Conor Schaefer on 20 May 2011 09:33:18 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] ISP's (OT)

At the agency where I work, we use Comcast cable for our needs (about 50 hosts, roughly, and much of what needs done is intranet), and also have a T1 line as a fallback. As long as your switch supports two WANs, then you should be able to use this setup. When we have outages with Comcast, which happens about once every three or fourth months, I'd guess, and lasts most of a morning, then T1 fallback keeps us running.

If you don't have the resources to invest in this kind of redundancy, I think the Comcast would be acceptable, as long as you don't mind that intermittent downtime. YMMV. I'm excited that the Fairmount area is getting FiOS, so watch for expansions of that service area, too.

On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 11:15 AM, Julien Mills <> wrote:

I'm investigating a new ISP for my small to medium sized business.Â
At the moment we have SDSL 1.5 Mb for about $269/month from Earthlink.

I can get 50 down/10 up from Comcast (cable) for about $200/month.

I can get 3 down/768K up from Verizon dsl for about about $100/month.

A T1 is 1.5 both ways for about $400/month.

The Verizon guy claims that a T1 at 1.5 Mbps is going to be faster than the 3 M dsl line. Is he right? I don't know. Should I get a T1?

I'm tempted to go with Comcast, less reliable I'm sure but way faster for the money. For us, I'm not sure it's worth paying for reliability we don't need.

So, any thoughts? Any other paths I should investigate?


Julien M.

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