Telecom woes

Guy Sotomayor ggs at
Thu Dec 31 00:14:33 CST 2015

On 12/30/15 10:02 PM, Jim Brain wrote:
> On 12/30/2015 10:51 PM, Guy Sotomayor wrote:
>> We're at least 2.5 miles from the DSLAM, so DSL is *not* an option. 
>> That's the distance on the private roads and I haven't seen where the 
>> DSLAM might be (nearest town is 5 miles away once you get to the 
>> "public" roads).
> We're in a similar boat.  We're too far away for DSL, microwave can't 
> reach us due to the treeline, and Cable isn't available here. I took a 
> page from FullTime RV folks, and bought a commercial grade router/AP 
> that uses cellular modems for uplink, and then found a business 
> cellular package that has unlimited use.  We burn through 400GB every 
> month here.
I feel your pain!  I had a "home" package with the same ISP when we 
first moved in.  Since that tower was "downslope" from our house there 
wasn't a problem.  When I switched to their commercial package (the 
speeds and network congestion were making it difficult at times to get 
work done), I had to switch to a new tower (because it's a dedicated 
link and there was no more space on the tower I was pointing at).  They 
had to mount the microwave dish on a tower on the roof of my 
shop...we're at the top of a hill and I'm still having to shoot between 
some trees.  I'll probably have to get an arborist to come out in a year 
or two and trim some branches.

I should probably investigate a business cellular package.  My ISP did 
have an outage that lasted about 8 hours a few months ago and that was 
painful because I was trying to conserve data usage not to mention that 
my cellular modem at that point decided to take a holiday and not bring 
up the cellular link.

TTFN - Guy

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