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Geek Triumph!

Well, almost geek triumph. It will be geek triumph when the cable modem is working.

Our SprintBBD connection has become a bit flaky over the last year. When it was the only thing available in our neighborhood, it was survivable, if a touch annoying. Still leaps and bounds beyond dial-up.

We still can't get DSL here. Wires are just too crappy.

Comcast upgraded us to the new digital infrastructure a while back, and we signed up for Comcast DVR last spring. So we can get cable broadband, which should be a hell of a lot faster than the microwave and a bit more reliable.

Well, except that the cable comes in to the living room, where we don't have computers, and the cable modem isn't getting enough signal to connect happily.

The latter Comcast is sending somebody out to fix Wednesday morning. The former resulted in a minor network hardware binge.

There is, of course, the cable modem (that isn't getting enough signal), to go in the living room.

There is the new 802.11g wireless router for the living room. Yeah, I could have bought a cable modem with integrated wireless router, but then I have the cable company blaming everything that goes wrong on the router, and a wireless router that doesn't support as many standards. This router supports WPA and WPA2; the integrated unit doesn't.

There's the 802.11g wireless bridge to pipe the signal into the studio, where all the wired network devices are, thus saving us another new wire run.

All pretty spiffy, and all working (except the cable modem). At the moment the bridge is only bridging about 13" because the bridge and the router are on the same shelf in the studio, but when the cable modem is working, all I have to do is move the router and everything is happy. Pretty slick.

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johno
Dec. 6th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
Cablemodems are probably the best way to get Comcast to upgrade your wires. ;)

10 years ago we got our first cable modem. Transfers were crap slow and network tools showed lots of dropped packets. The modem techs tracked the problem all the way to the pole. Two days later new wire from the pole to the house and a new run to the modem itself.

About 3 months ago, we had similar issues, new run to modem and eventually new modem as well. Tech would have replaced the modem, then and there, but he'd run out for the day.

bovil
Dec. 6th, 2005 09:43 am (UTC)
We got new wire from the pole to the house a while back, I think while we were at TorCon (might have been ConJose, though). K ran the in-house wire when he moved in.
kproche
Dec. 6th, 2005 06:53 am (UTC)
Yes, well I get to look forward to arguing with them about the $50 service charge for them to come out and *fix their own inadequate signal*.

kilah_hurtz
Dec. 6th, 2005 10:01 am (UTC)
If you run into more issues let me know bot Jade and I worked for @home which created the technology that Comcast uses/stole. My devision was in charge of making the cable network work.
bovil
Dec. 6th, 2005 10:28 am (UTC)
Well, we already know we're getting signal to the house, the "On-demand" uses the same signal to stream programs, and it's working.
kilah_hurtz
Dec. 6th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
Well I was thinking more along the line of the SNMP sets to remove the bit stream cap to the CMTS device so you have as much as bandwith as the node has.
bovil
Dec. 6th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
that would be cool, but is it any good under DOCSIS 2?
bovil
Dec. 7th, 2005 10:09 am (UTC)
It's up, it's running, I'm getting 900k-1.2mb transfer rates according to the tests (and that's while running across a wireless bridge).

So what's the secrets?

Modem is a Linksys BEFCMU10 V4...
johny__b
Dec. 11th, 2005 11:02 am (UTC)
My friend Doqnar says he's getting 4 mips downstream, and about 400 upstream from Comcast, an he had Sprint.
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