im sorry if this question is stupid but i never really took the time to see what kind of internet services were available and since i believe this is the first time in a long time of using dial up i just want to know everyones opinion about dial up.
It's good in an emergency, otherwise... not so much. :)
After my last experience with dial-up, I would never go back. I stopped using dial-up in 1999. I've had to use it a couple of times since then, and it has only gotten worse.
Heaven forbid if I have to press the back button on a website, especially one that has flash advertisements. Dial-Up has been reduced from High Speed, to tortuously slow.
If I decided to download a file from filefront, it would go as follows,...
1. Type in the URL, and press enter. 2. Run to the store, and buy groceries. 3. Come back, check on the page loading status, if it is done, type a file to search for, and press enter. 4. Put the groceries up, and grab a bite to eat. Don't forget the coffee. 5. Check to see if the search results came up, and click on a link. 6. Go outside, sip on the coffee, etc... Do a couple of crossword puzzles. 7. Finally, come back in, and select the file to download. Then pray that the page does not disconnect during the night. 8. Reconnect the next morning, and hope the site supports your download manager. Also, hope the download finishes that day.
I remember the first time I tried a "big" download. It was a demo of one of the levels from Star Trek Voyage: Elite Force. About 120MB, but it took me four attempts, all overnight, to get it to download. In the end, my computer couldn't run it. =p
well i dont think i will be downloading too many things, what about in term of gaming like COD4, battlefield2, left 4 dead, dawn of war 2, etc... i've tried halo and it seems to work ok since everyone, including me, has about 100 ping.
I think one of the last times I tried dial-up was when I tried to download some 900KB file. Apart from it failing multiple times, it took aaaages to DL. So yes - if in an emergency it's not terrible, but it's very costly.
lol..I remember getting my first pc. I had dial up for about 3 months. I "forced" my wife into getting broadband. She insisted we didn't "need" it...it was too expensive...blah blah blah. Well, I don't think she really noticed how fast it actually was, until she went to her parents house & went online. She called me upstairs because she thought she 'broke" her dad's computer because it was taking forever to load a page. I lol'ed & told her it was dial up. She said "fuck that!, I never want to use dial up again!" lmao. She soon convinced her dad to get broadband(dsl, but I use cable).
Most modern games, especially fps, such as COD4, L4D & BF2 will be almost unplayable due to lag, & possible disconnects. I would just play singleplayer games if I had dial up as my only option.
Yeah, most "modern" games are unplayable. However, the older games still work as well as they did before.
Halo is a bit of an older game, so it may not need broadband. Generally, you don't want more than 4 players in a game, if one or more players are on dial-up.
Broadband is for chumps. 56k is where its at.
I've been stuck with dial-up at the house for a long time now. It's not that bad for just general web browsing and visiting forums and stuff, but your definitely not going to be downloading anything big unless you do a overnighter, and your not going to be doing any online gaming.
I should be getting high speed within the next month or two though, so hopefully i won't have to bother with it much longer.