After all the stories, here and elsewhere, I realize that my DSL
installation pains were very minor.
The only problems I had were clearing some "loaded pairs" (don't ask me, I'm
a structural engineer) on my line. After they finally got their act in gear,
they finished installation approximately one month after I placed the order.
I had thought that since I'm in a quasi-rural area of Houston it'd be a
problem but it turned out not to be.
I have the "Enhanced DSL" package from Southwestern Bell (SWB's DSL service
is called, I believe, FasTrack).
This means that for about $70 per month I have the DSL service (of course),
FIVE static IP numbers to use as I wish, and an ISP connection through
The static IPs means that I can actually run an internet server, which I'm
planning to set up with an old 486DX2-66 using Linux as soon as I get a free
saturday. I will run a couple of web pages and also a mailing list or two
(probably move STRUCTX to that machine).
It's giving me the opportunity to understand internetworking from the inside
I do look at it as a hobby as much as anything else, sorta like HAM radio or
From: Scott E Maxwell [mailto:smaxwell(--nospam--at)engin.umich.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2000 11:52 PM
Subject: RE: Comp: Networking the Intelligent Home
For what little I have seen about DSL, the most fustrating thing might be
actually trying to get it activated.