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August 7th, 2006
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So, I'm planning on getting DSL for my apartment. I don't want local phone service, so here are my options with Verizon, both with one-year agreements:

768Kbps / 128Kbps, $19.95 per month, comes with a standard DSL modem
3.0Mbps / 768Kbps, $34.95 per month, comes with a combined modem/wireless router

I suppose the speed increase isn't all that important to me, unless I have multiple people over using my wireless at the same time. Not sure if it's worth the extra $15 per month or not.

Does anyone know if getting a combined modem/wireless router is necessarily any better than just getting their standard modem and buying a separate wireless router?

Hopefully, getting access at home will make me more productive at work, as I now spend some time catching up on email and LJ when I get to work, especially on Mondays.

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From:treacle_well
Date:August 7th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. For some reason I didn't think one could get DSL without also getting voice-phone service.

Perhaps I should contact Verizon and see if they offer something similar in my area.
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From:treacle_well
Date:August 9th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
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Except that, having just checked on their website, DSL is not available to my address. Still.
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From:jaq
Date:August 8th, 2006 08:41 am (UTC)
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You might like the speed increase if you want to download big files, but you're probably right in that you won't notice much difference for normal web browsing and email.

I don't think there would be any practical difference between a combined modem/wireless router or separate ones. (Well maybe slightly more power usage and clutter with the latter).
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From:bubblebabble
Date:August 8th, 2006 10:44 am (UTC)
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configuration will be a slight bit more complicated, and you'll have to reconfigure your network to be able to call technical support. But, you'll pay that extra $15 _once_ (to buy the separate wireless router), and that's so worth it.

you might want to check http://www.telcodata.us/telcodata/telco to see how far the central office is from your current location -- if over ~1.5 miles, any of those numbers might be suspect, and you definitely shouldn't pay for the 3.0Mbps theoretical maximum. (Enter area code and exchange, then click "Detailed switch info". If they haven't assigned you a dummy phone number or you don't know the number of the tenants before you, use a next door neighbor's.)

How, exactly, are you managing to get DSL without local phone service? All pricing charts I've seen require a landline for the duration.
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From:queue
Date:August 8th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
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When you're at Verizon's site and they ask you for your phone number, there's a small link below that to click on if you don't have local phone service. You then enter your address, and it pops up with the above price list.
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From:bubblebabble
Date:August 8th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
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not bad at all. btw, are you familiar with the concept of a warm dial tone? It may be useful to keep a corded phone plugged in for emergencies...
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From:bubblebabble
Date:August 8th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
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ah, there we are: Soft dial tones.
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From:bitty
Date:August 8th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
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Baby, you have such... soft dial tones.
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