I am fortunate to live in a building that is serviced by WebPass, an SF-based, internet provider that is now owned by Google Fiber. I have been a customer for over a decade, and can’t live without their rock-solid gigabit per second connection. And it is way cheaper than whatever Comcast is charging for its offering.

That speed has come in handy as during this pandemic-induced isolation. Working From Home is made more effective if my Zoom calls are of the best quality. I love that I have really robust upload speeds, which is what you really need when doing video calls from the apartment.

That said, it is good to chill and have robust bandwidth for streaming music and videos. By the way, the whole building seems to be in chill mode in the evening, as shown by the sharp disparity in my day time and night time connection speed.

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.   Continue reading “Living at 200 Mbps”