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  1. There is a free PC program "Acrylic WiFi home" that will tell you what it thinks is the available wifi speed from your router.

    My router is an Asus RT-AC86U and recently getting 125 mbps WiFi download speeds on my laptop; measured with nperf.com. I have the 100 mbps Ilox package.

    Since you are saying all your devices are throttled to 100 mbps; is that both hard wired and Wifi?

    I sort of remember hearing once that one of the ports on the Ilox modem was throttled at 100; try the other port.

  2. Cedros, stop making stuff up to keep a stupid conversation going.

    I have renewed my passport twice at Mexico City. How would anybody tell you that ? You send the application to the embassy by courier and they courier your new passport back to you. I have never spoken to anyone to renew a passport. As far as I know there is no way to do it in person at the embassy in Mexico City unless it is an emergency replacement.

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  3. 2 minutes ago, cedros said:

    That website does not apply to me as far as I can see.

    The website displays the entry and exit of everyone except US citizens over the last 5 years; I am not sure about green card holders.

    If you are Canadian and have entered or exited the US in the last 5 years you are on it.

  4. On 1/3/2021 at 7:39 AM, dave0415 said:


    Cedros did not start this thread. Also be careful who you decide to call a cheat. His original accountant seems to have given him the correct advice.

    Dave, sounds like you took my comments as a personal insult.

    Cedros, if your situation is real and not just made up to spur this conversation then you are in way over your head; get some professional (probably legal) advice.

    Canada, the US and Mexico track all your entry and exits and share that info. In fact the US makes it publicly available. You might be surprised what you find under history at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov. I am sure that database has a lot more info on you than they make public. The website even knew that I had a new passport before I even used it. The website does not show when you leave the US in a car but Canada and Mexico provide the US with that info. Also, US CBP has been taking your picture at airports for years and has been installing facial recognition cameras at all the border exit points so that info will be available soon.

    If the health care system wants to know how long you have been out of the country they can get it.

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  5. Before you leave the US buy Mexican car insurance (I used Lewis and Lewis); it should include roadside assistance; and make sure your cellphone will work in Mexico; don't forget to get a TIP when you cross into Mexico. TIP is a temporary import permit for your vehicle.

    If you are driving down from Laredo you can stay at the Las Palmas Midway Inn in Matehuala; it is safe and your top of car cargo carrier will be safe.

    Dogs: there is all kinds of info on the Mexican government websites; we have a dog and travelled across the border in both directions and never asked a question about the dog; we do carry his health certificate and vaccination records.

    Self defense items: you might end up in jail if you get caught with a gun or other weapon that customs or the police don't like.

    Health care: don't come here if you are sick; if you are healthy I would plan on paying cash for any health care issues in the the short term.

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  6. 5 minutes ago, cedros said:

    My accountant says access to Canadian health care.

    Most provinces have a residency requirement to qualify for health care; I think Ontario is 180 days per year.

    I would hate to have surgery and find out that I owe the hospital $100,000 or more because they found out that I didn't meet the eligibility requirements of that province's health care system.

    And yes I still have my OHIP card.

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  7. 1 hour ago, cedros said:

    I lived her for years as a resident of Canada until my accountant said I should really become a non resicednt so I did. That accountant moved on and my new accountant says I am better off as a resident.  So I am a resident again. I pay more tax as a resident but there are benefits. 

    So what are the benefits that you are willing to pay more taxes ? 

  8. Like I said I have been adjusting the pH down for over 10 years.

    I only check the chlorine and pH levels once per week and usually need to add some pH down.

    About 4 weeks ago I drained my pool to replace a few tiles and the light; and have refilled it; precipitated the metals with chlorine, and just getting back to normal now. I have not noticed anything out of the ordinary.

    We live central Ajijic, a block west of Barbara's Bazaar.

  9. I get 25-30 at my Firestick 4K; I stream IPTV without buffering using StrongVPN.

    Without the VPN the buffering is constant.

    I believe Ilox is throttling bandwidth when they detect you are streaming IPTV unless you are hiding it with a VPN.

    My old original Firestick didn't stream very well even with a VPN.

  10. Just got back; 12 hours from SPI to Ajijic with stops. No problems, noticed 4 or 5 new Tams state police stations along the way and lots of State police, Federal police and National Guard out on patrol.

    The closed border is a bit of a joke; didn't even see a person at Mexican Immigration at 6:45 AM; pulled up to the remote controlled arm, got a green light, the arm lifted and I went right through.

    Crossing northbound at McAllen going up about 4 weeks was somewhat similar; 2 hour wait then the agent scanned our passports (my wife is US and I am Canadian) and only question was how much alcohol are we bringing into the US. I am guessing that CBP thinks increasing the wait time will minimize the non-essential crossings.

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