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  1. #46
    Home Internet is Really Slow - New Developement
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    We have a bundle package with the main Cable company for Internet, digital Telephone and TV but I don't know if any of it is connected to their fiber optic or not.
    Bundling is a great sales pitch for carriers and ISPs. For example: I could order just internet but would have to pay much more than what it would cost if I bundle it with my TV service. Believe me, I thought of just using one of those newer type HD antennas and doing away with cable TV entirely but it's just not worth it. Most carriers now offer VOIP phone service along with internet and TV. No one that I know uses a home phone anymore, so what's that all about? It's about the money! Show me the money as Jerry Maguire would say.

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    Patrick, most of the utilities, particularly in residential areas of our city, are underground, which complicates things. The city doesn't want every possible utility provider digging up yards, streets, etc, so they control who gets to do what. In our neighborhood, which is mostly homes in the 12-15 year old range, the utilities, including cable copper lines, were put in as the streets were laid out, so coming back to dig up the street for new utilities would be a royal PITA.
    Jake

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    Patrick, most of the utilities, particularly in residential areas of our city, are underground, which complicates things.

    Hmmm...??? Nearly ALL cable/wire underground utilities around this area used conduit when the installs were done so as to avoid digging things up again and all they have to do is attach the new cable and pull them all through the old conduit and leave the new one in place and connect its ends.

    No one that I know uses a home phone anymore, so what's that all about? It's about the money!
    Quite the opposite up in this area, but we were mostly older retired stay-in-place retired people and the digital landline cordless phone is a fraction of the price to use compared toof those using cell phones for all their phone needs.

    But it's nice to have the choice and the option to choose depending on one's circumstances.



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    I don't know the status of any conduits in the city. I would suspect that if there are conduits there, Xfinity would argue that because they put them there, they own them. I haven't heard what the arguments for/against are, just know it's being worked on in the city council.
    Jake

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    Generally, at least in our area of the Canadian Left Coast, any underground services are usually the responsibility of the property owner from the property line to their home, whether they be in conduit or not. If they are above ground, the utility company involved will usually provide wiring service to a demarc block at the edge of the house.

    Maybe some of your city council members would like to take a trip up here to see how we do things and get a constructive view. It works pretty well for us but it may appear to be to "socialist" to those who are used to things working a different way.

    But they may just like to take the trip up here regardless as Victoria BC area is renown as a world famous tourist area.



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    Patrick, every lot in the city (and this city is NOT unique, it was the same in just about every place I have lived), has an easement to guarantee the city access to a certain area of the property. The owner cannot build any structure over the easement, even though he/she does own the land. The easement is adjacent to the street in my case, and is about 10 feet wide. In that area, the city has the right to access whatever utilities it may need to do so, with certain restrictions on putting the property back to the same condition as it was before the city arrived for work. So, for example, in the easement on my lot there is a small box that is a distribution center for the cable company (Xfinity) and a larger transformer for the electric provider that actually sits right on the property line with my neighbor. They reserve the right to dig up on my property if there is any issue with the lines feeding the transformer. It is my responsibility from the transformer to my home, although the electric company does take some responsibility, as does the gas company, and water company, given the nature of the service hazards. But I have to use the 811 service to identify where the utilities are before I do any digging, to absolve me of any liability if I hit/cut any service lines. The cable company says it's my responsibility to replace the cable wire if it fails. I would suspect that if you looked into exactly what the legal setup is in Canada that it would very much similar. I've seen some of the HGTV shows based in Canada discussing that the owner of the house has had to pay for replacement of all kinds of services to the house to get to the "street" or whatever the feed lines are. One even had to go under the street with their sewer line because the main line was on the other side of the street. Fortunately for them, it was possible to do a pipe-in-pipe repair that avoided the $$$ to dig up the street itself. It's the same here.

    I recently had an accident where my gardener cut the gas line feeding the meter at my house, the gas company responded (very promptly) and repaired it at their cost because it was above ground. Had it been underground, I would have had to pay. Had it been after the meter, I would have had to pay, but because it was both above ground and before the meter, it was their responsibility. I got lucky.

    And I don't want anybody travelling to BC. My taxes are high enough already.
    Jake

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    Again, I'll post answers and information based on advice and questions here, from different people. Nick - no need to apologize. I didn't see your question about what I was paying for, until the third time, like you didn't see my answer, right away, because of so much info. And, I know you're just trying to get the best information.

    As suggested, I attached my computer directly to the Verizon modem. 50+ up and down. If everyone will remember, my biggest concern is that my modem + AE has been this way for 7 years, with relatively no issues. And, it is only in the last month or two, and only in my BR where I can't connect. In den, office and upstairs, I get great speeds. So, my question is why, now? Possibilities are AE is old, so I should consider a new router. Fine, that is something I will probably do
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    I was mostly concerned that there was something with Frontier, since they took over. On Nextdoor, many of my neighbors complained of issues with Frontier.

    Another possibility is some kind of signal booster, right?

    If I get a new router, what are some brand suggestions, please? As mentioned here, before, Apple is not in the Airport or router business, anymore. If a new router is the best idea, great.

    Are there devices that can boost my signal with my current setup? If that is not the best idea, I'd appreciate knowing that also. I don't know the tech side and what the best setup is. That is why I'm here.
    Bottom Line: Moving forward, new router or some kind of signal booster?

    Again, thanks for the advice and patience.
    Drew

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    I would not recommend any signal booster. I just don't think that's a good idea as it is a bandaid that may or may not work and that if it doesn't, is a total waste of money (and time).

    There is one thing to look at before you get a new router and that is to check that there is not any interference from other nearby routers. You can look for any issues by running a Wireless Diagnostics report. (Hold down Option and click on the WiFi fan on the top bar, then Open Wireless Diagnostics. You just follow the directions and end up with a report of what it finds. If it finds problems, it will tell you. The full results will be in a tar file in /var/tmp, if you want to see it all. Once that is done, and you take whatever actions to fix whatever it finds, see how the performance improves.
    Jake

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    Patrick, every lot in the city (and this city is NOT unique, it was the same in just about every place I have lived), has an easement to guarantee the city access to a certain area of the property.

    Jake, this is getting way off the subject and all I can say is that your situations and your experience with easments etc. has virtually no relationship as to how things work in the majority of residental zoned areas here or any other areas I have lived in this provence of BC.

    Obviously things are different where you live or have lived, but that sure doesn't change anything for how things actually work up in most municipilaties, cities and towns or even unorganized areas up in this province and most other provinces and territories in the rest of Canada.


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