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Old 12-03-2010, 06:02 PM
 
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For which shall I go: time warner cable/wifi router vs. clearwire clearspot 4G? Any input out there?
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:11 AM
 
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Lots of things will effect that. How many computers are you connecting? If you have multiple, then both will need a wifi router, if just one, then wifi router with TWC and the usb stick for Clear. The speeds depend on how close you are to the Clear tower and how many people are on TWC around you. I have TWC at home and Clear at the office and laptop. I used to have great speeds at home, but recently at least one home moved onto the TWC switch on my block and I've noticed my speeds have went from 10mbs to 5mbs. For Clear, I have a full signal at home on my laptop (built in card) and about 3/4 signal at the office(desktop modem). I've found if you don't have at least 1/2 signal (3/4 better), you don't really get service. I regularly get 7mbs and up on a full Clear signal, and the thing that really makes a difference for uploading photos/videos is a constant 1mbs upload speed. Overall, they're both good options around here, TWC maybe a little more reliable, but I haven't had any issues with Clear in at least 6 months. If you want to do any online gaming, TWC would be your bet since the latency is almost 1/3-1/4 of what Clear has (30ms vs 120ms). Make sure you don't sign a contract with Clear, they should still off a contract free option.
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:11 PM
 
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akwebb81, Thanks so much for the quick & detailed response. I think I will try TW with my own Linkysys E2000 Advanced Wireless-N router. I will try it out, dial in the best settings & see how the speeds play out.
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Old 12-11-2010, 08:14 PM
 
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akwebb81, I setup my Linkysys E2000 Advanced Wireless-N router and works like a charm. There are just 3 other users in the area & I am getting speeds between 15 and 22 Mbps on downloads - amazing! I'll see how long it stays that way.
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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Those are great speeds, hope it stays that way too! Just hoping TW doesn't try their hand at capping the usage again like they almost did last year. TW's not the cheapest out their, but for me* the reliability can't be beat. *not for everyone
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:59 PM
 
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One never knows what will happen next when TW is involved. If they can work under the consistent principles of honesty & fairness then customers would flock to them, but in reality they play underhanded games which irritate people & make enemies. I am with them for reliability, just as you are, but I am always skeptical of their actions & behavior.
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