Broadband or dial-up?

Posted by: Bernard

Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 07:29 PM

This is a question I got reading the Download/Hard copy discussion.
It's just a little poll but I need many responses to get a clear picture! So, do you have a broadband or a dial-up connection and do you have data limits for downloading?

(If this post doesn't fit here, please kick me to the right place! smile)


Bernard
Posted by: Jenny100

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 07:35 PM

Broadband, but not stable enough to download a full size game.
Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 07:37 PM

Broadband here too. I haven't had any real troubles with downloads.

Ana wave
Posted by: SkeeterUK

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 07:43 PM

I wouldnt like to try downloading a 1 gigabyte game or bigger on 56k dial up lol. Broadband is the way to go, actually im suprised 56k dial up is even sold to the public considering broadband can be as cheap as dialup used to be.
Posted by: Mad

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 08:09 PM

Hi smile

Broadband ....

But thinking of privacy issues and licensing agreements - what are you going to do with this information ??

rotfl rotfl rotfl

Cheers.

Mad wave
Posted by: Darleen03

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 08:19 PM

Hi Bernard...

Good topic... I have Broadband never had a problem with any downloads... thumbsup
Posted by: Phoebe

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 08:20 PM

Hey Bernard,
I use Broadband is the best.
Posted by: MrLipid

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 08:41 PM

Broadband.
Posted by: Mary

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 08:52 PM

Well, I'll break the trend here: 56K dial-up connection for me. Maybe one day...
Posted by: Marian

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 08:55 PM

Broadband, but, like Jenny100, not stable enough to download a full-size game.
Posted by: Bernard

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 09:30 PM

So far the broadband users are the majority, that's exactly what I suspected when I started this topic, not because I think there are a lot more broadband users but the people who have a broadband connection are more active! I wish all the dial-up members react also, because I want to get a clear picture on this subject.

Mad, don't worry! This is a topic that I put here just to cure my curiosity and not for any commercial reason! Sometimes I post in topics only to see what the reactions will be. devil


Bernard
Posted by: TLC

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 09:37 PM

I use broadband. wave
Posted by: BeaSong

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 09:55 PM

Our only choice for anything faster than dialup (out here in the sticks)
is Satellite internet. Not exactly Broadband, but faster than dialup.
And right now the dish is filling up with snow, so I might not even
be able to send this till later. :eeksnoman: happydance
Posted by: RayBres

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 09:56 PM

Broadband on the desktop, dial-up on the laptop, but the laptop also has a WiFi card so it can be used in one of those free WiFi places that abound in the US (Barnes & Noble, Panera Bread, etc.) and this is convenient both on the road and for occasional large downloads for speed. wave
Posted by: Bernard

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 10:02 PM

BeaSong, you got here loud and clear! Just wish we get some snow here! sad

P.S. Keep on sweeping that dish! grin


Bernard
Posted by: RayBres

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 10:20 PM

Originally Posted By: Bernard
Just wish we get some snow here! sad
Bernard


You can have ours. It's snowing now in the Chicago area, where the temperature was 48F at 4:00 PM and is now (10:20 PM) down to 4F and is headed to -4F overnight. We're known as the climatic armpit of the world. :shiver:
Posted by: Bernard

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/29/08 10:28 PM

Ray, if you can send me about 4 inches of snow I would be very grateful! My dog and I would really appreciate it. lol


Bernard
Posted by: dragonuk44

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 01:05 AM

I have a wireless conection .Guess thats broad band crazy
Posted by: Kaki's Sister

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 03:54 AM

I had dialup till recently when HighSpeed Internet became available at a reasonable price. I like it so much better because now when I get emails with attachments - especially pictures it downloads them fast. With dialup it could take as long as half an hour to receive one email with pictures.
Posted by: connie

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 04:33 AM

Broadband, no trouble downloading large games.
Posted by: Howard the Doc

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 05:54 AM

SkeeterUK - interesting comment about "why is dial-up still sold to the public." I live 30 miles west of Washington D.C. in one of the richest Countys in the US (except for me) on a dirt road with no cable and no broadband internet available by wire. I get my "cable" by satellite (DirecTV) and my broadband from a line-of-sight tower. So in this huge country of ours, sometimes dial-up is the only available way. I must say, though, I've had my broadband for a year or less and, my gosh, I love it. Some day (sooner than we think) it will be universal and "there" just like the phone line. (When we can hook up our computer to our cellphone then wireless broadband will be universal.)

BeaSong - how is your satellite internet working? I considered Huges Net (now Skynet?) but my son pointed me to a forum of people who could only talk about how much they hated it.
Posted by: Becky

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 06:09 AM

Broadband here. No limits.
Posted by: sarahandus

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 07:55 AM


Dial up here, in the minority. Broadband is too expensive.
Posted by: Karsten

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 09:54 AM

Broadband here as well. I can download a 1GB or even 2GB demo in about 1½-2 hours - if the line's not too busy.

/Karsten

Posted by: bermag45

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 10:13 AM

Broadband with no problems downloading and no capped limit wave

Bernie monky
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 10:40 AM

Broadband (dsl)

No limits.

Can and have downloaded large game files, but it takes longer than I think it should.

Would cut back on groceries and heat before I'd give up my broadband.
Posted by: misa

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 10:58 AM

Broadband (3mb/s DSL) which we use with our laptops (wifi). It's pretty stable and our wireless router is pretty good. Have not had any issues downloading games from developers or online stores (Adventure Game Shop, Kheops and Big Fish Games) as long as it's not raining hard outside. The phone lines in this area need repairing!
Posted by: infernoj13usa

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 11:08 AM

DSL Broadband

inferno
Posted by: flutist

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 11:15 AM

DSL Broadband here also.

Bets
Posted by: chrissie

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 11:30 AM

Broadband. No limits as far as I know! smile
Posted by: Chief

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 11:32 AM

Broadband also.

Chief wave
Posted by: MaG

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 11:44 AM

Drums. I mean DSL-broadband.
Posted by: auntiegram

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 11:47 AM

Cable broadband, and I love it. I too will go without something else then go back to dial-up :LOL:


Nan
Posted by: gaily

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 12:24 PM

cable broadband...no limitations, but i also think that big games take way too long to download. Guess I'm spoiled. It certainly beats drums!! rotfl
Posted by: Karsten

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 12:30 PM

Here in Denmark where I live smile the power companies (those who provide the electricity) have a plan to offer broadband with much higher download speed than normal. We're talking 10-30 - to maybe 100 MB download speed.

There are, in fact, some places where you already can get this.
However, I doubt if the power companies have been succesfull at this point?

I think that providing high power downloads via the electric cables is the way to go. Then broadban connections will be as availabe and normal as electricity is today - at least in some places of the world.

Oh, and I forgot to add that my broadband is cable of sorts, don't have a download cap and that(normally) game downloads etc. happens with a speed between 10-30 MB/minute (or sec?)

/Karsten

Posted by: Bernard

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 12:55 PM

Karsten, I've heard rumours about Internet by the power grid, even participated in a field experiment but as far as I know, it has not been a success anywhere. Reading the posts I realized I didn't mention my own connection. I have cable broadband >20MB, there's a price tag to it but I reduce it by providing a small WiFi network for my neighbours. They pay a a few Euro's to me every month so below the line my costs aren't too high!

Keep on posting people, I need at least between 100 and 200 reactions to get a good view.


wave Bernard
Posted by: nickie

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 01:52 PM

Dial-up -- out in the country, no other choice. And it's only running about 26k.
Posted by: Karsten

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 03:07 PM

I know I know - also about the power grid and high speed broad band.

I think there's some small scale experimentation with this in two or three (big) towns here in Denmark. I depends whether or not they can get fiberlines in the ground I think.

The thing is this, though:

Today we don't think about how we get our power (electricity) in our houses. The meaning behind the power grid being used for the internet really is the same. You just plug in your computer - and then the power for it as well as the internet connections some from the same place.

The bad thing is that when there's a power shortage --- your computer won't work - at all.

/Karsten

Posted by: Koalanut

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 03:13 PM


We had dial up for years and was hating it more and more. So we got a deal from AT & T last year and got broadband, and loved it cause it wasn't that much more and it meant that we could talk on the phone and use the internet at the same time without an extra line. Well, U-Verse came out here ( still AT & T), and they gave us a deal in December to upgrade to it which includes the tv and wireless. It was cheaper to change to U-Verse and have more channels, more tv's and wireless than stay with our cable and use the regular AT & T broadband, go figure (?). I think U-Verse is broadband, maybe someone can correct me. I know it isn't dial-up! I am totally and completely spoiled with the wireless and the broadband, and am still amazed with how much we can do compared to just 10 years or more ago! smile

Koalanut
Posted by: gremlin

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 03:26 PM

It's been ADSL broadband with me for about four years now. About 2 years ago we got a free upgrade to 2MB (everyone on the island in range of the exchanges got the upgrade), and now they're talking about a similar upgrade to 8MB by the end of this year.

However, if you want real speed, you need to go to Japan and Taiwan where broadband can be as much as 100MB.

Regarding power line networks, I know that they can definitely work in a domestic situation - I installed one last weekend, though my blog has more details of the Netgear XE103 product recall that I'm now going through. (see my sig)

Finally, for those people with 'broadband but not stable enough for large downloads', you might like to investigate P2P networks like bittorrent (eg. uTorrent, or Azureus). Please note, I'm not advocating piracy. You will find that some of the larger downloads (OpenOffice.org and Ubuntu linux distributions, for example) can be obtained (completely legally) via bittorrent. These systems are designed to download even the largest of files in many, many chunks, and to be completely resilient in the face of an unreliable connection.

Gremlin
Posted by: gamenut

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 03:31 PM

have dsl now..finally-find it a lot better than dial-up i used to have but this dsl is not the 'fast' dsl, which i think is like the bb you get from most tv cable companies. In 2009 i'm going to get THAT!
Posted by: orchid girl

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 04:17 PM

I have wireless connection. No problem with downloads. Live in the boonies , no cable, no phone high speed. Limit of 10GB per month but have never been charged for extra. bravo

Could not live with dial up again. hardwall
Posted by: Mr 2 u

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 05:26 PM

Broadband here, no limits.
Posted by: Maritje

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 05:45 PM

Dial-up here unfortunately. No limit on downloads. For any large dl's I go to my son's house for his DSL.

What a pleasure to download lots and lots of files for my scrapbooking. Takes minutes to load on my flashdrive.

Sometimes I need to update my system and it would take hours to download so his DSL really comes in handy.

I would get broadband in a minute if it were available here.

Maritje
Posted by: Barry

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 06:27 PM

Verizon high end Fios Broadband. Not a problem in the least with game downloads, particularly with a download accellerator I use to make connections practically warp speed.

Regards,
Barry
Posted by: LadyLinda

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 06:59 PM

I had dial-up and recently switched to DSL. What a difference!
Posted by: Winfrey

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/30/08 07:43 PM

DSL here and loving it wave
Posted by: dragonuk44

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/31/08 11:36 AM

noticed Winfrey devilchili
Posted by: JanetC

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/31/08 02:55 PM

Cable broadband. No problems with downloads at all. It's expensive but so worth it!
Posted by: 3dobermans

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/31/08 03:20 PM

Live in a small town and have dial-up at 31.2kbps. Largest download I can do is about 80Mb and can take up to 6+ hours.
The one little phone company in town offers a high speed/router (with a no return option and can never be used elsewhere if one decided to move), starting at 64kbps.
Phone/internet company has no competition and has never had any competitors.

Posted by: kjos

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/31/08 03:25 PM

I have road runner cable and can get up to 900. kbps and can download just about anything at lighting speed,love it
Richard
Posted by: MsMercury

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/31/08 03:34 PM

Broadband, no limits. yay
Posted by: Albert

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/31/08 05:09 PM

Broadband on the desktop, wireless broadband on the laptop. My ISP also offers a 1-800 dial up number for broadband users when on the road at 10 cents a minute.

Howard the Doc, its been possible to connect to the internet through a cell phone for years, but its Sllooowwww (19.6k baud). I have an Ositech card and it does work as advertised. www.ositech.com

Albert
Posted by: Phoebe

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 01/31/08 05:44 PM

I have Broadband of 2000 kps and wireless in my laptop. And i never had problem with my downloads. My down is very fast.
For who it has dial up connection is bad is very slow for make dowload.
Posted by: LadyKestrel

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 02/01/08 11:56 PM

I have cable broadband and no limits.
Posted by: maggie57

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 02/02/08 12:08 AM

Hi-

I have Cox High Speed Cable and just love it, it is very fast as far as downloading. Would not want anything else.

Maggie wave
Posted by: acornia

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 02/02/08 03:10 PM

Dial up at 56k. No limit on it. Just don't download enough or on the internet enough to make it worthwhile.
Posted by: BeaSong

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 02/02/08 08:39 PM

Howard the Doc , Sorry I'm so late getting back to your question. We've been without power (because of the snow) which means the modem that connects to the satellite doesn't work. And, I've also been out of town.
We've been trying to get my Mom's DirecWay dish and modem worked on for a month now and it is serviced by Hughes net. I'm shopping for something better. I'm to the point of thinking that ANYTHING is better! Grrrrrr. mad
Posted by: GuybrushThreepwood

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 02/02/08 11:44 PM

Dial-up (and my computer is ancient). I'll upgrade someday but for now I can't download large games.
Posted by: Bernard

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 02/05/08 07:06 PM

I thank everyone for responding, at the end of this week I will post the results and my interpretations on them. Until then please keep posting!


wave Bernard
Posted by: DragonFish

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 02/05/08 11:12 PM

I have cable broadband with a 12Gb limit per month which we never get anywhere using up, but previous 2Gb far too little.
Seems to take about an hour or so to download a game demo.

Broadband is a fair bit more expensive than dial-up here, and I've heard that our 'fast' broadband is a lot slower than the rest of the world, possibly due to one company holding the reins so to speak. Have just bought a laptop and have dial-up on that, had forgotten how slow it is!
Posted by: escakacs

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 02/06/08 09:06 AM

Dial-up! I have no choice. I live in the boonies. We aren't offered DSL, or cable. Satellite has around a $700.00 installation fee and is around $80.00 a month. When I asked the cable company when they'd have internet services out here they laughed.
Posted by: PMcOuntry

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 02/06/08 12:02 PM

Broadband with no limits (that I know of, lol). I can DL a full game w/in minutes or less generally. I've not tried DL'ing a really LARGE game as I like to buy hardcopies.

If someone told me I had to go back to dial up, I would throw a fit and start reading more!
Posted by: Joan A

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 02/13/08 02:49 PM

ADSL through the phone line, plus wi-fi from the router for the laptop. Here in France, most everyone has broadband. Wouldn't go back to dial-up for anything. Broadband was one of our criteria when buying a house here.
Posted by: Jenny

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 02/13/08 03:26 PM

I have DSL broadband, which runs through a router to the four computers in the house. This may slow downloads a little, but it's still lightning fast compared to dial-up...bravo
Posted by: Cat in the Hat

Re: Broadband or dial-up? - 02/13/08 10:08 PM

Broadband [fiber optics] all the way. No problem with downloading or playing games online.