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today they were supposed to upgrade equipment to get
min 5 meg down speed, or max 20 meg down, if I want. They
changed appointment to next Friday, or sooner if equipment
gets in. Rhino communications bought the towers in this
area from my old ISP. I've been barely getting by with about
1.5 to 2.0 meg down speed for years, which isn't terrible, but
needs to be better.

They have an antenna on top of the house, aimed at a tower
10 miles or so away. I'll see how good the 5 meg down speed
does and then decide if I want to upgrade further to 10, 15,
or 20 meg. Each additional increase is $10.00. I can hardly

This type of internet could work for a lot of areas. Yesterday,
I read a story about an area, where a realtor had to lower
the price of a house by $60,000.00 because the ISP wouldn't
extend coverage 200 feet, and buyers wanted high speed

Would you be happy with 5 meg down, or would you want

Don't let the Zombies get you!!!!

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Very interesting! I certainly hope your results are different from
mine. I have a wireless ISP (sounds like what you are describing) but
the prices are ~$50/mo for 3 MB down, ~$100/mo for 5 MB down..... I
have the 5 MB plan, but seldom get even 3 MB measured. The only
alternatives are satellite (I had HughesNet since before it was called
that) and it was sometimes slower than dialup; or 4G cellular which is
very expensive if you use > 10 GB/month.

Right now the ISP "says" they're moving some users off the device I
connect to on the tower so my service should improve. (I'm about a
mile away from the tower, heavily wooded.) There's no way we could get
a signal 10 miles away. Probably not even 4G cellular.
 The service my ISP recommends for speed checks is
(just in case you want to see if your service improves or not).

Re: Upgrade from ISP
On Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:01:36 -0600, Charlie Hoffpauir

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As a follow-up to my post, I ran a speed test right after sending that
post. Here's the result:

Download Speed: 884 kbps (110.5 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 1682 kbps (210.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 109 ms
2/21/2015, 9:02:36 AM

And for this crappy service I'm paying just over $100 / month!

I'm seriously considering 4G cellular as an alternative which will
raise my cost to about $160/month.

Re: Upgrade from ISP
On 02/21/2015 09:08 AM, Charlie Hoffpauir wrote:
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We don't have many trees in this area, so there are some
people who have antennas pointed at towers 18 miles away.
Maybe your ISP will be bought out. ERF used to tell me they
were taking some people off the tower so mine would be faster.
Hopefully, you can get a better ISP soon.

I've thought about getting Virgin Mobile Broadband to go,
for when I drive. It's no contract.

Hughes SUX. I didn't always feel that way.  Back in the 90's,
I had one way Hughes, before they got duplex. Everything went
good for a few years, then, the LNB went out.

It's a long story, if I told you everything that happened over
three months. Long story short, the technicians refused to let
me speak to a supervisor, until I had to threaten to drive to
Germantown, Penn. and start beating the crap out of everyone
who works for Hughes. Finally, I was able to. He said (Hell,
they sent me the wrong LNB, and I should have stayed on the
original satellite).

I told them where they could stick it, and quit Hughes for good.
I don't know if you can tell, but I'm still pissed. When a
company goes to that much trouble to piss me off, I don't
get over it.

Right now  my download speed is almost the same as yours
Download Speed: 792 kbps (99 KB/sec transfer rate)
  Upload Speed: 640 kbps (80 KB/sec transfer rate)
  Latency: 176 ms
  2/21/2015,  4:24:15 PM

I used to have ERF wireless.

Now my ISP is Rhino Communications
Rhino Communications charges $43.26 for 5 meg, then additional
$10.00 for each increase, 10, 15, 20 meg.
They don't list prices on the web.

we have a 4g ISP called Fuego Wireless
Max 3 Mbps for $58.95

There's a new wireless company in town
Prices are listed on website. They want a big deposit,
depending on contract length.

Re: Upgrade from ISP
On 02/21/2015 05:31 PM, Possum wrote:
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I sent that last post from the big computer with another handle.
It was from me.

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Just for the heck of it I tried your link. Measures me at 38 Gbps down
and 10 Gbps up. My (cable) ISP account is rated at 'up to' 50 Gbps but
I've never gotten close to that. Still, I feel for you guys. I'd hate
to ever have to go back to the slow (dial up, then DSL for me) old

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Must be terrible. I'm trying to watch a PBS video, it keeps buffering, and buffering, and buffering. Then it restarted. Maybe after the upgrade I can watch it without interruption.


Re: Upgrade from ISP
On Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:59:58 -0700, scarecrow

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Gbps is Gigabits per second. You don't have that. ;-)
You almost certainly meant Mbps (Megabits per second).

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Yup. Perhaps just a little excessive bragging there. I'm lucky I got
the bps part right though (didn't I?) ...  

Re: Upgrade from ISP
On Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:26:32 -0700, scarecrow

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The rest was perfect. :-)

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