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3 December 2014 - 11:27pm

Cable internet horrors! Who has the worst internet connection? Win 100 CLchips

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So a couple of months ago I got sick of my ADSL connection going down whenever it rained heavily and the pit out the front of my house would fill with water and damage the "waterproof" connection. After being assured that getting more expensive cable with the notoriously incompetent Telstra corporation would be far more reliable I went against my better judgement and made the call to disconnect the ADSL and sign up for cable.

Now 3 months later and my cable has stopped working for the 3rd time already. The last time a guy came out to fix it he showed me the cables in the ground out the front of my house and the pit they are in, while not getting drowned like the ADSL one, was still filled with dirt and leaves. I could see unshielded wires and frayed cables. This decaying and badly maintained infrastructure is what our idiot government has decided is going to be good enough for the next century instead of the fibre optic network that the previous government had started building before they got voted out.

Anyway the cable to my house was connected to this thing they call a tap. The tap can have up to four different houses connected to it via cable but apparently only 1 of the tap connections on my tap works. Luckily I'm the only one with cable out of my immediate neighbours. He supposedly put in an order to get the tap replaced but it hasn't happened and now my cable doesn't work again and I'm working using my mobile phones crappy and very expensive internet connection.

So here's an open invitation: make me feel better by telling me how bad your internet connection is where you live. I'm going to give the best story 100 CLchips.

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4 December 2014 - 4:32pm
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I'll see your crappy connection and raise you poor electrical and slow speeds when condensation occurs.

We also went from a fiber/DSL hybrid (AT&T Uverse) to cable (Charter) because we wanted higher speeds. Unfortunately, we were having issues with slooooow speeds (talking 200kbps) and spotty connections when it rained or snowed. In Michigan this happens a lot. The reason? Moisture was getting into the cable due to squirrels chewing through the insulation!

Couple this with the fact that our portion of the subdivision has been having random electricity cutouts in recent days and you end up with a utility situation that is FUBAR.

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4 December 2014 - 11:07pm
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Oh yeah? You think squirrels are bad? Read this and weep...

9 Countries that have faster Internet than Australia (even when its working)

I talked to some neighbours today and found out that several houses nearby all have their internet down. And each one has a separate technician coming out to check them even though, like the guy who came to fix mine yesterday and couldn't, they won't be able to do anything. You would think Telstra would be smarter and have some way of working out that when 5 houses in a 50 metre radius are all booking in a technician to fix their internet that there is a major problem that is not in the individual houses.

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4 December 2014 - 11:11pm
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Part of the NBN was rolled out before the current government put a stop to it. Check out an ad that one of the challenger ISP brands are running to encourage those lucky few to sign up to the NBN.

mrohacek....I think you'll like this one Smile

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6 December 2014 - 4:08am
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I can remember clearly that times when we launched our first home internet connection... that oldschool 56kbps modem, which must first "dial" the number (with rich sound efects) and while you were connected to the internet, your home phone did not work, or vice versa... it could be ~10years, but still fresh memories lol

After this period, right when there was ADSL available in our location, immediately switched on it instead that old crap and since that moment, I have only and only ADSL, no technology change or upgrade makes me feel very stereotypically... The reason why I dont own a optic is, that I live in a family house in a city, exactly - in a bit more redneck part of a city, while all my optic 10TB/s exalting friends live in rooming houses near the downtown. The speed differences are 10-100x as obvious... Yea its obvious that the company or anyone responsible will rather bring an optic cable to a rooming house and will get 30 customers immediately, than to a family house and receive 1 customer... However the fact is, that I must gather all the enormous optic net speeds, and speed records, and "how to download a film in less than one cigarette", and other craps by my 10-20MB/s connected friends... while I was opening a glass of champagne few months ago, when my speed increased from 0,5 MB/s to 1 MB/s! lol

Also I did not say anything about the stability or other probems of connection? 5-6 years ago, when I was on the high school yet,the absolutely common situation at mine's was, when I came home and my father was set in a random degree of (righteous!) rage, calling technical service hotline and trying to make it work.

Another enjoyable situation is this surprise, which is quite young, as first time it happened a year ago - imagine doing something important, something that is in a hurry or anything that you cannot break and must do immediatey... and the connection simply crashes, and you can see only a little exclamation mark at your wifi indicator. You know empirically, that this state is not provider/techsupport-solvable, that it happens almost regularly, and the worst part - the duration time is random (cca interval <5min;1year>) .
It took me some time to find out that I must just restart the router, but anyway, it takes at least 2-3 minutes to fix and f.e. if you play some online RTS game, you will certainly not be pleased when this happens.

Oh and my least intensive, but on the other side, my everyday problem is that our router is located at a point in our house and my room is on the absolutely most distant point on the opposite side. So the router is not always reaching me not even that much, how I would need. However, I have Dell laptop and I have sometimes issues in this case, but my girlfriend with her Lenovo laptop must be at least 1/4 of the distance closer and despite that she has worse signal than me Smile

Yes I wonder about purchasing that device to amplify or expand the wifi signal, in the future.

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7 December 2014 - 11:24pm
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mrohacek wrote:

I can remember clearly that times when we launched our first home internet connection... that oldschool 56kbps modem, which must first "dial" the number (with rich sound efects) and while you were connected to the internet, your home phone did not work, or vice versa... it could be ~10years, but still fresh memories lol

Youngsters! Bah, I used to go to a friend's house who had a 2.4k modem at one time to dial a local BBS on his Amiga, before anyone outside a university even knew what the internet was. 56k was luxury!

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8 December 2014 - 8:50pm
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100 cl chips on my way Tongue
Here(in Minsk), we have couple of internet providers, but actually they buy it from monopolist 'beltelecom'.
Currently i am paying 15$ for 5/1 MB. It's high i believe, anyway, here is couple of best stories.
For example, my internet connection can drop away. Any time, any hour. No one can guess. Once in past i played poker tournament at pokerstars, Final table. There was first prize 1700$, second 1300$, and third 650$. I was age 18, living with parents, and no work. This money is something like 6-7 months of living for me without trouble. There was 3 players, i have biggest stack...Internet connection dropped, for two hours or so, it was already morning. I finished third, no chances. Fucking idiots. Of course someone can say that i should have another backup internet, but i lived in city where no such option(and it was 5 years ago). Idiots, nothing else. And such happens reguraly, about once per week.You will better Ed?
Recently, my connection was down, i call to support team. They told me 'your router broken, fired up(or how this on english), just go to service center and change'. Ok, i am like idiot from morning going there, to see how their tester guy take it, power up, and telling me everything ok. Well, i am back home, and everything worked...I am also idiot that believe them and did not check, but well...It's their job?
And about speed, 5/1 MB. Sounds not bad, 500kb/s download you think. Only from belarussian hosted website, they guarantee such speed on for BELARUSSIAN WEBSITES ahaha. Well, in short - we do not have any good websites except few with news.
Hope you will better Ed Smile I am not Sad Remembered those final table and stupid third place.

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9 December 2014 - 5:00am
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Man oh man I feel your pain, that sucks! I imagine it took hours to get to the final table too.

My connection has still not been fixed. I called them today and after 20 minutes on the phone, 18 of which was spent on hold, they say that it will be fixed tomorrow. We shall see. I would take $15 for a 5/1 adsl connection right now. I have had to pay $100 for 10gb of extra data on my mobile phone which I am using as a wireless modem. And it is slow. I have already used 2gb in a couple of days even while being careful - no youtube, no music, no kids using the internet at all, just work.

To keep this interesting, I will pay the prize to the best story when my connection is fixed...

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9 December 2014 - 8:11am
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20 minutes is pretty fast Smile
Once i wait about a hour or so, listening one same stupid melody which last about 20 seconds...And it was not during night or holiday or weekend...

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9 December 2014 - 9:39am
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Sorry Ed really. lol but it is really weird to must have mobile net as an insurance for cable - I have really thought all my life that Australia is one of the best "developed' nations and that problems like this one are absolute nonsense for you. This thread signalizes that I was a bit wrong but anyway I would NOT even wonder about that someone from there will have to make a solution like you have described above. lol

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9 December 2014 - 11:22pm
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20 minutes is pretty fast Smile
Once i wait about a hour or so, listening one same stupid melody which last about 20 seconds...And it was not during night or holiday or weekend...

Ah yes, it seems telecommunications companies around the world are all the same!

The good news is that the cable has started working again. The bad news is that according to what the tech guy told me last weak, the signal strength is very weak and it is obviously error prone, as some pages are very slow to load.

So as promised, I am awarding 100 CLchips to belaff, because I could feel the pain of sitting through hours and hours of a boring poker tournament to reach the final table with the chip lead and then n......

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10 December 2014 - 5:29am
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Thanks! Smile
Poker tournaments not so boring, specially last hour or so. But start stages always boring as hell, this is right.

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Ok this has gotten ridiculous. Cable down again, back on mobile phone internet. facepalm Telstra

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Ho ho ho! You think your internet is bad? Try living in the north pole for a while! If the lines are not getting frozen solid there are reindeer chewing through the cables and elves using up all my data watching youtube.

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12 December 2014 - 3:47pm
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Hi Santa! Long time no speak. Can you bring Ed a new internet connection for Christmas? The way he is describing it makes me feel like his situation is this:

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Yes Santa, would be nice to give our admin chance to visit us often Tongue

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14 December 2014 - 3:57am
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@CL=Klaw: Lol I have spotted your post right now, not earlier, shame to me.
Anyway I would like to understand what you said, but - I dont know if it is caused by my ?!?unknownness?!? of that abbreviations you have used in your post, or it is caused by the late hour (its currently 04:50 a.m. here) but I have absolutely not understand what you have written above, please, re-interpret it lol
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(saddest is that nor the picture lol just noticed "slow-vakia" and that guy in the slovakia-like national costume).

P.S.: Lool, this is certain sign how am I getting dumb this late - I have been typing this post for almost 4 minutes and then I closed the window without posting it out. Fortunately chrome saved it otherwise i would destroy something in this room

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mrohacek: ISP = Internet service provider. Basically the company that you pay to get access to the internet.

NBN = National Broadband Network. This was a plan to bring fibre cables to most homes and businesses around the country, with the exception of some remote areas that would still have to use satellites. Now the new government is telling everybody that the current copper cables are fine and there is no need for fibre to people's homes, and instead they want to do fibre to each street instead, then attach the copper to the fibre for the last part to your home. It will cost about 75% of the original plan and the internet speeds will be about 25% as fast. And of course people like me will still have a barely usable connection because the current cables are so badly maintained.

Anyway my cable just came back alive about an hour ago but it is clearly not fully fixed. The speed is more like dial-up. I miss my 56k modem, it was better than this. Sad Aaaaannd.. now it is gone again.

And yes please Santa, a working internet connection for Christmas would be great, thanks!

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