I'm already on PPPoE using an "antique" Alcatel 1000 bridge...I was one of the first customers in my area to get DSL. My router handles the PPPoE connection for me so I don't feel I need a new bridge. However, if I am offered a new one, should I take it? Is 5+ years on an Alcatel 1000 too long, i.e., is it due to fail?
I also have a dynamic IP and I've never felt the need to have a static IP.
I don't have a lot of choices in my zip code (93401). I reviewed dsl reports and I believe most of the competition around here costs more and uses SBC's infrastructure anyway. But I'd love to be proven wrong.
Does anyone reading this have DSL Pro? If so, what upload/download speeds are you getting?
I believe you can request a new modem when renewing a contract (which should only be something like $12 shipping). The 5100b should work fine, which gives you a choice of having it do PPPoE, or allowing your PC or router to handle it (for more control).
I migrated to SBC Yahoo long ago, because technically the old SBC TOS only allowed you 1 connection at a time. SBC Yahoo allows 1 DSL and 1 dialup simultaniously. So when I am in California, I can dialup and connect to my home DSL in Illinois (using no-ip.com dynamic DNS).
You do not need any special software. I registered and configured my boss' SBC Yahoo DSL using 5100b without even opening the CD (per faq at
). I typically use Linux for pppoe/firewall/router, and Linux apps for SBC mail and news.
I could see no downside to migrating, unless you have one of the old pacbell websites (SBC Yahoo free web hosting is Geocities).
I am probably too far out for Pro (almost 12,000'), but typically 85% of sync rate (due to overhead) if your lines are good.