Thursday, September 10, 2009

What internet provider is best in Columbia Heights?

Got an email from a new resident asking which internet provider is best for the neighborhood -- what do you think? We have a bundled Comcast internet and cable thing, which is ok. The router needs to be reset a lot, and occasionally On Demand goes down, but it's decent. How is Verizon? Unfortunately FiOS won't be here for awhile.

10 comments:

Alex said...

Verizon is OK.

I'd be interested to know if there are good high-speed options beyond those two pseudo monopolies though.

Elaine said...

Go to the Verizon store and spend the money on a Novatel WiFi 2200. When it's connected to your computer via USB (which also charges it) it's a broadband card; when it's disconnected it's a mobile wireless hotspot that allows up to five devices to connect. You can leave it plugged in like a wireless router, or it unplugs and is completely portable with at least a four-hour battery life. Data plans run $60 per month for all-you-can-eat. Wicked fast and the epitome of cool. I love mine, and it allowed me to fire my home DSL provider completely (Earthlink, which gave me much better service than Verizon local).

Anonymous said...

My neighbor's wi-fi works pretty well. They hardly ever need to reset the router.

Andrew said...

haha. unless you have to get the password!

Adam said...

we've been in CH for about 5 months and have had virtually no issues w/our verizon. it was a pain initially getting it set up b/c of a tech issue on their end, but we haven't had to reset our ancient router yet or had any other glitches.

ShermGuy said...

Recently switched to RCN. Great cable, esp. HD, and good ISP. They're partnering with TiVo in 2010. More for your money.

Jeff said...

Verizon has the fastest installation from the time of ordering service. I've ordered three times in the last 7 years. Yes dc phone cables put into the city many years ago have problems. They just get wet or corode. I'm sure cable does too. Anyway. DSL can run on any pair of wires directly to the office. If you have problems on the pair you are on then just order up service again and Canx the best of the two connections you have connected. Don't let them troubleshoot. Troubleshooting takes two weeks. New installation takes a couple of days. I'm comforted that if my Internet ever goes down then I can have it running in 3 days on new service.

Steve said...

Speakeasy (www.speakeasy.net). Excellent tech support (actual technical knowledge and they don't work from a script), and a DSL/VoIP option that doesn't require having a Verizon/RCN phone line.

Anonymous said...

I have comcast.. for internet it's by far the best I've seen.

I can get 2.5-3MB/s (that's megabyte) for downloads and ~1MB/s uploads. love it.

Sara said...

RCN is relatively cost-effective, but my service has cut out frequently over the past year. Twice, I've had to take 11pm cabs to my school in order to meet midnight paper submission deadlines.