
  16. AlbertZeroK

    AlbertZeroK Icon

    Jan 28, 2006
    You guys suck. I live in the middle of no where. I get 1.0 M down (use to get 1.5M but that's another story) and 270k up. I have HughesNet Small Office ($120/month) and I'm limited to downloading around 500M in a 24 hour windows, but downloads from 3am to 6am do not count. My 2 year commiment is almost up with them and their customer service has been horrible (so is their policy that they don't troubleshoot my 1.5M connection until it drops below 600k).

    I'm really thinking of putting up a wireless tower (50ft) and getting wireless from town which is something like 500K during the day burstable to 1.5M or there abouts, the nice thing is that I could put up two radios and antennas and get double the speed, plus two different companies provide the service. Of course, I've also thought about sending a 5M dsl connection to my house using wireless from town as well...
  17. spoonman

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    Feb 21, 2007
    About two months ago I dropped my slow ATT slow DSL for cox cable. More then tripled my speed for the same price.
  18. mikeny

    mikeny Hall Of Fame

    Aug 20, 2006
    FiOS! 20/5
  19. Ken S

    Ken S RIP

    Feb 12, 2007
    The real question is what is going to happen to the cable modem speeds when they start pumping out more HD channels? There was an article circulated last week that spoke of many cable systems not having the bandwidth necessary to support HD, phone and ISP applications when the number of HD channels is in the 50 range.
  20. spidey

    spidey Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2006
    I thought I read somewhere that some of the cable operators limit what one can use the network for. I suspect a legal challenge will happen if a cable company tries to prevent media streaming from DTV.
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