Optimum Online, speed?

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Hi, everybody.

I'm moving to New Jersey (Bergen County) in a couple of months.

When I was there on a visit, I saw an ad for Optimum Online on cable TV. I
visited the web site tonight, but couldn't find any hard figures.

Claims like "150 times faster than dial-up" and "three times faster than
DSL" don't do much for me...

Where I live right now, I can get 20 Mbps on ADSL... so could I really
expect to get 60 Mbps with Optimum Online?


Re: Optimum Online, speed?
Beef wrote:

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Isn't most DSL under 1 Mb ?  Like maybe 768/128 average and for an extra $10
you can get 1.5/384.  I've seen 6.0/768 for $100.

Re: Optimum Online, speed?
$Bill wrote:

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That depends entirely on the deals offered by the ISP.  I was recently
involved in setting up some, that are 3 Mb /768 Kb.  Some ISPs offer more
than one service level.  Of course those further from the CO may not be
able to get the higher rates.

Re: Optimum Online, speed?
James Knott wrote:
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To the best of my understanding, ADSL tops out at 6mbps, and that
requires CLOSE proximity to the local office (or DSLAM).  Somehow, I
suspect the OP has a mistaken impression about the speed he has.

Ron Hunter  rphunter@charter.net

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I have OOL in NW NJ.

I get 8517 kbps down and 907 up.  That's about average.  Rarely ever are
there any outages, unless a really bad storm comes through.

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Re: Optimum Online, speed?
Ron Hunter wrote:

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And of course, that's only the speed to the DSLAM.  After that, it's a
shared network.  On the ADSL systems I was working on, there are 448 ADSL
lines (14 DSLAMs @ 32 lines each), sharing 2 DS3s, for a maximum bandwidth
of about 90 Mb/s, less ATM overhead (~15%).  This means that if the
bandwidth were shared equally among all 448 users, they'd each have only
about 170 Kb/s.

Re: Optimum Online, speed?
On Wed, 27 Jul 2005 23:06:05 +0200, Beef

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I'm happy with their speed, but it doesn't seem to be as fast as Road
Runner was when I could be a Time Warner Customer. Still, overall,
their triple play is a great deal and works as advertised.

It's been a while since I did a speed test, but as memory served, it
resulted in downstream speeds of between 3-4 megabits a second.

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I feel sorry for you but welcome to the People Repubic of New Jermany.
I hope you have an incessant influx of wealth because there's certain
to be in incessant outflow you'll experience once you've moved here.

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NFW!  I'm running OOL's "speedometer" check and it says 4229Kbps.  That's
not going outside their network either.

OOL is problematic as well.  I was just about to respond back to the OOL
support (as their email said the problem would be fixed in 3 days and it
is now past the 3 days ad problem still exists) when I spied your post in

FWIW, I've been trying to get OOL to fix an issue since last November!

VAXman- A Bored Certified VMS Kernel Mode Hacker   VAXman(at)TMESIS(dot)COM
  "Well my son, life is like a beanstalk, isn't it?"

Re: Optimum Online, speed?
On Thu, 28 Jul 2005 13:57:49 +0000, VAXman- wrote:

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It seemed like a nice place when I came over for a visit. You think
everything is expensive there? I don't know. Maybe I was just looking at
cheap things, or maybe I have simple tastes ;-)

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Does "NFW" mean "I really doubt that"?

I'm moving to NJ from France. Over here, the big cities (Paris, Lyon,
Lille, Marseille) have had ADSL, then ADSL2, now ADSL2+ . Speeds started
out at 512Kbps, sure, and climbed up a notch every six months or so until
we're now at the point where your bandwidth really only depends on how far
you are from the switches in the exchange.

I went on Cegetel's website, which makes this claim of "up to 20 Mbps",
and typed in my phone number. The site checks the distance to the
exchange, and comes back with a theoretical speed of 16 to 20 Mbps.

I tried again with my in-laws number. They live in a small town 40 miles
from Paris. I got the figure of 2 to 5 Mbps.

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Do you have a minimum 12 month or 24 month contract, to get a slightly
better rate?
Most FAIs here advertise a rate (say €14.99 per month) and when you read
the small print, that's if you sign for a 24 month contract. To get out
before that time, you have penalties (like €4 per month up to the end of
the contract).

Or you have a big ad, 4m × 3m, with a great big €9.99 splashed across
it. Then, in much smaller writing you can only see read from 1m away, it
says "for the first 6 months, then €19.99 qfter thqt, for q minimum 36
month contract".

Many people, when locked into a contract like that, just accept flimsy
and technical sounding excuses, and give the FAI as much time as it takes
to sort out a problem. So there's no pressure, and the money keeps rolling


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