Yay, I’ve got DSL now…

Yay, I’ve got DSL now at the new apartment. I ended up going with Teksavvy, which was a bit of a roller coaster to order — they mistranscribed my credit card number, phone number, and mailed my DSL modem to “First Books”, and then the Bell tech showed up today at the wrong house number, off by one digit — but now that it’s running it seems fast and low-latency.

4Mbps down, 6.5kbps up

I forgot that I wouldn’t have a router right away, so I ended up getting a Speedtouch 516 DSL modem configured as a bridge, so I’m using Windows’ own PPPOE client until the move.

Next up is VOIP. I’m leaning towards Unlimitel because Babytel never replied to my email sent to their support address (pilot error: sent to .com instead of .ca), but there’s still a little shopping to do there. New blog theme/approach coming soon too, although that’s just fitting in the quiet moments of which there have been few lately.

Work is going awesome. I’m moving support over to RT any day now, have a huge set of projects and to-dos to drill through, and have really been given pretty much full ownership over my areas of responsibility already. (And everyone’s so great to work with!)

Off to Dan’s tonight for pizza, beer and conversation. (We tried this last week but I made it a block before I decided it was time to take a rain check and get the car in for a brake job right away. I lucked out in that a great garage happens to be exactly one block away from me, and Frank at Master Mechanic on Dupont and Concord took it in on no notice and did good work at a good price, which was nice considering I needed a garage on short notice in a strange city.)

Movers are scheduled: pack on the 25th, load on the 28th, unload a couple of days later. Final stretch!

6 responses to “Yay, I’ve got DSL now…”

  1. Hey Rich,

    Natasha and I have been using Unlimitel for the past year here on the west coast and have absolutely nothing but good things to say about them. Super-highly-recommended!

    /me waves from Vancouver

    – Mike

  2. Rich,

    babyTEL is a Canadian-based ITSP that provides VoIP services to the residential and business subscribers in Canada and the US. We would be pleased to have you try out our service. Your email, however, was sent to a different company. Our websites are: http://www.babytel.ca and http://www.babytelusa.com. We have recently changed our corporate name from Voice & Data Systems (in business for 17 years developing telecommunications systems) to babyTEL Inc.

    You can use a free version of our service (PC-to-PC for now) by signing up for the babyTEL “Telephone” application on Facebook.

    Hanavi Hirsh

  3. Unlimitel.ca is a very poor, poor service I would not recommend them at all. They are a one man band, Stephan, the owenr is ignorant. The have lots of system outages. I personally would not recommend them at all.I hae lines terminating on my system and had nothing but problems with them.

  4. To each their own, I guess. I found the folks on the phone there really helpful and the service has been great so far.
    What brought you by here, JR?