[AUUG-Talk]: misc questions from a pom

Peter Jeremy peterjeremy at optushome.com.au
Wed Jul 30 18:38:14 EST 2008

On 2008-Jul-30 08:10:14 +0100, Frank Shute <frank at shute.org.uk> wrote:
>I'm a stranger to this list so I hope my questions are appropriate for
>this mailing list.

Probably the best you'll do quickly.  Your alternative is probably
either the BUGS mailing list or IRC channel (the latter is the most
active) - see http://www.bugs.au.freebsd.org/dokuwiki/doku.php for

>I don't know anything about telephone wiring, so I was proposing to
>either get Telstra or a freelance telephone engineer in to fix it.

My understanding is that (in a domestic situation) the telco is
responsible for providing and maintaintaining the wiring up to the
first phone socket.  The customer is responsible for any other wiring
and sockets - either by paying the telco or locating/paying a
licensed contractor.

For ADSL, normally you will have an ADSL splitter on the incoming line
before the first telephone - this may remove the need to rewire the
remainder of the house.

>Could anybody recommend one to me?

Unless your sister knows someone, all I can suggest is looking in the
yellow pages.

>Finally, any recommendations for an ISP?

Probably your first step would be to type your sister's phone number
into the box on http://www.whirlpool.net.au/ and find out what choices
you have.  The big ones are Telstra BigPond and Optus - neither of
which are spectacular (eg Optus MTAs can't cope with greylisting).

>not essential and a fairly large cap would be handy. (My sister's 14
>yr old boy ran up $1000 in charges in one quarter downloading video
>etc. :(

You probably should look for a plan that does traffic-shaping rather
than charging on excess traffic.

Peter Jeremy
Please excuse any delays as the result of my ISP's inability to implement
an MTA that is either RFC2821-compliant or matches their claimed behaviour.
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