After almost nine years of putting up with dial-up connections, we’ve finally jumped ship and availed ourselves of BayanTel DSL’s 768 kbps plan. The DSL modem was installed just last Thursday, and now I’m happily torrenting away some good stuff (don’t ask me what).
While the my net speed is satisfactory (considering the humongous jump from dial-up to DSL), it’s not reaching its supposed speed ceiling according to a couple of online speed tests — what I’m experiencing right now is more like the speed of a 384 KBPS connection, only slightly faster. I’ll be bringing this up with customer service later, especially since BayanTel earlier mixed up another one of our orders/requests.
We had requested for a handset to be installed, but somehow the customer order got lost in the paperwork, and we ended up with only a phone line (it’s not much of problem, anyway). Now, I don’t know if our 768 plan was also accidentally ‘downgraded’. At least we get to pay less if that’s the case, hehe. Anyway, read the SkyDSL Omnibus for more info on the packages. I’m now using their Speed-on-Demand (SOD) feature, which doubles your net speed from 10PM to 10AM.
Now, during our nine years doing the slow dance with dial-up net, we stuck it with Pacific Internet. Unlike other dial-up connections, PacNet was (usually) reliable, suffered less to nil downtime, and came up with fewer “line is busy” moments. Not to mention their excellent customer service — prompt, polite, and helpful agents.
However, recently their dial-up pool seems to have gotten clogged; net connection performance had noticeably declined in the past two months or so. That, along with BayanTel having a cheaper DSL connection, made us make the change. Still, kudos to Pacific Internet’s customer service agents for having cool heads even when the going got rough (on the client — my — side).
Earlier I mentioned torrenting; I’m currently using uTorrent, per the suggestion of Ia. It might not have the full functionalities of other torrent clients out there, but I like its small size and relatively low memory consumption. If you’re using uTorrent, JohnTP’s How to Increase Download Speeds of uTorrent article might be of help.
My next project will be to fix the effing desktop PC (named, uh, Corsarius), whose motherboard/CPU needs serious some lovin’ (or whackin’). Once it’s up and running again, I plan to buy a router and share the net juice between the PC and my Corsarify laptop.
Update: Just had my first (business) chat with BayanTel customer service. As widely reported, they’re courteous and helpful. I have the right plan (768 kbps) after all, and my present speed (240-400) is quite the average for that plan. I was advised to call back if my net connection goes below 200 kbps, which (according to them) shouldn’t happen in a 768 plan.
Update (10/24/06): My speed has greatly improved. There seems to have been an ‘anomaly’ with the DSL dialer username — read this comment for more info.
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