For cable service, you don't have much control on the modem, regardless whether you rent or own the modem. Basically, it's just a plug and play little 'back box'. You need your own router here, and a good router is always a good investment regardless what service you have at time.
For cable broadband quality, the coaxial cable itself plays an important role. The outside (and buried) cable need to be RG-11. It's help if you are around when the technician come and install, just ask he/she to measure the signal strengh at the tap/box and at entry into the house. The two readings should be the same. If there is a drop off at the house entry, you should demand the line to be replace with new RG-11 cable, otherwise the quality will be suffered.
$10/month for modem is rather high, Comcast charge me $5/month, and their modem has backup battery installed.
I suppose the delay being long translates to you/other party hearing things that much later. 300ms is almost 1/3 of a second; a long time.leejosepho wrote:Not to argue, but to learn ...lbmofo wrote:I for one don't see the benefit of the "dedicated" DSL when it is always slow. Especially when it is giving you almost 300ms of TCP delay; that kind of latency is definitely not acceptable.
What is the harm of that TCP delay? My overall speed averages out well, and I have yet to see any packet loss.
Either way, however, I am going to at least find out what cable is available here where I live.
Here is what the whichvoip site says:
Delay- Usually measured in milliseconds. Obviously the longer the delay the more difficult a conversation becomes. Anything under 100ms is good. The ITU recommend that one way delay should not exceed 400ms for acceptable speech quality.
Ah, got it! I was only thinking of the delay ultimately helping to assure zero packet loss and I never made the logical conection to the noticeable delay my wife and I experienced while test-calling ourselves (Ooma to landline and vice-versa) while side-by-side right here in the house!lbmofo wrote:I suppose the delay being long translates to you/other party hearing things that much later. 300ms is almost 1/3 of a second; a long time.
The future is definitely part of my thought there, but yes, I do know where to get a 2.0 for about $50.00. In the morning I plan to ask suddenLink about speeds and protocols or whatever, then figure out what is most prudent.lbmofo wrote:I think $100 for a cable modem is kind of high. You can search for brand new docsis 2.0 modem for $50 something or less. Moto SB5101 for example. docsis 3.0 modems are more; depends on if you want latest and greatest for future growth.
I called suddenLink to see what my cable speeds should be after I get connected next week, and I had unknowingly signed up for the same 1.5/256 I presently have with AT&T DSL ... so I cancelled the installation. I had done my research beforehand and had not found any mention of such a slow connection, and the sales rep who took my order said nothing at all about different plans!
There is no other cable available here where I happen to live, so I will just have to set my new $45.00 Motorola off to the side for a while and live with what I have.
That is exactly what I sometimes get with AT&T, and now maybe I know why!Comcast advertises high speeds but they accomplish these speeds by nano-second bursts of extremely high speeds followed by long periods of no speed. The speed graph looks like a picture of the Himalayas!