It seems that the MLPPP sticky is gone now.
I live in a semi-rural area. While I currently get DSL service, I have a 56db attenuation, so I am a fair ways from the CO which is in the centre of the nearest small town. There is no cable service available, although Cogeco has quoted me that they will extend the line from up the road for $30,000...
I'm currently able to get 3008/800 service, which has been 'good enough' for the past few years, but now it's becoming somewhat restrictive as I often work from home. Specifically, while I can continue to live with the 3mbps downstream, the upload rate is really killing me as I often deal with larger files, graphics etc.
I'm considering ordering a second line for MLPPP. As I understand, the costs will be an additional DSL subscription and a dry-loop fee, plus the activation fee, and cost for the Bell technician to show up and connect our second pair to my line protector.
Here's the questions I have:
1. Is it reasonable to expect Bell to put a 'proper' NID in for each line? Currently, we just have an old Northern Telecom box with the two fuses and three screw down connectors; I assume Bell will need to add some sort of solution for the second line anyways.
2. I am open to buying a new router (ie, WRT54GL) to run Tomato/MLPPP, but that is really looking like abandonware these days. I wonder how many people would be interested in trying to put together some funding to get Guspaz & co to port their changes to TomatoUSB so we can get some better support for more modern hardware (ASUS RT-N* series etc.)
3. Are there any other costs I'm not accounting for above?
I think it's absolutely ridiculous that I would need to pay almost $90 per month for 6mbps internet service, but I guess that's what living in the technological third world gets you...