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I've had all 3, cable, dsl, and now using wifi...

CABLE is better than DSL. (edited for obvious reasons)

Dsl locks you into a contract, like Wifi ISPs, but Wifi ISPs, like Clear, are going to get ugly VERY SOON (Capped + Overages), stay clean away of Wifi ISPs!!!

DSL is pretty fast, but AT&T sometimes off Fiber Optic (check your local area provider), which far and above excels cable and all other networks, and not even just a little bit, whoosh!

Fiber Optic is the best, but it's also the most expensive...

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If you would like to know what truly high-speed Internet service is like, this interview is for you.

Our guest today is Erik Heels who is an MIT-educated Engineer and patent lawyer. He publishes his own blog about technology, law, baseball, and rock ‘n’ roll. We talk to him about his experience with FiOS high speed Internet access, and related topics.

If you live in a neighborhood where Verizon’s FiOS service is available, it is likely that you can subscribe to a truly high-speed Internet service. For example, here in Tampa subscribers can get 20Mb/s download and upload speeds. That is about three times as fast as my current download speed from BrightHouse which is a CATV company. The upload speed is about ten times as fast as I have from BrightHouse.

Verizon expects to pass 18 million homes by the end of next year with its FiOS service. Thus, it has the potential in leading the way to a video-centric Internet. But I wanted to talk to an early adopter of FiOS service just to see if it lives up to expectations.

Phil’s Take. The principal factor retarding growth for Internet Video is the comparatively slow ISP bandwidth provided in the United States. Verizon has a chance to change that with its FiOS infrastructure. Perhaps by the end of this year they will see the wisdom of competing with the CATV companies at the cable company weak spot, to wit, truly high-speed Internet access.
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That's a professional take on it...

The good news is, with Competition from Fios/Verizon, we could see cheater cable ISP bills, YAY, like how dial-up became..
Edited by _GTech - 2/4/11 at 10:04pm
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I've had all 3, cable, dsl, and now using wifi...

CABLE is the BEST, period!

Dsl locks you into a contract, like Wifi ISPs, but Wifi ISPs, like Clear, are going to get ugly VERY SOON (Capped + Overages), stay clean away of Wifi ISPs!!!

DSL is pretty fast, but AT&T sometimes off Fiber Optic (check your local area provider), which far and above excels cable and all other networks, and not even just a little bit, whoosh!

Fiber Optic is the best, but it's also the most expensive...
All we are seeing is increased competition in the wireless space and they still have to compete with the traditional wired duopoly so I don't see any horrible caps/metered billing in the near future, not in the states.
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I would go with cable. In my area we get our advertised speeds. Also if you get cable through them too you usually can get a discount.

This was on a good day:
(20 down / 2 up plan)


This was done right now (Wireless N)


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Ok, here's the deal guys. I've tried two cable companies so far and when I play a game it just feels very slow with both cable providers. I remember 8 years ago I had a cable company and while gaming it felt pretty fast compared to now. Also, when I'm shooting in FPS games, I don't get any reg (for those who don't know what reg is, it means that when you're shooting at someone, they aren't dying or the shots don't register). I have the correct settings in-game I think (the ones with which the game feels most responsive) but still I don't get reg. Can someone who has experienced something similar and now has better service explain what needs to be done for this to be fixed or the reason why this is happening? Do cable speeds play a role in gaming (I would assume so)? I have seen players with 50+ ping have much faster movement and more responsive gameplay than players with 15-20 ping.
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Ok, here's the deal guys. I've tried two cable companies so far and when I play a game it just feels very slow with both cable providers. I remember 8 years ago I had a cable company and while gaming it felt pretty fast compared to now. Also, when I'm shooting in FPS games, I don't get any reg (for those who don't know what reg is, it means that when you're shooting at someone, they aren't dying or the shots don't register). I have the correct settings in-game I think (the ones with which the game feels most responsive) but still I don't get reg. Can someone who has experienced something similar and now has better service explain what needs to be done for this to be fixed or the reason why this is happening? Do cable speeds play a role in gaming (I would assume so)? I have seen players with 50+ ping have much faster movement and more responsive gameplay than players with 15-20 ping.
When it comes to gaming, no speed isn't going to be the limiting factor (once you hit a point there isn't going to be a benefit if you are just playing a game without anyone else sharing your connection). Ping is the biggest issue when it comes to actually twitch game play. What ping are you getting when you have these issues? How many FPS are you getting in game? Also what game are you playing?
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I was on DSL for YEARS and I hated it, we recently went with a brand new ISP that is Fibre

My buddy used to play games online with me when I had DSL and he always had a better connection than me and he had comcast.
    
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When it comes to gaming, no speed isn't going to be the limiting factor (once you hit a point there isn't going to be a benefit if you are just playing a game without anyone else sharing your connection). Ping is the biggest issue when it comes to actually twitch game play. What ping are you getting when you have these issues? How many FPS are you getting in game? Also what game are you playing?
I think ping is important but it's more important for the line to not be overloaded. I'm trying to figure out whether I don't have enough internet speed to fight against the best at the game or if the node in my area is overloaded because I know my aim is good.

Anyone have any ideas?
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I won't even reply to that.


I think ping is important but it's more important for the line to not be overloaded. I'm trying to figure out whether I don't have enough internet speed to fight against the best at the game or if the node in my area is overloaded because I know my aim is good.

Anyone have any ideas?
No, ping tells you if the line is overloaded or not. If the line is overloaded, your ping will go up or be unstable. If your ping is solid all the time, then your internet connection isn't causing any problems.

Ping tells you how long it takes to send data to and from the sever. If those speeds are fast, then your connection is doing what it needs to.
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I see, well my ping is not stable at all. It fluctuates but I don't know if it's from the line being overloaded because when I do a trace route I see that the pings are fluctuating quite a lot on some hops, most of the time not even on my ISP.

Anyway, my signals are not optimal and a technician came today and said that he'll get someone to fix them. I'm hoping for the best.

I wish there was FiOS in my area. That'd be awesome.
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