[Wolves] ADSL or cable broadband?

bambam at opendildonics.org bambam at opendildonics.org
Sat Jan 31 13:33:45 GMT 2004

> Right, I should have moved into my new house by the end of
> next month, so it's time I chose: ADSL or Blueyonder.


> I've used both in the past and had a much happier experience with
> Blueyonder, which I found to be near faultless. Also, Blueyonder didn't
> require any faffing to get it to work with Linux. ADSL I found to be
> patchy and I hate the fact that you have to log on, primarily because I
> couldn't get my ADSL modem to work with Linux.
> So, sounds like a done deal. Well, no. Telewest's phone service is pretty
> naff and quite expensive.

(Obviously) it depends on the calls you make and the tariff
you are on. They can be ok.

> But I don't wanna get a BT line if I'm already
> paying for a Telewest line.

Plus BT suck.

> Does anyone have any experience of running ADSL from Linux,

Indeed. Most ADSL modems that come with a package expect you
to do ATM over PPP over usb. We have had rediculous troubles
with shit VIA chipsets on board on our router. A mate of
mine has no trouble with it (especially with the new usb
drivers in the 2.6 kernel) but it's still quite a stupid
interface. The darn thing should just provide ethernet.

Like a cable modem.

> or are you
> guys all Blueyonder? There's some really good ADSL deals out there, at the
> mo,

Pipex was the cheapest for us.

> and I'd much prefer a BT line ... but Blueyonder seems so much easier
> to run from Linux. Any thoughts?

Shit chipsets aside, you shouldn't have any trouble with
seting up a crappy speedtouch adsl modem under linux. It
takes more time than setting up a cable modem however - and
you're more likely of succeeding with a cable modem since
the ethernet interface is way more standard.

However, you've paid no attention to badwidth: BY and others
give b/w capped at say around 64K/b actual data throughput,
and with fast far-end connections that's exactly what you'll
get. ADSL has a typical contention ratio of 50:1. Which is
pants. Most annoying when bob and alice over the road start
downloading holiday videos slowing my download from

I'd go for BY every time and twice on sundays.


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	- mahatma bambam

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