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I keep getting mail about gigabit internet, but it isn't actually available in my area.

If I was at my previous employer I would post my numbers. Easily get 2-3gb
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Google Fiber is just starting to operate in Nashville, may be a while before it makes it to my suburb but I should have it at work in the next year or so. Cannot wait.

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What you have is enough if everything works without any lag. 60/6 will give you a decent upload speed if you decide to go that route. Unless you play heavy streaming games/4k videos there is no real need for 150 mbps.

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This is not a man simply trying to purchase a router to set up his wireless in his studio apartment. He's unhappy with his speeds and want to optimize everything he can be in control of. Words like enough and if or decent, aren't what he's asking for. He wants to go fast like Ricky Bobby. If you ain't first your last. a 150 router is literally 70 bucks top with 2.4 ghz coverage. There's literally no reason not to upgrade.
I bolded the two most important parts of what you said here and you answer your own question. When your entire home life is essentially entirely controled, centralized, relies on, purely on your internet service, why in the world would you go with anything less than the optimized route? It's not like you only find yourself online Sunday morning reading the Sunday paper with your coffee with an occassional weather check or something. If it runs your home than buy the best you can because why would you settle for anything less? don't ever cut corners on things in your life that you truly know are important and vitale, regardless of what they may be, ever. From what you have shared, your how should have goddamn fiber optic wiring and shit running through the walls. Spend the 80 bucks, buy the best router money can buy, then sign up for the best surface your are able to.

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80 bucks for the best router money can buy?? I bought one of best home routers money could buy (at the time) in Dec and it was 200. CNET's top rated is 350.

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I'm sorry, my apologies, I didn't mean the best router you could by ing eneral in the world, I was strictly speaking in refernce to his specific maximum router qualitey he had mentioned, the 150, the best he could get, which is just about $80 tops, but no, not for a second would I assume that $80 dollars would be able to purchase the best possible piece of equipment in the world in general especially for something like an internet wireless router.

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I was referring to the internet plan not router capacity.

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Well excellent we got a bunch of people all well intended trying tio help someone to optimize their internet but suggestion a bunch of equoiptment that is all name with numbers, however their strengths sizes abilities and every other properties they posess are also measured by numbers, the only other thing, I'll be the first to bow out because I more than likely know the least, thus most likely to be the one to confusse the most.


Just a last piece of advice, get the absoout without a dobut, fastest settup you can possbly buy....You'v never looked at your computer and wished your connection was a little slower, and your entire fucking life runs via the internet. GO fucking huge. I am bowing out.

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Thank you everyone for your thoughtful advice. I sincerely considered everything that was mentioned. I am sure my equipment could go for an upgrade and that may be the next thing needed. My ideas of routers and their capabilities may be from 2010 and they've really improved since.

@Jompso: You're right in that I don't want to cut corners in something that will get heavy use.

@rhyme: Thank you for your direction. I should have mentioned that gaming is not something that I do and I should have mentioned that from the get-go. 150 DL may be overkill for me at the moment and I'll keep it open in the future as my needs change.

Again, thank you to everyone. As an update, I spoke to my ISP today. I can upgrade to 60/6 with no problems, it's only a bit more than I'm paying now. I assume I'll notice a huge kick since it's 3x the speed I currently have, both DL and UL. I can also upgrade to 150/10 at any time should I think it would be necessary. My plan is to simply up my speed to the 60/6 and see how things improve. If it handles the things I do with ease, I have an answer. If not, I'll go on up.

As for the equipment, I'm going to wait and see with the new speed but will get a new modem (comes with the new plan for free). Currently, I'm getting near my max (often around 19-20 DL, 2 UL) the overwhelming majority of the time. That makes me think I can squeeze some life out of the current equipment, but I'll take a wait and see attitude towards it.

For those of you in a similar situation, looking to get a bit more speed, here's what I've learned from this process:

  • Know your real speeds (not only what you are paying for) by testing them at different times, with different devices, in different parts of the house.
  • Run through all of your equipment. Make sure you are running an up to date version of your OS & browser. Clean out files you're not using and check where your computer's resources are going. GarageSale and Photos were slowing down my old computer and streamlining them improved the speed.
  • Double-check your router and modem, if you have one. If your equipment was provided by your ISP (mine wasn't), it's possible that you're paying a monthly fee for it and that it's outdated. Boring equipment that's essential (looking at you, routers) is not something we think about in terms of new technology. A relatively small investment could work wonders.
  • Take a look at current prices from your ISP and any other local competition available. I discovered that prices had dropped across the board, speeds had increased considerably, and new speeds were available....all within two years. I pay €27 for 20/2. When I checked my ISP, they now have 30/3 for the same price and will allow me to upgrade at no extra expense. While you're at it, look at changing providers. I couldn't get a better deal from the competition, but you may.


I hope fellow non-technical people find that somewhat helpful, but another big thanks to everyone for their advice. I'll pop into my ISP on Wednesday to sign a new contract and report back on the new speeds.
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Anyone happen to know if this pattern has a specific name? Trying to write an auction title..Thanks in advance!


Fritz the Cat Blue Haze Pyscho Swirl.

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I was in need of a new computer, so I went for a new 27" iMac 5K Retina with the fusion HD. It's beautiful.

There's nothing like new computer day. Anyway, I'd like to speed up everything, including internet. I remember you guys posting screenshots of your speed awhile ago and being insanely jealous. I probably come in last here, but I'm paying for 30mbit/s DL and 4mbit/s UL. When I test it, I'm actually averaging somewhere around 10/2.

For those that have incredible speeds, you don't know the pain of uploading pictures to SF.

My question, then, is for IT guys. I'm clearly not an IT guy, so if you have suggestions, please keep that in mind. Here is what I have:

- Cable modem (Scientific Atlanta DPC2505)
- Time Capsule from somewhere around 2011-2012 (2Tb). I moved an iTunes library onto it to use throughout the house, if it's relevant.
- 2 Netgear WiFi range extenders. The one on the top floor prevents streaming from dropping and the one on the ground floor carries the connection outside.
- Everything in the house is connected via WiFi

I'm paying around €27/month for my current speed. I can go up to 60/6 for €37/month and 150/10 for €57/month. Each of these plans are for 2 years and have an introductory special of €10/month for the first 6 months.

Obviously, browsing and doing normal stuff is no problem. I have AppleTVs in every room and we can stream from a central library/Netflix with few problems. We'll occasionally drop content/hit errors/low quality for some time, but it's nothing awful.

My question:
Where should I be putting my money to get the speed I desire? Is there a benefit to upgrading our modem/router? Would it be silly to jump to 60 or 150 mbit/s when I'm likely to get a fraction of that speed?

Any advice on where best to spend my money would be greatly appreciated!


There are two things I would tell you.

 

The SA DPC2505 has been around for at least 10 years. I don't remember if it has been updated to support Docsis 3.0 but you can do much better than that.

 

If I were buying a box today, it would be the Arris Surfboard 6183 model because it has the very latest bandwidth architecture that Docsis supports. (Docsis being the CableLabs standard for modems).

 

Second, ALL wifi extenders suck. Even worse, the tools that exist to troubleshoot interference also suck. You can amp it up with some open source firmware, and it will still suck at certain times. What ever it takes, I would have a Cat 6 cable run from my modem/router so that your top of the line machine is hard wired to the network. When I bought my current house, I hired a company to come in and run Cat6 ethernet to every room in the house. Our place has three floors and we ran wires to the attic and then chased them down a wall in each room. I would rather knock holes in plaster or sheetrock and fix them than deal with sub-optimal network speed for many years.

 

I'm fine with wireless when I'm casually doing ebay business, but when it is time to load auctions, it is always over a wired connection. 

 

And remember, when the ISP's detect that you are running a speed test, they strip away some of their network management overhead so you report a higher throughput. Think VW emissions test. Your average performance will always be lower than the test. Always. Every day. Day in Day out. 

 

I would tell anyone who has lived in a place for more than 3 years to contact your ISP and get them to upgrade your modem. A lot of these out there are capped with 100bt ports and that's going to be a bottleneck. you want something with gigabit ports. They will say "the model you have is still supported".....and they'll be right. You could still be using your palm pilot and your flip phone too, because thats where these boxes date to. Just research the option and tell them the one you want and if they give you static, ask them if you have to go to a competitor to get "fast" internet. They'll send you one.

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Oh snap you reminded me that I used to have a Handspring...and even learned some of the programming to make a few dumb apps. Lot of good that did me.

But I could definitely use a cable modem upgrade - it's been like 4 years. Good idea.

Now to figure out why my smartphone wifi says I have a very strong connection, but all the apps using wifi run incredibly slow to the point my phone will switch to 1 bar 4G signal in order to run at all.
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Google Fiber is just starting to operate in Nashville, may be a while before it makes it to my suburb but I should have it at work in the next year or so. Cannot wait.

Comcast is rolling out 1Gbps as well, but no need to run new cabling - just upgrade the cable modem. First is Atlanta, next is reportedly Nashville.
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Comcast is rolling out 1Gbps as well, but no need to run new cabling - just upgrade the cable modem. First is Atlanta, next is reportedly Nashville.

yes, but starting at twice the price of fiber. i'll wait! especially since my connection now isn't bad at all.

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Pile of mostly summery stuff to list today
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I don't subscribe, so as far as I know, this is the first time I've made the "Inside Track".

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As good a place to ask as any...does anyone know any decent UK-based consigners?

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Hey guys, need to mail a pair of boots with box.

Best way to do this cheaply? I have no boxes that fit.

Thanks!
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Hey guys, need to mail a pair of boots with box.

Best way to do this cheaply? I have no boxes that fit.

Thanks!

Depending on the height of the boots, you have a few options.

I use USPS for my shipping.  They offer a Priority box specific to shoes (sneakers, dress shoes, chukkas).  Ships by weight.  You would have to order them online or stop by your local office to see if they happen to have one.  https://store.usps.com/store/browse/uspsProductDetailMultiSkuDropDown.jsp?categoryNavIds=shipping-supplies%3afree-shipping-supplies&categoryNav=false&navAction=push&navCount=0&atg.multisite.remap=false&categoryId=free-shipping-supplies&productId=P_0_SHOEBOX

 

They also have a taller sized boxes that are Flat Rate - Medium or Large.  These could fit some taller boots like AE Daltons.  https://store.usps.com/store/browse/uspsProductDetailMultiSkuDropDown.jsp?categoryNavIds=shipping-supplies%3afree-shipping-supplies&categoryNav=false&navAction=push&navCount=0&atg.multisite.remap=false&categoryId=free-shipping-supplies&productId=P_O_FRB1

 

Haven't dealt with anything taller like hunting, cowboy, etc.  so I can't offer any insight on how to ship those.

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anyone have tips on fighting a NAD case for color? I described a shirt as magenta or pink and they're claiming it's red. They want a complete refund, which I don't mind paying for since its a shirt, I just don't want to have a strike on my account for something as subjective as color. I know @fueco has dealt with similar situations.

 

Thanks fellas.

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anyone have tips on fighting a NAD case for color? I described a shirt as magenta or pink and they're claiming it's red. They want a complete refund, which I don't mind paying for since its a shirt, I just don't want to have a strike on my account for something as subjective as color. I know @fueco has dealt with similar situations.

 

Thanks fellas.

 

 

Ebay changed the way defects occur, and I don't think this will be a problem unless you fight it and lose the case.

 

The color cases I've successfully fought were when I described something as a generic color (ie, "blue") and the customer said it looked more like a specific shade of that color (ie, "navy blue". If the customer is claiming the shirt is a different color, you likely won't be able to fight it unless you have a picture of the shirt next to a Pantone card in red, or can get the customer to admit that he is wrong.

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