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Opinion: DSL or Cable, an update
Some update. Things really havent changed much in the few months since the last time I expressed such an opinion, but since then a few people have told me they are moving so I felt an update was in order.

If you *can* get DSL where you are, you might want to try to get that instead of cable. I've been having ever increasing slow downs and dropouts even since before comcasts purported claim of doubling their speed to 3mbps. Everyone I know to have Comcast has similar complaints. That is with the exception of red_lynx and agentxs and that might just be because I neglected to ask, but hopefully they will chime in in one direction or another. Other opinions welcome as well.

Meanwhile everyone I know with DSL only complained in the original first two weeks and have reported reliable service since.
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ksatyr From: ksatyr Date: July 8th, 2004 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
We both have cable.

It's mostly been reliable, I regularly get download speeds close to 3Mbps using bit torrent.
fixx From: fixx Date: July 8th, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Bit Torrent?

Googled and found it


From what little I've read it seems more like file sharing which makes me nervous. Last time I was at your new place I noticed you seem to be using a PC as a standalone firewall running linux and "bit torrent"'s documention indicates running a firewall will slow it down.

I'll have to talk to you more about this sometime, but if the number of PC's used were not an issue for someone, would it be practical to have one PC running bit torrent between the cable modem and the firewall?
ksatyr From: ksatyr Date: July 8th, 2004 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bit Torrent?

It is file sharing, but on a many to many basis; every piece of file you've received may be requested by any other client in the torrent. It is frequently used to distribute, for example, new linux distributions as 700MB iso images. It seems to be most optimal for downloading files between larger than about a 100MB.

All my setups involve a single linux firewall and multiple masqueraded machines behind it on one of the reserved subnet addresses.

If you run one of the more advanced BT clients such as Azureus then you can simply forward a single port from your firewall to your torrent machine to get over the speed issue. Other clients will require multiple ports to be forwarded in the range of 6990-7100.
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