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

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

boxfiddler Moderator
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!

HAL? Better know who you are if you answer this!
Davette

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    A near 4 hour install, which included running several new lines, and a walk-through on the DVR, remote functions, menu options.

    Pleasant installer, polite, informative, as unintrusive as an installer can be.

    This particular UVerse shop has a support policy in place in which the original installer is also the assigned support tech. I think I like that idea.

    Excellent channel lineup for not having purchased premium content. 160+ channels. Geez. Someone will be having a field day once he figures out the remote!

    Internet speed (so far), excellent. Just excellent, no noticeable difference between Charter 10m and UVerse 6m, with the exception that UVerse 'seems' faster. Probably because I rarely if ever got the actual 10m.

    'course, I'm only a half hour into it.

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    Jacky Howe

    download a 10mb file from the internet.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    I'll check!

    I never tested at the full 10m I was supposed to be getting from Charter. Not once. FWIW.

    etu

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    Jacky Howe

    There is a reason behind this as I can't watch a TROLOV without it breaking up. I am just wondering if I need to up my bandwidth.
    <br><br>
    http://www.speedtest.net/
    <br><br>

    My download speed is 603 kb/s
    <br><br>
    Upload is 90 kb/s
    <br><br>
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/309745149.png
    <br><br>

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    First test via a server near me. Second via the recommended server.

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    Jacky Howe

    You are getting value for your money. I am paying $54 a month for 512/128 which includes a Static IP and 20GB download. At the time that I signed up it was a reasonable deal for over here.


    No wonder I can't watch TROLOV without it breaking up.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    are better - not by a whole lot, but still... - than any I ever got with Charter and I was paying for a higher level of speed than I am now.

    I could definitely get even more spoiled.

    I'm gonna keep an eye on speed, and keep trying to bollux it up for a bit. See what happens.

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    display is significantly better. Crisper, better background graphics display as regards subtle patterning. Don't ask me why, but I did not expect this.
    Very cool. I have been missing almost a lot in this regard!

    Up until the wires were run, install went on while I was still cruising TR. It wasn't until they had to disconnect the cable at demarc - in order to utilize existing coax - that I had to disable my connection. How cool is that?

    etu

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    seanferd

    I hope that the service remains good for you.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    A week or so into things:

    With a couple of exceptions, no problems with anything. As far as I'm concerned, to this point the good far outweighs the bad.

    The bad:
    Thunderstorming this evening, TV reception is glitchy. Occasional frozen frames - you know, kinda like when buffering can't keep up with your PC player? - all channels. Doesn't bother me, I'm not watching other than to gauge effect. OH has yet to complain...
    Small buttons on the remote. And this is interesting, sometimes it takes two or three pushes of the power button to get the TV (not the box the signal runs through) to turn on. We do have a fairly old TV, that has it's idiosyncracies, so not sure whether this is U-Verse signal box or TV or some combination of both.
    For a couple of hours yesterday afternoon, I had no Internet service, despite all the proper lights being lit on the PC, and the gateway. No clue what happened there, no clue.
    After OH crashed for the night, I reset the gateway. Now that is a slow reset, several minutes. No problems since, don't know if there is any relation, again.
    Yahoo portal and email management. Bleah.

    The good:
    I can remove channels that we don't receive, or that I don't want to see listed, from the the TV guide.
    I can deny access to channels, then hide the channel.
    Of 405 channels available, we get just about half. Wow!
    Internet speed is kicking butt.
    Dialup access when on the road. Not something included with Charter. I'm likely to keep Earthlink for mail and dialup, though. I do not like Yahoo in the least. Ok, wait. Yahoo Instant Messenger is ok if you do a custom install and keep the crap out.

    Well satisfied, so far!

    Future updates to come, then trailing off after a month or so. In case others are interested.

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    seanferd

    With the thunderstorm-related glitchyness: I wonder if a radio frequency suppressor is in order. That signal has only 5000 feet max to travel through copper, so that sounds kind of weird to me.

    Buffering is dead on. It's waiting for the next packets that went missing.

    Glad to hear that everything is is otherwise hunky dory. :)

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    It's been a couple of months now using ATT U-Verse.

    Overall, an excellent experience to date.
    6M Internet is faster that 10M with Charter was. U-Verse router and XP Firewall don't get along. Playing with ZoneAlarm Free next. Tech says it should be no problem. Security scan at www.grc.com without software firewall is totally stealth. Makes me happy, port 113 registered closed but visible with Charter.

    TV - few to no problems. Box takes a long time to reboot if it needs resetting or gets unplugged. Buttons on the remote very small, hubby is constantly screwing something up because of big fingers. Sh*tload of channels, including music. Reception excellent overall, very good during storms.

    Only drawback: Yahoo mail. Keeping my $5.00/month Earthlink boxes. Hate yahoo mail.

    Savings: approximately $25.00/month.

    I think ATT has most of the kinks worked out. One of my better decisions. B-)

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    Jacky Howe

    pleased to know that you are happy with your decision.

    I am also very envious.

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    seanferd

    Try Online Armor for a firewall, it's pretty decent. M. Kassner uses it.

    TallEmu.com

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    Filed for future reference if need be.

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    OH Smeg

    So you'll have to put up with nothing more than this response.

    After long and difficult Deliberations with the HAL 9000 Unit I have it on good authority that it knows nothing about ISP's in the States. You are batter off asking people with local knowledge as all the research that HAL has managed to carry out only goes to show that too many Americans are happy to settle for way too little costing way too much.

    Col ]:)

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    The question's old. I was just updating whomever might be interested on the quality of the product.
    You and the HAL unit have been hanging around together for way too long. ]:)

    etu - because Davette would not want to upset the HAL.

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    OH Smeg

    It goes like this

    Sorry Davette but I can not allow you to do that. :^0

    Col ]:)

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    have a hug and a smooch.
    Argue amongst yourselves over who gets which. ]:)

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    OH Smeg

    Hal is insisting that you have SWMBO because he needs a rest from all the Destructions that are being ordered. ]:)

    Col

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    I don't want or need a SWMBO! Ack!

    I have a ...... right here at home that is problem enough, thank you anyway.

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    OH Smeg

    With a Volume License copy of Vissy Rubbish and a Anti Glare screen.

    Are you really sure you don't want her?

    Col ]:)

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    for Gene and the exercise bike. ]:)

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    OH Smeg

    You are free to attempt what ever it is you like once you receive SWMBO. :^0

    I certainly wish you luck with your attempt to Trade Her In on something better it's never worked for me.

    Col ]:)

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    And, in case anyone else is wondering in future. In the year and a half that I have been using Uverse, neither Internet or TV has been down once.

    I'm ecstatic.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    A near 4 hour install, which included running several new lines, and a walk-through on the DVR, remote functions, menu options.

    Pleasant installer, polite, informative, as unintrusive as an installer can be.

    This particular UVerse shop has a support policy in place in which the original installer is also the assigned support tech. I think I like that idea.

    Excellent channel lineup for not having purchased premium content. 160+ channels. Geez. Someone will be having a field day once he figures out the remote!

    Internet speed (so far), excellent. Just excellent, no noticeable difference between Charter 10m and UVerse 6m, with the exception that UVerse 'seems' faster. Probably because I rarely if ever got the actual 10m.

    'course, I'm only a half hour into it.

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    Jacky Howe

    download a 10mb file from the internet.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    I'll check!

    I never tested at the full 10m I was supposed to be getting from Charter. Not once. FWIW.

    etu

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    Jacky Howe

    There is a reason behind this as I can't watch a TROLOV without it breaking up. I am just wondering if I need to up my bandwidth.
    <br><br>
    http://www.speedtest.net/
    <br><br>

    My download speed is 603 kb/s
    <br><br>
    Upload is 90 kb/s
    <br><br>
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/309745149.png
    <br><br>

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    boxfiddler Moderator





    First test via a server near me. Second via the recommended server.

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    Jacky Howe

    You are getting value for your money. I am paying $54 a month for 512/128 which includes a Static IP and 20GB download. At the time that I signed up it was a reasonable deal for over here.


    No wonder I can't watch TROLOV without it breaking up.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    are better - not by a whole lot, but still... - than any I ever got with Charter and I was paying for a higher level of speed than I am now.

    I could definitely get even more spoiled.

    I'm gonna keep an eye on speed, and keep trying to bollux it up for a bit. See what happens.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    display is significantly better. Crisper, better background graphics display as regards subtle patterning. Don't ask me why, but I did not expect this.
    Very cool. I have been missing almost a lot in this regard!

    Up until the wires were run, install went on while I was still cruising TR. It wasn't until they had to disconnect the cable at demarc - in order to utilize existing coax - that I had to disable my connection. How cool is that?

    etu

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    seanferd

    I hope that the service remains good for you.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    A week or so into things:

    With a couple of exceptions, no problems with anything. As far as I'm concerned, to this point the good far outweighs the bad.

    The bad:
    Thunderstorming this evening, TV reception is glitchy. Occasional frozen frames - you know, kinda like when buffering can't keep up with your PC player? - all channels. Doesn't bother me, I'm not watching other than to gauge effect. OH has yet to complain...
    Small buttons on the remote. And this is interesting, sometimes it takes two or three pushes of the power button to get the TV (not the box the signal runs through) to turn on. We do have a fairly old TV, that has it's idiosyncracies, so not sure whether this is U-Verse signal box or TV or some combination of both.
    For a couple of hours yesterday afternoon, I had no Internet service, despite all the proper lights being lit on the PC, and the gateway. No clue what happened there, no clue.
    After OH crashed for the night, I reset the gateway. Now that is a slow reset, several minutes. No problems since, don't know if there is any relation, again.
    Yahoo portal and email management. Bleah.

    The good:
    I can remove channels that we don't receive, or that I don't want to see listed, from the the TV guide.
    I can deny access to channels, then hide the channel.
    Of 405 channels available, we get just about half. Wow!
    Internet speed is kicking butt.
    Dialup access when on the road. Not something included with Charter. I'm likely to keep Earthlink for mail and dialup, though. I do not like Yahoo in the least. Ok, wait. Yahoo Instant Messenger is ok if you do a custom install and keep the crap out.

    Well satisfied, so far!

    Future updates to come, then trailing off after a month or so. In case others are interested.

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    seanferd

    With the thunderstorm-related glitchyness: I wonder if a radio frequency suppressor is in order. That signal has only 5000 feet max to travel through copper, so that sounds kind of weird to me.

    Buffering is dead on. It's waiting for the next packets that went missing.

    Glad to hear that everything is is otherwise hunky dory. :)

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    It's been a couple of months now using ATT U-Verse.

    Overall, an excellent experience to date.
    6M Internet is faster that 10M with Charter was. U-Verse router and XP Firewall don't get along. Playing with ZoneAlarm Free next. Tech says it should be no problem. Security scan at www.grc.com without software firewall is totally stealth. Makes me happy, port 113 registered closed but visible with Charter.

    TV - few to no problems. Box takes a long time to reboot if it needs resetting or gets unplugged. Buttons on the remote very small, hubby is constantly screwing something up because of big fingers. Sh*tload of channels, including music. Reception excellent overall, very good during storms.

    Only drawback: Yahoo mail. Keeping my $5.00/month Earthlink boxes. Hate yahoo mail.

    Savings: approximately $25.00/month.

    I think ATT has most of the kinks worked out. One of my better decisions. B-)

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    Jacky Howe

    pleased to know that you are happy with your decision.

    I am also very envious.

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    seanferd

    Try Online Armor for a firewall, it's pretty decent. M. Kassner uses it.

    TallEmu.com

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    Filed for future reference if need be.

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    OH Smeg

    So you'll have to put up with nothing more than this response.

    After long and difficult Deliberations with the HAL 9000 Unit I have it on good authority that it knows nothing about ISP's in the States. You are batter off asking people with local knowledge as all the research that HAL has managed to carry out only goes to show that too many Americans are happy to settle for way too little costing way too much.

    Col ]:)

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    The question's old. I was just updating whomever might be interested on the quality of the product.
    You and the HAL unit have been hanging around together for way too long. ]:)

    etu - because Davette would not want to upset the HAL.

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    OH Smeg

    It goes like this

    Sorry Davette but I can not allow you to do that. :^0

    Col ]:)

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    have a hug and a smooch.
    Argue amongst yourselves over who gets which. ]:)

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    OH Smeg

    Hal is insisting that you have SWMBO because he needs a rest from all the Destructions that are being ordered. ]:)

    Col

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    I don't want or need a SWMBO! Ack!

    I have a ...... right here at home that is problem enough, thank you anyway.

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    OH Smeg

    With a Volume License copy of Vissy Rubbish and a Anti Glare screen.

    Are you really sure you don't want her?

    Col ]:)

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    for Gene and the exercise bike. ]:)

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    OH Smeg

    You are free to attempt what ever it is you like once you receive SWMBO. :^0

    I certainly wish you luck with your attempt to Trade Her In on something better it's never worked for me.

    Col ]:)

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    And, in case anyone else is wondering in future. In the year and a half that I have been using Uverse, neither Internet or TV has been down once.

    I'm ecstatic.