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Final Update -- Trying ATT UVerse on for size...

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Final Update -- Trying ATT UVerse on for size...

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Is anyone using it?

I'm thinking of dumping Charter in favor of UVerse. Thoughts, opinions, advice will be highly appreciated, and thumbed.

Any known issues with Linux?

Thanks!

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Jacky Howe
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and I really can't comment not having used either. But it will give you a bump if nothing else.


http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6035_102-0.html?forumID=60&threadID=247130&messageID=2679930

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I've been finding both good and bad reviews, most of it 6 months or more old. Hadn't got to those yet.

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Jacky Howe
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the pros and the cons. Good luck.

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seanferd
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I know some folks around here who use it. Are you going to use it for TV or just internet access?

As far as internet and AT&T, I use their DSL, and Linux/BSD of various flavors have presented no issues. Heck, I even got connectivity with Haiku (BeOS) in a VM.

AT&T will add another box to the side of your house, and give you some type of gateway/modem/router/cable box thingumie as well.

edit: I should point out that speeds offered by Uverse are higher that the normal DSL speeds, (VDSL) as it runs over fiber to a neighborhood node (big ugly green box*), or possibly right to your door.

The video to your TV is MPEG 4 encoded.

* Been known to explode, but that's been fixed.

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boxfiddler Moderator
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TV and Internet. I can - supposedly - get comparable Internet speed as well as drastically up our channel load for significantly less than what Charter is screwing me for.

Fiber to the node, copper to the house.

*As long as we're not here when it explodes, and the whole house burns down, and we can sue the sh*t out of ATT after, that's cool with me.

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seanferd
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not the house. Due to poorly designed or manufactured batteries (sound familiar?). That company is out of business.

So, explosions in the street. Some may applaud the demise of such an ugly green box, providing shrapnel does not break their windows or persons.

The box on your house is just a junction box, like the one for phone service.

The internet speed should be good, it needs to be good for the broadcast video over IP.

The only problem I encountered in my limited exposure (I was tiling a shower nearby) was that sound was lost on one of two televisions. A quick call resulting in instructions to cycle power on the router-thingumie had it sorted straight away.

If you have very old copper in the house, rewiring your internal phone lines should ensure a quality signal. I actually did this when I got DSL, but the speed stayed about the same. If the old lines aren't bad, they may be better than new, so YMMV. Make sure any perceived speed or signal quality issues are not the result of other factors first, as rewiring can be a PITA depending on the house.

Anyway, I'll ask these not-very-technically-inclined folks for their opinions, and I'll try to do a speed test if allowed. One test does not make a good sample size, but it may be worth something.

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boxfiddler Moderator
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we do have fairly old copper in the house. Hmmm... looks like a no-fun job. Thanks for something to think about in the event we have problems.

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NotSoChiGuy
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...to be available in my sub-division, so I can dump Comcast.

I have a friend in the Bolingbrook, IL area that has the service. The picture quality is as close to real-life as you can get. When it is storming, he often calls to see whether or not my Comcraptic picture is pixelating (of course it is....and a slight digression, I had Dish Network prior to moving, and it was much more reliable in bad weather than Comcast).

The price package in my area is also fantastic: $129 gets you full boat everything (from what the rep at the AT&T store said a couple months back when I inquired). I pay $50 more than that now, and don't get premium channels.

Looking forward to the call to Comcast to cancel service!!

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boxfiddler Moderator
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Does your friend get TV and Internet?

Thanks if you can offer any second hand details.