We did it, we went from high speed Internet to Extreme.

@suspenseful (40314)
Canada
April 22, 2008 8:32pm CST
And no, there was not a picture of the Road Runner or a lightning symbol on the box. Now it was mainly for my husband who is a member of this Radio Play network, and is trying to get every radio play in the Universe that is in England. If there are outer space aliens who have some English radio plays, he would want them to and so we need a faster internet speed. The next one is Nitro, but that is almost $100 a month, way more than we can afford. So has anyone switch from light to high speed or from high speed to extreme? I am talking about cable and dsl subscribers, but for those who get dial up, has anyone switched from dial up to cable and your opinion please.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
23 Apr 08
I switched from Dial-up to DSL three years ago. I have never heard of extreme. I will have to look into it to see how much it cost. The faster the better for me, as I am a very impatient person, unfortunately.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
23 Apr 08
It might be called by a different name. You will have to find out if there is something faster then dsl and whether it is offered to ordinary people. Some of those services might be offered only to businesses.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
23 Apr 08
Oh alright, thanks.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
16 Jun 08
I think to get T1 up here, you have to have a business license, but I am not that sure about that. I never heard of a private person or a homeowner having that, just those businesses that have lots of employees.
@athinapie (1151)
• Philippines
23 Apr 08
hey there! yeah, i switched from dial up to dsl and it's way better and faster. i really need it because of schoolwork and research for projects and stuff like that. it's really worth it.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
23 Apr 08
It sure is.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
23 Apr 08
I've got regular cable internet service and have never considered trying to upgrade from that. I'm more than satisfied with the service and can't justify a higher cost. Is there really that much of a difference in speed? I know it was a major jump from when I had dialup and was able to upgrade to cable/DSL, but I can't imagine what the next level might be like.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
23 Apr 08
It is twice as fast and unless you do a lot of downloads, like my husband with his radio plays, and me with my videos, photos, and music (not illegal), for an ordinary person, cable would be fine.
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@rlc456 (415)
• United States
23 Apr 08
I have dsl, its pretty good.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
8 Jun 08
We now have a choice between cable and dsl, and we examined the pros and cons. With cable, we have three choices as to speed, with dsl only one and it is a bit slower than cable. With both we get telephone, but ours is digital. They have this bison as a mascot, a point against them. We also get television as they do, but we got high definition and they have so many little packages designed for the viewer, such as a family package, a children's package, an adult package, a learning package, whereas we have tiers so that someone who wants a bit out of each, can get them. I doubt that there would be action adventure with lots of bloodshed in a family package. Not that I like that, unless it is the hero taking out his pen knife and going after the bad guys who brutally murdered his family by torture.
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
23 Apr 08
I haven't had dialup in years. I don't think that I could stand it anymore. I have extreme high speed, my computer is old and slow but my son's computer is new and he just loves it.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
8 Jun 08
We were glad when we no longer had to use dial up. We did not have to worry if someone phoned us and it was emergency. Now most of the time, the phone calls are either wrong numbers or telemarketers, but now the speed is so fast, we can download music files as if I were interested in downloading illegal files - not.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Apr 08
Oh wow, I totally remember going from dial up to dsl. I saw a HUGE difference in the speed of the internet. When I went from dsl to FiOS I didn't really notice because the computer is only so fast and it really can't handle the faster internet speeds.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
23 Apr 08
I noticed that when I went to Youtube, the videos lasted much quicker. I want comment on when we went from dial-up to high speed but even from high speed to extreme the speed is fast. You have to try downloading like a video or go to Youtube and watch how fast it loads.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
23 Apr 08
When I first got puter back in 1999 I had dial up boy was I glad to switch to cable! and they now have high spped so dont need any more!
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
8 Jun 08
We had regular cable, but then with mylot being so slow, and with my husband downloading all those radio plays, we needed the extreme or we wold have been in trouble with the cable people. Now I do not have to worry as much. Mylot is still slow.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
9 Jun 08
wonder why it is slow for you mine is just a tad but not bad I get to read the next post will it is posting
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
16 Jun 08
I wonder why. I hope that they are not allowing more households on the lan then they are supposed to. I will have to check and see how many households are allowed. It just seems that it is myLot that is having the problem. The other sites load fast unless they are making repairs and then they tell us so. It is so frustrating as I want to open as many tabs as I can, but am unable to.
@Asylum (48067)
• Manchester, England
23 Apr 08
I am using 2Mbps ADSL and am totally happy with it. There would be very little point in acquiring a higher speed because I would still be limited by the upload speed of whatever site I was visiting. Obviously it is worthwhile in your case because it is used for a specific site which no doubt has enough speed to supply you, but for most of us it would be futile.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
8 Jun 08
It all depends on where you live. It does not mean that suspenseful and her husband are the only ones to have this because they are special, as you imply. There are many here in Winnipeg who do a lot of downloading and much of theirs, unlike ours, is downloading illegal music. Unfortunately in Canada we all get charged extra when we buy blank cds to pay the artists, so that in fact is encouraging illegal downloads and they assume we all are a bunch of crooks. And my husband is not the only one interested in one sight, he goes to several including a free audiobook site, so quit with trying to give us a guilt trip and make us go back to regular cable. It will not work.
@Asylum (48067)
• Manchester, England
10 Jun 08
I am perplexed by this reply. I stated that I was happy with my own speed and mentioned that it seemed worthwile in your case. Where you get the impression that I implied that you were special to have this or that I was trying to give you a guilt trip is beyond me.
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@Asylum (48067)
• Manchester, England
19 Jun 08
My reference was to the site and not to yourself directly. If you visit a site that can transfer data at a fast enough rate then the faster connection speed is of use, whereas the majority of sites would not supply information quickly enough to improve on a 2Mb connection. Therefore if you use such a site then the benefit is made, but for people that do not visit fast sites regularly (myself included) then it would be of little benefit at all.
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• United States
23 Apr 08
I, for one, didn't know there was a higher speed than high speed. What happens with that, you think of the website and it pops up? Before I moved in with my grandmother, I had dial up at my house. I had an accelerator with it, so it wasn't too bad. I really couldn't afford high speed, and I wasn't doing anything spectacular on the internet so I felt like I could wait for my sites to load. If it was a graphics rich site, I would find something else to do for a few minutes. After being here with my grandmother, and using the phone company's high speed, I am spoiled. I like how I can type in an address and seconds later, its loaded and ready to go. I will definitely have to get high speed when I move out again!!!
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
23 Apr 08
Here in Canada, they put a charge on all the blank CDS for the musicians, because they think that we all download illegal music and steal from the artists. Trouble that rather encourages more illegal downloads so more are doing it. So now instead of having the extreme or faster than the high speed for businesses, they offer it to us real people. That's my theory. Anyway I live in a large city and they have to have all these choices. When we had dial=up though, we did not have accelerated and there was often trouble getting on the phone - too many connections.
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• United States
23 Apr 08
We were lucky, our dial up service had a caller id that would tell us who was calling, and gave us the option to pick it up, or send them to voice mail. Even with that, we could stay online for a little while when we were on the phone, something like five or ten minutes before it would disconnect.
• United States
18 Jun 08
We had to pay extra on the phone bill for dial up service when I had it as well, but the lucky thing was it was only $13 more a month, with all the features that I mentioned before included. I didn't mind paying that really.
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• Canada
8 Jun 08
I have never heard of higher speed as you have mention. Who supplies this so called Extreme speed and Nitro speed? Do you notice any difference in the speed when you are searching the web?
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
8 Jun 08
We get Shaw Cable. There is a light speed for the email only users, regular cable, regular cable with a power boast for those who want to download a lot of videos occasionally. Extreme for those who download a lot on a regular basis. Most of the speed is in the downloads, but I did notice a faster speed when searching the web, the pages loaded faster. Mylot is still slow, even on the fast days, but that is to be expected.
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• Canada
10 Jun 08
We have high speed internet cable. I wonder if I would notice an obvious difference if I went with the extreme speed? I would hope so if they are charging the mega bucks for it.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
16 Jun 08
We do not get charged that much extra, maybe $10 a month, but it is worth it. Now if we were getting T1 which is mainly for businesses, I think that is $100 extra, that that would cost a bit more. I notice the difference in speed, but my husband does a lot of downloading of radio plays and he notices it. I also download videos from YouTube and I noticed that when I am watching the videos on YouTube, they are much faster and there is hardly any buffering.
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
2 Jul 08
First, cute about the roadrunner. I only have high speed and most of the time it is good enough. I rarely have a problem with speed so it works for me. I have never had any other connection so I don't have anything to compare it to. But if it works for you I am happy for you. I never even heard of extreme or nitro but I can imagine how fast they must be.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
2 Jul 08
It is quite fast and my husband loves to download all those radio plays. It is offered by Shaw. The next speed is so expensive that only millionaires can afford it or business people. Mind you myLot is still slow, but everything else is fast. I do not have to wait for the buffers on Youtube. It plays immediately.
@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
17 Jun 08
i have seen on the news about road runner the fastest computer and very costly at that..i dont think i can afford it..with regards to the net connections i havent experience the dial up thing..and that i cant compare to my broadband wireless connection...as per opinion on those friends that are using dial up they says that its so slow compared to wireless or broadband thing..
@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Cool, that's good news to you. I love faster internet connections, but I still have dialup. I don't know why we still have it. I will be looking forward to getting something fast because as many people said on here dialup is very slow. I'm ever annoyed with how the pages load especially when it's flash page or so. Have a wonderful day. Pablo
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
8 Jun 08
I suppose you will get cable or dsl. I found that when we wanted a video, it was so slow and when we wanted a download it seemed to take a lot. But now it takes only a minute or a second wheres before it took hours.
• Australia
29 Apr 08
Our internet is super slow, even though we pay for the higher speed. Here in Australia, we have the slowest internet speed of the developed world and it is very annoying. We went for Broadband which is faster than dial up, but we still have trouble getting some pages loaded in a reasonable time.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
I find that mylot loads slow no matter how fast the broadband is. I think they are putting too many connections there. So they have to cut down on the number of house or places allowed for one lan.
@mi2ok02 (406)
• United States
25 Apr 08
You will never be able to go back to dial up!!!! Welcome to the club! I have done the switch from dial up to cable internet about 8 years ago and I loved it so much. It was more than I could afford for more than a year so I had to give it up and find something free for a little while. I didn't mind dial up again, since it was free but I also found myself not on it as much because I hated waiting for the page loads! They became snail slow to me and it was torture. Then I got DSL about 4 years ago. It was faster but still wasn't cable. I kept it for about a year and switch to cable about 18 months ago. Even from DSL to cable is a huge improvement to me!!! The only thing faster is T1 and that is premium, high dollar and usually only corporations pay for it!
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
8 Jun 08
We will never go back to dial up. It was slow and since we had to use the phone, we were not on the internet that much. Also at the time our sons were in university and they had to use the internet, we had to use it when they were home so that the university would think they were on it. So when we got cable, then we could use it all the time.
@crackhead (1826)
• India
23 Apr 08
Long time ago i did switch from Dial up to broadband and it was like a revolution to browse on high speed broadband. But one day i went to see my friend at a far place and he had such a good internet connection which made me jealous. I am on a 2 mbps broadband line which is slow when compared to those T1 lines. I cannot afford for such connections since they are for colleges and universities and some companies. He was using that in his hostel room and the download rates were almost 100 times to that of mine.
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
24 Apr 08
We have something like that. We call it Nitro. And it costs $100 a month.
• United States
23 Apr 08
I went from havin dial up to having DSL, Now im back to dial up since I want to have the internet but cant afford DSL for now.....I almost feel lost, It does spoil you. But I didnt know that there was a speed higher then high speed.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
8 Jun 08
There is, but is probably only available in high traffic areas like cities. I suppose in small towns you will only get either dsl or cable if at all. If we had still kept dial up, then we would worry about someone trying to phone us and we could only afford one phone line.
• Philippines
23 Apr 08
I am using broadband with high speed internet. I guess what we need to speed things up is a good memory stored on our pc.Bigger memory speeds up our computer.
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
8 Jun 08
That might help. Our connection is fast, and we have lots of memory only it is not being used sufficiently. Even though I am only using one third of our memory, my Compac Presario is still crap. But we have fast internet, except for sometimes at mylot, not today, when the pages are loading slow.
• India
23 Apr 08
Well, before i had a dial up connection and tried to play online games on that. All along i used to lag, but now I have upgraded to a better, but not so fast an internet connection and I can play those games comfortably without much of a hinderance from losing packets etc...I like High speed internet cos the page loading is fast and it saves a lot of my time when I'm studying from the internet. Its also advantageous cos of the downloading thing I do.. bourne
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
16 Jun 08
We had to wait for hours when we were upgrading our Internet Explorer (that is before we got wise and got Firefox) and not to mention when we wanted a new software program. We could not afford to download that music until we got high speed. At that time there was just regular cable, and then they offered light speed for those who just want to read their email, and latter on a boaster for those who were regular like us, but once in a while they wanted to download a long program. Then they offered extreme for radio play fanatics like my husband. NO guilt there since they are in the public domain. And we love it.
• China
23 Apr 08
I use the ADSL,connection speed is also good,but in around 20 0'clock will be very slow speed Internet access,our side has yet to reach the level of fiber on the desktop,hope that one day able to do this!
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