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[#] Wed Aug 24 2011 21:36:45 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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That's what I thought, too.

[#] Mon Mar 19 2012 15:02:57 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Sucks to be you. You should move closer to bandwidth. *rimshot*

I think Spell and Freakdog both have u-verse, so they can probably tell you more about it. From what I've heard it's reasonable as long as you don't try to watch too many high definition channels simultaneously, because it's a 100% IP setup so the television boxes consume a good chunk of your data bandwidth. u-verse is basically DSL on steroids with your television and telephone running over the same connection.

Dunno about Charter but at least they're not Comcast.

[#] Mon Mar 19 2012 16:30:14 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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You an only watch/record 2 HD streams at the same time...and then up to 4 standard streams in addition (so, 6 SD or 2HD+4HD).

I've got 12MB U-Verse internet, now...and it doesn't seem to have any ill effect on the TV (or vice-versa).

[#] Mon Mar 19 2012 16:46:29 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Re: AT&T U-Verse TV and streams.

My understanding was that U-Verse gave you four SD stream "slots" to be shared among all the receivers in the house. One HD stream counts as two SD streams.
Thus, you can watch or record up to four SD streams all at once, two HD streams at once, or one HD stream and two SD streams. If all slots are in use, you either have to watch one of the streams already present, or a recording from the DVR. Oh, and on-demand or PPV content will use one of those slots for streaming as well.

Voice, video, and internet service are all kept separate from each other, so you can't, for example, have a massive BitTorrent download affect your voice calls or your TV.
U-Verse Binder

[#] Mon Mar 19 2012 17:05:16 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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A) THanks for moving that message..

b) That's a better ATT UVerse referral than I expected. Charter is already at the house, so I'm guessing I'll probably stick with them for now and if I hate it, will switch to ATT.

[#] Mon Mar 19 2012 17:34:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Cable/DOCSIS is always going to be able to deliver more video bandwidth to you than u-verse because they can broadcast it to you across the entire 50Mhz to 1GHz spectrum. u-verse is usually going to be able to deliver more Internet bandwidth to you because you're not sharing a handful of DOCSIS channels with all the other subscribers on your node.

(FTTP gives you the best of both worlds, but if you're not in a FIOS or FAST territory, that's simply not an option.)

You're going to have to try out the cable service and see. If your neighbors are big consumers of bandwidth you might find the performance unacceptable, but if your neighbors are just light users you'll probably be ok. You might also find that performance varies by time of day, which might work for you if you need speed during the day but are ok with slower Internet at night.

I wouldn't get into any long term contracts until you get the lay of the land

[#] Tue Mar 20 2012 13:00:19 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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AT&T does deploy U-Verse as FTTP in some markets in the U.S. Unfortunately, I don't know off the top of my head which areas those are. Where I am in NC, it's deployed as FTTN. There's a VRAD somewhere in my neighborhood.

[#] Wed Mar 21 2012 15:46:53 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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Last night my Cable Internet went off for about 10 minutes. When it came back up I noticed the light on my Motorola modem was blue for downstream, meaning it is now using bonded channels.

I called the ISP (suddenlink) and I still can't get faster than 10 Mbit, though they did try to sell me home phone and TV about four times.

[#] Wed Mar 21 2012 16:53:14 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Did you try power-cycling the modem? It's also possible that they changed the frequency band. I had to happen to me when I had RoadRunner cable-modem service. They ended up sending me a new cable-modem because the one I had, a first-generation Motorola, couldn't access the full bandwidth of the new frequency range.
Cable Binder

[#] Thu Mar 22 2012 10:19:57 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Does the blue light really mean you're on bonded channels or does it simply mean that DOCSIS 3 is in use?

[#] Thu Mar 22 2012 11:41:33 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I thought the blue light meant there was some kind of special.

[#] Thu Mar 22 2012 13:12:41 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Only if you're accessing K-Mart's website.

[#] Fri Mar 23 2012 15:08:23 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ok, I looked it up and there are *several* lights that can be blue. If the "link" light is blue then it simply means DOCSIS 3 is in use. If the "transmit" and/or "receive" lights are blue, it is using bonded channels in the respective directions.

It will be interesting to see how far DOCSIS can be pushed. Every 38.4 megabits requires an entire 6 MHz channel in the direction that bandwidth is being pushed. There are only six or seven upstream channels in the entire band (T-channels), and of course every downstream channel that is dedicated to data could have been used for two HD or six SD television channels (more if you're douchebags like Comcast and compress the hell out of it).

So the new 100 Mbps services that the cable companies are offering is taking up three downstream channels. It's got to be massively oversubscribed at the node level, unless they're making the footprint of each node ridiculously small.

Anyone got a channel map of their cable system? (A frequency map, not a list of TV channels on the dial.) I'd love to see what the allocations of a typical system look like these days.

[#] Mon Mar 26 2012 03:14:24 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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Indeed my RX light is blue and the status page shows four bonded channels in use.

As for now everything is working with the Internet. I was just hoping since I went to bonded channels that I could get some faster speeds, but not yet.

[#] Wed Aug 15 2012 13:36:09 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Last night I sat down at the computer with the mission of getting my X100P card working. I never got it working with the new motherboard I bought, and have been using an unreliable Grandstream FXO box.

Hours later, still no success. It was 1:30 in the morning and I was ready to give up; maybe I'd buy an SPA3102 on eBay and replace both the inbound and outbound ATA's. So I went to put everything back the way it was when I started, and oh yeah, I had deleted /etc/asterisk so I needed to restore its original contents.

That's when I realized that the backup I took at the beginning of the evening had gone missing. It was in /tmp but it wasn't there anymore. Probably got deleted during a reboot or something. And I don't take full backups of this box anymore, only the /home directories.

So I went around the house and tore down all of the SIP phones. I deleted whatever was left of Asterisk, and plugged the base station for my cordless phones into the POTS port on the FiOS ONT. I am no longer a home user of Asterisk. We now just have ... phones.

It actually feels pretty liberating. I've maintained phone systems at home for 11 years -- originally a Partner system, then Asterisk. To now have ordinary home phones and not have to maintain anything is a relief. There are a couple of cool features that I'm going to miss but I have better things to do with my time at home than system administration. That's been the focus lately: simplify. I can do all of my geeking out at work where I produce something useful with it and get paid for it -- and that includes a couple of Asterisk systems, so I do get to keep the skill set going.

Later this week I'll take one of my defunct SIP phones and reconfigure it for my extension at the office, so I can have a convenient way to access the office phone system on the days when I work from home.

I'll have to call Verizon and have them re-activate the voicemail feature on FiOS, which we had disabled when it was originally set up. And I'll need to find an inexpensive wall phone for my kitchen that has both Caller ID and a message waiting indicator.

[#] Wed Aug 15 2012 15:42:08 EDT from Ahff Rowe @ Uncensored

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Asterisk is awesome. I had a setup at my last employer, with a four port PRI card and Cisco 7960G phones running the SIP image.

For FXS ports, I ended up buying a Carrier Access Adit600 (dirt cheap on eBay), which handed off a channelized T1 to the PRI card.

I have also played around at home (using $5 modem from eBay that dual-functions as a single-port FXO interface). Not all that useful though without
structured wiring in the house, unless using wireless SIP phones or something. Fun to play with though for sure.

[#] Thu Aug 16 2012 10:34:02 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Wed Aug 15 2012 13:36:09 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

That's when I realized that the backup I took at the beginning of the evening had gone missing. It was in /tmp but it wasn't there anymore. Probably got deleted during a reboot or something. And I don't take full backups of this box anymore, only the /home directories.

/tmp/ is flushed on reboot on all modern distributions; you need to use /var/tmp/ for that stuff.

nowadays /tmp/ most of the time is a ramdisk system anyways.

[#] Mon Aug 20 2012 10:28:27 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm still using Asterisk in a big way -- just not at home any more. :)

Last night I started hooking up all of the original phone jacks in the house, and replacing the Ethernet jack in the kitchen with a phone jack. It's starting to become clear that POTS is here to stay. It's just too inexpensive and too good-enough to go away. The data channel available through FSK for features such as Caller ID and MWI, plus the fact that it is no longer relied upon for Internet access, makes it one of those low-tech things that's just too useful to replace -- kind of like X-10 (which I also have).

In the end it's really my state of mind that is shifting. I've been in this house for 16+ years and for most of that time I wanted a "smart home." Only over the last year or two has my thinking switched to "simplify." The role of my server diminishes with every change, as I begin to use the technology products and services I buy in the way they were intended to be used.

At this point I could get hit by a bus tomorrow and my family would still be able to live in the house without a resident system administrator.

[#] Mon Aug 20 2012 22:52:49 EDT from Ahff Rowe @ Uncensored

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10Base2 running through your house?? Why, just why? Even 16 years ago that was out of style. :)

[#] Tue Aug 21 2012 06:44:25 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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We had 10base2 as main wiring system on our university department until last year.... One circuit for each of the floors and some frankensteinian 10base2-to-TCP hubs (not switches, hubs!) to spread the net on each floor. The collision led was almost constantly lit and there were the oddest failures when a hub went out for lunch.

Now we are using CAT7 wires, Cicso gigabit switches connected via fiber to the rest of the university and the DFN. Our internet is like *whooosh* now.

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