>implying we have choices the issue with ISP's and most tech in general is that it's really difficult to compete with ISPs or processor manufacturers or weapons researchers is that it requires an IMMENSE amount of infrastructure. So mergers like these are completely irreversible. Options can only decrease, and without competition, these people will be happy to (and have already) fuck us over.
>>47666149 WoW! That's the provider's name. They have a monopoly in my town. 20Mb/s internet + basic cable is $140/month. And they're constantly adding small fees each month. I call them and they say something like "We have to start charging more for the sports channels." Even though they force you to buy the sports channels.
Been with them for a few months, had to call up customer support 1-2 times a month for shit. Their accounts system sucks (they still don't have the right address in my account and accidentally gave me two accounts) but other than that they've been better than I was expecting. I think they must have improved their customer service system over the last couple years after the barrage of terrible press they were getting.
The worst ISP I've ever had was Charter. Lived in a house that had a bad signal coming in from the street that caused the internet to go down at random times throughout the day, to the point that you had a 50/50 chance of having internet when you tried to get on. They never fixed it. Had guys come out at least a half dozen times, none of them did shit. Had to live like that for years.
Cablevision. fucking sucks. Live at home and family currently using the "free" router you get from them that doesn't even have built-in admin controls. I have to call tech support if I want to even open a port.
Right now we're on the basic plan which gets us 25D/5U (only get 15-17D) but for $5 more a month we can get 50D/10U.
>>47666669 My last apartment forced me to buy cable as part of my lease. Had like 400 channels, and more often than not I couldn't find anything worth watching. All I can say is thank fuck for piracy.
If you just want the convenience of being able to turn on your TV and channel surf until you find something, convert an old PC into a media center. There's an XBMC add-on that reads in all your shows and creates fake TV channels with them that you can flip through.
>>47666727 Why not buy a router? Should be an easy sell to your folks once you show them that the thing will pay for itself within a year. If they're too cheap to pay $5 more to double their speeds, then surely they'll want to avoid the $5-10 equipment rental fee.
if you've got an old pc lying around, buy a nic card and run your own router through pfsense, I learned more about the internet in a week of setting up pfsense than I have in my whole life, never want to buy a router again after all these options and the added learning experience is just a bonus.
alternatively mikrotik makes awesome routers and are pretty cheap with a ton of controls
>>47666804 Not him but while that looks like a fun project, it seems like massive overkill to dedicate a tower to being a home router. Think of the noise, physical space, and power consumption compared to a normal, off-the-shelf router.
sorry m8, went full passive-aggressive bitchy nerd there, hard to complain about a free router anyway.
I'm on comcast but only because they and AT&T have a monopoly, AT&T doesn't look too terrible outside of the data cap, I stream and download everything so that would be a pretty big issue. Feels pointless to pay for high speeds if you will be penalized for using it, the moment comcast implements something like that is the moment I jump ship and try to find another option
>>47666921 Here in burgerland people are generally charged a monthly "rental fee" for cable set-top boxes and routers, usually in the $5-$15 / month range for each device. It's a gigantic ripoff, like everything else related to cable, internet, and cellular phone service is in this country.
>>47666911 >yeah, it doesn't just werk What? I said it sounds like a fun project which is the exact opposite of complaining about something not just werking. The reason I said it doesn't sound like a viable idea is because a PC is going to consume a lot more electricity than a normal router, take up a lot more space, and make a lot more noise.
All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective parties. Images uploaded are the responsibility of the Poster. Comments are owned by the Poster.
This is a 4chan archive - all of the content originated from them. If you need IP information for a Poster - you need to contact them. This website shows only archived content.
If a post contains personal/copyrighted/illegal content you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with that post and thread number and it will be removed as soon as possible.