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  1. CenturyLink fiber. Trial offer ended, so I'm at $160/month.
  2. A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes. Do a Google image search on "pfsense uptime." I think you'll have your answer. Other than reboots after updates, mine is never, ever down. If I didn't update it and there weren't any power outages, it'd be up for years.
  3. I never claimed BSD was Linux - only that I used the Linux router. Totally separate project that pre-dated m0n0wall and pfSense, and is now defunct. m0n0wall was started by the same people as pfSense, yes, and it's now officially closed. Chris Buechler is the main guy at pfSense, and a couple of other folks help with answering questions on the forum and writing and updating documentation. It was begun in order to provide a platform that was more feature-rich and would scale to server-class hardware. I used, and still use, ssh for console access whenever possible. Telnet's not at all secure, and ssh has way more features. My office has a static IP, and I created rules in pfSense to let traffic through from that IP on ports 22 and 443...and others, if some special need warranted. I very seldom had anything come up that I couldn't manage through the pfSense web UI.
  4. I used the Linux router, way back in '99 or so. Compiled onto a floppy and booted from that in read-only mode. It was a bit fussy about NICs and had no admin UI, but it worked. m0n0wall was good, but pfSense is truly gold-standard open source software, right up there with the best Linux distros, MySQL, the various Apache server products. I used to have a side business setting up and administering firewalls, routers, IPSec VPNs, captive portals, etc. for small businesses. Needless to say, pfSense was my go-to platform for most of that. I re-branded the web UI with my own logo and colors, so clients thought I was a real wizard.
  5. Been running pfSense since 1.something; ran m0n0wall before that. Just upgraded from (I think) 2.2.6. So far, so good. Web GUI is vastly improved, and scales well to my phone. Very nice work by Chris Buechler and crew. I encourage folks to try pfSense. It's a real-deal firewall/router that does everything you'll likely need it to do and a whole lot more. Excellent community support.
  6. Welcome to the forum!
  7. http://TestMy.net Version 14 Validation:: http://testmy.net/db/ReW1swYU TiP Measurement Summary:: Min 197.12 Mbps | Middle Avg 722.07 Mbps | Max 774.33 Mbps | 33% Variance TiP Data Points:: 197.12 Mbps, 441.51 Mbps, 557.18 Mbps, 656.5 Mbps, 758.77 Mbps, 758.77 Mbps, 754.97 Mbps, 754.97 Mbps, 758.77 Mbps, 758.77 Mbps, 754.97 Mbps, 758.77 Mbps, 762.6 Mbps, 762.6 Mbps, 751.22 Mbps, 740.17 Mbps, 774.33 Mbps, 770.38 Mbps, 356.12 Mbps Client Stats:: http://testmy.net/quickstats/djpenn3 http://testmy.net/compID/19822805007 Test Time:: 2015-05-12 21:08:55 Local Time Client Location:: Maple Grove, MN US http://testmy.net/city/maple_grove_mn Target:: Dallas, TX US http://dallas.testmy.net Client Host:: CenturyLink http://testmy.net/hoststats/centurylink Compare:: Comparable to client avg, 2432% faster than host avg, 209% faster than city avg, 2328% faster than country avg, 3605% faster than world index 1MB Download in 0.01 Seconds - 1GB Download in ~10 Seconds - 10487X faster than 56K This test of exactly 204800 kB took 2.858 seconds to complete User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:37.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/37.0 [!]
  8. My, how far we've come since my days in High School. We used a 300 baud modem and a "dumb terminal" and daisy-wheel printers.
  9. Seems perfectly reasonable to me. A few years ago I pitched a great big 6U Dell server (Poweredge 2600, IIRC) into a dumpster - a two-handed overhead dunk - in the middle of the night after I could take absolutely no more of its flaky behavior. The dumpster was nearly empty, and it made a hellacious roar when it landed. Totally rinsed away all my frustration.
  10. There are utilities, such as iperf, that you can use to check the network performance between two computers. You could use that to diagnose your WLAN speed from your laptop to your other machine. This would remove the unknown and unpredictable variations in your WAN connection speed. I use iperf extensively, but there are plenty of others available in Windows land.
  11. If you're directing that question to me, I'm paying $105/month for the first year. I'm sure they'll jack it up some when the year's up; if they try to bend me over really hard, I'll go back to Comcast. Uptime continues to be excellent. Cheers!
  12. I used to have Comcast's 105 Mbs service, which uses 4 bonded channels downstream and 2 bonded channels upstream. At least in the DOCSIS (cable internet physical transport layer) world, channel bonding is all handled transparently by the tuner in the modem. Think of it like a radio that can take the signal from multiple stations and mix them together. I would have to guess that DSL can be bonded in the same way. If you think about it, if the two DSL lines operated separately and you could only use one of them for a given down- or upload, you wouldn't really be gaining much in terms of percieved speed. It would increase the overall net speed of multiple connections, but that's about it.
  13. I'm not an expert on bonded DSL, but if the traffic is between testmy.net and a single IP address then I would expect that it would work fine. Lots of folks with bonded DSL out there, and it should be totally transparent outside of your carrier's physical DSL infrastrucure. HTTP is HTTP, no matter what medium it's being tossed around on.