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    Angry Verizon - grinding to a halt?

    The broadband internet service has been dire for the last two or three weeks. Some sites are almost impossible to navigate, including gmail and BBC news. Mercifully DR1 has so far been spared, it appears.

    This morning it seems even worse than ever. Seeing as gmail has been rendered practically useless, I've been forced to revert to my Verizon e-mail account (internet.net.do - mercifully spam-free compared to the verizon.net.do address) as a back-up, and today even that is letting me down.

    Is anyone else having similar problems? It's the Verizon server that's to blame, according to those who know about these things.

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    It is horrible here in Puerto Plata. We have DSL and the signal gets so bad that we get bumped off our wireless constantly! I spend more time reconnecting then being on line. YOu can complain till you are blue in the face and nothing changes.

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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    You're in the 9th month of a turnover from the Americans to the Mexican state-sponsored company, Telmex. The PRD Congress put a spoke in the wheels of the deal to extract US250M capital gains tax from a deal that was $2B buyout on a $2B cost basis. Go figure. Result is rats leave thesinking ship, the cable lots are probably being picked clean, repair trucks being repainted and sold, whatever. Then comes the Monday morning when the Mexicans arrive at the office to which power has been cut.....

    Personally witnessed it twice in Venezuela. Monday morning the cable and truck lots were bone empty, computers and copiers gone, etc. etc. Takes years to recover. But the fat guys in the legislature all have new jeepetas.

    Oh, and if you think you've got problems now, wait until Pancho takes over.

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    Hold on. First of all if you are using a wireless setup in the house it could be that an adjustment to the wireless network you have created is needed in order to facilitate downloading of certain sites. For example, about a month or so ago I noticed that I could no longer access my gmail account or any google-related site, and I went nuts trying to figure out the problem. I called Verizon,a nd they claim there is no problem with their server (but I dont believe it, because the problem is intermittent). I wrote to Google, and they said that I needed simply to clear my cache a couple times and try then. Wrong. So then I noticed that while my desktop computer, which is directly connected to the DSL line, can download gmail, it is only my laptop, which is connected via wireless over NETGEAR, that really has the problem, though occasionally even the desktop has trouble. From which I concluded that there were two aspects of the problem: Verizon does indeed have trouble, but that in turn could have something to do with the fact that Google's servers for Latin America are located in Argentina and perhaps are slower than the States or insufficient in some way. I notice that the google sites are usually inaccessible during the peak hours of use. However, the wireless setup will also pose problems. NETGEAR was quite prompt and efficient in their response: apparently certain sites do in fact pose a problem for wireless networks, Yahoo being one of them (though I have no problem with yahoo). So they recommended that I make certain adjustments to the account in order to allow for such sites as Gmail to download properly. I never actually got round to making those adjustments, because I decided to use Thunderbird as my basic email program and I have all my domain mail and gmail forwarded automatically to Thunderbird (There are other such programs, Outlook, Entourage, etc). This solved the problem immediately.

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    Thanks Macoceal, I will investigate further. HOwever the other individual also on the network has the same issues. I get bumped off constantly. Just purchased a booster to see if that will help. IF not, I will remove the wireless and go to direct connection. Just less convenient.

    Tuan you raise a good point. I have no idea exactly where we are in the process of the turnover. Anyone know?

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    Yup, we have wireless - but I wouldn't even know where to start.

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    Im in El Seibo and here at work the ADSL is working perfect, but 2 weeks ago one day the service was intermitent one day.

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    That and electricity 24/7! El Seybo sounds like the place to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chirimoya View Post
    That and electricity 24/7! El Seybo sounds like the place to be.
    jajaja yes, but sometimes to get some things here turns very difficult, maybe you know how is life in small towns, but yes, since Sept. 28 no more electricity cuts for us.

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    It depends on the wireless setup you have. I use NETGEAR. I admit it is a pain in the neck but this particular change is pretty easy. HOnestly, though, if I were you folks I would simply set up a POP mail box in Thunderbird. Download the program from Mozilla/Firefox, and follow the instructions for forwarding mail from your gmail account (and others). The free Yahoo mail accounts cannot be forwarded, btw. Once you get used to Thunderbird you will like it. Otherwise, you need to get in touch with the company that sells your particular wireless setup and ask them what to do.

    One other thing, occasionally the Verizon connection does indeed fail. You need to reboot the system. You turn off the little black modem box, then turn it back on again and wait for all the little signals to come back on and stabilize. Usually that works, but sometimes Verizon has problems back at the plant, and they have to work on it there. A few times this year my sector was without connection because the technicians had to fix something at their end.

    Btw, I thought the sale to Mexico was nixed -- didnt I read that on DR1.com?

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