I loved my DSL when I got it, but now it’s really pissing me off. The installation went smoothly, but I’m getting these small reoccurring outages that are driving me crazy. Every 15 minutes or so, I lose all http (web) and pop3 (email) traffic for about 60-90 seconds. ICQ, IM, ftp, and hotline still work, but no web pages load and no email gets sent or received while I wait for the digital hiccup to finish. After some delay, everything suddenly starts working again, and then 10-15 minutes later, the whole process repeats. If you’re trying to work, or surfing a bunch of sites, it drives you batty because there doesn’t seem to be anything you can do until a minute or two of non-activity passes.
The most annoying part is that PacBell made me sign up for a year of service, with a $325 early cancellation fine.
I should have stuck with a trusty cable modem.