Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Bye bye Telefonica

We switched to Vodafone today after months of begging Telefonica to increase our ADSL speed. We had found that our house had very bad wiring, which was impeding our connection. Once we fixed it, we should have been about to get 6 megabits (it depends on your distance from the exchange near the monastery). Telefonica kept telling us that there weren’t any more ports available that could do more than 3 megabits, etc. Then they would promise to phone back, but never did.

So now we switched. Here’s the experience so far:

  • Router: light-years ahead of the piece of crap Telefonica gives you. It even supports plugging in a USB hard drive for instant network storage.
  • ADSL Connection: double the speed we were getting from Telefonica.
  • Network speed to the US: I now about 190 milliseconds ping time to the silicon valley, which is about 60 milliseconds better than I was getting from Telefonica.

It’s almost too good to be true…

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