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TDS Internet Speeds WAY, WAY Down In New Hampshire — Struggling To Deliver 2.5Mbps!

by Anura Guruge


Started happening Friday night, i.e., December 11, 2020.

At one stage, around 8pm, we couldn’t even get 1Mbps on a WIRED PC — when we pay for the 1Gig service. Yes, we have the 1Gig service, & I am getting, when I am lucky, 2.5Mbps! That is insane.

What is worse is that I can’t get TDS to look into it.

It has been over 24-hours & they are NOT responding.

So, I am giving you a heads up.

You might want to check your download speed IF you have TDS. You will have Internet, BUT it could be very slow.


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Kudos To ‘TDS’ (Telecom) For Providing FREE Internet To Kids In Need During COVID-19 Crisis.

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I am impressed and happy.

I have been a TDS customer for over 11-years and these days we have a rather extensive TDS presence in the house with: 1 Gig Internet, TDS TV and the latest TDS MESH Wi-Fi.

Yes, I have a fairly HEFTY TDS bill. SMILE.

TDS and I have had our moments. But, they impress me quite often. This is another instance.

I am proud of them and GLAD to be a TDS customer.

Good for YOU, TDS.

Keep it up.

I will NOT call up and complain about my bill for the next two-months. SMILE.


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We Get TDS “Wi-Fi+” Mesh Network Based On “Eero” Products.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to check out the TDS “Wi-Fi+” offering.


Based on ‘Eero’ products.
Amazon plans to buy Eero.

Click to access the “eero” Website.


The “Eero” APP on my phone showing our network.

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We got Wi-Fi with TDS, in October 2019, as part of our 1 Gig upgrade. They installed a Wi-Fi range extender in addition to the standard router. With 1 Gog to the house we had decent Wi-Fi in the house — though this is a 4-storey house of around 3,400 sq. ft.

I never had any issues with this TDS provided Wi-Fi, though I don’t use Wi-Fi that much since my PCs are hardwired to the Extender.

Wife and daughter, who are exclusively on Wi-Fi, have complained, more of less from day one, that they keep on getting Internet drops. They kept on complaining. Last week I had enough. I called up TDS. I had no idea that they had a new MESH network-based offering. I was willing to give it a try.

This afternoon two technicians came and set it all up. It took longer than it should have because we have TDS TV, and that means the old router still has to be there. The main issue, however, was to get some port forwarding back in place.

But, we got it up. We have Wi-Fi. We get decent bandwidth. Not sure if we get more than we did before.

Early days. The question is whether this Mesh network will prevent those connection drops.

We will wait and see. I will keep you posted.

But, for now, as of today, we have the Eero-based Wi-Fi+ Mesh Network from TDS.

We have one ‘Eero Pro‘, i.e.,the router/broadcaster, and two ‘Eero Beacons‘, i.e., the range extender


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by Anura Guruge


TDS Telecom, To Their Credit(?), Still Prints Local Telephone Directories — Albeit Ultra Skinny Ones.

by Anura Guruge


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It came in the mail Saturday. Thought it was a magazine. No. The 2019 Directory for this area. Cute. Yes, they have been doing printed directories every year or most years. But, they used to be more substantial. Yes, they have gone to a larger format. Previous ones were narrower and shorter.

I checked a few names I knew. They were all there.

They have done their best to pad it. Even includes a page on ‘TDS TV‘ channel listings.

Maybe they are legally or contractually obligated, and YES I appreciate that WE, as paying customers, eventually end up paying for the costs of printing these. But, this is a waste and an anachronism. Sure, there will be a few that still appreciate a printed phone directory BUT you are not going to find the phone numbers you want in it. That is the problem.


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‘TDS TV’ FREE HBO Preview — DVR Recording Made Remain After The Preview.

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This was my first ‘TDS TV‘ free PREVIEW and I wasn’t sure what to expect.

For a start, I wasn’t sure whether any HBO or CINEMAX recordings I made will remain when the preview ended (which was today).

So far, so good but I will feel more confident tomorrow.

I think it was when I had DISH. DVR recordings only worked provided you still had the channel. So, any recordings you made disappeared when the preview ended. They tried to get you to sign-up for that channel.

As far as I can the TDS TV preview ended today. The HBO and Cinemax channels no longer appear on the Guide.

But, the FEW recordings I made are still there — and they play.

So, hope this helps.


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by Anura Guruge

FREE HBO & Cinemax Preview On ‘TDS TV’ August 16 — 20, 2019.

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I wondered whether ‘TDS TV‘, like DISH and DirectTV, did such FREE preview weekends. And then I got an e-mail a few days ago.

I have had ‘TDS TV’, with considerable success and satisfaction, for one-week short of a year. This was the FIRST preview that I was aware of.

Starts tomorrow. HBO will be in 800 range. We might have to go find it off the Guide. I don’t know. My first time.

I will let you know. If you have ‘TDS TV’ enjoy. There are a few HBO movies I wouldn’t mind seeing. Not sure whether DVRing will work — after the Preview window ends.


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TDS Telecom Having Issues With Internet & TDS TV In New Hampshire — Sunday, November 3, 2018.

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Click to ENLARGE and read. From Twitter … from @tdstelecom.


Yes, I noticed it as of around 10pm which is when I started watching TV. Wasn’t too, too bad. I was recording both the “Durrells” and “The Woman in White“. From what I can see they recorded OK though the live pictures I saw were breaking up and pixelated. Just to be on the safe side I scheduled for them to be recorded again, later tonight, on another PBS channel.

The outage must have been pretty bad because it made the WMUR 11pm news. They showed the above Twitter.

This is the first hiccup I have experienced with TDS TV since getting it in late August 2018.

I will keep you posted.

Per their Tweet they hope to have it resolved by now, i.e., midnight.


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“The Help” Movie (2011) — Well Worth Watching AGAIN; So Topical, So Powerful.

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The Book
(which I had bought many years ago)


I had seen this powerful & touching movie many years ago — most likely soon after it came out. I liked it so much, and it moved me so much, that I went and got the paperback from Amazon. I haven’t got around to reading it as yet — but I was sure glad to lay my hands on my copy, in my book littered office.

I happened to see it been shown on one of the new channels we have with our TDS TV. I recorded it so that Teischan (12) can see it.

I am getting her to read, out aloud (for I), most nights, to “Kill A Mockingbird“. I thought this movie will help her get more perspective. She liked it — which was good.

Wow. It is set in the 1960s, but it might as well be TODAY!

Racism is more virulent than I ever remember — and I am not even sure what it is like down South. So, watching this movie is sobering. Makes us realize that we haven’t made much progress when it comes to Civil Rights. Lets just remember — Black Lives Matter.


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“Atlantic Broadband”: I Downgraded, Today, From 1 Gigabit Down To 250 Mbps.

by Anura Guruge




After 6-days of immense frustration & about 5-hours of wasted time with technicians, in person & over the telephone, I decided to cut my losses and just go back to the 200Mbps service I was previously on.

Atlantic Broadband just could NOT deliver 1 Gig. After all I went through I am convinced that Atlantic Broadband’s ‘cable plant’ in Alton is NOT capable of supporting Gigabit Internet. It just does not have the capacity.

I was on hold for 90-minutes. Their service really SUCKS.

Finally, I managed to get myself downgraded. They no longer offer the 200Mbps service. So, I had to get the 250Mbps.

That service, i.e., 250Mbps, delivers on its promise. I consistently get 250Mbps. So, I am happy.

My stupidity isn’t that great that I was going to pay $40/month EXTRA to get the same level of bandwidth I can get with the 250Mbps service.

So, a HUGE Heads Up.

Do NOT get the Atlantic Broadband 1 Gig (Gigaedge) service in Alton. You will get SCREWED.

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I still have a chance of getting 1 Gig — with my other Internet provider TDS! Currently I have their 300 Mbps service (as of last Friday, August 24, 2018). I also went with TDS TV. We need to do some heavy duty rewiring to move the TDS modem to my office — rather than being in the TV room. Going to do that in the next month. Then upgrading to 1 Gig with them. They are promising 800Mbps to my PC! Yes, I will keep you posted.


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Finally Got ‘TDS TV’ And I Am Impressed & Pleasantly Pleased. Whoa!

by Anura Guruge



I resisted ‘TDS TV‘ and TDS 1 Gig Internet for nearly 2-years. Just wasn’t sure whether it would meet some stringent requirement for good, HD quality TV. Finally, last weekend I decided to take the plunge because I really do need to upgrade and rationalize my ‘networks’ — and yes, I do have two: one from TDS and the other from Atlantic Broadband.

I will, within the month, be upgrading to TDS 1 Gig Internet. But, before I did that I wanted to see how TDS TV performed.

I am IMPRESSED and VERY PLEASED.

The HD quality is outstanding. Haven’t noticed any delay or jitter as yet.

The 300Mbps Internet service seems SOLID. I am delighted.

They insist on using an ActionTech Wi-Fi router and the one they installed today wasn’t bad at all. Actually pretty damn good. Good signal strength.

The two technicians that came to do the install, Michael V. and Micale V. (not related), were impeccable.

Overall a GREAT experience. I was over the moon.

My Atlantic Broadband 1 Gig is still not perfect, BUT this TDS install made up for it.

I will keep you posted.

But, right now, two thumbs up for TDS TV.


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