Quick Review of Verizon’s Broadbandaccess

I've setup my spare laptop with a fresh FC4 install. Setting up the modem was a piece of cake and while I did all the setup with vi and the command line, I think it'll be possible to get it working through the GUI only for those who fear the command line.

Speed tests aren't going too bad. The throughput definitely fluctuates. Earlier I downloaded firefox onto my wife's computer at 100KB/s but right now gaim and thunderbird are coming in at a combined 20KB/s. Not anything close to a speed record but a lot better than the tin can and string we were using earlier this week.

Vonage certainly works. I placed a couple test calls between my cell and the vonage phone and the audio quality was very good. If you try it you'll get better results if you turn the bandwidth saver down to 30kbps via the Vonage site.

The Internets are Fixed!

Well, at least the one at my house is working now.

Our new house is a mile past the cable and too remote for DSL so I went with Verizon's Broadbandaccess. I got the AirPrime 5740 modem. The card works great with Linux once it's activated with the Windows software. Cost is a bit high at $80/mo but since it's the only option I can't complain too much.

I'll be posting a short howto on the differences between the 5740 and 5220 cards and how to setup a dedicated laptop as a router in the near future.

We’ve arrived in San Antonio

My family and I have arrived safely in San Antonio and found a house in the country. I started work this morning and am liking it so far.

Next step is getting our stuff delivered and figuring out how to get on the 'net.

We're a mile beyond the cable company's reach so I'm looking for alternatives. I don't even want to try DSL so I'm weighing the satellite and cellular options. At this time Verizon's EV-DO is winning because we can get their fastest offering in our area at ~1.5Mbps. This would also be handy when we're on the road.

With any luck things will settle down in 2-3 weeks and I can get back to writing bash tips and tricks.

Where I’ve Been

Tony brought this silly test to my attention.

bold the states you've been to, underline the states you've lived in and italicize the state you're in now...

Here's a handy cgi to generate the html for you:

Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C.