07-29-2008 09:18:07 PM
07-29-2008 09:26:14 PM
With Comcast, your whole neighborhood shares the same line. So when more people are online, the connection speed will decrease. With U-verse, you get your own dedicated line so the speed will always be near the top. Also U-verse does have the capability to have higher speeds and there most likely will be higher ones in the future to compete with cable.
07-29-2008 10:10:52 PM
07-30-2008 12:19:48 AM
Oh Thanks! I have the lowest internet package right now, and I noticed that it already is much better than my Comcast. My Comcast was always very unresponsive and froze up an awful lot. I can't wait for it to upgrade to 10mbps!!
work your way up. 1.5, 3.0, 6.0, 10.0. i think att has offered the max speed to some places in tx for $30 or $35/month...
07-31-2008 12:04:04 AM
With Comcast, your whole neighborhood shares the same line. So when more people are online, the connection speed will decrease. With U-verse, you get your own dedicated line so the speed will always be near the top.
Nonsense. On U-verse you are also sharing your bandwidth with your neighbor. Moreso than ever with AT&T's FTTN architecture. You have a short pair of "dedicated" wires to the neighborhood VRAD. From there it's SHARED with your neighbors data back to the CO.
Sharing is not a bad thing. It's a network. You'd be really lonely if you weren't sharing with at least one other machine. There just needs to be enough capacity to handle the demand.
Cable here is extremely reliable and consistent. But it varies a lot from region to region. Here in LA, Time Warner took over Comcast and Adelphia systems. The former Adelphia systems really seem to have major problems with capacity at peak hours. The rest of the systems seem to be designed to handle the demand better. Sometimes you just have to give it a try and see how it goes.
When I first signed up for U-Verse, AT&T seemed to be having some capacity issues of their own. During peak hours I had trouble getting more than about 3mbps from major sites. VOIP calls were choppy. Thankfully, they resolved that pretty quickly and its working like it should now.
I feel fortunate to have two excellent choices.
07-31-2008 04:57:33 AM
You are playing word games and trying to confuse people, djrobx. Nobody is saying that Uverse is a private connection into the Internet and cable isn't. There are differences in the network topology that cause them to behave differently.
With Uverse (and DSL) you have your own connection through to the VRAD (or DSLAM) in your neighborhood. The connection from the VRAD to the central office (and on to the internet) has a much greater bandwidth capacity. So, the point where your traffic merges with the traffic from your neighbors is at the point where the network gets more capacity.
With cable internet, your "private" connection ends at the pole in your backyard or at a common junction box near your home. Your traffic merges with that of your neighbors at that point. The connection there has no greater network capacity than your private line...it's one common loop and that's why if a couple of your neighbors are big downloaders, your connection can suffer.
It's easy for a neighborhood cable loop to become oversubscribed causing the slowness and it is possible that a VRAD or a DSLAM would become oversubscribed, but I think that is very very rare.
I had line quality issues which caused DSL problems here at my home and they were diagnosed and corrected when I had uverse installed. My DSL download speed would vary now and again and the DSL modem would lose sync periodically. The issue was a couple of cross taps on my line and when they were removed, the errors went away.
If I had to guess, I would venture that the issues that you had were not because your neighborhood VRAD was oversubscribed or because there was some sort of capacity issue overall. I would bet that you had noise on your line or perhaps a bad port at the VRAD.
07-31-2008 08:36:55 AM