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I was so happy to get wi-fi at home. But recently the connection has been limited, inconsistent, or non-existent. The wi-fi guy checked out our system and his, and replaced the antenna, but the problems persist. Finally he emailed, It looks like the root cause of the problem is some sort of localized, intermittent interference in that area. Unfortunately there is not much more that can be done when this is the case. I'm so disappointed. Not only do I love having wi-fi at home, but also DC Access provides great customer service. I don't want to deal with some corporate entity that will make me wait forever on hold or take a day off for the installation.

So our options are:
* cancel DC Access (which the owner kindly offered to refund the entire amount of our subscription) and
* wait til MoBob starts grad school and he could use the wi-fi there and I'll manage at the office or
* give up and get DSL through one of the big companies that offer service - since we don't have cable or a landline it might turn out more expensive.

In the meantime I've unsubscribed from nearly all the listservs and RSS feeds and cut down my email traffic considerably. And I don't miss it...so far.
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On December 12th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC), phuff commented:
I just checked out DC Access's price list. Did you have the $29 a month option?

You could probably get a comprable DSL speed for about the same price, but it might be a bit more (like in the closer to $40-ish range) because you don't have a land line.

Cable modem's also cost around $40 a month, though it looks like comcast has a "6 months at 19.95" promotion going on right now.

So if you had the $29 a month option, it'd probably cost you ~$10 a month more to switch to something else. + a one time fee for a wireless router so you don't have to plug a wire into your computer :)
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On December 12th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Yep, we have the $29/month option. I've checked out a number of other companies, all within the $50-$70 range - DC is expensive!
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On December 12th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
If I could un-link from the internet I would be soooo much more productive at work and at home. It's a sickness. I only looked in on today's update because I'm trying to find things to do to avoid grading papers.

Michael
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On December 13th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
How frustrating. Good luck.
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On December 13th, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks! It's actually nice that neither of us are chained to the laptop.
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