Arvind Narayanan <arvindn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Mon, Apr 19, 2004 at 07:00:55PM +0530, Sridhar R wrote:
Hathway is cable internet, so trusting that is in doubt.
What has trust in the company got to do with the technology?
Any happy hathway customer?
Yup. Me. YMMV.
On Mon, 19 Apr 2004 10:02:23 +0530
Sitaram Chamarty <sitaram@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Let me also add this: I have been badly burned by one cable company
(Hathway) and had to get rid of them in disgust after weeks of
fighting with them over how many MB I had actually downloaded; they
have some major screwup in how they count "bytes downloaded by
customer" that I could not get them to admit. I actually lost quite
a bit of money in that deal, but I preferred to cut my losses rather
than be gouged every month on charges for extra MBs that I had not
You bet!!! These calculations are a major screw up. As SRS pointed
out, the ARP and other gutter broadcasts (if you use windows, NetBEUI
broadcasts) and ICMP to the local gateway are all counted. For the
calculation to be correct at the gateway they should be loggin data
transfer with src or dst from external networks only. For example, if
you always keep pinging your gateway to check connectivity and they
count that too as usage you are in for some major surprises. More
often than not their limits, a GB or 500 MB are too less if you
normal usage (I consider myself as normal :D). You can always argue
with these types now, after the BSNL only internet phone line cost
being very affordable and you can transfer quite a bit. A simple
calculation might help, suppose you get an average speed of 2.5 kilo
bytes per sec. You
can transfer 2.5x60x60 kbytes per hour = 8.8 MB per hr. If you use 10
hours of internet per day this is about 80 MB per day. And per month
considering 24 working days 80*24 = 1900 MB almost 2 GB and you pay
way less than the so called cable ISPs with the transfer calculations.
However you can never get more than 4 KB at any given time on dial up
considering normal dialup line quality in India. The only reason why I
too use cable, albiet without any transfer caps.