As part of my migration to the cloud, I terminated the Comcast Business internet service and switched to Xfinity internet.
When I initially signed up for the Xfinity service, I got their cable modem / router / wifi appliance. My plan was to get my own cable modem eventually because Xfinity charges $13 / month to lease the appliance.
I was at Best Buy and saw that cable modems weren’t expensive, so I decided to purchase a mid-level model (Netgear CM600) so I could save the lease fee. The CM600 would pay for itself in about 8 months.
It took a while to get setup … and there were a few false starts, but eventually I got it working connected directly to my MacBook.
I ran into a problem when I switched the CM600 over to my ASUS RT-5300 wifi router.
I kept getting the message “Your ISP’s DHCP does not function properly” on the ASUS network map page.
Although it took more a lot longer to actually get around to making the change than I had planned on … I have finally switched Internet providers.
Previously I was using Covad for the midrange.com Internet service and AT&T for personal Internet service.
The Covad service was 1mb SDSL (1mb down / 1mb up with 5 static IP addresses) and the AT&T service was 6mb down & 768k up (ADSL).
The new service, provided by Comcast, is 22mb down / 5mb up and includes 13 static IP addresses. It’s replacing both the Covad and AT&T service.
In addition to the improved speed, I’ll be saving about $50 / month in cost.
I’ve got a bit of a conundrum about utilities … specifically, the Cable TV utility.
In the last few days Ginny and I had a major drainage issue in our back yard fixed. We hired a landscaper to install drain tiles and pipe to collect water that was pooling in the back yard and route it into the storm sewer (they connected the sump pump to the same pipe).
Before the landscapers started, they called the J.U.L.I.E. service to mark all the utility wires to avoid interrupting service.
Late last week, J.U.L.I.E. came out and marked all the necessary parts of the lawn and the landscapers started their work.
Yesterday they finished the work and the lawn looks great.
Last night Ginny and I settled down to watch the premier of Warehouse 13 and were presented with a black screen with a message box floating around indicating that TiVo was searching for a signal on the cable.