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HI Guys

I wanted to know what you guys think of Comcast as compared to At&t. I have a great connection right now that I am happy with comcast, however, I think that this new promotion with At&t is something worth considering. I think my internet price is fine, but for what I pay for my cable is way too much.

so, I thought about just keeping the internet with comcast, and getting At&t for cable tv, but I heard that At&T has a direct line and it is more consistent speeds. Although, I am not exactly sure of who else in my neighborhood has comcast high speed internet. I may not be sharing with that many people.

when I see my signal from my wireless, I have the strongest signal----although not everybody with internet have wireless, etc.. and of course, most people are not online in my neighborhood @ 8am watching crude and ES with lots of bandwidth sucking charts, etc..

so, any thoughts on which internet is best would be helpful.

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Verizon FiOS FTW! (If available)



Like $50 a month, or bundled with home phone, free wi-fi, and TV (with tons of HD channels) for like $120. - https://www.verizon.com/home/page_unavailable.html?ec_failover_sc=301



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Just a subjective view:

I had Comcast for internet a few years ago but with a slower computer than the one I have now but the connection was fast.

Now I have at&t for internet with their fast DSL for homes and with this one year old Dell the connection feels really fast...faster than with Comsast.

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Here is a site that does a compare of DSL vs Cable.

DSL vs CABLE? DSL FAQ - dslreports.com

DSLReports.com is a good resource if you have issues with modems, etc.

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verizon offering downstream internet access at 150 mbit per second.

now that's pretty fast.

Light Reading - Cable - Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown - Telecom News Analysis

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verizon offering downstream internet access at 150 mbit per second.

now that's pretty fast.

Light Reading - Cable - Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown - Telecom News Analysis

FiOS rocks; I've had it for about 4 years now, almost no down time, decent wireless router, and I get this kind of speed with a nice TV/phone bundle for $129 total:

Download Speed: 43108 kbps (5388.5 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 34591 kbps (4323.9 KB/sec transfer rate)



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Update:

Just upgraded my FiOS speed again, price actually went down compared to what I was paying with a new bundle. <$100 total with TV and home phone package, HD DVR, etc, and included a nice gift card as well.

Not too shabby:





They offer a few faster plans, but do you really need more than this?


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They offer a few faster plans, but do you really need more than this?




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Was going to start a new thread but saw that this one already exists.

I currently have DSL but I'm tired of ATT raising my rates again for the phone line which I only use for the DSL.

My options in central California are Comcast or Uverse. With Comcast I'm concerned about the connection being as reliable (not going down) as my current DSL or Uverse. Where my wife works in town they have Comcast business and it goes down often. But one of her coworkers has Comcast residential and it's rock solid.

With Uverse, however, I'm concerned about latency from the interleaving. I'm a discretionary trader using 1-minute and 5-minute charts. Would I notice the higher ping times with this kind of trading? What about my connection to Rithmic and/or CQG. Would Uverse be more prone to losing the connection than Comcast?

What do you guys recommend?

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Was going to start a new thread but saw that this one already exists.

I currently have DSL but I'm tired of ATT raising my rates again for the phone line which I only use for the DSL.

My options in central California are Comcast or Uverse. With Comcast I'm concerned about the connection being as reliable (not going down) as my current DSL or Uverse. Where my wife works in town they have Comcast business and it goes down often. But one of her coworkers has Comcast residential and it's rock solid.

With Uverse, however, I'm concerned about latency from the interleaving. I'm a discretionary trader using 1-minute and 5-minute charts. Would I notice the higher ping times with this kind of trading? What about my connection to Rithmic and/or CQG. Would Uverse be more prone to losing the connection than Comcast?

What do you guys recommend?


Hey Zelek11

what is your ping and speed now from Speedtest.net by Ookla - The Global Broadband Speed Test and choose destination location Chicago since that is where your trading should be routed to.
If your wife has Comcast downtown business class, what is the speed and ping over there?
You can probably get a good idea of speed comarisons, and if you are happy with ATT ---- you have the one where it is fiber optic right?
You might also want to ask Comcast if they are upgrading to fiber optics. I talked to a rep from Florida and they said they were going to start doing that where I am from --- Chicago area.

I am happy here with regular Comcast --- not business class so I get 25 mbps at home. My dad has business class and gets 50 mpbs. I like Comcast but I believe Comcast uses a shared network.

So, if you have any latency issues because of the way the neighbors cable is configured, it will affect yours.
I believe Uverse actually has a dedicated line so they separate all of that. Plus it is hooked up different, so maybe certain issues with Comcast don't exist with ATT.

I think if you can get good ping and speed, you are set. The next thing is to make sure your computer is super powerful

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Hey Zelek11

what is your ping and speed now from Speedtest.net by Ookla - The Global Broadband Speed Test and choose destination location Chicago since that is where your trading should be routed to.

Spencer


I have DSL over a phone line now. I get about 78ms ping to Chicago. I like what I have but it's getting expensive with the phone line price increases.

I had my wife on Comcast at work use the pingtest.net website and run a test to the closest server. She got about 30ms which is what I often get to a nearby server. I had a friend try the same test using Uverse at home and she got 67ms to the same local server.

They say that the interleaving Uverse uses should only add about 10-15ms to the ping time. But in this particular example it added double that.

If I choose Comcast I'm not concerned about latency. I'm concerned about the reliability of the connection. With Uverse I think the connection is more reliable, but I don't know if the latency will be a problem for my trading style.

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FWIW a few years ago I had AT&T but had frequent disconnnects and that kind of thing. My brother had Comcast and was very happy with that so I went with Comcast. It's rare that I lose service or have issues of any kind with Comcast and it's been at least 6 years since I switched. I don't have top tier service...I'm in the middle somewhere but it works great for me. I have tried the fastest and noticed no difference.

As just a side note, I'm not up on all that ping stuff and the rest of it but I have no problems whatsoever with orders....Are a few milliseconds or whatever really going to make a difference in your trading ?...I think not.

It seems like some people get to wrapped up in having the fastest, quickest service money can buy and for a retail guy such as myself it doesn't make any difference....would just be throwing money away.

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