I've had ATT DSL for many years. Twice, there were line problems out
on the street someplace that not only affected me, but the entire
neighborhood. They fixed them in about 24 - 36 hours.
One secret though. If you call for DSL support, you go through all
the nonsense to check your modem, settings, and crap that someone has
on their troubleshooting chart. Waste of time. You call the phone
repair number and tell them you have having problems with the line.
I'd rather have the faster cable speeds, but that is not a simple
option for me and ATT has been satisfactory.
I have U-Verse, which is DSL for the Internet connection. Although it
is not as fast as cable, I can tell you the service from AT&T is MUCH
better than Comcast. Also, unless you are downloading tons of data, you
will probably find it fast enough. It is fast enough for me. I have
had U-Verse for over three years now and am very pleased.
I don't remember my speed, and I have Verizon, but I used to use some
pretty thin phone wire (the kind used to go from the wall to the
phone) to go from the the interface box 50 feet to the DSL modem.
When I swtiched to thicker, stiffer, round, white wire, my download
speed tripled and is now about what Verizon promised.
So when it was slower, it was my fault.
On Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:52:20 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Well it was no placebo. I'd measured my speed a dozen times on a
website that does that before I changed the wire; and I measure it a
dozen times after I changed the wire, and it was consistent before and
As to why it changed, transmission of computer data is more
complicated than analog sound or power to run a light bulb. I added
sci.electronics.repair and maybe we'll find someone there who knows
more than we do.
I don't know one, but maybe there's an active newsgroup that
specializes in this sort of thing.
On Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:46:06 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
No maybe. Do you think I can't read a number off the screen?
Yes, much. And there's more to the story.
I had bought special THIN phone wire with modular ends, so it would go
through a narrow space. After I installed that, I could still listen
to webradio but I couldn't download webpages. So I went back to the
wire I had been using (typical wire, not especially thin, from the
wall to the phone, with modular ends.) and everything worked again.
So then I though, maybe even this wire is too thin, and I changed to
the round white wire with 4 wires inside, thicker, each wire is
stiffer. It didnt' have modular plugs so I had to put a modular wall
jack on each end, and plug a short modular cord in each end, and when
connected, that's when the download speed tripled.
In sci.electronics.repair firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Sure it is. Do you understand what twisted-pair is? And why it's
The "mile of crappy phone company" wire is twisted pair for a reason.
I'd suggest you learn something about RF signal propagation, which is
what we're discussing for DSL.
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