No power, but still able to work

I just sat down to work on some Geek and ZDNet reviews and some of my regular naval architecture work when all power was lost throughout our house and every house within at least a 3 block radius. I just started tested out and taking photos of the Sprint EVDO Rev. A USB modem. Prior to today I was only seeing something around dialup speeds at my house, but earlier this morning when I tried out the modem at work (where I have 4 bars) a firmware update was downloaded and applied. Then when testing it out at home with this new firmware, I am seeing 1-3 bars with download speeds of about 500 kbps and uploads of 250 or so. This isn’t DSL, but it sure is faster than any other wireless service I have so I am able to continue working.

  1. #1 by Fred DeBerry on January 29, 2007 - 20:49

    Hi Matt,

    I enjoy keeping up on you life by following your blog.

    It appears that PSHUG has stopped meeting. I have not attended since…some time early in the fall. I see from their website that the last listed meeting was in October.

    I’ll keep reading.


  2. #2 by Robert on January 30, 2007 - 06:52

    On DSL vs Cable:

    In Houston, we can get ATT (slowest)DSL for $12.99 per mth. With a home based business, I have always opted for Time Warner’s cable service with partner earthlink for $43 per month. Occasionally my cable modem goes out (3 times in 6 years) and a tech must come out to replace. This was done yesterday, and I noticed a significant increase in speed, so I ran a test this morning. The test shows I am running at 4349.7 Kbps, which is about 1.5 X faster than a T1 connection, and 2/3 the speed of a T3 connection.

    I am curious to know how this rates with other carriers in other areas. Would you mind testing yours and posting here? I used the CNet test site that came up by googling “modem speed test”.

  3. #3 by palmsolo on February 5, 2007 - 20:07


    Wow, I can’t find any serious DSL deals like that here where I live.

    With my Qwest DSL I was seeing 1,311 kbps download and 845 kbps upload speeds. Initial tests with Comcast cable showed 7,500 to 11,858 kbps download and 359 kbps upload. I am not too concerned about upload speeds since I only upload photos to Flickr and a few smaller files, but downloads are important to me.

    I saw Sprint EV-DO Rev. A speeds at work (4 bar signal) of 1,311 down and 850 up which is almost exactly what I was seeing with my DSL line at home. Now that is screaming wireless data and very persuasive for someone who can use this as their home and on the road data access. I can’t do this since my wife needs to use home service with her PartyLite candle business.

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