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Jan. 30th, 2007 | 07:10 pm

Came back to work last night to discover that my internet
connectivity had went out.


Upstream router went bye bye and it took the culprits nearly 20 hours
to fix it.

So what did I do?

I went and got a second internet provider. For $50 a month I get 1.5
one direction and something awful the other direction. Both of my
routers now know about each access point though the system isn't
smart enough yet to load balance. Backup DNS will be setup before the
night is done and I am rethinking how my network works so that I can
just re-point everything out one of the gateways at a drop of the hat
(or do something even smarter with a heart beat).

The second ISP is ClearWire which is a wireless broadband provider.
So far I can't get their advertised speed, but it does work, and I
did get a static IP address out of them. I'm off on a trip tomorrow
so not much is going to happen with this until I get back. The setup
of their device was super simple and getting one of my routers to
speak to it was only a little annoying (aka had to hookup my laptop
and dump all of the information and then setup the router with what I

Yes, I should have done this years ago, but I dislike the redundant
"physical line" thing as redundancy. If a squirrel takes out a poll,
I don't want to lose all of my connectivity at once.

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from: austinjones
date: Jan. 31st, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)

My wife's parents use Clearwire in Temple, TX of all places. Their only other option before Clearwire came to town was satellite or dial-up. I was planning on buying some stock in their IPO before it was pulled.

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from: inanna
date: Jan. 31st, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)

We're having great service with Clearwire. Price was right.

i see you are only getting 2 lights... try (if you can) moving your modem to the window sill in one of the top floor rooms... we notice better connecton at the window than in the middle of the room.

Did you give them our name as a reference??

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from: krow
date: Jan. 31st, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)

Its on the 3rd floor near the front window :)

I'm going to see about moving it to another section of the house when I get back.

Ummm reference? Um....

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I'm so confused!

from: neutrinoj
date: Jan. 31st, 2007 09:09 am (UTC)

Why get this when you can get 6mb down, 500up from Sprint for $60/month? They even have USB EVDO modems that do RevA.

Anyway, a neighbor of mine has this thing -- the integrated antenna is very directional, so you have to angle it right.

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from: krow
date: Jan. 31st, 2007 09:16 am (UTC)

Static IP and I can do anything with it. Sprint's EVDO seems to come with a lot of "this isn't meant as a backup for hosting".

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from: travisd
date: Jan. 31st, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)

PFSense can do dual-wan routing apparently.

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from: krow
date: Feb. 1st, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)

Thank you!

I noticed a link to the following piece of Hardware as well:

I will probably check this out.

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