[clug] ADSL Provider Questions

Stephen Walsh steve at nerdvana.org.au
Mon Mar 8 07:54:15 GMT 2004


I don't use them for personal connections (curse being 200m outside the
ADSL-CPE range), But I do use them for all my client sites, and I've found
Powerband Networks to be a good provider (www.powerband.net.au). Very Linux
friendly (hell, all of our on-site servers connected to them run either
FreeBSD or Mandrake), and their support guys know their stuff (I won't start
on our current provider support flunky who tried to argue sendmail was a
file sharing package, and I risked prosecution for using it). We had a
problem with a client site at 8pm on Christmas Eve, and was back online by

They are run by some of the previous management of Spirit Networks (which is
what made me pick them for our product connections), and have always been
prompt in connection requests. In fact, one client applied on Friday the
19th of December, and was installing his modem on Monday the 22nd December.

I have no complaints with their support, and in the few times I've had to
leave messages, I've been speaking to someone within the hour. They are also
offering free activation and installation on all plans at the moment, and do
not packet shape on their unlimited plans. When we move to our shopfront, we
will most definitely use them for all our connection needs.

Just my $0.02 worth...

Steve Walsh

> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-bounces+steve=nerdvana.org.au at lists.samba.org
> [mailto:linux-bounces+steve=nerdvana.org.au at lists.samba.org]On Behalf Of
> Michael Woods
> Sent: Monday, 8 March 2004 6:44 PM
> To: linux at lists.samba.org
> Subject: [clug] ADSL Provider Questions
> Hello everyone. I've been snooping this list for quite some time now
> listening and thinking about making an appearance to the next LUG
> meeting.. Anyway, I wanted to ask everyone out there with ADSL, why and
> who there provider is. So if there's any advice or preference toward a
> certain provider please don't hesitate to inform me. A plan with 512/128
> 16Gig+ is desirable with shaping for over quota usage and if there
> anyone that utilizes 'Pipe' like networking for data such as Linux
> Distro's and other media. As I live in the Gungahlin area and they
> decided to finally add some MUX's to the Crace exchange I'm certainly
> getting ADSL. The question is who.
> There is much to learn with hardware/packages/providers and what better
> source than the educated minds of Linux users to ask.
> Thanks.

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