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Re: Big River Broadband Now Available in eastern Missouri
Good luck, Tony! Please keep us posted on your experience with it here.
So that new tower by the pipeline isn't even Big River's?
Marble Hill, MO
Well, so far so good. We lost signal over the last weekend but usually cycling power on the modem/router fixed it. Basically while I'm only 2 miles from the tower, I've got some trees and hills in the way. Their tech support seems to be pretty good for the most part, they basically recommended me to get the modem/router as high as possible in the house or buy an external antenna (or they can install one and lease it to you).
Be sure to throughly explain where you are located at, preferably with them using google earth or some such mapping program or a physical map since Bollinger County still doesn't have the 911 addressing scheme yet which makes physically locating your house difficult. I even gave them the lat/long of where I was at, and they still had me inside Marble Hill, instead of where I actually live at. Oh well, I finally walked them (via google earth over the phone) their t/s from Marble Hill City to out where I lived at.
It's been working pretty good I guess, I did a speed test saturday and got 2.5Mbs down, while it's not the 5Mbs that's promised, it's a huge site better than wannabe 56k dialup that we could only get 45kps with. I just cancelled my dialup account this morning, so here's hoping that it continues to work and only get better..
Run some test during peak hours and see how it does. Late afternoon ealry evening. Use www.pingtest.net. That will measure latency and jitter. All the good stuff. Thanks Good Luck
Marble Hill, MO
Sigh.. Well I'm back on dialup again. The 4G LTE from Big River didn't work out. It'd be working fine, we'd be on the web/ reading email/ whatever and the signal btn the modem/router and the tower would drop and go away. Sometimes it didn't come back for hours. They're only suggestion was to have them install an expensive outside antenna for an additional $5 a month. I tried to do the pingtests and they wouldn't complete, the site said they were being blocked or something.. Also sometimes while I would be browsing the web I would notice the wireless signal on my computer start dropping down to one bar, it was still working but a lot slower, and then maybe a little while later, it would start rising back up to the 4-5 bars it was before. So well, it was fun while it lasted but just not reliable enough for me at the moment.
That's not what I was hoping to hear but I somehow expected this to be the case. It sounds like it is more than just signal strength. Sorry it didn't work out.
Marble Hill, MO
Yea, I was kinda disappointed too. I was really hoping it would work out as we've on dialup for so many many years. I had even cancelled my dialup acct, I had to reactivate it this morning after I turned the modem/router back into Big River which wasn't a big deal fortunately. They also refunded the money that I paid when I got the service.