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Posted on 2005-08-14 08:00:05
Written by lilhurricane
Have you ever wanted to brag about your broadband connection's stability but lacked the proof? What about those days when your connection seems a little sluggish but you are not sure why? Did you ever get the impression that the ISP call center doesn't believe you really have a problem?
Let's take a look at an easy way to compare your DSL, Cable, Satellite or other broadband connection with your neighbor across the street or around the globe. With BroadbandReports Line Monitoring you can have a wonderful diagnostic tool that provides detailed & reliable up-to-the-minute information about your connections.
Continuous easy to read graphing setup for your convenience:
BroadbandReports Line Monitoring provides you with Hourly, Daily, Long & Short Term reports. These diagnostic reports will arrive weekly in your email inbox and are available online anytime and look just like this one.
You'll have an interesting way to instantly see how your line conditions compare with fellow members or neighbors.
Some of our individual forums are already on board with Line Monitoring:
The SBC Midwest - Ameritech forum has an Unofficial Status Page covering the service areas in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. lev , Riss_Centaur and rolande can help get you added, step by step instructions can be found in the FAQ: Setup and How to Join
Southeast City Chat - which covers States in the Southeastern US including Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, Tennessee, and Florida here: Southeast Forum Line Monitor
Northern California City Chat - which has participants all over The Bay Area of San Francisco and beyond, located here: Northern California Forum Line Monitor
We are also providing line monitoring for the active AT&T Southeast Forum as shown here: AT&T Southeast Forum Line Monitor
So what do you need to get started?
1. A connection that is on 24/7, since that is the most effective way to monitor a connection. Those with Cable/DSL routers can take advantage of this easily, leaving the router on to be monitored. Those without routers will need to leave their PCs running at all times, staying connected through PPPoE software.
2. A BBR Line Monitoring Service Account . The service costs 1 Tool Point (approximately $1 per week).
The first week is free. After the first week, you'll need to acquire Tool Points to continue participating.
*Note: Your monitor will be terminated after the first week if you do not buy tool points..
Line Monitoring is now free if "part of a group" - see: »Line Monitoring FAQ »Join a Line Monitor Group - Free Service
Here is a great way to help support the site while enjoying a super way to monitor your connection with the tools that only the pros use!
For more information or assistance - or for inclusion to one of the above forums, please contact either: jazzman916 or lilhurricane .
We'll be happy to get you started!
The BBR Line Monitoring is for informational purposes only and does not in any way replace official status reports or support from your ISP. Thanks to RadioDoc and others who were integral in building the original concept.
*** The information in this article was put together by jazzman916 and lilhurricane .
If your IP address is held by your PC, then the monitor will show blank periods with 100% loss while your PC is off.
If your IP is held by your home router that is constantly powered, then your monitoring will show 24x7 results.
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an example of a line monitor report that is emailed weekly. These reports are also available online, anytime.
New signups cost 1 Tool Point per week, per module.
If you are a member of a line monitor group e.g. »[Services] Member Line Stats, then the monitor is free. See this FAQ entry »Line Monitoring FAQ »Join a Line Monitor Group - Free Service
To join one of these groups contact the Host/Moderator of the respective group forum e.g. contact jazzman916 , Host/Moderator of the AT&T Southeast Forum to join the AT&T Southeast-NC line monitor group.
The following are the current Line Monitoring groups providing the free monitoring service:
Contact lilhurricane to join the following groups:
Contact jazzman916 to join the following groups:
Contact sortofageek to join the following groups:
Contact Lex Luthor to join the following group:
Contact seagreen to join the following group:
Contact Axilla to join the following group:
Contact redxii if you want to join this Suddenlink group.
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Compare your line against others in your area, or on your ISP. In the weekly report, get rated from EXCELLENT to BAD in a number of key metrics.