bernt at bah.homeip.net
Thu Jun 4 23:27:00 UTC 2009
Mark Hartkemeyer said the following on 2009-06-04 18:23:
> I'm pretty new to FreeBSD and was reading part of Greg Lehey's The
> Complete FreeBSD 4th Edition. I found the section on ISPs in chapter
> 18 really interesting. I put some of his recommended questions to my
> ISP, Cincinnati Bell's Zoomtown. I think I talked to three or four
> people before I even got some of them answered.
> Here are some of the questions and answers:
> 1. What speed connections do you offer?
> 5MBps upload/5MBps download (she said bytes, but should it be bits?)
My isp have up to 1Gbyte/s costs 1000SEK a month
> 2. Can you supply a static IP address? At what cost?
> Yes, $49.95/month for the whole Internet package
Yes 50SEK a month
> 3. How many hops are there to the backbone?
> "It depends on the site you're trying to reach." (I think they
> misunderstood what I meant by "backbone"?)
> 4. What kind of hardware and software are you running?
> "Can't provide this, due to security reasons."
Sun and solaris + linux
> 5. Can you supply primary or secondary DNS for me?
> "You need a static IP."
No. Do it yourself.
> 6. Can you provide name registration? At what cost?
> "Talk to residential services."
> 7. Do you give complete access to the Internet, or do you block some ports?
> "Cannot provide this info, due to security reasons." After
> asking, I was told that I would be able to run a mail server and http
> server on my connection.
Outgoing port 25, 137-139 closed. Incoming port 137-139, 445 closed
> 8. Do you have complete reverse DNS?
> (They didn't know.)
> I assume this is a pretty typical response from ISPs. Has anyone
> asked their ISP questions like these? If so, what kind of response
> did you get? Does anyone know of a really good ISP, or a good
> resource for finding a good ISP around Cincinnati, OH?
> Mark Hartkemeyer
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