Jeffrey J. Nonken on Wed, 23 Jul 2003 10:43:05 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Speakeasy Worldcom-to-Covad nightmare

On 23 Jul 2003 10:04:01 -0400, W. Chris Shank wrote:
>Also - I figure if I had been with Verizon directly this issue would
>have gotten fixed quickly. Anyone with Verizon? How do you like it?
>you have any trouble remotely connecting to your machines? Server's
>a no-no I guess, what about multiple machines sharing the line?
>I'd really like to continue to host my own server - but if I have to
>can give that up. remotely connecting to machines is really important
>for me though - can I do this with a cable modem? I'm already setup
>DynDNS, but I seem to recall that Comcast blocks all upstream

I've been using Verizon ADSL for several years (ever since they offered it here). I won't claim their bad reputation is undeserved, but I personally have had very few problems. No problem with multiple computers behind a router or running an FTP daemon, I don't think they restrict you. Any problems I've had remotely accessing the inside machines have been due to firewall/router/NAT setup issues, not Verizon's service. Haven't tried remote control, but I've done DCC, FTP, various IM transfers, and hosted a couple voice chat programs. I use for my dynamic DNS service, Smoothwall 1.0 for my router, and Serv-U for my FTP daemon. (Yes, that's a Windoze program.)

I play Quake and other real-time FPS games online, so real-time reliability is important. That is, I need a smooth connection with a low latency that doesn't delay or drop packets. My connection has been adequate, and actually improved when they migrated me from the old-style connection to PPPoE. 

I also recently dropped a premium newsgroup account when I discovered that Verizon's news servers were giving me better completion and better retention. Even given that Newsguy's service has been deteriorating lately, that's practically unheard-of. 

YMMV. Good luck.

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