Random Thoughts

September 7, 2007

Comcast Triple Play – Uploading is limited

Filed under: Cool Stuff, Triple Play — doctorfeelgood @ 7:22 am

I don’t know if this was happening before or not and I don’t know if this is recent along with rumors of Comcast messing up BitTorrent seeding, but I was trying to upload a 13MB file to MediaMax.com for a work colleague to download tomorrow (legal file by the way – a process sniffer) and I noticed it was nice and fast (400kbps) thanks to Google Desktop watching my bandwidth usage at the beginning of the file.

Things go downhill fast.  At the 4mb mark, the upload slows to a crawl around 30 kbps.  Ug.  It took a LONG time to finish the upload.  And then I realize that MediaMax doesn’t allow >10MB downloads, so my colleague couldn’t download tomorrow if he wanted to.  So I use WinZip to split the file into nice little 3mb chunks, hoping that will fool Comcast.  NOPE!  After the first 2MB, uploads are slowed.  After canceling the upload several times, I realize that I can only send about 512mb before the throttling kicks in.  I guess I won’t be running a web server from home any time soon.  Is this normal?  I want to do some searching on the tubes to see if others have this issue.  Not that I want to switch – surfing is fast, SpeedTest shows me 5-8mbps down and 1.5 mbs up (must be on small files!)

To be continued. . .


August 27, 2007

Comcast Triple Play – Phone Denied

Filed under: Triple Play — doctorfeelgood @ 1:10 pm

Our first outage – VOIP is down, internet is up. WTF??? I will check it out when I get home. Yikes. . .

UPDATE: phone is back up, no idea what is going on.  Oh well!

August 17, 2007

Triple Play Update

Filed under: Triple Play — doctorfeelgood @ 7:39 am

No surprises, the network is still running today.  No issues.  Not like last time I bought the new WAP/router – it had to be rebooted daily to keep the home network alive.  Also, the TiVo recorded several shows and changed channels very nicely!!!!!  YAHOO!

August 16, 2007

Digital Voice sucks compared to Vonage: web features

Filed under: Triple Play — doctorfeelgood @ 7:54 am

Well, I found the Digital Voice page. Sorry, it sucks. All I can do is forward the phone number to another one. Vonage can send emails with .wav file voicemail, ring many phones at once, forward to other numbers, and other stuff I can’t remember. And, this site is UGLY..


Update:  Sorry, I can listen to voicemail as Quicktime files (not sure what format, can’t save like Vonage).  Still like Vonage better . . .

Comcast Triple Play

Filed under: Cool Stuff, Life in general, Triple Play — doctorfeelgood @ 7:39 am

So, we made the big jump last night.  We were on Comcast for analog cable and high-speed internet and Vonage for voice.  Now, we got a deal for a few months on switching up to digital cable and what I think is their digital voice.

Basically, we only pay $20 more per month for phone and digital cable upgrade.  I am sorry to see Vonage go as it has been awesome and the best service available – voicemail by email, all normal calling features, forward to cell phone, etc.  But, I am going to cancel and see how Comcast Digital Voice goes.

The installer fella plugged in the ethernet cable into the wrong port on my PC and spent 90 minutes before I could get to my cell and help him.  Oh well.   It works now!

So, last night, I got to spend a few hours getting the Wireless Router (SMC 802.11b/g unit) working with then new cable modem.  Oh my, this cable modem is HUGE but it has it all – VOIP adapter, Wireless (which I better secure soon-oops), one port (not a switch!) and of course the cable modem itself.  I had to use a paper clip and reboot the SMC unit TWICE, and then it was all good.  I turned off it’s DHCP which seemed to be fighting will the modem which of course I can’t log into but I can only assume is also a DHCP server.  So, the computer had no issue getting online after the double reboot.  However, I manually assigned all TCP/IP info to the TiVo’s and other PCs in the house.  So far, all is working.

Now TV is a different story.  The DVR in the Comcast unit is disabled as we aren’t forking over $10 a month for the small (40gb?), crippled, crappy, no season pass DVR when I have (i.e. paid for, actually free after rebates 2 years ago) an awesome Series 2 hopped up to 160GB TiVo which every family member loves LOVES.  It took me 30 minutes to figure out how to change from analog cable to digital cable, then I had to go online to setup so I had to get the wireless working (see above) BEFORE I could even start setting up channels.   The IR blaster worked awesome – no issues.  It does take about 3 seconds to change channels, but it works.  Nicely, the bottom 100 channels are the same, so all the season passes are INTACT!  The upper channels are digital and it is awesome to see David Letterman streched across my 4:3 TV as though it is a widescreen.  Seriously, digital TV is so in it’s infancy and a good number of the channels were OK (letterbox is fine) but many are stretched, some have letterbox and horizontal bars – weird although that fella on TwiT explained this.  With my seven year old CRT TV (JVC, nice, but old) digital looks the same as analog.  Oh well.  Now we have SciFi – BATTLESTAR GALACTICA with out waiting for DVD! ! !   And even better, Universal HD (not that I can enjoy HD) where Firefly is going to be REBROADCAST !! !! ! ! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  More playing tonight!

Overall, it is going to be interesting.  So, if we keep it even after the price goes up, we are ready for an HDTV – just not financially ! ! !

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