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anyone uses DSL for day trading?

  1. I am switching to AT&T DSL for internet access. I wonder if it is sufficent to do day trading with it.

  2. Kindly, Reply back with your experience on DSL.

    I too feel the need to go remote and AT&T seems to be the only option.
    Are you opting for the 6 MB/s speed.
  3. I don't do photos, movies and complex games, so I am thinking if any of the AT&T choices of 1.5, 3, or 6 mbps is sufficient for broker's market data.

    I suspect anything above 1.5mbps is sufficient.
  4. I use DSL here in Canada and I am happy with it.

    13 meg service, no downtime. (Sorry cannot speak to AT&T just speaking for DSL in general)
  5. I use DSL and Comcast cable modem both for day trading at home. I do fairly active trading. I use the DSL modem/router to share the DSL bandwidth with 3 computers regularly, all running TradeStation application with about 20-30 charts each (Each computer drives 6 monitors). The DSL (AT&T) bandwidth is pretty good. I think it is the highest bandwidth DSL option that I subscribe.

    DSL hicks up about once a day or every 2 days. Meaning: suddenly the data feed would stop. But the modem has auto recovery features. It goes in limbo for about 1 to 2 minutes (sometimes 3 to 4 minutes), then it continues. Other than that, my experience with AT&T DSL has been pretty good.
  6. DSL on speeds greather than 0.5Mbs is more than enough for active trading...
  7. You are being under served by the community here.

    DSL vs. Cable Modem: One is not necessarily faster than the other.

    DSL can be quite fast, on the condition that you live close to the relay station the phone company uses. If you're far away, your speeds will suffer exponentially. If you're lucky enough to be close to a relay, you'll have speeds that are faster than cable.

    Cable tends to be stable and overall fast when you compare it to the average of DSL speeds.

    You'll only know for sure if you have both and benchmark the speeds from your house.
  8. Don't piss around, get FIOS ( if you can). More reliable and faster than other 2.
  9. With this Comcast cable, I cannot even get Youtube video to run smoothly oftentimes. I certainly won't trust Comcast for my trading.

    The cable Internet of Comcast is slow, contrary to the common perception. I used to think cable was faster than phone line.
  10. Good to know Verizon FIOS, not available in my area.
  11. i used to use verizon dsl and never had an issue. now i use fios.
  12. AT&T DSL. Never a problem, far as I can tell.
  13. youtube has been really slow lately. i trade (and browse) just fine with comcast.
  14. I use DSL and pt multistation and have no problem with connection.
  15. It's decided: Will get rid of Comcast Internet and replace it with DSL next week.

    No more cable (TV is from satellite).
  16. Will you need a back up connection at home? I currently have the 6Mb ATT DSL service at home and have no problem with it running the LightSpeed platform. However, the DSL service went down a couple of times and I suggest get a back up connection at home, assuming you trade actively from home.
  17. i've been using AT&T DSL for many years as a trader. Never had a problem.

    I also use several power supply units for back-up power and a Verizon 3G Aircard for my laptop as a backup if my DSL and/or and trading computer go out. I've had to use the Verizon Aircard and the laptop to exit a trade a few times due to my trading computer freezing.
  18. How often did DSL go down? once a month?

    hope it's not once a week.
  19. Depends on your definition of "go down".

    Like I said up-stream, I experience hick ups with DSL regularly, about once a day to once every 2 days. I rely on using DSL to get my real time price feeds. I stare at multiple charts for 6.5 hours a day. When the price feeds stop (DSL hick ups), I notice right away. Usually it recovers in about 2 to 3 minutes. Sometimes I have to reset the DSL modem.

    Don't know if this is considered "down". But sure it is annoying.

    For Comcast modem: when it goes down, it really stays down for hours (cable cut, power outage or something). But generally it only goes down about 2 to 3 times a year. Not daily.

    Mine is AT&T DSL.
  20. Ditto here on the AT&T DSL

    Only one issue (they had a hardware problem upstream from me) they fixed it right away – no issues since – and it is plenty fast

    I’ve heard FIOS is unbelievably fast – but it is not available in my area

  21. question does proximity to the or a direct line to the exchange affect the speed, and if so how much. I am a scalper and every milisecond counts so if i were to trade remote from say california on a dsl or fios or whatever the ebst i can get would there be any delays?
  22. Shared lines are going to have increased latency compared to, say, a dedicated T1.

    Also note that light travels just 186 miles in a millisecond, and nothing travels faster than light. If every millisecond really counts for you and you want to remain in California, rent a computer colocated with the stock or futures exchange and use an automated trading system.
  23. I also have AT&T's DSL and I was having similar problems for years. On a fluke I bought a newer model of the original SpeedStream modem AT&T gave me (found on ebay) and that solved it. The newer ones do a lot better job at filtering noise, error correcting, etc. I have not had to power-cycle the modem since I bought it. Before that was at least a once-a-week occurrence. Highly recommended if your DSL modem is an older model.
  24. Both max speed and reliability of DSL depend on your distance to the DSLAM in the exchange.

    Here in Aus I have 20Mbps ADSL2+ and it is very reliable, but I am fairly close to the exchange.

    If you are having to reset your DSL modem, it is a good sign that you have a poor signal to noise ratio on your line. That may be just distance, but may also be due to poor connections or other line faults.

    You can check your S/R ratio by logging onto your modem/router using any browser and taking a look at the statistics. Then a bit of googling will tell you if what you see is reasonable, and sufficient for a reliable service.

    Also, if you have a telephone service on the line and can hear noise, then all is probably not right.

    If you have evidence of poor line quality, complain to your provider, though in my experience sometimes getting a tech to come out is like pulling teeth. I would go further to suggest that if you can manage it, talk to the techs that are actually responsible for lines as they do in general know what they are doing in contrast to what is laughingly known as internet technical support in call centres.
  25. You should be more interested in latency than speed. And yes, distance does affect latency. You can get a measure of latency by doing a "ping" to your broker. Then add some more latency for broker to exchange, processing time to check that you are within margin limits etc etc.