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Wednesday, March 18, 2009


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I originally pucasrhed a Linksys DSL/Cable router because of a clerk's recommendation. It never worked even after I took it back and got a replacement. I then pucasrhed a Netgear ProSafe router which sort of worked with the BellSouth DSL modem but still had all sorts of packet losses. I went back to the store and pucasrhed the Belkin Cable/DSL router and it worked flawlessly right out of the box! I ran the set-up cd-rom, attached the cables, and I was on-line in 3 minutes. I then hooked in my wife's computer and laptop and they too worked after booting. If you have BellSouth DSL or any other finicky ISP, this router is the one to get, it saved the day!!


the land-line costs $X and each added service costs $Y, $Z, etc. ? What is hindig in those Double Play and Triple Play price bundles ?P.S. Cloud computing is the latest fad phrase in info. tech. But to me it's just another name for what a service bureau offers. I worked for one (Decimus) in the 1980 s and had access to a couple of others (GEISCO and CompuServe) at times. But for these services to really work we're going to need fat pipes at a reasonable price. Take a look at the communities of Lafayette (LA), Wilson (NC), and Bristol (VA). When the Copper Clowns dragged their feet they went and did the work for themselves. Maybe the solution is to get the Copper Clowns out of the fiber business (along the lines of You snooze, you lose. ).

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Wait a second, I got lost. If DSL internet is a broadband internet, why is satellite inernet called broadband too? I don't probably fully understand the word "broadband" in this case.


I think it's the difference between shielded and unshielded lines. Cable is shielded, and they have fiber lines that go to the head ends, anyway.

DSL/Phone is unshielded, with those DSLAMs that amplify the signal every few miles. You amplify a signal so many times, it's going to degrade and increase noise quite a bit.


My only question about DSL is, what causes all of the line noise? Is it a lack of insulation / shielding in the wire, or is it the grade of copper that they are using?

Personally, I would not consider going from my cable modem to DSL, but I'm just curious to know what causes the line to degrade so badly?

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