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John O'Shaughnessy [FCM]
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Re: Telephone Options [Re: B. Butler (Oregonian)]
      #262691 - 08/31/09 06:54 PM

If Qwest is the local ILEC (incumbent Local Exchange Carrier -- phone company) they probably have deals for getting a new landline along with DSL internet. One question is what speeds are available at your address for DSL? Qwest has a web site where you can plunk in your address and they will tell you what speeds (at what prices) you can get.

If you get Qwest DSL and choose an ISP other than the default (Microsoft Live) you may need to do the order over the phone as opposed to using the online ordering.

Is there a local cable provider? What are their speeds and prices for Internet access? If you decide you are comfortable with telephony over the Internet, your cable provider might give you better speeds for your dollar. If you go with the cable company, you are usually stuck with them for your ISP.

Wireless N is faster than G. You probably only need to go faster than G if you have local devices talking to each other (like one PC backing up another, or streaming video to a TiVo box, or something similar). It is unlikely you will be getting an Internet connection where you would be pushing the limits of 802.11g speeds with encryption (although those speeds -are- available in some locations).

You wireless access point as well as your computer will need to be 802.11n capable to see the higher speeds. Most (all?) 'N' access points can also be configured (usually the default) to also communicate with 802.11g and 802.11b devices.

John


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Terry Carraway
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Re: Telephone Options [Re: B. Butler (Oregonian)]
      #262773 - 09/01/09 07:02 AM

Add another voice with a preference to maintain a POTS. It works with the power is out (IF you have a simple phone, wireless needs power to the base station).

But we use Vonage at home and traveling. At home, we use it for all our long distance calling (no extra charge) and also have an 866 number attached so we can call home toll free. You can also have "local" numbers anywhere in the country. So you could have a "local" number for friedns and family in Alaska. And if you haven;t dropped the home number up there, you can transfer it Vonage, so people who know your old number can call it and it will ring where you are now. And if you move, the number follows your service/modem.

I also ahve a flash drive/Vonage phone I use when traveling internationally. Pretty much anywhere I can get an internet connection, I can call home. Very nice.

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B. Butler (Oregonian)
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Re: Telephone Options [Re: John O'Shaughnessy [FCM]]
      #262816 - 09/01/09 12:35 PM

Quote:

If Qwest is the local ILEC (incumbent Local Exchange Carrier -- phone company) they probably have deals for getting a new landline along with DSL internet.
John




Thanks, very useful.

I mentioned above that the local NPR affiliate, which is very innovative, is also an ISP partnering with Qwest, offering speeds up to 7mbps for $25/mo. At the moment that's the direction I'm leaning.

http://www.ijpr.org

http://www4.jeffnet.org/Page.asp?NavID=1002

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Reams Goodloe
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Re: Telephone Options [Re: B. Butler (Oregonian)]
      #262874 - 09/01/09 07:49 PM


Bill -

Hope the move goes well.....
Tell the family to lookout for all 2000+ bicycle riders and crazy support trucks and crew, as they zoom thru Ashland early on the morning of Sunday, September 13th.... on their way to Yreka.

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B. Butler (Oregonian)
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Re: Telephone Options [Re: Reams Goodloe]
      #262877 - 09/01/09 07:53 PM

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all 2000+ bicycle riders .... on their way to Yreka.

- Reams -




Does this event have a name? Will you be among them? I'll be there this weekend, but not on the 13th.

Bill

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Reams Goodloe
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Re: Telephone Options [Re: B. Butler (Oregonian)]
      #262919 - 09/02/09 02:55 AM



Bill -
Cycle Oregon. http://www.cycleoregon.com/
Yes. Riding with my son again this year...

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Reams Goodloe
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Re: Telephone Options [Re: B. Butler (Oregonian)]
      #262920 - 09/02/09 03:05 AM



Bill -

The ODS Rest stop in Ashland will be a bit of a spectacle for about 3 hours or so on Sunday AM. See the map at this link...

http://www.vlmk.com/co2009.html


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Scott Dyer [HPN/NY]
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Re: Telephone Options [Re: Reams Goodloe]
      #262927 - 09/02/09 07:43 AM

Reams -- Have a good ride!

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Reams Goodloe
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Re: Telephone Options [Re: Scott Dyer [HPN/NY]]
      #262988 - 09/02/09 03:30 PM



Scott -

Thanks. Looking forward to all but the 6.4 miles on I-5 the first day. Hope that's not in the rain....<g>

And, hoping I get my bike back soon... currently having the rear rim replaced DIW (defective in warranty) for second time in 4 years... and a new chain and cog installed, since I've about worn them out....

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Scott Dyer [HPN/NY]
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Re: Telephone Options [Re: Reams Goodloe]
      #262993 - 09/02/09 03:54 PM

Reams -- The I-5 stint must be awful.

With all those repairs, you ought to think about a motorcycle. I don't have
that much problem with my Honda 750. <G>

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