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paque

join:2003-05-09
Pasadena, CA

[Fusion] Fusion questions about modem and phone features

I'm considering Fusion and the website says I qualify, however I have two questions:

I have a vintage SpeedStream 5260 modem, I believe it hails from late in the last century. I presume that I will need a new modem. Are there any that are favorites and work well with this service?

And second, is there a complete list of phone features anywhere? I am specifically wondering if there is anything similar to the *60 service that I now have, which blocks (telemarketers) numbers from calling when I put them in the list?


NormanS
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I don't know about *60; never tried it.

The SpeedStream 5260 is ADSL, while Fusion provides ADSL2+, for the appropriate modem. At one premises, with a 9,156 foot loop, both a SpeedStream 4100 (ADSL) modem, and a ZTE831II (ADSL2+) modem sync at ~5800 kb/s. At another premises, with a 3,300 foot loop, the SpeedStream 4100 will sync at ~8196 kb, but the ZTE831II will sync at ~16,668 kb/s. So it will depend upon your distance from the DSALAM whether you can get by with the older modem, or would benefit from a newer one.
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dickmead
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join:1999-08-22
Pasadena, CA
reply to paque
Just a data point. I'm about 1-1/2 miles from the CO (as the wire runs) and with a Comtrend5072T modem, I get 1200Kbps UP and 7258Kbps DN


NormanS
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Over in the Sonic.net forum there is a speed/distance graph, and scattergram:

»New Fusion average speed/distance chart

A lot will depend on the condition of the copper. At your distance, I would expect the ADSL modem to offer the same performance for Fusion as you currently see. An ADSL2+ modem might get you more speed; probably not double, though.
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dslx_nick
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join:2011-12-24
Chatsworth, CA
kudos:29
reply to dickmead
We don't have *60, I'm afraid. We do have *77, which blocks anonymous calls (so if a telemarketer is hiding his caller ID, he'd be blocked; otherwise the call would go through).

We normally provide Comtrends and Dlinks, if you sign up for a modem lease with us. I know some users also use 2Wires.

paque

join:2003-05-09
Pasadena, CA
reply to paque
Thanks everyone for answering my questions.

Despite the loss of ability to block telemarketers we're going ahead with Fusion.


dslx_nick
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join:2011-12-24
Chatsworth, CA
kudos:29
Sounds good. If you do decide to get a new modem, you'll want it to be set for DHCP (so either put the modem in Bridge mode if it's a pure modem, or DHCP mode if it's a combo modem/router) - most modems will be configured as such by default. Don't hesitate to hit me up if you need anything, though.

paque

join:2003-05-09
Pasadena, CA
I've decided to go ahead with the current modem, even if it means temporarily lower speeds. Once we're up and running I'll get and install a new modem. We've got a camera system and I want to keep that so I can see it from work, etc. Thus a static IP will be added for convenience.

Incremental changes are easier to troubleshoot....


dslx_nick
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Chatsworth, CA
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Heh, true enough.