A web-developer using broadband

After years and years of running away from good internet connections, I’m finally going to have a fairly decent internet connection (I hope).

Apparently it should provide me with a download speed of 7.5Mbps. Probably about four times the speed of any previous net connection I’ve had – barring the occasional speed test I got running Mobitel HSDPA, where I sometimes got 6+Mbps.

A short history of my internet connections

  • 2001 in Toronto: 1Mbps, I was in awe having come from dial-up connections
  • 2001 in Dublin: 56Kbps, back to dial-up
  • 2002 – 2005 in Dublin: various connections possibly up to about 2Mbps at peak.
  • 2006 – 2007 in Leitrim: started with 56k dial up for three months (whilst running a web design company), then had probably 2Mbps broadband.
  • 2008 – 2009 in Longford: started with the worst wireless broadband ever, ended up with 1Mbps which was upgraded to 2Mbps – fairly reliable.
  • 2010 – 2011 in Cambodia: varied on various wireless broadband and mobile tethering. Between 512Kbps and 2Mbps. Might have had a faster connection in Hackerspace but can’t remember what that came in at, possible 3Mbps.
  • 2012 – now in Ballycastle: been hammering the bejaysus out of my tethered Three mobile. It’s held up fairly well, generally giving me around 1-2Mbps

As you can see I keep on moving away from places that might provide me with decent broadband. A strange thing to do considering the internet is my bread and butter. I was, for a while, considering moving to Rathlin Island where I would have either had to put up with 512Kbps broadband, or bought a HSDPA antenna booster and hoped to survive on my tethered Three mobile, assuming there were no storms or anything.

I came to my senses and realised that it was time to get a proper internet connection.