View Full Version : Would anyone go back to 56k.....

22-02-2002, 08:37 PM
I see a lot of postings lately from people with high speed access. My questions are; Are you all happy with the faster service? Is it a lot faster? Is it value for money? Would you go back to 56k dialup? What is the biggest advantage it has for you? And finally what is the best ISP & service and how much does it cost you per month(eg. jetstream/Ihug/paradise etc) One more thing, which is the best brand of modem, and is external better than internal?

Thanks for any answers.

22-02-2002, 09:43 PM
Except for the mini-outages, I love adsl. No waiting for connection, faster loading, great for downloading music and video. I dropped a phone line to additional cost not huge compared to the cost of that plus what I was paying Asia Offline.

Problem with the mini-outages is I can't just call an alternative ISP - you can with a modem.


22-02-2002, 09:54 PM
I'd never experienced broadband internet untill I started at CCC this year. I must say that I find broadband to be excellent. They have a JetStream connection with Watchdog (that ISP that won't let us access porn sites, most newgroups, or warez sites).

The other day I downloaded Mozilla(9.58MB) it took me 1m53s, I noticed speeds of 75.5KB/s. When I went to download this at home it came up with an expected download time of 50m. Needless to say I ended up taking a Zip disk to college the next day and brought it home that way.

Ofcourse now when I am at home I find the internet almost unbearable, and am currently in negotiations with my parents as to sharing the cost of a JetStart connection.

In the way of modems the Nokia M1122 is what everyone recommends, but when looking at the Nokia site I noticed that the M1122 actually uses an Alcatel chipset, but I'd still assumme that Nokia would be the best maker as this is who Telecom use for all their DSL routers.


22-02-2002, 11:22 PM
I'm running Jetstream from home through xtra. Yeah its a great product, but it's expensive. I would pay about $100.00 a month plus you need to add the phone line charge of about $38.00 and your capped for how much you can download a month before you have to start paying $0.20 a MB. Jetstart while cheaper has it limits. We seem to pay through the nose for bandwidth down here(not sure why}
Would I change? not really. Jetream is a V8 on drugs. While 56K is a mountain bike with flat tyres.

23-02-2002, 12:17 AM
Oh the Joy and Rapture i would have.
Telecom say I'm still 4 years away.(and a little customer waits). I got heaps of money, i'll lay the cable myself (and still he waits) I cant access cable. I live in a hole and satalite just do not work effectivly (and still I wait) and wait,and wait,


23-02-2002, 12:25 AM
I could never go back now...have had Jetstart for about 3weeks. I think it is good value for money when you consider it frees up your phone line and its always there.

AJ: I would check on the d-load cap as I am 99% sure xtra doesn't put one on. Only a cap on speed.

23-02-2002, 02:30 AM
In chch I use jetstart with inet but i also have a external 28k for faxing that can double if the dsl was to go down for any length of time. $35 a month unlimited, no cap. Where I am working at the moment, no sure what they use but I downloaded a 14.8mb file last night in about 4 minutes, makes jetstart look slow.

Of course jetstart and I assume jetstream is the same, it is only as good as the modem at the other end doing the upload but all things being equal I have no complaints

23-02-2002, 02:45 AM
One of the really nice things with broadband is being able to load large PDF files in around the same time as to load a largish site on 56K.

God damn I want broadband, JM

23-02-2002, 04:31 PM
I'm on the 400MB plan but I may up it to the 600MB another $10.00 a month.