Distance that DSL will work.

Posted on 2005-04-04
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Last Modified: 2013-12-14
I am investigating changing to broadband.  We currently have Brighthouse TV cable (analog).  My current ISP only offers dial-up and DSL.  They said they liked to stay under 12,000 ft from the telephone equipment and I am about 14,200 ft or so away.

They said they would install it and if it did not work properly they would remove it without charging me anything.  I would like to keep my ISP e-mail address.  This is just a residential connection - e-mail and a few minor on-line games.

The question is - is it worth the try or should I just go with cable or something else?
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CarlWarner earned 200 total points
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It is worth it to try as long as your expectations aren't for anything but fairly basic aDSL speed.

I am 17,800 feet away from the CO for my connection.  I do not qualify for their 3Mbps d/l speed, however, because I must be in that 12,000 feet to 13,000 feet range in order to get that.  My signal just isn't strong enough at my distance to support the consistent higher speeds I'd like to see.  When they upgrade equipment at a local DSLAM in the future, I will get that faster speed because I'll effectively be closer to them.  But for now, I have to settle for the 1.2Mbps down and the 256Kbps up, rather than the 3Mbps down and the 384Kbps up.

Go for it.
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Thanks for the response - that is about what I had expected - residential speed.  Maybe I will give it a try.  May old computer works okay once I get everything downloaded.  I may go with the DSL and a memory upgrade - if that doesn't satisfy me;then, I can give it to my daughter and build me a new system.
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ID: 13709866
Yes, I am always looking for an excuse to build a new system as well. :)

Glad I could help.

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