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Originally Posted by mlts22
Just wondering if anyone is using Clear's wireless ISP service, and what their opinion of it is. I have been thinking of recommending it to a relative, because all it takes is one Wi-Max to Wi-Fi access point and perhaps a repeater or two, and that covers a house without having to pull wires.
I know it probably has nasty latency (100ms or so), but supposedly it is being worked on, and the bandwidth is good. Anyone have experience with it?
Times are changing. I used to be able to find tons of unsecured wireless networks, but I've been paying for my own for the last couple years. I just moved into a new apartment, however, and there happened to be one with good signal strength.
Anyways, a tracert shows this mysteriously careless or generous neighbor has Clear.
Speeds are decent. Speedtest.net says 1 Mbps. I'd say a couple hundred kbps is typical. I generally have to preload videos a little more than I did with Qwest 1.5 Mbps DSL.
Latency is poor, however. Skype is almost unusable because of it, and multiplayer gaming is very difficult. I get 100ms when I'm lucky, but 200ms is typical. Sometimes the latency reaches double that for easily observable periods, but it appears also have frequent, very short bursts of 300+ ms route times. I think it's these short, frequent bursts of even higher ping that make Skype so bad on Clear. Speech gets garbled and there's often an unnatural delay between talking and getting a response.
So I'd say it's great a great deal ($25/month, I think) for browsing and low definition Youtube, especially if you're a mobile laptop type of person, but not for gaming, VoIP, or high definition videos.
It's not what I'm looking for, though. I'm currently trying to decide between basic Verizon at $30/month and Comcast at $50/month.
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Last edited by iamlucky13; 03-06-10 at 03:10 AM.