June 10, 2004

To Boldly Go Where Everyone Has Gone Before!

That's right, we've finally signed up for DSL service. It's supposed to take "3 to 5 days" for the local phone company to do their bit, at which point Earthlink will mail us the installation kit. I'll keep you all posted. Posted by Will Duquette at June 10, 2004 07:52 PM

Craig Clarke said:

You get totally spoiled with the speed. We had DSL in our last apartment, but then moved to a house in an area where it's not available.

We don't miss anything as much as our lost DSL.

Will Duquette said:

Fast is nice; but the network bandwidth where I work is much faster than DSL speeds, so I'm not getting *too* excited about
that aspect of it. It's enough faster than dial-up that I'll have
an easier time downloading large software updates, but other
than that it'll be business as usual here at home.

The real reason we're switching is that Earthlink made us an offer; if we accept it and get rid of the spare phone line then we'll spend $10 more a month on Internet service but $20 less a month on our phone bill. Works for me.

Deb said:

That's exactly why we got DSL. It ended up being cheaper than running two phone lines.

The only problem we've had with it is that you have to reboot the router every couple of weeks. It's no big deal but no one told us that until I had spent a couple hours trying to get tech support on the phone the first time it happened.

Will Duquette said:

Ironically, I'm more or less used to that already. Our home network is wireless, with our wireless base station serving as a router, and periodically I have to go reset it. Not every two weeks, certainly, but probably once a month or so.