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Ok, so me and my fellow gamers in my neighborhood have had major withdrawl the last couple of years because we have no highspeed internet available in our rural neighborhood. There is a company called VA broadband which offers internet through an antenna that sits on your roof and was advertised as having speeds on par with cable but luckily I played the wait and see approach since it was a $300 install fee. The speeds on this service are horrible, especially at peak times of the day when the bandwith is shared with everyone using the service. They also charge $80 a month for it, so it's a complete rip off.

What some of us are trying to do now is look into getting a T1 line put in and sharing it between 3 or 4 of us. No installation fees, no contract, 30 day trial period, and it's $299 a month. If we split it between the 4 of us it cuts the cost down for each person but my main concern is that if someone is downloading something, is that going to lag the rest of us down on the line? I'm not very educated when it comes to networking and speeds so that is our biggest concern. We just want to know how well we'll be able to share the line. If it proves extremely stable, we might even think about adding more people onto our line via wifi access to help cut prices even more.

Anyone experienced in this area??

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I don't have any practical experience, but I do have some technical knowledge regarding T1 lines.

First, they are full duplex 1.5Mbit/s lines. Raw bandwidth, though not terribly speedy. The advantage is that you can fully saturate it, 24/7, and never worry about quotas. The downside is a single user could do this, effectively shutting everyone else out. That is why the primary node (the place the T1 runs to, and everyone else connects to) really needs a commercial if not enterprise routing system, to ensure properly switched bandwidth, and/or QoS control. If this isn't included in the setup package, investigate it because you will need it.

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Thanks. That is good to know. The offer says free equipment, but I doubt it includes the type of routing setup that you are referring to.

I know I worked for a place that had a T1 line that about 15 to 20 of us shared and never noticed any problems with their speed, but I'm sure they had it professionaly set up.

My worries about going with T1 started last weekend when my neighbor and I went down to this gaming place about 20 minutes south of us that has a bunch of pc's and xbox 360's hooked up and you pay $10 or so to play for 5 hours. They said they had a T1 line as well since it was the best for gaming because of such a low latency. When we first got there it was really nice because it was just the two of us and I had a constant ping of around 20-30. Then some others showed up to warcraft and started downloading patches for it and my ping shot up to 4000. I'm sure the issue there is that they just don't have their setup properly to support that type of usage.

Is there no way to cap each person's download speed on a regular router to 300kbs? This would prevent one person from saturating the line and stealing all the band with.

Again, thanks for the help Dannik. I'll definitely have to look into this some more.

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Is there no way to cap each person's download speed on a regular router to 300kbs? This would prevent one person from saturating the line and stealing all the band with.

Again, thanks for the help Dannik. I'll definitely have to look into this some more.

That is exactly why you would want/need the commercial grade routing solution that Dannik mentioned for. It would be smart enough to dynamically cap the amount of bandwidth that any one user got to prevent the type of saturation problems you described. Using the default equipment they provide it is very likely that you will see performance very similar to what you experienced at the gaming place. For casual web browsing and well behaved gaming, a T1 can probably work well for upwards of 10 users. As soon as you mix in a few large downloads -- think anything bigger than 5MB -- you will probably start to notice adverse effects if there is no system in place to actively manage bandwidth.

Good luck, I hope you can find a solution that works.

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OMG there gonna give you a free CSU/DSU?

My how times have changed.

What you need is a router that does load balancing and QOS

QOS will make sure everyone can at least browse the web while johnny gets his porn lol. (with QOS you can speifiy what ports/services get priorty like 80 for web and 110/25 for mail over any others)

Be careful also it's not a fractional T1 where they shred your phone service out of it.

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