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21st-Feb-2003 10:27 am
Halloween 2008- Captain Hammer
The new cable modem is much faster than my DSL connection and I was able to get my VPN connection for work up and running with no problems. I tried a test and found I was getting approximately 136.1 kilobits per second with my SDSL line and I'm getting approximately 2.4 megabits per second with the cable modem. I also rewired everything to reduce cable lengths (moved the router closer to the tv where the cable modem is, added switches near the clusters of components, etc.)

Digital cable is nice too but I have way too many channels. Just trying to flip around was somewhat frustrating even when I bypassed my TiVo and just manually controlled the cable box. It was possible to disable the banners on my old cable box but the new one won't let you turn them completely off, partially because it has ads in the banners.

Plans for this weekend are currently still up in the air except for dinner tomorrow night.

Oh, and livejournal is being grumpy again (numerous errors posting this and logging in, sorry if this entry appears five or six times.)
21st-Feb-2003 09:59 am (UTC)
Do you have a static IP / can you get one if you wanted one?
How fast is upload speed? I know cable download is fast, but I'm afraid upload is slower than DSL.
Does the ISP prevent you from hosting servers?
21st-Feb-2003 10:26 am (UTC)
My new cable modem is from Comcast (formerly AT&T Broadband) in Saint Paul. http://www.comcast.com/Support/Corp1/FAQ/Faq1.html
My old service was an SDSL line from MegaPath: http://www.megapathdsl.com/
(When I signed up for service Qwest didn't think they could provide DSL access to my apartment.)

With Comcast the IP is not static. I'm pretty sure there was some stuff in the license agreement prohibiting dynamic dns services to allow name resolution to your computer. I don't know if they actively prevent you from hosting servers but I don't think they want you to.
The promised speed was 1.5Mbps down and 256Kbps up. I haven't done any uploading tests yet. I was about to get a sustained 200KBps download last night though and general use seems much faster. I think my old line was 144k down and up (better than dialup but not that great compared to most DSL/Cable.)
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