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  1. Putting things into perspective. In 1997 I started lagunanet and some people considered it the best thing since sliced bread, it saved people a ton of money "as long as they did not go over 100 calls" people were able to send email and do instant messaging, the web was still pretty green back then but it made communicating back and forth easy and avoided costly long distance bills. Telmex was the next best thing, it was new, cheaper, and they offered 56kbps over our 33kbps which later prompted me to start up a high speed wireless service, which again, was much better and faster than dial up and while we had our issues it was pretty reliable and you did not need a phone line for it to work. Eventually Telmex started high speed DSL which was pretty darn good and fast, however, over time. there service has degraded considerably, some areas are fortunate enough having fiber optic from Telmex many whom had to pay for the infrastructure in order to get it. Then came Illox which has seemed to have had a few stumbling blocks and issues but it was well received because they offered higher download and upload speeds than Telmex DSL. TotalPlay is currently the next best thing, I have it here in El Chante and have had it since June, and so far, with the exception of two outages when it was first installed it has been very reliable and very fast. I currently have their 200meg connection and am very pleased as are most people I have talked to. I also have Unet out of Jocotepec who also offer high speed Internet, I get 50 megs for $279.00 pesos per month. Just like our service back in 1997 our infrastructure was new and the longer time goes by, replacing and renewing equipment becomes costly, which in the case of Lagunanet it was no longer feasible to maintain. Total Play's infrastructure is brand new, over time, junction boxes and fiber cable will begin to deteriorate and crack but if Total Play keeps investing and maintaining their infrastructure it will probably be around for a while, that is, until the next new company or technology moves in. In the meantime, anyone who needs reliable internet service should always consider having two ISP's because nothing is 100% reliable and there will be service failures.
  2. It will be interesting to see how the service holds up after a year, I'm not a big fan of Salinas Pliego, plus the service has way to many charges that can potentially nickle and dime you to death. If the bill is paid early there's a small discount paid on time regular price, if its paid late there's a 20.00 pesos extra charge. Early cancellation fee (before 9 months) and its almost impossible to cancel, kind of reminds me of Sky TV here 20 years ago. Whatever you do don't lose the modem, I believe they charge around $2000.00 pesos, there used to be a small annual fee as well. I'm sure the service works fine but for those thinking about switching you should take a close look and the T&C before signing the dotted line.
  3. I have pictures of my sister and I standing in front of the Ajijic plaza late 70s early 80's an there were no cars. Yes things have changed, in 2005 it still only took me 15 minutes to get to Ajijic. I live on the west end of the Lake and cringe when I have to go to Ajijic, on a good day I can be in Guad in 30 minutes when the other day it took me an hour to get to San Anatonio.
  4. To this day I could never understand why people insisted on using Gmail or other free paid mail services, especially businesses , they mine data like crazy , most people will say "I have nothing to hide" until they realize they do.
  5. This is the time of the year when the internet does slow down, the month of May and June and into the rainy season the Internet does seem slower, when I had my business I use to dread this time of the year. Yes, environmental factors do play a role. Many of the junction boxes that house the cabling and equipment are outside and are hit by the sun all day long, the same goes for antennas on top of the cell phone towers, when things are warm they don't run as efficiently. Warmer temperatures indoors cause the modems and PC's to run hotter as well. It probably does not help much that there are more people staying home and are on line. Once things cool down things should improve, that is until the rainy season rolls around, after that there are a new set of problems that begin because of the rain, humidity, and condensation. 🙂
  6. Telmex can easily give users 100mbps over copper (if within the right distance), the recent offers to the different fracs to increase speed via fibre is for their own benefit, customers pay for the infrastructure and Telmex can now sell it elsewhere.
  7. Hopefully the shelter can help you I have been so far SOL I have been trying to find homes for 6 kittens I went to the shelter twice and was told they are full for cats. I have given two to Pepe and am still trying to find homes for 4 more. Good luck!
  8. Hi All I have been desperately seeking homes for some kittens we have, over the last couple of years we have been struggling with an over population of cats in my neighborhood. I have managed to have many of the cats spayed or neutered, unfortunately, my kitty fund has run low and I still have several cats that need to be spayed (a project I am working on). In the meantime two of the female cats have had kittens. Each cat had three kittens the ones below are about six weeks old. I currently have two kittens I'm putting up for adoption, in two weeks I will have three more. If you or know of someone who is looking to adopt a kitten and bring some love into their home I have these two available. I have found homes for the Black and Grey cat in the first photo but still need homes for the other two kittens which are in the photos below. Anyone who is interested please PM me. Thanks
  9. I am shocked, I was just chatting with him online two weeks ago and he said he was doing great. We had some great times together sucking down Tequila and working on Mexico Connect I'm so sorry to hear he is gone.
  10. I'm not surprised, when I started my business in 1997 a year later Telmex came in and many flocked to the cheaper rates and as I was told better service, obviously they have the bigger market share now so people have to put up with it. This is just Telmex, it has been pretty much the same company since I have lived here, they start off with a bang and then things gradually go downhill. I just recently ended my 22 year old E3 contract with Uninet and needed a residential Internet option I first subscribed to Telmex (it was my only option) and was getting 10megs down and almost 1 meg up, once the rainy season started I'm down to 5 megs down and 400Kbps up. Even though it's slow it's still reliable. I just recently subscribed to a new local company Unet Telecom in Jocotepec. I took to the lowest package which is 10/10Mbps up and down and so far I have been very happy. If reliability continues over the next few months I will bump it up to the 20Meg package. I'm sure Telmex will upgrade eventually in certain areas (if they see it as being cost effective) but there are many other options available now. Those who need reliability should really consider having two ISP's (if available).
  11. The delay is not uncommon and happens with most carriers offering VOIP service (interconnection) between ISP's. I have had the same experience with clients in Guad who use for example Axtel, Megacable and Intervan. Most of the time its latency between connections. A lot depends on the protocol and codex they are using, some are more forgiving than others.
  12. IPv6 is more efficient speed wise,however it may not make a big difference to the average user, but as whole its more efficient, packets that are normally bad get discarded along the way (from point to point routers), this can cause packet collisions and slow down the network this could explain faster peaking times, this alone improves network efficiency by at least 70%. With IPv6 it discards packets at the hub itself (router) making data transfer seamless. The other benefit is no more NAT or having to worry about IP conflicts over the network. This is often an issue which some Telmex users may have experienced, often times people will say they have no Internet, this is often caused by a network IP conflict, the user has to unplug the router and plug it back in to get another IP, IPv6 eliminates a lot of these nuisances. One of the biggest advantages going from IPv4 to IP v6 is that traditional packet data was sent wtih 64Kb, IPv6 can accommodate from 4 gb to 32 gb which is HUGE. This should allow Telmex or any other provider to roll out better and more efficient networks with higher data speeds with solid reliability.
  13. In my case I still have a commercial account so it was a matter of physically switching it over. From what I know it will be a gradual network wide rollout, if in fact it has not already rolled out in other areas. An easy way to check would be going to https://www.whatismyip.com You should get something like this. Your IP Address is 2806:103e:1c:1c56:321d:d5fd:2c1d:27c5 or Your Public IPv6 is: 2806:103e:1c:1c56:321d:d5fd:2c1d:27c5 Your IPv4 is: I know a lot of people are suffering lakeside with Telmex connectivity, especially those in San Antonio and Chula Vista, they are still using a lot of the old infrastructure that was installed for me when I started Lagunanet 20 + years ago so there is a lot old copper etc. I would assume that in a few more months that will change with new infrastructure along with a better network.
  14. For the last week I have been having issues with my Internet connection I have the same backbone contract I had when I was in my office in Ajijic back in 1997. Over the last couple of weeks I had been experiencing lots of latency and packet loss, I had been in touch with my account manager and the solution and (issue) was pretty simple to resolve. It seems that Telmex (uninet) has been switching their network over to IPv6. While most people may not care about this change, it will make significant performance improvements that should be noticeable for Telmex customers or anyone else using the Uninet or Telnor backbone. There are some significant performance advantages that should help improve speed and network performance plus less data loss (packet loss) that's because packet fragmentation is taken care of at the node level and not along the network. This should make for zippier performance. Just from some tests I was doing today it seems that most of their primary network is now all IPv6. This will also improve data security, better VOIP and better data flow across networks. Considering that IPv6 was only made the standard in 2017 I must admit I'm pretty impressed that Telmex has adopted it so fast.
  15. The issue probably has nothing to do with the cameras. I don't know how Ilox system works but I am assuming due to the price/bandwidth they offer that they are using NAT off of one public IP address. Using NAT allows one single IP address to serve multiple customers or (group). If you were to configure your cameras with your own internal IP you should be able to monitor them from within your home network. The issue is you most likely will not be able to see the cameras outside the private network. With Telmex this is not an issue because Telmex assigns a public IP address to each client. Some ISP's for an additional monthly cost will assign you a public IP address (if requested) that way you would be able to see the cameras outside your private network. A full Class C block of IP's (255) addresses used to be cheap 20 years ago and were plentiful. I had 2, but they are now scarce and expensive which is why most ISP's will use NAT to avoid the extra overhead, unfortunately this creates a problem in this case cameras or any other device that needs to be broadcast on a public network to function. If Ilox wants to they can configure the IP address on a network level (their sever) to work but to be honest it's a royal pain.
  16. I can agree with you partially. But I find it just as dangerous driving or riding my motorcycle today as it was 40 years ago, back then we had more animals, bicycles and people on the road than we did cars and scooters. The thing is that if the Transito did their job the correct way they could prevent many of issues we see today before they happen but they don't. It easier to set up road blocks in the morning and evening when the majority of the workforce is out. For most foreigners its cheap to have insurance, a license and everything else that goes along with driving. Most of the scooter riders cant even afford helmets which is also enforced yet they wear something that does nothing more than obscure their peripheral vision and nothing to protect them. When I say money Grab @PJPJ Its just that, today its motor scooters and cars without smog verification, a license or insurance, tomorrow they will whip out a radar gun in a blind spot and nail people for speeding, "lets not forget the seat belts and cell phones". I know most foreigners believe that Transito works in our best interest but they don't. They are bottom feeders and do nothing to uphold the law. Maybe if I had only been here a few years I would feel differently but I haven't, if more people knew the law they could defend themselves better, anytime I get pulled over before I even have a discussion I get a photo of the officer and a name, once I have that whatever I was pulled over for to begin with usually gets lost in conversation.
  17. Yes, there are many Internet options available now Lakeside, I know of one other company who will be offering services here lakeside (besides Illox) probably in the next 2-3 months, once the infrastructure install is completed I'm sure they will begin advertising.
  18. Yes, Ilox will be running fiber just like Telecable (Izzi), not the same as Telmex but it is a fibre like coax cable. They will use either single or multi mode. So, yes just like Telecable, Ilox will run their infrastructure straight into the fracs and homes. There is a big difference between the fibre the cable companies are running as opposed to what Telmex or other Telcos run, in that besides handling huge amounts of data they are also handling thousands of simultaneous data calls as well. Sure a lot has changed because Telmex has changed a lot of their old analog and digital cards to VOIP modules. While I have not said much as far as Ilox coming in infrastructure will get better, Telmex is very strategic, when I was in business they would wait and see how many subscribers i could get in a certain area say Raquet Club, Jocotepec, once they see the demand is there they will open up the flood gates and and improve the infrastructure (more speed, better service), but they take a wait and see approach. I am assuming Ilox knows this, and they should have deep pockets to overcome any of these kinds of obstacles.
  19. Telmex already has fiber installed and has had for the last 20 years, what people fail to realize is that fiber only goes to the junction boxes and is then distributed from there via copper. The fiber you see with yellow labels on the telephone polls that do say "fibra optica" are used to distribute to the cell phone towers. Having said that, if Telmex does install Fiber optic close to a residential community (development), it will run up to the distribution box and then be fed via copper. For example, the instituto international school on the libramiento paid Telmex for better Internet, and yes Telmex ran fiber along the libramiento and then ran copper from the highway up to the school. The school did in fact pay for the infrastructure, but Telmex uses those installs to its advantage and in this case ran more copper to the other schools on the libramiento. The only way you will get fiber is if you pay for it and it is physically installed on your property, it's not cheap, but when I did it years ago in 1997 it cost me about 15,000 U.S. But that way Telmex did not have access to using my infrastructure, had I had it run just to a junction box on the street and then copper, they would of had access to distribute it any way they wanted.
  20. So sad to hear this.. Wayne contributed so much to the community and was a great person. My condolences to Dale and Family.
  21. I second Sue's recommendation on Gustavo Marquez just had him build a huge wall on my property and some other things, he does an excellent job, he is not the cheapest but he does quality work.
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