Monday, June 12, 2006

Surfing Without a Net


Verizon DSL sucks.

Really what else can I say? Okay, maybe that's not a fair statement but MY experience has been anything but great. I've dealt with no service, lousy connection speed, less than stellar support and STILL continue to use it.

Why?

Well because my other options are dial up service or a cable modem. Dial up is just not practical, the reasons I switched were for quicker speeds (HA!) and so the phone line wasn't tied up. Cable modem? It's fast and available but I can't justify the cost. So that's left me with DSL.

Or has it?

A local company Meganet offers Megabroadband a wireless modem that uses a nirvani rip wave modem.

I'm intrigued!

Actually I've known about this for several months but the service was unavailable in my neck of the woods, that has since changed.

The catch with this service is signal strength. The better your signal strength the happier you'll be with the service. Those who live near leafy trees or in low lying areas, or near lots of steel framed buildings may find it difficult to obtain a strong signal.

However, after a friend of mine complained that Verizon wasn't excepting new customers for their DSL service I mentioned Megabroadband and he signed up, and although his computer is in the worst possible location, in a low lying area he is still enjoying speeds far faster than dial up and far faster than I am enjoying with my DSL package.

In the near future I'm going to borrow his modem and see what type of signal strength I receive near my computer. If all goes well I'll be signing up.

1 comment:

Roger Williams said...

Remember! The great state of Rhode Island is the first border-to-border wireless state in America. Given your extremely favorable proximity to the Rhode Island line, maybe you should give their "free*" service a try.

* "Free" insofar as Massachusetts and Connecticut taxpayers don't pay for it, that is.