2016-01-17 03:51:21 UTC
I've been using ATT DSL and Sonic DSL on two copper lines each
with its own POTS phone number.
They behave somewhat differently, with no clear winner of the
two, and I'd like to keep both lines and both DSL services
going, but I am growing tired of ATT's high prices.
So, I see LanMinds in Berkeley still exists. Any recent experience?
If they're still operating, if should be straightforward. Pricing
is about the same as Sonic, but I like to have two different
providers for redundancy.
Second question regards equipment. I'd like to ditch the very-old
ATT-supplied modem and aging router and buy a modern unit that is
reasonably future-proof. Perusing specs it seems like the TP-Link
Archer D9 would be nice. I like that is has the fastest 11.ac modes,
and both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports (for shared printer and drive
respectively). Such an arrangement should (one would hope!) really
support streaming media from the attached USB drive to the endpoints.
(Our four endpoits will be b/g/n/a/ac in one instance,
b/g/n/a in two instances and b/g/n for the fourth instance.)
But the price... $195 ... seems quite high. Maybe some of
the components are not yet in mass production, or something.
Are there other units to consider?
(Another consideration is I'd like the modem/wifi router to have
low-ish operating power when it's not being tasked for full speed.)
Thanks for any input.