Broadband

How can I find the best cable, internet, and phone service?

Episode 1329

Ricky from Chatsworth, CA

Ricky thinks his Triple Play package is just too expensive. What is the best provider for internet, cable, and telephone? Leo says that the only real advantage of a Triple Play package is that he'd get one bill. For a phone service, he prefers real phone service because in the event of a disaster, the plain old telephone service will continue to operate. Leo advises going to DSLReports.com because they will give him the best ratings on what is the best coverage and reliability. Leo also recommends talking to neighbors.

How can I access my security cam without having a static IP address?

Episode 1325

Richard from Crystal River, FL

Richard has a security cam in his home in another state and he wants to know how he can access it and monitor what's on it with a dynamic IP address. Leo says that DynDNS will enable him to do this without requiring a static IP. Other options include No-IP DNS and Duck DNS. His router may also be able to do to it.

Why is my AT&T UVerse connection so slow?

Episode 1315

Nuris from California

Nuris wants to know why AT&T UVerse is so slow. They've replaced her modem eight times. Leo says that if she's watching TV and the Internet, it uses the same internet connection. So it can slow down due to bandwidth. UVerse can also be using the old copper phone lines which could slow it down as well. It could also be the connections just outside her house. It may be fiber optic, but from the curb to her house is an issue. It's probably the box that connects to the fiber that is failing.

Should I get DSL or cable internet?

Episode 1292

Art from Woodland Hills, CA

Art wants to know if he should bundle with AT&T UVerse or go with Time Warner's bundle. Leo says that generally it's better to go with cable because it's faster overall. It really comes down to how good it is in your neighborhood. Art should ask around and see what his neighbors use and like. Also, Time Warner has been sold to Charter, so it may change. If Time Warner is putting in fiber, that's even better. Another thing to consider is whether or not he'll money on the bundle.

Why is fiber optic DSL the same speed as before?

Episode 1290

Steve from Los Angeles, CA

Steve isn't seeing much of an improvement after being upgraded to fiber optic DSL because he still has copper lines coming into his house. Leo says that Steve should ask for fiber optic directly to the house. Otherwise, it's essentially little difference. Could he upgrade it himself? That's a good question. But buying his own fiber optic switch isn't cheap.

What's the best internet alternative to Frontier?

Episode 1288

Don from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Don is a Verizon customer and they just got bought by Frontier communications and now his FIOS internet speed has been cut in half, which is worse than dial up. What can he do? Leo says that Time Warner cable is probably his best bet for broadband. They just got bought by Charter Communications, though. Cable is usually better than DSL, but it also depends on how it is in his area. As for phone service, he can just keep it or simply cancel it. He should make sure he gets a DOCSIS III modem if he goes with cable, though.

What speed internet should I get?

Episode 1274

Margaret from Burbank, CA

Margaret wants to get on the internet, but she's on a tight budget. Leo says that Margaret already has a cable subscription, so she could get a deal through them. She should ask what their cheapest package is, then shop around. DSL will be slower than cable. And the upload/download speeds they boast will be ideal max conditions. For standard email and surfing with little streaming, she should be fine with 1.5 Mbps up.