[Ilugc] (OT) Net4India-cable connection
- From: rsubr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Raja Subramanian)
- Date: Sun Aug 15 00:57:20 2004
Ara Vas wrote:
net4 india is giving internet connection in chennai &
all overindia.(visit net4india.com)
I recently tookup a net4india connection and was not pleased with what I
got. Here are my experiences -
1. You do not get your internet connection from net4india directly.
Instead its sold through distributors/resellers (read cable TV
operators) who are often clueless about what they are selling.
This results in extremely poor support. The net4india guys are
pretty responsive, but it's very difficult to reach the local
reseller (well, mine was anyway... YMMV).
2. The internet connection was offered through a cat5 cable. I had to
run a horrible win32 net4india application (visually similar to msn
messenger) to 'login to the internet'. No linux support at all.
3. Extremely high latency connection - impossible to ssh out.
4. You are behind a NAT box and get a private IP, and your apache will
get no real world experience.
5. Extremely poor Qos. My connection frequently got disconnected and
killed my ssh sessions.
In the end after paying a few thousand rupees and getting frustrated for
a week, I ended up calling them and cancelling my account. I was not
refunded any money.
I don't recommend any of net4india's schemes until they get their act
Other cheap internet providers -
1. Bharti - Rs 1,500/mth, 128kbps timed connection, but totally free
from 10pm - 8am (comes to ~400MB daily). Nightly 'apt-get -d'
through cron should keep even sid users happy. The downside is that
you get a crappy usb dsl modem that has no linux support. If you can
buy your own modem, there's nothing like this one.
Bharti also offers closed-user-group dsl connections for very low
cost. You can VPN to your office and work from home without having
to wory about bandwidth usage :-)
2. Tata Indicom - I've only heard rumours that they offer 1xx kpbs flat
access through their WLL cdma phone. They charge Rs 1,500/mth.
Would be great if someone can confirm this.
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