stuart wrote:Claro modems are cable modems, so if you have a ADSL modem/router you won't be able to use it. But... and I know the prospect of this might bring a tear or two to your eyes... they give you a really good Motorola router with tonnes of settings. And I mean they give it to you, for free - there's no installation charge or fee for the equipment or anything. When setting up, they ask YOU what username and password you want to use. The router has a battery, so if the power goes out, you've still go internet on any batteried device you have.
In addition to the high quality hardware, you get a semi-static IP. I say semi, because either they have a very very long lease time or they are actually static but they might randomly change your IP address every several months - at least as far as I can remember from a previous Claro contract. Either way, I find this ridiculously useful. *Edit* - trying as best I can, I can't find a single mention of a DNS server. This IP address I've had I've had for as long as I can remember.
Lastly, 6mb internet costs about the same as 2mb internet from Movistar. I get about 600-700kbps down at peak hours.
This is great news. If Claro is cable -- and not the tiny, thin, single copper wire ADSL I have with Movistar -- then that's a bonus. I am trying to add some home security cameras, and the static IP will help. I will definitely get more serious about switching to Claro, then.
An interesting aside: when we upgraded our Movistar about a year ago, the technician tried to sell us an upgraded modem for another s./ 100. While he was standing there, I went online and checked the model he was trying to sell us -- it was an older model (A/b/g compliant, no N) and it was actually a downgrade. It was a mafia deal, and I am sure they trick a lot of people with the swap.