So Comcast decides to upgrade the firmware of their Xfinity modems. It basically screwed up my network. That’s what I get for using and relying on the network services of their router modem. How do I know that Comcast upgraded the firmware of their modem?
Well, my network used to be 10.10.10.0/24. Comcast decided to reset it to 10.0.0.0/24. My printer was no longer working because it was set to a static IP address. If you login to the modem, it no longer looks the same. They disabled a lot of features including one major feature called Advanced. When you click on it, it takes you to a page that doesn’t exist. Nice. Really quality stuff there.
In addition, they also disabled the configuration of the wireless network. You can’t turn it off or change it. But the WiFi is ON. I don’t even know the SSID or the password to my own wifi. By the way, Comcast’s built-in access point really sucks. It’s slow and has limited range.
What’s worse is, I now have a wide open SSID called “xfinitywifi” without any encryption. Seriously. I should sue Comcast for making network insecure. For a company that has a monopoly on cable, they don’t have it together. Far from it. So, I’m on my way to the store to pick up an Arris SB6141 cable modem. Comcast can have their exorbitant cable modem rental fee back.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the standard cable modems provided by Comcast, look no further than the Arris SB6141. It’s a Docsis 3.0 cable modem with download speed up to 343 mbps. It supports both IPv4 and IPv6 protocols. It’s perfect complement when viewing HD movies, online gaming, shopping and surfing. In addition, it also has excellent reviews at Amazon.
Just saw the headline that says, ‘Comcast needs to be bigger to compete.’ Now that’s an interesting thought. Come again. Comcast needs to be bigger to compete. To compete with what? By itself? In some part of the US, Comcast has the sole possession of the cable internet market. Cox and others that may give Comcast a run for their money, but seriously it’s not really a race. And then there’s always a threat of Google becoming a major competitor, but that’s years down the line if it comes to fruition. So the argument saying Comcast needs to be bigger to compete. It’s not much of a competition at this point in time.
Come to Fremont, why don’t you. I wished Google started their Google Fiber service here in the Bay Area instead of Kansas City. I would love to trade my AT&T DSL account for Google Fiber for an extra $20. I would not know what to do with all that speed, but I’m sure I wouldn’t be complaining that much.
The problem with my neighborhood is, we don’t have fiber anywhere close to the house. AT&T Uverse is not even available. I’ve inquired from AT&T many times, each time I hear, “I’m sorry sir, Uverse is not available in your neighborhood. We will let you know when it’s available in the future.” Yeah, yeah. Whatever.
I’m sure it’s going to be the same issue when Google Fiber rolls out in the Bay Area whenever that happens if ever. I wouldn’t hold my breath. Unless fiber is rolled out in my neighborhood, it wouldn’t really matter. Plus, I already made a pledge I wouldn’t use Comcast as long as I live, so my choices are quite limited.
Comcast is rolling out the fastest Internet connection in the country. It’s called Extreme 105. Comcast plans to roll Extreme 105 to more than 40 million cable users across the United States. The new service is clocked at 105Mbps, almost double the speed of its current offering.
The fast internet connection comes with a price, at you guess it, $105 per month. And that’s with triple play, meaning you need to have TV and telephone package also as part of the entire deal. If you want the Extreme 105 only, you will need to fork out $199 per month.
And one more thing, Comcast still enforces its 250 GB cap limit. So, with all that speed, you may have to curb down your downloads towards the end of the month. It’s akin to driving a Lamborghini in the fast lane for 40 miles and then driving down in the slow lane for the next 20.
I wish data caps would melt faster than polar caps. But this is wishful think on my part. In fact, data caps will soon be imposed by many network providers around the world.
Starting May 2, my Internet provider, AT&T will cap my broadband service to a mere 150GB. Someone pinch me and wake me up from this bad dream.
If I go over the limit for the first time, I will get a disciplinary message. Gestapo spanks. I’m shaking in my boots.
If I go over my cap the second time, I will get an ultimatum. Scary. Get my act together. It’s now or never.
The third time. Bam! I will be charge an extra $10 for the next 50GB. And the charges pile up to ad infinitum.
AT&T is not alone in joining the Internet axis of evil.
Comcast is already imposing 250GB limit.
In Canada, Bell Canada and Rogers Communications have limits.
The same in the UK. British Telecom and Virgin Media are entrenched.
So, what to do. Move to another country?
Somebody save this penguin.
I’m one of the 2.2 million customers of Vonage, the telecommunications company that offers telephone services through the internet. Verizon has sued Vonage for infringing over five of its patents. A jury earlier this year awarded Verizon $58 million in damages and ordered Vonage to stop using its technology. Vonage is currently working on an alternative, but raises concerns if it’s able to meet the deadline.
Majority of the company’s $607.4 million in revenue last year came from charging customers with monthly subscription fees of about $25. How’s the market responding? Not good. Vonage has lost more than $720 million since going public, $338.6 million from last year alone. The company’s stock priced at $17 in the IPO last May has plummeted down to more than 80 percent at the close yesterday at $3.31.
I hope the best for Vonage since I like their service. The price is perfect at $25 per month. What’s the alternative? Well, Comcast offers $39 for existing Comcast cable and high speed internet users. It’s $55 per month if you just want Digital Voice service alone. Comcast does offer a promo for $33 dollars each for the three services of television cable, high speed internet and telephone service for a grand total of about $99 per month. Then, there’s always AT&T’s landline.