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Scotty, we need more bandwidth!


November 22, 2006 12:32 PM PST

Attempting to download 2G TV shows and 6G movies puts a bit of pressure on your intarweb connection. I just found out that my cable company doubled the bandwidth in my area, to 6mbit, for free - over 1 month ago. Yet I am still only getting 3mb, even after several modem reboots. Hmm, that modem I am leasing is huge, old, and looks like someone drug it behind a car for a few miles. When they gave it to me last year, my first thought was "you've got to be kidding me". It is probably a 1st generation device made back in the mid 90s. Sure enough, a quick call to the cable company confirms that I need a newer modem, -one that goes to 11. Sometime next week I should have bandwidth, sweet bandwidth.

Comments (3)
Paul, November 22, 2006 04:55 PM:

And then your little 20 GB xbox girly disk will be all full.

John, November 22, 2006 04:58 PM:

Oh yes, full. Standard 360 drive only gives 13G of usable space. I'm pretty sure they will release something to solve this soon. ;)

John, November 28, 2006 01:03 PM:

Well my modem showed up on Monday. This morning I called them early to get it provisioned. For a few fleeting moments I was pulling down a little more than 5 mbit. But now I am lucky to get 1 mbit. The problem, I suspect, is that much of Redmond (Microsoft) and the surrounding suburbs are working from home today due to the snow storm (myself included). Ahh the joys of a shared connection. I guess I'll have to wait until off peak hours to find out what this modem can do.

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