DragonFly users List (threaded) for 2006-10
Re: Cable internet
Bryan Berch wrote:
It is about I get rid of dial-up and get something faster. My only
other choice is Comcast broadband. My questions are:
1. Has any one used it and is it worth it?
2. What cable modem did you use?
I've been using it for ~3 years now. I've had two major issues during
1. At one point, a crew was doing some work in my neighborhood (back
when I was in Pittsburgh) and attached a filter to the wrong line (mine).
2. This February, a storm blew through the island (I'm now near Seattle)
and took power out for five days. (Comcast, to their credit, brought in
generators to power their neighborhood relays after two days... alas,
didn't help me much.)
These incidents aside, availability for me has been closer to 99.9% than
Their policies seem reasonable. They'll get on your case if you start
serving a lot of traffic, from what I understand. Many of us at work
run personal servers (ssh, webmail, etc.) and haven't heard a peep from
them. Stay out of their hair, they'll stay out of yours.
I thought they were blocking outbound SMTP connections, but this does
not appear to be the case right now. At any rate, don't expect to have
your mail accepted by anyone if you bypass their SMTP servers (the
entire netblock is RBLed, and with good reason).
I haven't touched Usenet in years, so I can't comment on their news servers.
My experience with DSL was less than pleasant. Verizon had the oddest
routes, and probably borderline 99% availability. North Pittsburgh
Telephone (sigh) was down around 95%. Getting a reliable connection
anywhere was an adventure.