| Review by whozzit |
member for 10.1 years, 856 visits, last login: 3 days ago
updated 148 days ago
- $39 per month
- (12 month contract)
- "Faster than blazes (dial-up, DSL, etc)"
- "Sometimes interrupted due to snow."
- "1 MB up - 2 MB down..."
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Value for money:
(ratings well above consensus)
I've been a customer since 10/2003 and haven't seen any need to go elsewhere. I had used the local telco's DSL previous to Digitalpath but was looking for something faster and more versatile and this setup has more than met my needs. My wireless laptop will log on (as a roamer) in almost any locale in the area. I am getting about 2 MB down and 1 MB up, per second, and this amounts to "no waiting." I ordered Digitalpath Wireless ISP before it was available in my town but the installation was about a one hour job when the company got started up. I have four machines with various versions of Windows that are online most of the day and night and, with normal maintenance, they all perform well. The only service outages that I've experienced since 2003 were all snow or lightening related and
they have been few and far between.
Still nothing bad to report. I've got Digitalpath all over the place, now. I added a couple of powerful wireless access points (running unprotected) so am online anywhere in the house, garage, the yard or across the street. My wireless access point is 802.11n as are the wireless adapters in all of the desktops and laptops so everything cooks right along. Winter is coming and snow can't be avoided (global cooling) so we'll see how everything goes this winter. And now it's 1MB/ps up and 3MB/ps down!
Not much new to report here. As to the effect that a fast processor and ample RAM have on the internet performance, this assumes a reliable system of broadband access. For the most part I am running 32 bit OS's and they, inherently, won't make use of more than 4 GB's of RAM. I have installed a Windows 7 64 bit system on one computer and have increased the RAM on that machine to 8 GB's as the 64 bit system can, and does, make use of the additional RAM. I am retired now but my career since 1967 had to do with electromechanical, then electronic and finally digital electronics in the US, Canada, Germany and the middle east. I can appreciate a good, solid broadband pathway to the internet, wireless or otherwise, and use mine to the fullest extent possible. This includes, of course, email, browsing, communications (telephone) and entertainment in the form of TV shows, movies, etc, and this includes other areas of interest such as "Russia Today", NFL, and other broadcasts from all around the world. I guess that the rest of this story is that if you can't attain a solid, reliable broadband connection to the internet, what you see is what you will get. I might add that I've been online since 1993 and I am not a "gamer." I have yet to play my first computer game of any variety. After a lifetime spent working in communications I just don't consider games to be a part of the mix.
This must be a case of location, location, location. I have nothing to report but improvements. With no further adjustments these three computers are now achieving 5 MB's down and in excess of 1 MB up and everything is robust and steady. There isn't much for a retired person to do in Westwood (except for maybe watching the snow come down) but at least the computers are always there. Even when the weather puts the kabosh on the sattelite receivers there's always plenty in the way of shows, movies and the NFL to watch on the computers and the VoIP (NetTalk device) always provides telephone service, incoming and outgoing, no matter the weather. I do know a bit about the aiming of the ancillery equipment associated with Digitalpath and, believe me, a tree is no place to mount a transponder (or receiver if you like). I've installed and maintained too much in the way of microwave all over this country and the middle east to not recognize the "tree" as being a very weak link.
For the life of me... For the life of me I can't figure out what these bad reviews are all about. I've had the service in Westwood since 2002 (basic) and I'm not seeing any of the mentioned problems. I'm about 3 MB's down and 1 MB up and have been that way since the beginning. I didn't get their VoIP service but got my own recently (NetTalk) that's online 24/7 that gives you incoming calls (aported out local number) and free calls to anywhere in the US and Canada for the big old price of $28.95 per year (yes, that's per year). And it's reliable! I build, repair and upgrade computers for people in my area and Digitalpath is never a "problem" that I'm presented with. I think that many of the gripes on here are a result of old, slow and under-equipped computers. Keep the processor up at around 3 GHz and equip it with 4 GB's of RAM and the problems no longer exist.
| |HeirApparentSo many years to clean the slatePremiumReviews:
Re: For the life of me... The quality of service in Sierra and Plumas Counties is a very different story. My issues appear to be extremely common among customers in these areas.
As for my PC, it's a decent gaming machine running at 2.67GHz, with 4 GB RAM. I don't see what that has to do with anything, though, since none of my complaints related to slow computer or browser performance. I imagine most visitors here are educated enough to know the difference, unlike the average user you encounter in your work.
When the connection puts up appalling results in ping/speed/QoS tests, can't run a game without lag and connection errors, constantly buffers during videos, loads a basic web page slower than 56k, or ceases connectivity outright (yellow exclamation point over network icon), I think it's evident that our computers aren't at fault. That's another nice excuse for their "techs" to pull, though.
Suppose we should just cancel, but satellite is the only alternative here thus far, and that's even worse.
| |HeirApparentSo many years to clean the slatePremiumReviews:
Addition: Good for you; you've found their service to be satisfactory in your particular area. However, you having a positive experience doesn't mean that all other people's negative experiences must simply be negated as computer issues and ignorance of them. Glossing over other customers' issues makes you come off like a shill, which I doubt was the intention.
I've been running Windows 7 Ultimate on two desktops since it was released, and with ample ram. Again, this really has nothing to do with anything, considering that even my ancient laptop performs flawlessly when taken into the city and the internet is accessed via a true broadband connection. DP's peak hour performance in this area remains abhorrent with real-time applications, and even basic stuff like YouTube or general browsing (NOT just games). Daytime test results are predictably abysmal, outages still occur, blah-blah...