The deed is done. We now have Comcast Business Class internet instead of their consumer offering. This is in addition to our realiable old Covad DSL.
The tech finally arrived about four hours late. Prior to that Comcast actually called to tell me that he was going to miss the 11am – 2pm window for the installation. That was nice.
Later, at about 4:50pm the tech called while completing his prior job to ask if I still wanted it done today. Since this is my home office I was going to be here a while, so I said “of course.” He arrived by 5:30 and was done in about half an hour.
He installed an SMC router on one of the four cable drops in the house. The first router he tried was D.O.A. so he replaced it and the connection was immediately live.
Since it was late in the day he was not able to provision the fixed IP aspect of the account. Apparently that is handled by a networking group in New Hampshire and they only work until 6pm EST. So for the moment the service is set to DHCP, which is fine for now.
Here’s a documentary shot from the speed test he ran to a Speakeasy server in Dallas TX. We’re paying for 16M/2M.