Post-FibreOp Install SpeedTest

Here is an update post-FibreOp install. The installation started about 9:00-9:30-ish and ended just before 4:30. There is a fair bit of work required. The fibre has to be run from the utility pole to the house. Then the UPS (battery to be added later, right now Bell-Aliant will apparently use copper for telephone until mid-summer when voice will also be added to FibreOp and the battery will be needed to support voice during a power outage), the ONT and the ActionTec router. The ONT is the “Optical Network Terminal” that simplistically converts the fibre (light) to copper (electrical).

A word on the ActionTec router: It seems like a pretty good device. It does have “true” NAT ability – e.g. single source IP or “all”, TCP or UDP port or port range and the destination (internal) IP – which is something that I have not seen on any home-grade routers. It, ironically, does not have the ability to statically assign DHCP IPs to specific MACs. Well, you can’t have everything (and a CentOS-based virtual machine running DHCP fixed that up).

Bell-Aliant prefers to use UTP in their installation. They will use good (e.g. digital cable-grade) coax but will want to replace the router-to-PVC run with UTP. They also re-terminate any coax runs. I don’t blame them – nothing worse than having to come back post-install to re-terminate a run that someone else did. The television service is quite good. I noticed that the “jagginess” that I was seeing on another coax-based provider even on the high definition channels and the overall quality seems better. I do miss a couple the old coax-provider set top box features – or maybe I have to re-discover them 😉

Oh, yes: a post of the new SpeedTest results is needed. I have used the same provided in San Francisco (nice to see what a “real” end-to-end test will look like) but there is a difference in time-of-day and day-of-week – ADSL was a Thursday around 7:30 AM-ish while FibreOp was run on a Sunday around 10:30 AM-ish – but that shouldn’t matter too much other than absolute throughput.

About Mike Pelley

Let’s see… A little about me… I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning. I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.). I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel. Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert! VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server. Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo. I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours... I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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