| Review by ILpt4U |
member for 6.5 years, 2384 visits, last login: a few hours ago
updated 2.3 years ago
- $45 per month
- about 12 days
- "Consistent, Fast enough"
- "Transfering Service is a PAIN IN THE . Dry Loop Price is too high"
- "I like it. Dry Loop. Just High Speed Internet (Elite speed 5.2 Mbps down/.6 Mbps up)"
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(ratings match consensus)
Updated Jan 30, 2011:
For whatever reason, I was experiencing some weird unexplained slow-downs, especially around peak times. However, I have once again given up on traditional AT&T ADSL service, and now have moved to CO-based ADSL2+ IPDSLAM "U-Verse" Internet
Updated March 7, 2010:
Dry Loop DSL still working as advertised.
I have heard rumors you can get a "bundle" discount by having AT&T Cell service. I have Cell Service & Combined billing, so I'll be calling sometime soon to see if there is any type of bundle discount
Updated Aug 28th, 2009:
Got Dry Loop up & running the day after the scheduled due date. Had an issue connecting the feeder pair to the correct Apt's IW -- but now it is all hooked up & working great.
Not really a big fan of the overhead loss with ADSL vs U-Verse VDSL internet, but oh well. Still getting about 5.2-5.3 Mbps down/.6 Mbps up. And consistent as a rock.
Had a little bit of an adventure migrating my AT&T email address from an U-Verse account to an ADSL account, but after a couple of phone calls to ADSL Tech Support & U-Verse Tech Support, got the email address disassociated from the U-Verse account so it could then be associated with my ADSL account.
If you cannot get U-Verse, then AT&T ADSL is a good alternative!
Updated Aug 5th, 2009:
I had to move to another apartment that is not U-Verse "green"/available. So I am going back to ADSL once again. Scheduled to be installed August 11th. I really do not like that the dry loop prices keep going up. When I first had Pro Dry Loop, it was $30/month. Then it went up to $35/month. Now Pro Dry Loop is $40/month. Decided to just pay the extra $5/month and get Elite Dry Loop @ $45/month. Don't understand how DSL is getting more expensive to provide... Will update again when service is up & running
Updated Dec 15th, 2008:
As of the end of September, I have ceased being an ADSL customer and am now a FTTN/VDSL customer of AT&T's U-Verse service. ADSL served me well.
Updated June 22nd, 2008:
I recently moved for work purposes. So naturally I wanted to transfer my service to my new place. I was told that Dry Loop accounts cannot be transferred, and instead I would have to cancel the old account at the old address and start new service on a new account at the new address. Fine. I set up the old account to terminate on the same day as the new account is due to go active....
Fast Forward to due date: I plug in my DSL modem, it syncs up, I pull up the AT&T DSL registration website, type in my new account number, and it gives me an error and says to call tech support. I pick up the phone. After doing basic troubleshooting, Tech Support then transfers me to Sales. Sales informs me that this new order had been canceled -- not just that, but that I called AT&T between my order date and the due date to cancel the order, because, as they told me, I wanted to keep my current POTS and Line Share DSL at that address. Well, I'll let you imagine my reaction to that load of crap. So basically, I have to order new service AGAIN and get a new account number, and of course, a new due date, 1 week later. I said you can get it sooner or I'm calling Comcast. The CSR said there is no way to speed up the order. I hung up. Called Comcast, heard their offer. Told the CSR there I would think about it.
A couple days later, I called AT&T back, spoke to customer care, they gave me some sort of account credit, took my new order (still due 1 week after this date), I expressed my concerns with this whole process, and in the end just let this new order go thru. Now here is the kicker: I had DSL service on this line the whole time this process was going on: The whole time my DSL modem would sync up to AT&T and I could go to AT&T's registration website, and some very limited browsing on att.com. All I needed to get the full internet was a valid DSL account number to complete registration. So basically, about 3 days before this final order was due, I tried the registration site again (with this new account number) -- and it worked. So I got my service going about 3 days before the official due date, but about a week and a half AFTER my original due date on that 1st order that I mysteriously called in to cancel because I wanted to keep POTS and Line Share DSL I never had at my new apartment...
Also, apparently AT&T has raised prices for Dry Loop DSL, as I was paying $29/month for the Pro Tier before I moved, but was told that for my new service at the Pro Tier level, it is now $34/month. I tried to negotiate into keeping the same price I had before, but did not have any luck. Oh well.
Ordered originally as line share, as I had not been educated as to Dry Loop (Thank you, DSLReports!). I originally ordered in July 07 with a 1 year contract, however the order did not get completed until mid-August. After the "live" date, found out the drop was not connected to my apartment's line at the apartment NID. AT&T fixed that, then I had service (had to have first bill adjusted from the "expected" live date to when they actually had the service up and going). I converted over to dry loop sometime around December 07/January 08 (still under the same 1 year contract -- no new contract was required). No issues there. I got a SpeedStream 4100b DSL modem (free after rebate). I also got a 3-month free service credit for coming over from Comcast (after 3 months of paid service).
Line Share price for Pro (3 Mbps down/.5 Mbps up) speed was $24.99/month, and now Dry Loop Pro is $28.99/month, no taxes or fees over that. And no useless landline phone charges either.
The only bad was reported in the AT&T Midwest forum here, where one of the routers in Elmhurst, IL was malfunctioning and roughly half the internet was inaccessible (any IP address that ended in an odd number would not route). That has been fixed. And the problem/issue was only there for I think a day. AT&T caught it very quickly.
The advertised speed and max speed may not be on par with Comcast's top (6 Mbps with powerboost to 12 Mbps locally), but I love the CONSISTENCY of the 3 Mbps. DSL does NOT slow down to dial-up like speeds between 3 and 9 pm on school days. My old Comcast line was notorious for that.
All around, I have been and am very pleased with my AT&T Pro Speed DSL.