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26 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 7600 RTM
 
 
Why should, or shouldn't, I get Comcast?

Hi all.
I'm currently on a Verizon DSL plan, with 1.5 down (it's crap, i know ) and I'm not totally happy with the service. The connection drops constantly (it has good days and bad).
And their's so much more stuff that I don't even want to bring up. lol

Anyways, I'm just tired of their crappy service and don't want it any more.
I'm thinking of going to a cable internet service, that why we get a supposed higher bandwidth, plus we can get a better cable tv plan, and the best provider around here is Comcast.
I've had some worries about cable internet, exspecially Comcast.

1st off, I know that cable internet is a shared line, so the more people around you with cable internet, the slower it can be. But, I'm pretty sure most everyone around me has Verizon DSL anyways.
I originaly choose DSL, since it's a deticated line, and isn't effected by other's use.

2nd, the famed Comcast download cap. 250GB a month is great, and I don't think I would surpase it, but you never know.

So my question to you guys is, why should (or shouldn't) I get Comcast?
-Those with it, are you happy with the service over all?
-Has the 250GB cap ever been a problem for you?
-Those with a cable ISP, does is slow down noticably when a lot of people around you are online?

Please help me make my choice

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26 Jul 2009   #2

Windows 7 7600 RTM x86 untouched
 
 

Comcast is known for throttling BitTorrent-traffic, wouldn't do that.

Source
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26 Jul 2009   #3

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheVinesKid View Post
Hi all.
I'm currently on a Verizon DSL plan, with 1.5 down (it's crap, i know ) and I'm not totally happy with the service. The connection drops constantly (it has good days and bad).
And their's so much more stuff that I don't even want to bring up. lol

Anyways, I'm just tired of their crappy service and don't want it any more.
I'm thinking of going to a cable internet service, that why we get a supposed higher bandwidth, plus we can get a better cable tv plan, and the best provider around here is Comcast.
I've had some worries about cable internet, exspecially Comcast.

1st off, I know that cable internet is a shared line, so the more people around you with cable internet, the slower it can be. But, I'm pretty sure most everyone around me has Verizon DSL anyways.
I originaly choose DSL, since it's a deticated line, and isn't effected by other's use.

2nd, the famed Comcast download cap. 250GB a month is great, and I don't think I would surpase it, but you never know.

So my question to you guys is, why should (or shouldn't) I get Comcast?
-Those with it, are you happy with the service over all?
-Has the 250GB cap ever been a problem for you?
-Those with a cable ISP, does is slow down noticably when a lot of people around you are online?

Please help me make my choice
As a former verizon DSL customer and now comcast quick change over dont ever go back.
My major problems w verizon were speed (it was pitiful) and constant dropping service.

Comcast is 8Mb down (actually I get 9.4 down) and 1.5 up. not great but OK. the shared service thing is rarely (if ever a problem) and its only a problem to the comcast router nearest to you. the worst it has ever been for me was when michael jackson died. My speed went to 6.4 mb down and 750Kb up. It recovered quickly. comcast service and support are also better

ken
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26 Jul 2009   #4

Windows 7™ Home Premium x64/Sony PS3 XrossMediaBar™ FW 3.30/Sony PSP XrossMediaBar™ FW 6.20
 
 

I'm using Comcast, Digital Cable/Digital Voice/Cable Internet.

My area is 100% Comcast internet since they own it...

I could get MediaCom for like $9 a month but that's 1 mile out of my jurisdiction where Comcast controls.

Having said that my area is 100% Comcast, I've had NO problems with other users being online at same time, it's just that Firefox seems to bog down download speeds while IE7/IE8 actually takes advantage of the speed (ie. Firefox Download Manager throttles to 300kbps while IE7/IE8 goes to 1.2MBps)

I play online gaming constantly, most notably Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Multiplayer "SA-MP" and I've had no issues.

I've yet to experience ANY downtime from Comcast.

If you go with Digital Voice too, be warned that if the cable is down, the phone lines go too.
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26 Jul 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 7600 RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
As a former verizon DSL customer and now comcast quick change over dont ever go back.
My major problems w verizon were speed (it was pitiful) and constant dropping service.

Comcast is 8Mb down (actually I get 9.4 down) and 1.5 up. not great but OK. the shared service thing is rarely (if ever a problem) and its only a problem to the comcast router nearest to you. the worst it has ever been for me was when michael jackson died. My speed went to 6.4 mb down and 750Kb up. It recovered quickly. comcast service and support are also better

ken
it's sounding better
Have you ever had the torrent problem that the above post mentioned?
Or did you use a one of the bypass methods?
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26 Jul 2009   #6

Windows 7™ Home Premium x64/Sony PS3 XrossMediaBar™ FW 3.30/Sony PSP XrossMediaBar™ FW 6.20
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rammo View Post
Comcast is known for throttling BitTorrent-traffic, wouldn't do that.

Source
I have no problems with BitTorrent traffic, I set encryption to either Enabled or Forced and tweak the settings where I can get 2MBps download speeds and 300kbps upload.
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26 Jul 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 7600 RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AlexT2889 View Post
I'm using Comcast, Digital Cable/Digital Voice/Cable Internet.

My area is 100% Comcast internet since they own it...

I could get MediaCom for like $9 a month but that's 1 mile out of my jurisdiction where Comcast controls.

Having said that my area is 100% Comcast, I've had NO problems with other users being online at same time, it's just that Firefox seems to bog down download speeds while IE7/IE8 actually takes advantage of the speed (ie. Firefox Download Manager throttles to 300kbps while IE7/IE8 goes to 1.2MBps)

I play online gaming constantly, most notably Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Multiplayer "SA-MP" and I've had no issues.

I've yet to experience ANY downtime from Comcast.

If you go with Digital Voice too, be warned that if the cable is down, the phone lines go too.
good, I use IE, and love it to death
I probly won't get digital voice too, I have no reason for a phone line. Is that the only thing that the digital voice is for?
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26 Jul 2009   #8

Windows 7 7600 RTM x86 untouched
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AlexT2889 View Post
I have no problems with BitTorrent traffic, I set encryption to either Enabled or Forced and tweak the settings where I can get 2MBps download speeds and 300kbps upload.
"I set the encryption to either Enabled or Forced" that's exactly why you have no problems with it, because you are hiding it for your ISP. But a normal non-technical person would have big BitTorrent problems.
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26 Jul 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 7600 RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rammo View Post
But a normal non-technical person would have big BitTorrent problems.
Don't worry, I won't have ANY problems there
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26 Jul 2009   #10

Windows 7 7600 RTM x86 untouched
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheVinesKid View Post
Don't worry, I won't have ANY problems there
I'm sure you won't, but it does mean you have to tweak a lot of internet\torrent settings in order to get your full download speed.
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