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 Post subject: Cable vs DSL
PostPosted: Sun 07-25-2010 11:04PM 
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I'm retarded and bad at google at can't seem to find why I would want to pay much more for Embarq's DSL over their cable package. Can anyone enlighten me on the actual differences between connection speeds. Price-wise a 786 kbps dsl matches up with a 3 meg cable.


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 Post subject: Re: Cable vs DSL
PostPosted: Mon 07-26-2010 5:59AM 
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 Post subject: Re: Cable vs DSL
PostPosted: Mon 07-26-2010 6:45AM 
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1kb = 1000 Mb (we're going w/ the new IEEE "bit" here)

3 Meg/s == 3 Mbps == 3000 kbps

There's your price difference. And glhf w/ Rolla if you can't figure out the SI scale...

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PostPosted: Mon 07-26-2010 11:17AM 
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His join date is from 2006. How can he be in college for 4 years and not figure this out?

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 Post subject: Re: Cable vs DSL
PostPosted: Mon 07-26-2010 11:49AM 
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Sorry, it's one of those things where it seemed so simple and stupid to pay that much more for DSL that I figured I had to be missing something.


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PostPosted: Mon 07-26-2010 1:18PM 
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blitzvergnugen wrote:

1kb = 1000 Mb (we're going w/ the new IEEE "bit" here)

3 Meg/s == 3 Mbps == 3000 kbps

There's your price difference. And glhf w/ Rolla if you can't figure out the SI scale...


Since when does 1 kilo = 1000 Mega?

...and you are ripping on him?

if you meant 1kb = 1000 b, then you have a horrible typo

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 Post subject: Re: Cable vs DSL
PostPosted: Mon 07-26-2010 1:57PM 
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ShadowCat38 wrote:
blitzvergnugen wrote:

1kb = 1000 Mb (we're going w/ the new IEEE "bit" here)

3 Meg/s == 3 Mbps == 3000 kbps

There's your price difference. And glhf w/ Rolla if you can't figure out the SI scale...


Since when does 1 kilo = 1000 Mega?

...and you are ripping on him?

if you meant 1kb = 1000 b, then you have a horrible typo


1Mb = 1000kb... really not that 'horrible' (seeing as I made the post in my underwear, on a forum)... I just got them on the wrong side, anyways I got it correct, right below..

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 Post subject: Re: Cable vs DSL
PostPosted: Tue 07-27-2010 10:37AM 
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timmy052006 wrote:
Sorry, it's one of those things where it seemed so simple and stupid to pay that much more for DSL that I figured I had to be missing something.


the reason dsl costs more is because it includes a phone line. now that embarq has been acquired by centurytel, you can drop the phone line, so the prices are different, but they don't advertise that you can do that.

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 Post subject: Re: Cable vs DSL
PostPosted: Tue 07-27-2010 11:20AM 
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Phone line? Silly zero... everyone knows the internet works using tubes, not phone lines...


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 Post subject: Re: Cable vs DSL
PostPosted: Tue 07-27-2010 1:33PM 
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zeroluck wrote:
timmy052006 wrote:
Sorry, it's one of those things where it seemed so simple and stupid to pay that much more for DSL that I figured I had to be missing something.


the reason dsl costs more is because it includes a phone line. now that embarq has been acquired by centurytel, you can drop the phone line, so the prices are different, but they don't advertise that you can do that.


You could do this before - a customer service rep mentioned it once when i called in to pay my bill. I'm not sure what the fidelity prices/speeds are anymore, but back when I was first looking - Fidelity's speeds were so bad (we're talking like 2 megs down and 256 k up for the top package) there was just no reason for me to pick them. I think they've gotten better since then. Still - we keep DSL because, without fail, every year there is a thread on here from someone with Fidelity asking why their speeds suck or why they keep timing out. I only ever once had an outage (as far as I know). It lasted from about 11p to 4am and got comped a month's bill for my trouble.

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 Post subject: Re: Cable vs DSL
PostPosted: Wed 07-28-2010 1:43PM 
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fidelity offers 15 meg for $74.95

fidelity's service has nowhere near high availablility, but pings for gaming on embarq DSL are horrible (usually in the 80's)

I have 'crappy' wave internet 1.5 meg up 1.5 down, and I get 4 bars with 3 consoles playing modern warfare 2 in my house. A friend who lives right by gale bullman has 3 meg embarq DSL and only 1 console playing MW2 never gets more than 3 bars.

I think the reason for the downtime with cable is the fact that they use nodes (essentially hubs) and repeaters to overextend their network. DSL is essentially a switched network, since each phone line goes all the way back to the depot. (In my case it as 18,000 feet from the depot, so i could only get 512k down)

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