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Ok, so I moved into a new condo at the Seven Bridges Highrise about 2 months ago, it's a really nice place, 24 hour security at the front desk, basement parking, $550,000 to buy a unit type deal. There's a huge catch though, the whole building (12 floors, 8+ units a floor) is run off a single DSL line through some fly-by-night company called PrimeTimeSports. At 4am the connection is bearable but right now for example, I'm running at 2.8Kbps, that's like dialup from 1993 speeds. Apparently PrimeTimeSports has the contract for the building and they're talking about upgrading to a T3 in the future but I'm still paying $35 a month for this bullshit. Does anyone know if I could get a hookup to Comcast or another outside source using the existing connection or am I hosed and should just demand a refund? Anyway of speeding up the existing using software or by bumping other people off the network (not all the time, but when I have a work email to send out, I wouldn't mind kicking off the neighbors who are just looking at porn)?
 

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tap a wifi signal nearby = free intArn3ts!
 

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Sprint Broadband (or verizon) and use the USB modems.

I use the sierra 595U w/ sprint and routinely move it between machines when I need to.

As for doing things to other users... the last thing you need is a computer crimes charge against you from pissing off someone you don't know.
 

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I'm 7 stories up, the closest neighbor is a golf course and an empty lot where a hotel is going in in a few years.

What does that cost a month Arch? How fast is the conn?
 

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Welcome to the neighborhood neighbor. Those condos at Seven Bridges are nice. I live just a few minutes from there. That's BS that the whole place is run off a single DSL line. Wish I had a solution for your problem but I don't.
 

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I am surprised they let you move into such a classy joint with a Triumph. You must be one charming mother fucker.
 

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I'm 7 stories up, the closest neighbor is a golf course and an empty lot where a hotel is going in in a few years.

What does that cost a month Arch? How fast is the conn?
Sprint broadband is $40 a month to $60 a month for unlimited access. Speed is about 700Kbps down and 200Kbps up in an EVDO area.

Who is your cable provider? See if you can get internet from them.
 

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The cable and internet is run through the same guys so that's a no go.

Dave, the Triumph is parked elsewhere as I have nowhere to store my tools and the like here. But yeah, I was surprised too.
 

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that blows Brian! sounds like the dorm life here at Western! DSL is a terrible choice for a large building, at least go cable but I bet the building was trying to save money....$35 for DSL!? That's such a high price for shitty DSL. Honestly, file a complaint because how can you pay for service that is priced similarly to cable which is so much faster. If you have multiple people in a building simply browsing the internet on DSL, that alone slows it down to a crawl.

..as for another service, if you can find Verizon (heard good things) or whatever you phone service offers then see if they will let you demo their product. No sense in paying for something that is bad. I'm pretty sure it's against building code to get a satellite or some device in your unit. I guess your best bet is to talk to the person who is in charge and try to figure out an alternative. Best of luck!
 

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I think you are screwed my friend. When I lived in an apartment complex similarly rigged at school, there was no way to get any other service in there. I had to use their satellite cable, so no luck there. Which was also a pain in the ass to program the Tivo guides. I also tried to get SBC DSL with a new phone line, SBC could not do it. I eventually accepted this fact and started downloading pron at 2AM :lmao:. At least you don't have a limit, after a gig my connection would be shut down for the next 24 hours :(. Like others have said, you want to try to use some other technology like Sprint's service, or look around for any experimental satellite broadband companies, but I am sure that will not be cheap.
 

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I take it my speeds suck. Here are the results of my test.

Download Speed: 2561 kbps (320.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 437 kbps (54.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
 

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Isn't it illegal to order one residential line and then have them tapping it to 96 units? Sounds like something the condo board is doing to keep from buying a business or commercial DSL account. Blow the whistle on their ass and get it cut off on everyone. All those pissed people will get them to get some good broadband going. I guess the real question is if they are buying one residential line and then charging everyone $35 each, where is the 3360 bucks a month going?

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I take it my speeds suck. Here are the results of my test.

Download Speed: 2561 kbps (320.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 437 kbps (54.6 KB/sec transfer rate)

Don't get on Xbox live untill you fix this :lmao:
 

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Isn't it illegal to order one residential line and then have them tapping it to 96 units? Sounds like something the condo board is doing to keep from buying a business or commercial DSL account. Blow the whistle on their ass and get it cut off on everyone. All those pissed people will get them to get some good broadband going. I guess the real question is if they are buying one residential line and then charging everyone $35 each, where is the 3360 bucks a month going?

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Probably, I tried to put the order through, SBC sent me the modem and package, then the ordered was canceled once they realized the details of my location :lmao:
 

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...fly-by-night company called PrimeTimeSports.

Anyway of speeding up the existing using software or by bumping other people off the network (not all the time, but when I have a work email to send out, I wouldn't mind kicking off the neighbors who are just looking at porn)?
My girlfriend lives in the south loop and the building used PrimeTimeSports for TV/Internet. They sucked so bad that the association has ditched them for another 'provider'. They are actually reselling services and are not an ISP. OnShore Communications is our provider.

Same deal, single T1 line for the entire building without divided bandwidth, so when the neighbor's start downloading porn or running torrent transfers the line goes into the crapper. She will be switching to AT&T DSL for less cost on a dedicated line.

Call and complain when the connection sucks and they might track down and temporarily disconnect the abuser. I call OnShore all the time when the latency gets horrible or upload bandwidth is maxxed out.
 

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I would definitely try the Sprint Broadband card (try for 30 days). Its just fine for work type stuff and the occasional downloads. Theres a company called 3G store in cary that can get you external antennas and such. And if you get in on the SEO plan its $50 a month for 2 years with a $200 ETF. Don't bother with other providers as they have 5gb limits a month. You really don't want that.

If you guys have a T1 feeding the whole building or whatever, then get some type of bandwidth filtering going on. Something cheap like a M0n0wall will work, or you can get commercial grade solutions that are more pricey. Still it shouldn't be that hard to get $200-1500 together so you guys can all have a chunk at any given time.

You should be really happy that the FCC is attempting to deny these crappy contracts, and force providers to not only compete with each other but provide multiple options. However by the time this goes through you will probably be somewhere else.

I think your most realistic option is Wireless broadband, and pressing your HOA (or whatever runs it) for more realistic options, and seeing how deep there contract runs. I have a hard time seeing how $550,000 condo's are splitting a single dsl line :wtf:
 

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Thanks for the info Shad, I'll look into raising hell with the condo association.

Zed, I think Shad was right, it's probably a single T1 but it's the lack of bandwidth filtering that's killing it.
 

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Thanks for the info Shad, I'll look into raising hell with the condo association.

Zed, I think Shad was right, it's probably a single T1 but it's the lack of bandwidth filtering that's killing it.
A T1 is 24 DS0s.. put two dozen simultaneous active CONNECTIONS (not even USERS) on a T1 at the same time and you are reliving the old internet dialup days...

Just FYI, one web browser with the right settings can fan out to 24-30 connections trying to download a page filled with lots of different content.
 
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