Good bye codetel (internet flash) and hello cable modem.

Adrian Bye

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Interesting.

If you get a few moments, would you mind posting a traceroute of your connection to a site in the US?

I'm particularly interested to see if they have their own network, or whether they use Codetels backbone. Despite what the marketing people say, a traceroute is really the only sure way to know.
 

rafael

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The problem I see with Cable modems in the DR is that DL speed can be good but UL is usually 128 and maybe 256 at the most?

I need to upgrade my plan with codetel to 784 down and 384 up.

I guess if you don't do much uploading cable is ok. Here in the states I have had cable for a LONG time. I get very good speed, both ways.
 

Conchman

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I signed up for codetel Flash here in Cofresi Puerto Plata 4 months ago. Finally, after calling them every day for two months, they came to install the line and installed a phone to test it. There was a lot of static on the phone and after some checks the technician told me that there is a problem with the cable in the street. Then I waited another month (after calling again every day) for another technician to tell me that they cannot fix the line in the street, so now I just have a phone line with static. I have been telling them to pick it up because I dont wanna get stuck with a bill for this line after a year, but nobody comes to pick it up.

Flash - its so fast you cant see it!
 

Juan_Lopez

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Flash - its so fast you cant see it!

Conchman--that is to funny and sad :(

I have been waiting 5 weeks now for flash in my new office in Moca. They(codetel) told me they stopped by last week but could not find parking.... get this the main office and 'switch' are only 2 blocks away... LoL
 

Sabor_NYC

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Connection Cards

Has anyone had experience with the wireless connection cards that are being provided by Centennial and Codetel? These cards give access to their 3G networks.
I will be a few weeks in DR starting later this month and am considering this option for my PDA and laptop.

Thanks.
 

gringo in dr

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TraceRoute to 66.218.71.198 [yahoo.com]

Hop (ms) (ms) (ms) IP Address Host name
1 0 16 15 66.46.176.3 -
2 0 16 31 216.191.97.45 pos5-2.core2-mtl.bb.allstream.net
3 0 31 16 216.191.65.217 srp2-0.core1-mtl.bb.allstream.net
4 16 16 16 216.191.65.173 pos2-1.core2-tor.bb.allstream.net
5 15 16 31 216.191.65.243 srp2-0.gwy1-tor.bb.allstream.net
6 15 32 31 12.125.142.5 -
7 16 31 47 12.123.5.222 gbr6-p80.cgcil.ip.att.net
8 15 47 32 12.122.11.45 tbr1-p013601.cgcil.ip.att.net
9 78 235 250 12.123.6.65 ggr2-p310.cgcil.ip.att.net
10 31 31 16 209.0.227.77 so-1-1-0.edge1.chicago1.level3.net
11 16 31 47 209.244.8.13 so-2-1-0.bbr2.chicago1.level3.net
12 78 62 63 209.247.9.118 unknown.level3.net
13 62 62 63 64.159.2.137 ge-9-2.ipcolo3.sanjose1.level3.net
14 78 79 78 64.152.69.30 unknown.level3.net
15 62 63 78 66.218.71.198 w1.rc.vip.scd.yahoo.com
 

rafael

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Wireless cards

I'd be very interested in the wireless cards as well. Do they publish the rates etc? Sitting on the beach "working" has definitely got an upside!
 

Festero

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Re: Connection Cards

Sabor_NYC said:
Has anyone had experience with the wireless connection cards that are being provided by Centennial and Codetel? These cards give access to their 3G networks.
I will be a few weeks in DR starting later this month and am considering this option for my PDA and laptop.

Thanks.

These PCMCIA cards for laptops (and some PDA's which support a type II card) are probably the Sierra Wireless aircard and are available for different wireless air-interface standards. I believe Codetel is CDMA, but I'm not sure about Centennial.

They work well as long as you are in your HOME coverage area, as at least with CDMA there is virtually no such thing as data roaming. (May be different with GSM, which I *think* TriCom is?) So, a Codetel card would work on their system, but not another CDMA network. (I'm 99% sure on this... It definitely applies in the US.) A US card user could not use their card in the DR, or vice-versa even if their provider permitted voice roaming.

In the CDMA 1XRTT networks in the US, most providers set the network to an average throughput of 50-80 Kbs (a bit better than good dialup), although a 1XRTT network will support as much as 144. Enhancements to CDMA in the near future will allow several times faster throughput under Ev-Do. This is being tested currently in the US.

So, if you need mobility in an area where your chosen wireless provider has good coverage everywhere you need it, and/or DSL and cable aren't available and/or dialup is unavailable or unreliable, the wireless cards may be a good solution for you.

Rates in the US run around $35 for 20 MB use/month up to $70-80/month for unlimited usage.

Dave
 

Sabor_NYC

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Codetel's rates

Rafael,

You can look-up the rates here:

http://www.datamovil.net.do/

And then choose the option "Flash Movil 3G." I am hoping that someone who has use this service (or Centennial's) would offer some insight as to actual throughput.
 

Festero

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Re: Codetel's rates

Sabor_NYC said:
Rafael,

You can look-up the rates here:

http://www.datamovil.net.do/

And then choose the option "Flash Movil 3G." I am hoping that someone who has use this service (or Centennial's) would offer some insight as to actual throughput.

I took a little lookie at that web page and some of the information doesn't sound quite right.

The page reads: <<Flash M?vil 3G es el ?nico servicio de conectividad inal?mbrica que le ofrece:
? La mayor velocidad de navegaci?n (hasta 1Mbps).>>

This just doesn't seem possible. Speeds anywhere near 1 Mbps just aren't possible on CDMA, or any public wireless telco carrier. A little over 100 Kbps yes.

It also says when stating the specs for the Aircard: <<Sistema: compatible con las redes CDMA 1900 Mhz,
CDMA IS-95A.>>

This may be a typo as in ommited/incomplete information, but if the Codetel system only operates on the IS-95 standard (Not even the newer, faster 1XRTT that can offer up to around 144 Kbps.), this only gives a throughput of up to 19.2 Kbps! Much slower than all but the worst dialup!

Also, they offer their data rates by the minute, which is sort of bogus. It causes the user to rush their application. KB billing is better from most perspectives in that you can stay connected while idle, only paying for the amount of data you actually use. This could be indicative of a IS-95 network as well. But quoting speeds of 1Mbps??? Makes no sense.

The info on the page doesn't seem to jive. The phones shown on the page are 1X phones, but those are backward compatible with IS-95 and would work. So which is it? Is Codetel 1XRTT or IS-95?

I do find it odd that Sierra Wireless would even offer an IS-95 only card these days... Either they left out the 1XRTT spec, or they are sitting on some old Aircards.

Perhaps someone researching this can talk to someone at Codetel Wireless who can speak knowledgeably on this and report back? They should ask for a wireless data specialist, as the usual cellular sales person often doesn't know much about their data offerings.

Dave