Living at 200 Mbps

Verizon just launched a 300 Mbps tier as part of its FiOS broadband offering for about $210 a month. While many might wonder what you can do with the 300 Mbps connection, I am going to find out soon. You see, my ISP, Webpass of San Francisco just upgraded my 100 Mbps connection to 200 Mbps — for free. Yup. For less than $50 a month, I am now enjoying 200 Mbps symmetrical connection in my apartment. My new networking problem: my 802.11n-based home wireless network is not fast enough for the super speed so I have to go back to using wires. That is a tad difficult considering there is no Ethernet jack on my Macbook Air. I guess a Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter should do the trick and that means a visit to the Apple store, soon.  

Webpass200mbps

Responses

  1. Nate Silva (@natevancouver) says:

    June 26th, 2012 at 5:51 am Reply

    But what are the bandwidth caps?

    1. Om Malik says:

      June 26th, 2012 at 8:05 am Reply

      No caps at all.

  2. Kyle Stults says:

    June 25th, 2012 at 8:18 am Reply

    Awesome. You guys in big metro areas are lucky. Are you aware (or are you [blissfully] ignorant?) that in most areas outside of a city, broadband is still non-existent? For example, at my parents home (rural Colorado) Internet speeds are lucky to approach 1 mB/sec, often half that. For this, they pay almost $90/month.

  3. I AM SHUBZ! (@shubzinator) says:

    June 24th, 2012 at 2:37 pm Reply

    You are one lucky ducky!

  4. Karttikeya Bihani (@kbihani7) says:

    June 24th, 2012 at 11:46 am Reply

    This is the heights. Okay….this is all good….but, What would you DO with all that speed? What can you possible do with that speed (for a residential purpose)?

  5. Dan Benjamin (@danbenjamin) says:

    June 24th, 2012 at 11:37 am Reply

    The Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter works well on my MacBook Air, though the software update has bricked many MBA’s. http://bigweek.co/2012/6/16/mac-is-unresponsive-on-startup-after-installing-thunderbolt-software-update-12

    1. Om Malik says:

      June 24th, 2012 at 4:14 pm Reply

      Dan

      Does this work with the Mountain Lion Pre-Release software?

  6. Karl Franks (@karlfranks) says:

    June 24th, 2012 at 11:32 am Reply

    Considering my internet barely struggles to get above 0.3 Mbps, I’d say to be bloody glad you can get those sorts of speeds at all

    1. Om Malik says:

      June 24th, 2012 at 12:28 pm Reply

      Where are you based Karl?

  7. steve crandall (@tingilinde) says:

    June 24th, 2012 at 9:54 am Reply

    I’m insanely jealous!

    1. Om Malik says:

      June 24th, 2012 at 12:28 pm Reply

      steve, you live in FiOS region. Why not upgrade to faster tiers ;)

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