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Comment: My strategy (Score 2, Interesting) 688

by bradleyland (#15454040) Attached to: ISPs Offer Faster Speeds, Why Don't We Get Them?
When doing DSL installs for customers, my strategy is always to place the DSL modem closest to the point where the telco wiring terminates on the side of the house. I then use ethernet, powerline, or wireless to get the signal to the computers. Also, I've noticed that some DSL modems are much, much more sensitive to line conditions than others. For example, in Florida, Bellsouth offers a base Westel 6xxx series modem, a Versalink 4-port ethernet with WiFi DSL modem/router, and a Netopia 4-port ethernet with WiFi DSL modem/router. The new Netopia seems to be the most resilient in terms of connection drops and line quality tolerance.

I also picked up a SunSet DSL test-set on eBay for just under $100. This is the same equipment that Bellsouth uses to test the line. I've found it to be very, very useful. I unplug all the phones in the house and test jacks until I find one that produces no errors.

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