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ross7

join:2000-08-16
reply to midslasher

Re: What exactly is a Cyberonic dry line? *Complete newbie*

It's a telephone line, but with no dial-tone or phone service; i.e., just the copper wire pair, over which the ISP provides ADSL or even SDSL service. Since it is Cyberonic, they will get the line pair installed by the local telephone company, and COVAD will probably provide the ADSL service. If you have local telephone service already, you can get standard ADSL over your voice line. Dry line is nice because you don't pay for phone service you don't need. In your case, it is possible you are too far from your local telephone company's central office to qualify for DSL service through the telephone company. COVAD's ADSL service is dependent on distance as well, so you might wind up paying a lot to set up what will likely be as poor a connection as you would get from your telephone company. Who knows?

I'd ask Cyberonic exactly how it is they are going to supply you with DSL when your local telephone company can't, or won't. Make sure it is not a DBS/satellite based system; too much latency.