should i switch providers?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by chibianh, Feb 9, 2003.

  1. chibianh macrumors 6502a

    chibianh

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    Hey all, I'm not sure where to post this, but here goes.

    This forum has saved me many times in the past and I once again call upon its guidance.

    Quick and straight to the point... my current dsl service is 640/256. I'm getting roughly 500/180 on average. Earthlink advertises 1500/128 for same price I'm paying now. However, I'm concerned about whether switching will make any difference because I'm not even hitting my cap now. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    -Anh
     
  2. MrMacMan macrumors 604

    MrMacMan

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    I don't think it is possible to hit your cap.

    First noise, just noise can slow a connection.

    Second: Your powerbook should be able to handle that speeds.

    3ed: Inless the provider is right next to you sitting right --->
    It is not gonna be max.

    But Earthlink is probably better with the a much better speed and same price, I heard they are great.

    Inless someone brings up a point I didn't go for it.

    (BTW, if your running Airport it is gonna be slowed from everything, upgrading will help only a little.)
     
  3. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

    FelixDerKater

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    EarthLink is a good provider to deal with. They're really helpful. As far as hitting your cap, I wouldn't expect it often. There are a number of factors that influence that. Still, the EarthLink should be faster in downloading, but not uploading.
     
  4. evildead macrumors 65816

    evildead

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    line speed

    The problem is... if you switch providers... it will probably sill be the same lines and back bones that you will use with the new provider. I would call them out and tell them to fix it now. I have cable my self and I get 2000/380 almost every time I test my line. The people I know that live in my area that have DSL only get a fraction off that.

    I would go to DSLreports.com and look other peoples speeds in your area. It all depends on how close you are to a hub.

    While going with providers like Earthlink is better becuase of their reputation for good service... you cant contole the lines that are going to your house.
     

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