Bit of a Performance Increase

Old service

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Before

My old service is nominally 7 Mb/sec down, 1 Mb/sec up.  At the dsl provisioning level, the upstream is set for 896 Kb/sec. This download figure is surprisingly low, but it’s lasted for several days (when I’m reasonably certain there is no other use in the house).

New service

After

After

This is nominally 1000Mb/sec both up and down.

Oh, and note that ping time, too!

So I’m going to call this a huge win!  Thank you USI!

I found the splicing trailer 3 blocks up Blaisdell, which seems hopeful.

Spool of cable, and splicing trailer in action at Blaisdell and 34th St.

Spool of cable, and splicing trailer in action at Blaisdell and 34th St.

Quite a fancy setup. That’s a heavily-muffled generator on the hitch there.

The fiber goes in through a small slot to keep the hot or cold out (though today is nice, so the door is open).

The fiber goes in through a small slot to keep the hot or cold out (though today is nice, so the door is open).

 

The splicing takes place inside, where they have nice workspace, good light, holding jigs, and so forth. How do I know that?  Travis Carter sent me some more photos earlier this morning:

Inside the splicing trailer

Inside the splicing trailer

(Back to my photos again).

 

The “loose ends” of conduit on the non-trunk (east) side of the Blaisdell Ave. are still there. I’ll be kind of surprised if the system goes active with those sticking up, though, so perhaps something happens to them this afternoon.

Loose end at the north end of my block

Loose end at the north end of my block

Loose end north a block or two from me

Loose end north a block or two from me

 

We’ve all noticed we live in a small world, right?  Or at least one that’s folded really funny?

Old acquaintance stopped by to check on the fiber trunk installation out front, and sent me some pictures and a progress report.  He used to run The Warehouse BBS,  Fidonet 282/115, and was a co-founder of USI (in fact he says it was spawned from the BBS).   (Those of you who ever heard of Fidonet may well remember that I ran The Terraboard 282/341 for quite a while.)  So, thank you Travis Carter!

And he got pictures of things I probably wouldn’t, too.

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Wow; Hennepin County Library has Doc Smith’s Lensman series (mostly in the Old Earth Books facsimile edition), but no Skylark or anything…except…ah, there it is, says in the listing what the English title is:

 

Cuộc săn đuỏ̂i trong không gian by Smith, E. E. (1986?)

Vietnamese Adult Nonfiction Book

 

Which is apparently a Vietnamese edition of The Skylark of Space!

Inside fiber install

I’ve been giving most of the details over on Facebook, but I thought I should nail down this big step in getting our gigabit fiber Internet service.  The crew from USI came and brought the fiber from the junction box on the side of the house through to the ethernet switch they installed on the wiring panel.

So far as I know, actual Internet through this is still scheduled for sometime in the first two weeks of June.

Final addition to wiring closet -- the ethernet switch that connects our copper to their fiber.

Final addition to wiring closet — the ethernet switch that connects our copper to their fiber.

This Zyxel GS2200B supports up to 8 1-gigabit copper ethernet connects, plus a 10gb and apparently a 6gb (is there a 6gb copper standard, or am I misreading that?).

This Zyxel GS2200-8 supports up to 8 1-gigabit copper ethernet connects, plus a 10gb and apparently a 6gb (is there a 6gb copper standard, or am I misreading that?).

Also, note the support for a serial “console port”!

Note the light-up model number.

Note the light-up model number.