For the 2+ years we've lived here (W. Michigan) we've had Charter Cable
-- initially 2Mbps, then upgraded to 3Mbps. In all that time I think we've had just two outages.
Now AT&T (formerly SBC) is offering "up to 6.0 Mbps" DSL service for less than we are paying Charter (especially as Charter is charging an extra $10/mo. because we don't have their TV service).
What is "up to 6.0 Mbps" likely to mean in practice? We are 11,700 ft. from the CO.
Is it possible to install one DSL filter in the line that goes to the FAX machine, phone and DirecTV receivers? Or does every device need its own DSL filter? Do DirecTV receivers and DSL play nice together?
How reliable is SBC/AT&T's DSL service?
Is the DSL modem truly operating-system-agnostic? I use a non-mainstream OS that suits my needs and have no reason to switch -- but there is one WinXP machine on the network that could be used for configuration if push comes to shove.
Is there a better mode than the Siemens 4100 that AT&T and BestBuy sell?