April 9, 2016
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Sixteen years is a long time, that’s how long I’ve been using my Speedstream 5360 ADSL modem to jump on the information superhighway. The service was first provided Ameritech, then SBCGlobal, and finally AT&T. The latter has been pestering me for a while now to “upgrade” to the digital services of U-verse, and I got suckered by a Customer Appreciation Days letter to make the call.
The good news is it was a simple transition. The tech came to the house and checked out my wiring, made a few changes (replaced the wall plate with their own) and backported the telephone to other jacks in my house. ^I changed my old trusty router WAN connection to connect to the AT&T equipment, that way I don’t need to use their Wifi, and can point my router out to the internet. I also set the DNS on my WAN connection to use OpenDNS servers.
(^To put your router on the internet, go to Firewall>Applications, Pinholes & DMZ and select (1) your router and (2) DMZplus mode. Restart your router and it will have an internet IP (not the one from the U-verse Router)).
U-verse replaces copper wire with fiber-optic technology from the node (box in the alley) to the central office. It’s faster, offers voice-over-ip telephony and tv services. Deals aside, it is slightly less expensive for the same services, but with a better 6mbps internet connection.
Goodbye Speedstream router and goodbye POTS!