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gpister 2,229 134 September 29, 2015 at 03:46 PM
I am close to ending my contract with AT&T and gave them a call they basically replied with a we dont careful offer. I always have seen DSL Extreme their rate is cheap wanted to give them a shot however I don't have a modem/router (since now I am Uverse). My big question is since I have Uverse will it be issues with the modem/router I get? I was reading on google about pots etc that it might not work, but no one ever replied to the message (the wiring maybe changed etc). I am worried getting DSL Extreme than getting internet that doesnt work. I still got time I can live without internet since I can turn my phone into a hotspot and maybe get an offer (did that last time and got new equipment etc). I tried time warner and rates are pretty high to. Any advice helpful.

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AT&T and TWC both kind of suck. I'm glad the FCC redefined "broadband" as 25/4mbps, hopefully it motivates these companies to improve their services and get rid of speed tiers that were common 15 years ago.

TWC will generally have faster and more reliable service. DSL Extreme and similar companies offer DSL over AT&T's phone lines, so don't expect a significant improvement. There can be some hidden fees with companies like the this.

For me the biggest problem with DSL is the often <= 1mbps upload assuming you're in an area that can get 25+mbps.
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Not sure I fully understand the question. Location matters, we can't really say company A is always crap because it varies by area and neighborhood. Some things about the technology used can be generalized like the lower upload speed on DSL etc.

Look in your area if you can get TWC MAXX service or when it arrives. In my are We are due to get MAXX before the end of the year. It will change the game and I plan to switch. So in my area a standard package is like a 15x1 for about $40-45 a month before taxes. Thats expensive and kind of slow. That is going to a 50x5 for the same money. You can get turbo for $10 more which will go from 35x5 (something close to this) to 100x10 for the same money. It makes it a much better deal and will beat my WISP pricing by far.

As far as routers, most should be compatible with any ISP. Modems however will not be. If the ISP gives you a modem that has routing capabilities you might need to put it into bridge mode to put your router on. I seem to remember there is something different going on with Verizon fios but cant remember the exact details.
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Thanks for the response basically since I have Uverse currently can I jump to DSL Extreme (bring my own router/modem) get their service and be good to go? I am concern if the wiring is different or shouldnt be a problem. I am not big on the speeds AT&T Uverse speed is amazing its just the plan is to high I have always been fine with 6mb (even in 3mb I was fine) I don't really game like before so even if the speed slows down is fine I just want go to DSL extreme because of their current deal AT&T basically is not trying to work with me what so ever.
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Thanks for the response basically since I have Uverse currently can I jump to DSL Extreme (bring my own router/modem) get their service and be good to go? I am concern if the wiring is different or shouldnt be a problem. I am not big on the speeds AT&T Uverse speed is amazing its just the plan is to high I have always been fine with 6mb (even in 3mb I was fine) I don't really game like before so even if the speed slows down is fine I just want go to DSL extreme because of their current deal AT&T basically is not trying to work with me what so ever.
Call your new ISP, say you have Modem model XXX and see if its compatible. Wiring of a phone jack is a standard so that won't be a problem.
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Call your new ISP, say you have Modem model XXX and see if its compatible. Wiring of a phone jack is a standard so that won't be a problem.
Thanks for the response that was my biggest fear the wiring (since its Uverse I don't know if that changes anything). I believe the current model/router doesnt work so I plan to buy another one (even if I buy my own its cheaper than AT&T). I checked their website and saw one of the ones I am buying is compatible. My fear is to move with them and than they saying their is wiring issues etc. Thanks again.
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Thanks for the response that was my biggest fear the wiring (since its Uverse I don't know if that changes anything). I believe the current model/router doesnt work so I plan to buy another one (even if I buy my own its cheaper than AT&T). I checked their website and saw one of the ones I am buying is compatible. My fear is to move with them and than they saying their is wiring issues etc. Thanks again.
Tell us what you have please. No reason to be all secretive. A router is a router and should work with any modem regardless of service. Modems are a different story.
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Tell us what you have please. No reason to be all secretive. A router is a router and should work with any modem regardless of service. Modems are a different story.
I currently have the Arris NVG510 now that I remember I asked the AT&T tech if I was to use my old AT&T router would it work he said no (it was nice slick I remember they gave it to me when I had issues with my current one costing $100) I ended up selling it so now I would have to hunt one that I need. I am assuming this one wouldn't work with DSL Extreme since its Uverse compatible.
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I currently have the Arris NVG510 now that I remember I asked the AT&T tech if I was to use my old AT&T router would it work he said no (it was nice slick I remember they gave it to me when I had issues with my current one costing $100) I ended up selling it so now I would have to hunt one that I need. I am assuming this one wouldn't work with DSL Extreme since its Uverse compatible.
Ok that is an all in one device it looks like so no it won't work with cable internet. DSL not sure. Your New ISP can tell you.

In the future your money is best spent on 2 devices. 1 modem and 1 wireless router. YOu can then keep your nice router that has much better range and security, and sell your modem if you change isp etc. They also tend to be much more stable.
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Ok that is an all in one device it looks like so no it won't work with cable internet. DSL not sure. Your New ISP can tell you.

In the future your money is best spent on 2 devices. 1 modem and 1 wireless router. YOu can then keep your nice router that has much better range and security, and sell your modem if you change isp etc. They also tend to be much more stable.
I do regret it the other model was high end been pretty lucky with AT&T usually get the router/modem for free (with a rebate or they provide it). Since I thought I would never go back to regular DSL (with the whole uverse) I just wanted to make a few bucks regret not keeping it. I can find a cheap one though just I don't want issues moving to the company since I am coming from Uverse.
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I currently have the Arris NVG510 now that I remember I asked the AT&T tech if I was to use my old AT&T router would it work he said no (it was nice slick I remember they gave it to me when I had issues with my current one costing $100) I ended up selling it so now I would have to hunt one that I need. I am assuming this one wouldn't work with DSL Extreme since its Uverse compatible.
It might work, certain features like the voip telephone port that's built in won't for sure and some settings that may not be that intuitive will need to be changed. With uverse you either have an ethernet line that connects to the modem or more commonly a phone line which uses DSL, typically VDSL. These gateways are typically backwards compatible with older ADSL standards.
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Its basically a gamble here using my current modem/router I don't mind buying one I did math and in the long run I save more with DSL Extreme vs AT&T atleast $10 a month of savings which add up each month. I pretty much sums it up all I need a a router (or if I am lucky I could use the current one), but no biggie buying one myself just want a smooth movement with DSL extreme which as soon as I set up the equipment it all works. Thanks for all the helpful responses.
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I like AT&T's uverse offering. I live in the midwest where we don't have super fast internet, but recently got the 75 mB package from AT&T and really love it.

I imagine if there were more competition though, the choice would be tougher.
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