[clug] ADSL Provider Questions

Randall Crook rcrook at vtown.com.au
Mon Mar 8 08:33:59 GMT 2004

My ADSL Story:

First up my preferences.

1. Cheap, goes without saying. :)
2. Unlimited. I wanted to be able to run my own little network at home
and download as much as I wanted.

I had a look around, even posted here. Convincing the wife was the most
troublesome part of the whole decision. Most Unlimited plans I found
were pretty much of a muchness price wise but some had "gotchas" with
them, EG: Telstra wanted my phone bidness for the good prices, same with
Optarse and TPG had a good price, but limited your end to one PC. 

I then decided to look at the ISP I was with for dial-up, Virtual
Communities. I got a dial-up account with the PCs' packages I had
purchased through them and had been with them for 4 years. I hadn't had
any real issues with them on the dial-up and they offered a few bucks of
the bigblue deals (They sub-contract the adsl through bigblue). All up
it was $90 signup, $64/month for 256/64 Unlimited/Unrestricted. The plus
is I did not have to change my e-mails :). I did however buy my own
DLink DSL-504 Modem router and splitter filter for ~$300 from
Auspcmarket, (VC would supply a USB modem for free) but I was not at all
interested in trying to get one working on my fedora. Plus I wanted my

The install of the DSL-504 was very easy, and config was simple (pretty
good web interface) Port redirection and filtering was easy. When I was
contacted re the adsl account, I just put in the username and password
and it came up. 

After a bit of trouble with the emails accounts, it has been a move I
don't think I will give up now. It may only give me 25KB a sec down load
but My wife is not hammering me about the phone line always been tied up

Here is a link that you might find useful. 


On Mon, 2004-03-08 at 18:43, Michael Woods wrote:
> 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.
Randall Crook
rcrook at vtown.com.au

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