[clug] Recommendations for a DSL link

Steve Jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Tue Dec 9 12:21:01 GMT 2003

My nephew in Sydney got onto Swiftel http://www.swiftdsl.com.au/.

Works very well for him.  Static IP's - even on Residential plan.
Only problems have ever been with Telstra & DSLAM.  Swiftel use as
little of Telstra infrastructure as they can..

Good rates [$6/Gb?] too.

Have MRTG on-line for you to look at.

>From http://www.swiftdsl.com.au/residential/adsl-plans-prices.htm
Name | Region 1 Monthly Access | Region 2 Monthly Access  | Included
Downloads | Excess Downloads Per MByte | Upload Rate Per Mbyte | ADSL
Line Activation  Charge* | Initial Contract Period | IP Address Type

10: 512/512/6GB $100.00 $110.00 6 gbytes $0.006 Free $140.00 3 Months
11: 512/512/12GB $130.00 $140.00 12 gbytes $0.006 Free $140.00 3 Months


On Tue, 2003-12-09 at 21:01, Daniel McNamara wrote:
> I know it's off topic for this list and it's been asked a few times but 
> I've got some specific needs for a DSL link and I was hoping someone 
> here could point me in a good direction.
> Needed:
> A DSL link of at least 512/128 (would prefer 512/512)
> Usage of around 6Gb/month (unlimited would be nice but not required)
> Ability to run servers
> No shaping or "peak times" weirdness
> Now the tough one. A static /29 assignment
> Why I'm after this:
> I run a network of machines to run a website and various other services 
> to help support students doing courses at CIT. I do part time teaching 
> at CIT (mainly for the Linux based courses) and set up website to 
> provide extra resources for students and also to try and demonstrate 
> what we teach so they can see what we're talking about is actually relevant.
> The website has grown and changed quite a lot since it's inception and 
> I've started adding extra services such as webmail and I'm planning to 
> bring in a whole bunch more such as instant messenging via a public 
> Jabber server. The entire network is powered by open source products 
> sitting on some fairly robust second hand machines (eBay is my friend..)
> Other things:
> I've got a budget of approx. $150/month set aside for bandwidth costs. 
> Of course cheaper would be better.
> Link I currently have is unfortunately not part of the fast churn 
> process (long story involving a certain monopolistic communications 
> company) so when/if I do move this link across it means the oh so fun 
> process of terminating my current link and getting the new one 
> activated. Prefer to avoid as much down time as possible but I know the 
> wonderful world of DSL provision can have it's hiccups. At least I know 
> the line is able to get DSL.
> I would prefer to deal with a local ACT company and am willing to 
> entertain some form of low level of advertising on the site if need be 
> to secure a decent deal (be aware the website doesn't exactly get 
> flooded with visitors however).
> Oh and due to location of servers (my flat) Transact is sadly not an option.
> Any help or pointers greatly appreciated.
> Cheers
> Daniel
Steve Jenkin, Unix Sys Admin
0412 786 915 (+61 412 786 915)
PO Box 48, Kippax ACT 2615, AUSTRALIA

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