...Things that make you go Hmmmmmm.
Anyway, my inside speed was consistent for many days and many tests (consistently sitting at 2.59Mbps download and 0.83Mbps upload). So I justified it at the time by telling myself, "Hey, at least your getting twice the speed of AT&T at half the price. Be happy about it".
So I was happy about it, until yesterday. BAM. No DSL. Period.
I called Sonic.net tech support (who have always been courteous and helpful, by the way.
But this time, it took three separate calls (& three separate tech's) to get the DSL even UP and stable for more than 30 seconds at a time. They confirmed, as I did via my own system analysis software, that the problem was not my modem, nor inside my house, it was external. Plus, I know that nothing inside my home has changed, wiring wise, or device-wise, or configuration-wise.
But something HAS definitely changed for the worse. I've run a ton of speed tests and connection status checks over the course of yesterday and today, and I am now MAXING OUT at a speed of 1.79Mbps down and 0.67Mbps up, and I've measured the speed as low as 0.45Mbps down and 0.67up! And that's IF I can connect at all. I couldn't this morning until a restarted my modem (which is a brand new Actiontec ADSL2+). I've either been capped FAR too low by Sonic (which I am almost sure is the case), or AT&T is somehow screwing with the lines (they are AT&T's lines, leased by Sonic).
Either way, this sucks.
Again, to recap: I was initially disappointed with 2.89 at the outside and 2.59 on the inside the house - but that speed was both consistent and stable for about one month. Now, suddenly, that speed has dropped nearly in half, and is sitting at about the same speed that I originally had with AT&T as a provider, and the line is a lot LESS stable now on top of that.
Dane, are you out there? What's going on here?