how the internet gets to me. aka, the last mile

Here's a photo tour of the messy, tangled, snarl of wires that runs the Internet to my house. It's a slow day here that I'm taking pictures of such things. :zzz:

All images are clickable for closer inspection. Select "all sizes" upon landing on the flickr page.

Image #1: The ugly-as-hell utility poles marching the lines down the street towards my house (and everyone's house on this and several other streets) Ugly!
Internet Connection from There to Here

Image #2: This mess is at the end of my driveway where the lines split off to me. The thick black cable on the bottom is telephone. The silver cable higher up brings in the net and TV. Electric cables are higher up.
Internet Connection from There to Here

Image #3: An ugly snarl over my driveway. When one utility comes to work on their stuff, they don't care about what happens to the others, hence, this snarl that will wear and eventually disable something. One of the lines is telephone, which I don't use anyway.
Internet Connection from There to Here

Image #4: The TV/net coax does a loop then slides down the side of the house. A lot of pics (ahem!) have flowed through this baby.
Internet Connection from There to Here

Image #5: The box where the TV/net cables "do things" (get split, I guess), then run under the house with many spiders and snakes. There's a warning not to open the box under penalty of castration.
Internet Connection from There to Here

Image #6: The black cable modem and the VoIP telephone box beside it. I disconnected my old "copper wire" telephone due to non-cooperation and inflexibility from the phone company.
Internet Connection from There to Here

Image #7: The router. Some things here are wireless, some wired.
Internet Connection from There to Here

Image #8: One of the devices (my computer!) that is hooked to the aforementioned stuff.
Internet Connection from There to Here

Image #9: Here some of the data becomes luxurious video on a screen! Everything on the screen was downloaded, right down to the operating system itself. We're all masters of downloading here. 😀
Internet Connection from There to Here

7 responses to “how the internet gets to me. aka, the last mile

  1. My last mile is buried 3 feet underground…..Which automatically means that the phone company has to dig up the roads every time some new nut hooks on to the Internet.You've got an optical last mile? Cool.

  2. Wish it was optical. It's copper coax cable.

  3. oy!in difficult financial days you can always sell wires by the pound and make a living! Most wirring in New York City are underground and we are fortunate not to worry during a bad weather for computer and other appliances' to be damagedhowever, before one digging in a street ends, another digging starts,the Jack hammer noise is not enjoyable either 😦

  4. Cable and copper is burried underground here as well, with the same disadvantage, not for new clients, but for upgrades on their cables. Which is due since coax is about 40 years old by now.A plus is,no matter how stormy the weather, the cables are safe.We have optical last miles too, as a promise in our ears, and in our dreams. 😀

  5. Gary, cool! You brought back memories. 😆 Mexico is a place where I've seen a 2 foot drop from the sidewalk to the road, and manhole covers left off, and nobody seems to mind.Here almost everything is above ground, so in the winter, the pine trees get ice laden and break, dragging everything to the ground. Pines don't handle the weight well on their branches. They snap like gunfire.

  6. One provider did try to "optical cable-to-home" here……They went bankrupt. 😛

  7. I read Japan had them, fiber to the home, for fair price as well. It made me envious and start eating sushi, in preparation of the move.Hai.

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