questionshigh speed internet. can you help?

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Stay the hell away from clear. I'm about to cancel after a year of the most HORRENDOUS connection speed ever.

Check out this BLAZING fast speed. =/

http://www.speedtest.net/wave/e42c3eda5e93b5f2

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You may want to try asking your neighbors directly. They're going to have the most hands-on experience with the local ISPs and most of them do vary in quality by area. Here, for example, Comcast is pretty good, but Broadstripe is considered worthless -- something I wouldn't have known if it weren't for locals warning me.

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And this is the highest test result I've ever had with Clear.

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In general everyone has a mix bag of experiences with the ISPs. One good tip is to go with something that is dedicated like cable vs DSL that degrades based on the number of users.

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i have a 1.5mb DSL from ATT. i've tested it and i'm getting right at 1.5 and can play Eve online and battlefield 2 so i can do everything online i need to. i would happily pay more for a higher connection, but i live out in the country, and the 1.5 is the highest available to me unless i go with satellite, which is over $300 per month for their highest speed (6 or 8mb if i remember correctly). unfortunately, depending on where you live, your options are extremely limited.

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There's only like 3 other neighbors so far (new building), so I'll see if I can find one...

I'd bet that they have Time Warner.... because the leasing office "pushes" that service on move-in... Anyone have experience with TW?

Thanks again for all your helps!

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@worriedman: I have Time Warner Road Runner and it's been very good over the last several years. They recently upgraded me to RR Turbo and dropped the overall price. I just ran the speed test for you. I got a grade of A- and it said it was faster than 80% of the US.

By the way, I'm across the country from you in NC.

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@worriedman: I've had mixed experiences with Time Warner, it really depends on the market. They've been good to me here in Rochester, NY but I've heard of bad experiences in Charlotte, NC and El Paso, TX. Mostly I think the variation of peoples' experiences have to do with the localized tech support. TW's tech support call center in Bangalore or whatever it is (before they decide it's a localized problem) is useless.

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If you're in a 4G coverage area (here's the map http://network4g.verizonwireless.com/#/coverage) then Verizon Wireless might be an option. In the greater Boston area I get close to 10Mbps up and down.

A 5GB/month plan is $50, with each additional GB costing $10.

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@durkzilla: Cool thanks! ... Is 4G an intermittent connection?... with gaming, I can't have the signal dropping and picking up... even if its just for a moment or two...

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@worriedman: I don't game on this connection, but it's pretty solidly on when I'm using it - if you aren't moving from cell to cell or on the edge of the coverage area you should get a reliable transfer speed. I'd hesitate to sign a long term contract without verifying the coverage at the primary location you intend to use it, though.

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@missellienc: Agreed. Cable internet (despite the occasional gaffs with customer service) is still the best product out there. It has gotten much more reliable in the last few years, I have Comcast in CO, and it hasn't been down in quite some time (knock on wood). I have been getting upwards of 25 to 30 down and I pay about 60/month. Totally worth it.

Good luck finding something, but I would say to ask your neighbors (as mentioned above) and give the local cable guy a call.

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@worriedman: Not sure, but if you go 4g LTE, latency might be a problem. REALLY bad for gaming. I have a client running TW for their business internet (stocks & securities) and they have been very satisfied with their service. I myself, use Cox and am quite pleased; 16Mbps up, 5Mbps down, 23ms latency.

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@djbowman: Interestingly you've got the misconception backwards. Usually it's, "Get DSL because you have a dedicated line whereas with cable it's shared bandwith!" While this is true it's really a silly argument. This is because both have potential for bottlenecks if your provider has insufficent infrastructure. It's a matter of where it is most likely to occur. With cable bottlenecks are more common on your local circuit whereas with DSL they're limited to the CO or further upstream.

At school I have Verizon HSI (DSL) 1000/386 and at home I have Comcast 15M+ (I haven't kept up on it with the changes in recent years). Both are quality stable services. I pay $21.99/mo for DSL, which by my research is dirt cheap, but I don't get much speed for it. My laptop has a bad GPU in it so I don't game and I've found that waiting for downloads to complete isn't an issue. Comcast is a (mod edit: profanity) company and more than I want to pay but I don't have another option at home.

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@gonffen - That's embarrassing. I have been preaching that for years. Though in general Cable has been cheaper in the markets I have lived in.

Does anyone know what the recommended bandwidth is to downstream HD video from Netflix or Hulu ?

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@djbowman: Ya I've been hearing it for years. It makes a lot of sense until you think about it. :) Although, cable tends to be more from my experience unless you already have cable TV. Comcast didn't offer a low bandwith option when I got DSL and so it would've been at least $40/mo. Just not worth it when I can walk a few blocks and access 50/50mbit connections. (This was how I sold myself but I've never actually done it.)

As for Hulu/Netflix, I can watch Hulu on my 1000/386 line. It's not at the highest resolution and I have to let it load for a little while if I don't want to deal with buffering (same with youtube) but I don't mind. My laptop overheating and slowing to a crawl is a bigger problem when watching Hulu.

Onlive requires a faster connection (3Mbps according to their FAQ).
(Which is a great service if you're on a computer with no graphics abilities. I checked it out at home while for a weekend before the public beta ended.)