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HELP! What Do BUXRIAN'S Recommend as the Best Hi-Speed Wireless Internet Service??

submitted on November 4, 2010 by deby32953 in "Products / Gadgets"
We had Road Runner for a couple years until we realized we were paying way too much for very little service. We bundled our T.V. service but were only receiving a $5 discount. We switched to Att.net but even after replacing all hardware, it drops constantly, even when I'M PLACING A DEAL!! We are in need of a hi-speed, reasonably priced, wireless internet service but with so many to choose from don't know where to start. With so many experts on BUXR, this seems like the perfect place to ask for advice. So please, I need your help. What do you recommend?
        

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  • 86262
    pablos17
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    Posted by pablos17 on November 5, 2010
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    I would recommend ATT's Uverse (if it's available in your area). I've been using it for years and the FIOS service has been very reliable and very fast. When I was setup I chose a $55 plan since I was only getting the internet service without TV or phone. After using the service for a couple of months I manually downgraded my service using the online account management and bumped myself down from 10Mb/s ($55) to 6Mb/s ($35) which saves me quite a bit each month.
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    • deby32953
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      Posted by deby32953 on November 5, 2010
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      That is different from the regular att.net? And I can download myself? Sounds great! Thanks pablos17!
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    • deby32953
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      Posted by deby32953 on November 5, 2010
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      We already have ATT phone service. So maybe we could get a discount from that?
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    • pablos17
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      Posted by pablos17 on November 5, 2010
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      If you're asking if Uverse if different than DSL then, yes. Uverse uses fiber optic lines instead of just phone lines.

      Here's a link to check and see if it is avail in your area: http://www.att.com/u-verse/ind.....fuFzMpgkd3
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on November 5, 2010
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      In our area ATT offers a Uverse bundle with any 3 components (choose from Internet, TV, land line phone, or cell phone service). Otherwise, there's no discount, and to get the best deal you should ask a lot of questions before making any commitment. The offers seem to vary by location, and usually when you call them about any aspect of your service, they offer you some short term "deal." In fact, they answer the call "How can I make your day better?"
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    • deby32953
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      Posted by deby32953 on November 5, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      It is NOT available in my area! ):
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    • deby32953
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      Posted by deby32953 on November 5, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      I live in an isolated area on an island way out east by the Atlantic Ocean near KSC.
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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on November 5, 2010
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    When we moved into our house we didn't have cable yet. So I found a company (two in fact) that sells wireless broadband internet. I have used them ever since, the cost is $25 per month for 1.5MBit download / 128KBit upload speed which is a bit slower than cable but more than enough for me. They have faster pricier packages too.
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    • deby32953
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      Posted by deby32953 on November 5, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      What is their name?
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on November 5, 2010
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      They are a small local company offering service in just a few towns in North-West IL, so I doubt they will be any help to you
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    deby32953
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    Posted by deby32953 on November 8, 2010
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    Do you think it's really the internet service or my computer that's causing all the "Offline" problems? They've both been checked out by an expert and he thinks since I go to so many sites & get too much garbage attached to my computer even though I have Macafee Security Virus protection. Does anyone have any opinion on Bellsouth.net or RoadRunner or any other company in FL? I'm at a loss on what to do.
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    • pablos17
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      Posted by pablos17 on November 8, 2010
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      Roadrunner provides good service. I would highly recommend moving away from McAfee products as I have always found them to be problematic and a hog of resources. There are some good free virus / firewall applications available such as AVG Free Antivirus and ZoneAlarm Free Firewall. Just be careful when installing the free apps and if you do not wish to pay for an "upgrade" version then always make sure that you choose ONLY the free version.

      Are you running Windows (XP/Vista/7)and, if so, do you regularly perform maintenance on your PC such as disk cleanup and defragmenting?
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    • deby32953
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      Posted by deby32953 on November 14, 2010
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      No longer running Vista. We hated it so we switched back to Windows 7. No, I don't think so. We bought the programs and did have a specialist come out a month ago and I think he did run those programs. I'll have to ask hubby in the a.m. We did have RR. Now I'm catching heck for switching to AT&T and to switch over now w/all the sites sending me codes to my email address....what a pain to change! But I'll do it if it will help the problem. That or buy a new computer. Thanks for your advice pablos17. Didn't know about McAfee.
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on November 14, 2010
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      Deby, I think you missed my earlier comment, so here it is again.

      Before you go buying another computer, I would suggest you find somebody with experience to do the following things. No, I can't walk you though how to do it yourself.

      1. Registry Clean
      2. Defragment Drives
      3. Determine and Deactivate Unneeded Start-Up Items
      4. Update/Reset Router Firmware

      Its amazing what the first three will accomplish for boot-up time, general speed, and stability.


      Also, I highly recommend the Kaspersky Internet Security Suite.
      (Free After Rebates Offer) http://www.buxr.com/deal/kaspe.....user_67022
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    • Tarun
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      Posted by Tarun on November 14, 2010
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      Just going to chime in on a few thoughts and general comments on what Solstice posted. Smile

      Registry cleaning does nothing, really. There's no real benefits from cleaning or defragging your registry.

      A good read: http://www.edbott.com/weblog/2.....-cleaners/

      I’d go a step further: Don’t run registry cleaner programs, period. I won’t go so far as to call them snake oil, but what possible performance benefits can you get from “cleaning up” unneeded registry entries and eliminating a few stray DLL files?


      Defragging is definitely helpful. Windows 7 defragger actually works extremely well too.

      Startup items are pretty easy if you use Malwarebytes StartupLite.

      Router firmware rarely needs to be upgraded and sometimes upgrading can break things that were already working. Basically, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." But it also depends on your router. Personally I use a WRT54GL and run Tomato Firmware on it (better than stock Linksys and by far much better than DDWRT).

      As far as a good av/fw.
      Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast.
      Firewall: Outpost Free or the built in Windows Firewall. I cannot recommend Comodo anymore. They pulled too many shady things when I used them.
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on November 14, 2010
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      I would definitely disagree with you on the registry cleaning, but I really don't feel like defending it. However, I will add a caveat for those who have any faith in this magical elixir of restoration.

      It really never needs to be done more than once annually. The problem is that most people never do it at all. After a long period of non-cleaning, such as 1-3 years, I personally can notice the performance difference after, but doing it every week or month is indeed a waste of time.
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    • deby32953
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      Posted by deby32953 on November 14, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      I will take your advice Solstice since I've never done it. In fact will take all your advice! Thank you so much especially for the free software after rebate! We also have Linksys and will search for a good deal on WRT54GL now and Tomato Firmware. Thank you Tarun.
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    • Tarun
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      Posted by Tarun on November 15, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      @Solstice:

      I believe back on the 9x kernel it actually had more of an effect. Registry cleanup and defrag/compression could make a slight difference. However since we're no longer on that kernel anymore and we're on the NT based kernel, much has changed. Better stability, memory handling, etc etc. Registry problems are a thing of the past which is why cleaning the registry truly has become pointless in this day and age.
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    Tarun
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    Posted by Tarun on November 14, 2010
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    I'd avoid wireless altogether.
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    • deby32953
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      Posted by deby32953 on November 14, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      Why? Thought it was supposed to be better but I end up hardwiring it anyway since it works better.
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    • Tarun
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      Posted by Tarun on November 15, 2010
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      I believe you just answered your own question. Wink

      Hardwiring using a CAT5 cable is far more reliable. You don't have to worry about the connection suddenly dropping because someone uses a telephone or microwave, or even putting a bottle of water between you and the router.

      Example: I have a home server that is 20 feet away from my router and is wireless. It would often get no signal or very low signal. I fixed it by moving a bottle of water that was between it and my router, and I suddenly got perfect signal again. If I had a CAT5 cable long enough, I'd use it in a heartbeat.

      Also, here's where you can get the Tomato Firmware: http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato
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    bert
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    Posted by bert on November 14, 2010
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    deby, have you considered buying an iMac? That solves all the anti-virus software problems. They do cost more, but in the long run how much do you spend on anti-virus programs and repairs? Also I have the slowest speed DSL that ATT offers and it is fast enough for me. ($15 per month) The only problem I have had with DSL is when it is storming, it comes & goes. Mostly with heavy thunderstorms. We are only about 2 miles from AT&T's servers.
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    • deby32953
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      Posted by deby32953 on November 14, 2010
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      I hadn't before but at this point, I'll consider anything! My husband's blaming my "dealing" on every problem I have even though he helps sometimes. He says the sites I go to download all kinds of crap on my computer that screw up it's operating system.

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