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broadband recommendations, Arlington

Thank you for the very clear explanation. I've never had it explained to me 
before. :-)

So basically all the folks on the DSLAM I connect to share the same router 
port, and thus compete with each other for the bandwidth for that port. I'm 
still aggregated w/ other users, just one step further up the network. So 
as long as the router is fast enough to handle the traffic, and has 
sufficient upstream bandwidth (never been a problem w/ SE) there should be 
no problems w/ a bridged connection, correct?


At 11:34 AM 6/5/02 -0400, Bill Horne wrote:

>A bridged connection means that (like cable) you share the available 
>bandwidth with other customers. Although *DSL gives you a dedicated line 
>to the local central office, you're line is bridged with others once it's 
>there. Whether that's "bad" or not
>depends on the throughput available to you, which depends on the mix of 
>bandwidth and demand in/out of that particular CO.
>A routed connection gives you the advantage of your own router port, and 
>thus the benefit of not competing with other users for the bandwidth 
>available on the port(s) that connect to the bridge(s) in a particular 
>location. Although you'll still share the
>"backbone" bandwidth, you'll be less sensitive to time of day congestion.

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