[nSLUG] Nova Scotia internet services

John Leidel john.leidel at gmail.com
Tue Aug 14 11:36:06 ADT 2007

I'm running PPoE over aDSL right now.  AT&T has been forcing a reconnect
every night now since they merged with Southwestern Bell a few months

The residential fibre connections in the DFW area are an interesting
bit.  They block you from serving out ports 20,22,80,8080 and a few
others.  People running *NIX get smart, of course, and push their
services over to a different portmap... still annoying though.  This is
why I asked :-)

Residential broadband wireless has become a huge deal in the rural areas
around DFW.  My in-laws had the chance to get it recently.  The latency
wasn't too bad, but still no where near 'gaming' speed.  The bandwidth
was on par with rural aDSL services.  

So... it sounds like Eastlink is going to be the way to go :-)

On Tue, 2007-08-14 at 10:23 -0300, Ian Campbell wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 14, 2007 at 10:02:09AM -0300, Paul wrote:
> >  Eastlink has connection limitations, traffic shaping, and they also
> > preform filtering on select ports. Besides that, It's the best service
> > for the price at the moment. My IP changed about 3 weeks ago, the
> > first time in over a year but on Aliant's residential service its
> > dynamic mapping.
> I'm not sure how much of that is true anymore, unless it has changed
> again in the last three or four months. Eastlink used to have some
> sort of concurrent connection cap (I think it was 100 concurrent TCP
> connections, or something like that) but I see no evidence of that
> anymore on my home setup. I can also hit 1MB/s with various traffic
> types (HTTP, FTP, SSH, BT, etc.), so if they're shaping anything, I'm
> not sure what it is.
> Aliant is dynamic mapping, but as long as you can keep the PPPoE
> session established, you can keep the IP. Before the troubles, I had
> no problem keeping an IP for months at a time.
> Port blocking on either wouldn't surprise me in the least, though.
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