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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by jmervyn, Apr 23, 2013. | Replies: 17 | Views: 2125

  1. jmervyn

    jmervyn IncGamers Member

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    If I were in the market for a cable modem, (Like when mine next fails) I'd pick up Motorola's SB6141 Surfboard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable modem at $90.

    i PICKED UP A Cisco/Belkin (Owns Linksys re-brand.) E1500 A FEW YEARS BACK oPPScaps
    [​IMG]

    Still works for me though. (non-cloud bases firmware)

    Just check it's all the best supported features you carrier has (Mine is not sadly anymore and I'm going to need to update -I need this.
    DOCSIS 3.0: This is the newest version of DOCSIS, which will work for any level of High Speed Internet and will always provide the highest speeds possible.
    DOCSIS 3.0 modems are capable of channel bonding, which enables multiple downstream and upstream channels to be used together at the same time by a single user. The more channels a device has the higher the speeds it can achieve.
    There are two types of DOSCIS 3.0 modems:
    8 x 4 channels (8 downstream and 4 upstream) - BobCox recommends this modem for all customers, regardless of the speed of service that you select.)

    I know what your mean though. . .

    I got 2 old netgear/bay networks RT350s sitting behind it with filter lists and QOS and a bench setup with to two DLinkDFE-812TX 12 port 100 base tx fast ethernet hubs.
    I can't replace them and I'm using to endpoint powered networks
    I extend them with these.
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    I loved the WRT54G. The older versions were very reliable and customizable.

    The newer versions, not so much, but they did fill the hole. It was like plugging a leaky boat with chewing gum, but it worked. Most of the time anyway. I did have the experience of seeing about a hundred of the buggers decide to puke (digitally speaking) at the same time. Still don't know why it happened.

    Had good luck with whatever the new ones are after Cisco bought them out. The "E"something-or-other 802.11N router that's all shiny black plastic. Less range IIRC, but stable. Living conditions changed and now running off of another WRT54G, so it's boxed up somewhere for the time being.
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    R.I.P. dearest and oldest friend
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    LozHinge the Unhinged IncGamers Member

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    My 3Com has been running continuously for the last 150 years. Good little workhorse, that one.

    Sorry for your loss, it's hard to let the old faithful ones go :no:
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    Dredd D3 Off Topic Moderator

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    Had no idea there was so much love for the WRT54G! I bricked mine in the mid-aughts but never threw it out.
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    I had replaced the OS with Tomato, but yes, it was a beloved router before Linksys screwed the pooch and tried to smuggle significant changes out under the same product banner as "WRT54G(v.5)" The first article I linked mentions it, including switching the OS off of Linux.

    I was actually hiding the WRT54G behind whatever Motorola Piece'oShyte came with Optimum service, just as I'd hidden it behind the various other ISP's garbage routers. At one point I'd gone so far as to buy an old ISDN modem for $15 because the ISP was renting one to me at $5/month.

    I'm not really doing anything high-speed, and until I'm able to get FIOS or other high-speed connex it won't be like I need 1000Mbps across the home because it still hits cable modem speed once it leaves my curb.
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    krischan Europe Trade Moderator

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    Where I live, I have the choice between 3Mbps via ADSL and 32 Mbps via the cable TV line, both for about the same price and the latter including a flatrate for landline telephony as well, making it an easy choice :D
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    Most Americans don't have decent throughput, and mostly don't even know that it is nowhere near their advertised bandwidth. Mostly American choices are the same as yours, except that Cable doesn't size very well and not all phone companies offer ASDL/ISDN worth using. Fiber is pretty much an urban/suburban item even at this date, in part because of lawfare and Gov't corruption from existing carriers. Still, small video streams look just fine on 11Mbps wireless, and there's plenty of games to be played with caching and multi-streaming that gloss over the shortcomings.

    One obvious one that people fall for is the "internet accelerator" - all this means is caching servers (I guess the latest Microsoft offering is now called AppFabric; I knew it under a different name) that pre-load common content likely to be streamed or downloaded so that only the unique requests have to be streamed from original source.
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    LozHinge the Unhinged IncGamers Member

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    Here on my tiny segment of the pissant rock, I have the choice of 2Mbps ADSL or, uh, yeah, blowing it out my arse.

    Feudalism sucks.
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    But... but... BRITISH TELECOM!! (You know, the stuff Maggie busted up?)
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    Dredd D3 Off Topic Moderator

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    Same here, but crappy internet is a price I'm willing to pay for peace and quiet, clean air, no traffic and no people.

    There's always the satellite internet option...

    ...

    ...

    :rolf:
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    LozHinge the Unhinged IncGamers Member

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    Yeah, that's working reaaaaallllly well. So much choice. :rolleyes:

    Now when you want to change supplier, you have to hope BT will release their hooks from the copper wiring enough to allow another supplier to strangle your bandwidth after you've downloaded a cute kitteh video.

    True story:
    When I moved into my current house, I wanted broadband to be supplied by another company. The other company told me to get BT to release the line to enable their broadband. BT told me the other company had to "request" it from BT. Here's a computer programme to illustrate what I mean.

    10 BT tells you the other company has to request line release
    20 The other company tells you BT won't release the line
    30 goto 10

    I am not alone in having suffered this ongoing issue.
    There's nothing quite like good healthy competition taking over from a publicly owned utility. Especially when the now privately owned company still holds all the cards, all the keys, all the kit. A bit like the privatised railway industry where different companies provide different services on ... oh, wait, the same old tracks that everyone has to use.

    Oh yeah, Madge really got things done. Just don't look too closely at it all, right?
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    krischan Europe Trade Moderator

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    Well, I'm just the lucky guy who lives in the last house in the street which got cable TV. Under normal curcumstances, I would be just as screwed as you... and I would never give up the piece and quiet which Dredd loves as much as I do.
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    So, she's the author of all evil because she privatized things, but didn't do ENOUGH evil? Hmm...

    The corporate/Gov't collusion filth isn't unique to ex-Socialist arrangements, you know. I could write a book on the LATA/Intra-LATA/Inter-LATA pseudo-Federal insanity here in the U.S., except that I have to start drinking heavily until I black out whenever I start dealing with the topic.

    Besides, there's no syntax difference between your routine and that of troubleshooting Sprint/Verizon in NY. The only way to get these garbage "providers" to cooperate is to trick both technicians into showing up at the same time, when they can't actually point to the other one without their managers looking like idiots. Otherwise it's always "Reply Hazy, Ask Again Later".

    EDIT - one thing of note, though - after all the vultures chewed up the flesh of Ma Bell, it was hilarious to see them claiming they need to put extensive money into networks, when all they're doing is glomming up dark fiber and coasting on previous tax-funded lines.
  16. LozHinge the Unhinged

    LozHinge the Unhinged IncGamers Member

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    I'm simply saying she was incompetent and failed of her own stated purpose(s). :nod:

    Like that logic puzzle with one guy who lies, one who tells the truth and you don't know which is which.

    But .. we have Bob for that. :nod:

    We see the same or similar stories in all the privatised utilities - water, sewerage, rail, telephony, electricity, National Health Service ... oh. Wait. Not that last one. Not yet.
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    jmervyn IncGamers Member

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    One might assume you've never seen, "Yes, Minister".
    Right, except there's about five other guys involved.
    Your past is our future.
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    I never used that model much (edit - read link - used WHR-G54S copy of it) looks cool.
    Still use my old RT350 but I would put a dedicated switchover routed Firewall Intrusion detection box in if working business and yea it would be a (L)unix based OS.
    My Cable is good speed here so I really need the DOCSIS 3.0 as a lot of the neighbors don't have the right modems and congestions not that bad.
    My Cable launched Digital Cable on my doormats system in 1997.
    In February, 2008 they implemented Switched Digital Video (SDV) technology here.
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