Availability outside of Raeford, NC? I live 10 miles south of Raeford, NC, is "real" and "reliable" dsl available here? Currently using Hughes satellite service since no other options (other than dialup) were available at the time. A "salesman" called one day saying dsl service was now available out here but is it true and what kind of service?
Satellite connection keeps its spotty performance forcing me to unplug my hub and sat router to restore connection. This is just getting to the point of ridiculousness. Only put up with it since no other option. Note, the bad weather connection problems are few and not TOO much of a hassle it's the day to day connection problems that are pissing me off.
I am paying for satellite "professional" service and supposed to have better service but just not the case. I'm willing to install dsl if available and test side by side to see how well dsl performs. Does this dsl service require handcuffing me for a long term contract? If it's reliable, even if a little slower I'd dump the satellite connection. I'm still paying for Elink dialup but haven't used it in some time, other than email addresses etc.
Changing from Elink or Hughes requires updating many email contacts but at some point I will just have to bite the bullet and pull the plug. Is dsl out here reliable enough, fast enough to go through all this hassle?
Anyone with this service near Raeford? Please speak up.
I do not live in that area but one of the things that affects the service reliability is the loop length (distance from the DSLAM that your DSL would be coming from to your house). Create an account here and message the official Centurylink rep, CTL_Joey . He should be able to help you find out what the loop length is to your address. Anything below ~14,000-15,000 feet should provide you with a reliable connection as long as all filters are properly installed when you get the service. After 17,000 to 18,000 feet, they use what is called "Extended reach" HSI, which is kind of hit or miss when it comes to reliability.
I have not used Extended reach dsl nor have I used hughesnet, but from what I have heard in the past even extended reach's hit or miss reliability is much better than hughesnet.
Maybe those that currently have extended reach and moved to it from hughesnet can throw in their firsthand experience with switching. If you're lucky and your loop length is short then you won't even have to worry about extended reach.
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I know the feeling of using satellite. I used hughes when it first launched when it was only one way. Download via satellite , upload via modem. It was faster than dial up but I wouldn't want it over dsl. If you ever get dsl you will want to turn that dish into a birdbath and never look back
I think I would rather have ISDN than satellite, though I don't know if they even sell it anymore.
An interesting question - surely Centurylink has some sort of digital offering available beyond DSL limits. How affordable for the residential customer I have no clue.