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Old 06-16-2009, 07:18 AM
 
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Is anyone excited about the WiMAX being rolled out in Atlanta that is suppose to be as fast as DSL. Finally we may be able to get rid of comcast and save some money too.

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Old 06-16-2009, 07:28 AM
 
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It looks good to me and I am in the industry.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:33 PM
 
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I'm excited. Anything that adds competition to the cable and cell phone industries is great. The technology has received good reviews and coverage looks great.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:13 AM
 
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Totally for new options. I'm finally thinking of giving up my landline (weighing alarm monitoring issues of wireless expense vs. landline) and if AT&T can't match Clear's DSL price I could switch.
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Old 06-22-2009, 10:19 AM
 
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Doesn't work well for apartments tho. I canceling service with Clear because I can't receive a good signal in the complex that I live in, keep this in mind, I lived in the center of Atlanta (Buckhead) the center of there coverage area. Keep in mind you won't find out that u will need to keep your device near a window if you go with the home options.
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Old 06-22-2009, 10:50 AM
 
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microwave broadband is nice for those who have no other option, but in my experience, nothing available to us now beats a hardline connection.


we've had the same technology clearwire uses available to us down here in south georgia for about 5 years now. our city-owned utilities company had the system installed. as did another town on our northern border.

I bought it as soon as it became available, and dropped it as soon as DSL was available to me; about 3 months ago.

The bit-rate error is the highest annoyance; I would consistently have to resend data.

I lived on the outskirts of the coverage area, and needed a high gain grid dish to get service. My signal was affected by inclement weather, and high winds would blow the microwave antenna around and cause signal loss.


If you live close to the transmitter, its not so bad. And the people here that live within the city limits only need a modem; no outdoor antenna (except in the downtown buildings), which allows them to pick up their modem and use it anywhere in the city.

I'm much happier w/ my DSL.
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:52 PM
 
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I have Clear (no contract) and have had no problem with service in my apartment. My speeds are better via the USB device and standalone Clear modem compared to AT&T/BS. I actually disconnected DSL.

I do keep the standalone modem by a window for optimal connection. I even had it set up on a router for wireless access. Again no issues here.

Price is great. I am really excited about them rolling out the 3g/4g modem device.
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:54 PM
 
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My speeds are better via the USB device and standalone Clear modem compared to AT&T/BS. I actually disconnected DSL.
What were you supposed to get with the telco, and what were your actual speeds? Do you know what your SNR was?


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I do keep the standalone modem by a window for optimal connection. I even had it set up on a router for wireless access. Again no issues here.

Price is great. I am really excited about them rolling out the 3g/4g modem device.
Location is the critical issue w/ microwave wireless, relating to distance from the transmitter and obstacles that may interfere with your signal. If they offer any sort of trial, I'd recommend anyone considering it to test it at your location first.

It can be a good service if you receive a quality signal.
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Old 06-22-2009, 07:15 PM
 
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What were you supposed to get with the telco, and what were your actual speeds? Do you know what your SNR was?




Location is the critical issue w/ microwave wireless, relating to distance from the transmitter and obstacles that may interfere with your signal. If they offer any sort of trial, I'd recommend anyone considering it to test it at your location first.

It can be a good service if you receive a quality signal.
I was in their retail store on Peachtree last week to help my brother and sister-in-law plan their escape from Comcast. It didn't show great signal in the store at about 3Mbs w/ 100ms latency but my sister-in-law was sold on the portable solution that meant she could get signal at her parents' house. They're getting over 6Mbs at their loft in Buckhead despite not having the planned antenna on their roof installed just yet.

B/c of their concern, the Clear salesman offered to visit their home to test the signal and there's a 7 day return period apparently where you send it back to their corporate office for a refund.

Doesn't really help me much since my building using Directpath gets me 60Mbs down and 10Mbs upload of course.
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Old 06-22-2009, 09:45 PM
 
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B/c of their concern, the Clear salesman offered to visit their home to test the signal and there's a 7 day return period apparently where you send it back to their corporate office for a refund.
Well that's great. Nice to know you're not stuck with it if it doesn't work out in your home.


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Doesn't really help me much since my building using Directpath gets me 60Mbs down and 10Mbs upload of course.
Oh that must be nice. Maybe one day we'll see those speeds down here. The phone company is starting to use fiber for all the new construction here, but I'm not sure what speeds they're offering consumers. Its not 60Mbits, I do know that.
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