sergent at kgb.etla.net
Mon Nov 16 09:05:14 PST 1998
In message <19981116020301.A17065 at hugin.imat.com>, Rick Moen writes:
] What I would want in a provider, if I didn't have it as part
] of my living situation, is somebody who'd competently furnish bare
] IP connectivity and a static route to a class C, and otherwise stay
] the hell out of my way. @Home _definitely_ does not qualify.
You can get up to three IP's. You don't get all of the benefits of
ADSL, etc. (You're not allowed to hog upstream bandwidth, and you
can't get routes to whole class C's, but you might as well use
NAT or something at that point.) There aren't issues with firewalls,
etc. (They do seem to filter port 139 -- SMB -- between them and the
Internet, but that's okay with me.) But it's a much better deal than
56k dialin at just twice the cost for several orders of magnitude
You don't generally deal with TCI unless there are cable problems.
I had these for a while, but it's been a good month of uptime on the
cable modem I think.
It's really fast and very cheap for the bandwidth that you get. (Less
than 10ms to all of the bay area NAPs from what I can tell, and more
than enough bandwidth to them). If all you've got is a single
workstation, it's probably all you need. If you're looking to host lots
of content (beyond the 15mb you get on their web server) then obviously
it's not for you... but you end up paying several times the cost to
get those things, so at least for me, it was a decision that it wasn't
worth paying at least two or three times as much a month for some
features that I honestly didn't need.
If it was something you were relying on for business purposes as
well as for personal use, it probably wouldn't qualify. But that's
probably not most of us.
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