[nycbug-talk] Verizon Woes got you down?
ike at lesmuug.org
Mon Dec 19 15:49:55 EST 2005
Not a *BSD topic per-se, but just wanted to shout out on this one
1) It's a common conversation for us to swap sob stories about
2) I found a nifty service/solution
After some insane service problems with verizon, (yet another
client's T1 with regular outages), I was luckily cold-called by a
TowerStream representative, selling 'Pre-WiMax' internet service.
Basically, after doing my homework, it goes like this:
WiMax, (802.16) is a wireless spec that has not been ratified by
standards bodies yet.
With that, hardware vendors and service providers are chomping at the
bit to provide service, and are doing so. Here's what's cool about
- 30 mile range for line-of-sight networks (yikes!)
- up to 100mbit synchronous
- Very robust radio band, weather doesn't hurt it etc...
With that, I sadly replaced T1 service for this client with a
TowerStream line, for no matter which T1 service provider we went
with, Verizon created massive problems in keeping us (and our
neighbors!!!) online. We got a package which costs $40 more than
your average T1, same 99.9% uptime SLA, and can burst to 5mbit...
(they sell up to 100mbit pipes, but that's pricey for our needs...).
Anyhow, I'll be hammering this line, as will everyone in the offiice-
but so far, so good- though I'm sad not to use one our the local T1
providers, (lots of providers on this list have promoted and
participated in NYC*BUG activities).
But no Verizon holding our pipes here... I can't express my relief
in words here :)
Next thought, anyone seen any PCI or MiniPCI cards for doing 802.16
wireless? (something like the Sangoma cards for Soekris...) ;)
NYC*BUG all-burroughs IPV6 lan anyone? (no throwing rotten fruit at
me for that one...)
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