My Internet-TV-Phone are now all switched over from a mix of analog/digital copper to fiber optics. What can I say about it that has not already been said before by oh so many others? Wow.
The switchover of our analog phone line to digital was totally seamless, including testing our home alarm system. The only thing missing was the static on the phones.
Having download speeds of up to 25 Mbps and uploads of up to 15 Mbps — yes, it is true, it is fast. It’s not about a single download, it’s the fact that I can download a large file and still have a few more usable Internet sessions working without incurring noticeable latencies. Executing one of those Internet speed tests gauged my connection at nearly 29mbs download / 21mbs upload with only 16ms ping over a 50 mile distance to a Boston-based server. And I was also downloading a 157mb file at the same time. Impressive.
The included wireless router is first class. 3 WAN ports: coax and ethernet, 6 LAN ports: ethernet, coax, and USB, and wireless. Excellent signal strength, I can roam anywhere inside and outside of my property. Up the street and into a neighbor’s garage — 4 bars of signal strength and the mbs dropped from 56 to 11.
I have one HDTV along with three standard definition TVs, and all are now hooked up with set top boxes. The picture quality is what you expect, except I have not experience any picture jitters yet. What improved most noticeably was the numerous functions, responsiveness, and overall friendliness. Each set top box provides their Guide and Internet Widgets (Facebook, Traffic, Weather, etc.) Using the DVR remotely from my Blackberry or from any web browser is pretty cool too. The number of channels in our package (no premium) is impressive, too, although I really don’t want to disclose to my father that I have the Horse Racing channel — he may never leave.
This experience reminds me of how it felt when I got my first cable modem. And when our local cable company repeatedly promised a next generation of improved technologies and friendliness was coming (this campaign started over 5-years ago), all I got was a small incremental boost in speed — after I paid to upgrade my modem — and shuffling AND reduction of usable cable channels. Well, cable truly dominated homes these past 25+ years with the last 12+ years including Internet.
I wonder where those carriers and services will be in the next 5 years?