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View Poll Results: What kind of internet connection are you using primarily? Please check all that apply
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56k modem or ISDN 7 votes (7.29%)
Home Broadband connection in general (faster than ISDN) 15 votes (15.63%)
Faster than normal home broadband (ie. University) 15 votes (15.63%)
Home DSL 26 votes (27.08%)
Home Cable 42 votes (43.75%)
Download rate up to but not exceeding 512Kbps 9 votes (9.38%)
Download rate up to but not exceeding 1Mbps 11 votes (11.46%)
Download rate up to but not exceeding 2Mbps 12 votes (12.50%)
Download rate that can literally be as fast as a local hard disk 14 votes (14.58%)
Home satellite connection 0 votes (0%)
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 96. You may not vote on this poll
What kind of internet connection do you use?
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macintologist
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May 6, 2005, 08:35 AM
 
Mods: Can you please add "Up to be not exceeding 5Mbps" in the options? Thanks

I'm on DSL.

You?

(This poll is for general demographics, just to see how far internet connections have come since the good ol' 14.4k days )
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May 6, 2005, 08:37 AM
 
Cable 4.5mbit down 512mbit up.

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May 6, 2005, 08:38 AM
 
Cable 5.0 down 1.0 up.
     
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May 6, 2005, 08:56 AM
 
All of the above

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May 6, 2005, 09:04 AM
 
Numbers 2, 3, 4, and 8.

Home DSL (broadband) connection, 2 Mbit down, 512 Kbit up (I think); also use university's internet fairly often.
     
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May 6, 2005, 02:54 PM
 
I have the absolute slowest, I think.
I do head to Starbucks for software updates and such,
that would take forever at home.
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May 6, 2005, 03:02 PM
 
Home DSL
5MBit down
768 kBit up
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May 6, 2005, 03:03 PM
 
I'm a DSL user. Looking forward to Internet 2. Just wonder how long I'll have to wait.

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May 6, 2005, 03:04 PM
 
Cable 7MB down 850K up
     
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May 6, 2005, 03:13 PM
 
I found the poll confusing.

Anyway, used to be DSL 6M down, 608k up. Now, Comcast/EarthLink 4M down, 384k up.
     
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May 6, 2005, 03:25 PM
 
Comcast cable: 4000 kbps downloads / 384 kbps uploads.
     
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May 6, 2005, 03:34 PM
 
Using 1.5 Mbit/192Kbit, optional 5Mbit/500Kbit
     
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May 6, 2005, 07:20 PM
 
I use the internet provided by the university. My speeds usually stay around 17-19mbit with upload in the 1mbit range.
     
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May 6, 2005, 07:25 PM
 
256kbps Download, 128kbps Upload. ADSL With Telstra Bigpond.

I hate it. I will change ISP at the end of contract... or at least upgrade the connection because that might make up for the downtime that we have every now and again.
     
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May 6, 2005, 08:36 PM
 
56k modem. Painfully slow -- usually about 3KB/s down, much less up. We live about 10 miles from the nearest town, so yeah.

Speaking of that, damn Apple for removing "Pause" from the Software Update panel (it's now "Stop", which resets the download). I think I'm going to have to use Safari for software updates from now on.
     
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May 6, 2005, 09:03 PM
 
I'm on Cable - UC down/128 up.
     
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May 6, 2005, 09:23 PM
 
Verizon DSL. 3.0/768
     
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May 6, 2005, 10:20 PM
 
DSL, 3Mbps down, 348kbps up. Typically I get a good 2.4Mbps down and at least 325kbps up. Life is good. I share it with my wife and son and we never seem to have problems surfing at the same time.

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May 6, 2005, 11:56 PM
 
3MB Down: Around 550kb/sec max speed.
512KB* Up: Around 45kb/sec max speed.

(* - I think)
     
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May 7, 2005, 03:01 AM
 
my god there are people still on 56k modems :O in this dane age how is that possible.
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May 7, 2005, 05:25 AM
 
Originally Posted by wdlove
I'm a DSL user. Looking forward to Internet 2. Just wonder how long I'll have to wait.


Oh, man, I2. WD, can you just imagine how much HD-quality porno video you could download? I know. My bet is that the acting will still suck, though, huh?
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May 7, 2005, 03:35 PM
 
Originally Posted by Athens
my god there are people still on 56k modems :O in this dane age how is that possible.
I live in the boonies. No electricity (we run off generator and solar power), no water lines (we have our own well), no cable TV (I can almost count all the channels we get on one hand). Thus, nobody offers broadband service here; there is satellite service, but that costs an arm and a leg.
     
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May 7, 2005, 03:43 PM
 
Wherever I can piggyback.
     
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May 7, 2005, 03:54 PM
 
Originally Posted by Sage
I live in the boonies. No electricity (we run off generator and solar power), no water lines (we have our own well), no cable TV (I can almost count all the channels we get on one hand). Thus, nobody offers broadband service here; there is satellite service, but that costs an arm and a leg.
Similar up here on the Northern end of the State.
Have electricity from PG&E - but know that when we have
3 "brownouts" in a row, it's all about to go out.
Satellite internet would be above $70/month for me, not
including the cost of the equipment.
If I had a business where I could write it off - I'd jump on it.
P~
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May 7, 2005, 05:26 PM
 
10MBit both ways over fibre
     
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May 7, 2005, 11:26 PM
 
768/768 K DSL right now... same thing I've had for 6 years. Moving to 2000/512 as soon as my provider gets the order done.

Highest cable speed one can get for a residential line here is 3000/384. If Charter could provide 7000/850 combo like someone listed, I'd be all over it.
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May 7, 2005, 11:47 PM
 
I had DSL up until about a month ago. Then, I got into a little tifffy with the phone company. I felt they dicked me over. So in retaliation I cancelled my services from them and went for a package deal from my cable company which includes; digital cable television, cable telephone and cable internet.

Not sure of the rated speed for the connection, but I DL at around 550KB/s per second and my UL is around 75KB/s.

Not too shabby me thinks.
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May 8, 2005, 12:11 AM
 
hehehe, 56k dialup at home, 2mbps at work. i'd get a real connection at home if i a) wasn't a cheap bastard, and b) didn't spend half my time at work on the net already. and i can't even use 'living in the boonies' as an excuse. sigh.

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May 8, 2005, 02:15 AM
 
Originally Posted by Lateralus
I got into a little tifffy with the phone company. I felt they dicked me over.

hmm...verizon???

I hate them too, but I hate Adelphia more, so I guess I'll have to stay with verizon.
     
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May 8, 2005, 02:49 AM
 
Nah, SBC actually. But I'm sure I would have had it out with Verizon too were they my provider. Only I have the feeling it would have happened earlier than it did.
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May 8, 2005, 04:42 PM
 
Originally Posted by Athens
my god there are people still on 56k modems :O in this dane age how is that possible.
I just wanted to thank you for owning up to the fact that we do indeed live in a Dane age. Much obliged.

     
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May 9, 2005, 02:37 AM
 
i'm getting around 2000kbps right now. tiger has slowwwwwwwed down my internet connection (i'm on a wireless network). i'm missing about 500kbps that i used to have.
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May 9, 2005, 02:39 AM
 
Originally Posted by Lateralus
I had DSL up until about a month ago. Then, I got into a little tifffy with the phone company. I felt they dicked me over. So in retaliation I cancelled my services from them and went for a package deal from my cable company which includes; digital cable television, cable telephone and cable internet.

Not sure of the rated speed for the connection, but I DL at around 550KB/s per second and my UL is around 75KB/s.

Not too shabby me thinks.
how much per month if i may ask? i'm on a 3 month trial run and i DL at 280Kb/s maximum if I download from a fast server. most of the time it is much slower. i'm considering just returning to regular cable if it isn't that fast (the difference will be around 10-15 bucks a month).
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May 9, 2005, 08:04 AM
 
Originally Posted by Lateralus
ISo in retaliation I cancelled my services from them and went for a package deal from my cable company which includes; digital cable television, cable telephone and cable internet.
While it looks like you've come out on top in the battle of wits with SBC (sometimes that isn't much of a contest!), I personally wouldn't have gone the same way. I have this problem with putting all of my eggs in one basket, so to speak, and depending on a cable TV company to maintain my telephone connection (with 911 and any other important communication hanging on it). This is no doubt due to my infrastructure maintenance background and my intense distrust for my local cable company that was "pure evil" even before being acquired by the "evil empire" of AOL-Time Warner.

In any case, I'm going to be interested to see how well this sort of thing works out, both for you and others. A friend just moved into a new house here, and went with the same kind of package from the [rant]evil, nasty, underhanded Time Warner cable people[/rant] local cable provider, so I'm sure to hear whatever plusses and minuses evolve from the package.

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