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Message 829073 - Posted: 10 Nov 2008, 21:24:37 UTC - in response to Message 829040.  



Where is your God now?

...do you have any recent results?


Better yet: anything you actually pay for yourself and not a University's internet?
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Message 829075 - Posted: 10 Nov 2008, 21:26:59 UTC - in response to Message 828990.  

here is mmine...slowly to Frankfurt



Same prob. here. Veeeeerrrrry slow.
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Message 829549 - Posted: 12 Nov 2008, 5:20:08 UTC
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Anyone notice a significant drop in their speeds since Sunday Nov 9, 2008? My download speed is usually near 6000 kb/s. Lately it is barely 2000 kb/s. Upload speed has not been quite so reduced. I haven't changed anything as far as my home network goes (as far as I know).

I have DSL with CenturyTel.
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Message 829603 - Posted: 12 Nov 2008, 13:13:57 UTC
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What do you know... I'm back to normal today. Even a bit better than usual. :)
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Message 829665 - Posted: 13 Nov 2008, 0:06:34 UTC - in response to Message 829603.  

A couple of days ago the telephone (Centurytel) company broken the (DSL)line near Imboden, AR. Took a few (many) hours to fix. That might have had something to do with your results.
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Message 829918 - Posted: 13 Nov 2008, 20:34:33 UTC

I would like to point out here, if someone hadn't yet, that in the United States a number of cable broadband ISPs use a technology called "speed boost" to increase download rates for small transfers. This has a tendency to inflate the results that SpeedTest returns. You may actually have only a 5Mb/s connection for large downloads but SpeedTest will report numbers in the 25Mb/s range.
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Message 829964 - Posted: 13 Nov 2008, 22:46:35 UTC

That's true, but thankfully not in my case. I regularly do downloads of 200-500MB, and Firefox reports a speed of 1.5-2.1MB per second for the majority of the download. This is consistent with the kb/s measurements I've gotten on SpeedTest. Comcast (which I have) uses PowerBoost to accelerate only the first 10MB of each download and the first 5MB of each upload. Ironically, for me the downloads get faster as they get closer to the end of the file. Who knew?
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Message 829965 - Posted: 13 Nov 2008, 22:46:55 UTC
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Yeah, Comcast calls it PowerBoost. They say it gives up to 16mbit, but I've seen almost 30mbit at times. There is no officially-posted amount of time/data that goes through before the boost goes away, but I find that it's usually about 30 megabytes. Uploads work the same way, but those only go up to about 3mbit for about 5 megabytes.

Normally I get 6600kbps/350kbps on very large transfers.

One of the other things that I find tends to skew speed test results are these sites that use some flash/java utility to do the test. These tend to be very inaccurate from what I have found. Speakeasy has one on their site and it will tell me I've got 15mbit upload, because the progress increases gradually up to 50% and then goes straight to 100. The best one I have found for testing speed is testmy.net. They use HTTP transfer to measure the speed, and they also have many sizes for the test. I find I get more accurate results with that.
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Message 829966 - Posted: 13 Nov 2008, 22:54:17 UTC - in response to Message 829965.  
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There is no officially-posted amount of time/data that goes through before the boost goes away...

Read the fine print on the packages available on Comcast.com - that's where I got the 10MB download and 5MB upload figures from.

Like I said, it behaves the opposite for me - the beginning of the download is the slowest, but it accelerates quickly to the 1.5-2.1MB range for most of it.

Don't ask me why - I'm certainly not going to look this gift horse in the mouth...
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Message 829968 - Posted: 13 Nov 2008, 22:59:12 UTC - in response to Message 829918.  

I use Comcast with PowerBoost. My official speed is supposed to be 10Mb/2Mb, but I was getting 25Mb+ for most of my http downloads (some as large as 4GB). But as I stated in my previous post in this thread, my speed hasn't been the same since my brother dropped a cable through my line and Comcast "fixed" it.
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Message 829971 - Posted: 13 Nov 2008, 23:09:55 UTC

A dual-test result from www.testmy.net:


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Message 830121 - Posted: 14 Nov 2008, 6:02:48 UTC
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I'm actually from near Milwaukee


Supposed to be 1024/128 kbps
I'm getting service with faster uploads installed within 24 hours to compliment my attempts to run a server at home

My Website



I'm a Prefectionist ;)
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Message 830172 - Posted: 14 Nov 2008, 7:22:00 UTC

My test is here:


It's only Verizon DSL @ 3M and 768K of course, The line is capable of 6M and 768K though, Of course I didn't see It being faster so I went back to 3M as I felt that was superior to 6M(DL).
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Message 830180 - Posted: 14 Nov 2008, 7:37:29 UTC - in response to Message 829966.  

There is no officially-posted amount of time/data that goes through before the boost goes away...

Read the fine print on the packages available on Comcast.com - that's where I got the 10MB download and 5MB upload figures from.

Like I said, it behaves the opposite for me - the beginning of the download is the slowest, but it accelerates quickly to the 1.5-2.1MB range for most of it.

Don't ask me why - I'm certainly not going to look this gift horse in the mouth...

Interesting. When it came out, I was having problems with just being connected, and when I was on the phone with tech support, I asked them if they had any details on it, and they said there's nothing officially posted. From what I read when they were starting to roll it out, it was supposed to be unlimited for length of time and speed, only as long as the node you are connected to can handle it. Basically when the node is idle, you get it. That's how I read it. Then on the testmy.net forum, I was asking about it in an existing thread, and one of the people on there actually works for Comcast and said that it's usually about 30MB for the beginning of a download and then it goes away.

What I have found though is when getting a Linux DVD, the beginning pulls 2.47MB/sec for about 30MB, then drops to 775KB/sec for a few minutes, and during the remaining download, it goes up into the 2MB range again and comes back down with no apparent pattern.

My friends and I are working on getting a business started, and we're looking at doing a 100mbit ethernet line. That will be fun.
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Message 830799 - Posted: 15 Nov 2008, 12:28:41 UTC
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Heres Mine.Spokane, WA to Wellington. The ping kinda scares me :D
I dont have powerboost. You get that with cable. I just have a 4mbit connect.
Cable and inet? 6mbit and higher.
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Message 830838 - Posted: 15 Nov 2008, 15:44:33 UTC
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:::.. Download Stats ..:::
Download Connection is:: 2798 Kbps about 2.8 Mbps (tested with 3072 kB)
Download Speed is:: 342 kB/s
Tested From:: http://testmy.net/ (Main)
Test Time:: 2008/11/15 - 9:37am
Bottom Line:: 49X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 2.99 sec
Tested from a 3072 kB file and took 8.994 seconds to complete
Download Diagnosis:: Looks Great : 11.16 % faster than the average for host (centurytel.net)
D-Validation Link:: http://testmy.net/stats/id-ZVLIPTXQA
User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en-US; rv:1.8.1.18) Gecko/20081029 Firefox/2.0.0.18 [!]


Right now my CenturyTel 6-10mb DSL SUCKS. Looks more like 3mb than 6-10mb. All Centurytel customer service says it that "we can't guarantee speed if you use a wireless router". I used to get pretty close to 6mb speeds WITH my wireless router so I think they are full of it.

My DSL modem says : DSL Connect Rate (Down/Up) 8800 KBits/Sec by 864 KBits/Sec
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Message 830931 - Posted: 15 Nov 2008, 20:36:48 UTC - in response to Message 830838.  

To try to rule out the PowerBoost thing, I selected a larger download test with testmy.net. I went with the 50MB one.

:::.. Download Stats ..:::
Download Connection is:: 7676 Kbps about 7.7 Mbps (tested with 51195 kB)
Download Speed is:: 937 kB/s
Tested From:: http://testmy.net/ (Main)
Test Time:: 2008/11/15 - 2:15pm
Bottom Line:: 134X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 1.09 sec
Tested from a 51195 kB file and took 54.637 seconds to complete
Download Diagnosis:: Awesome! 20% + : 22.17 % faster than the average for host (comcast.net)
D-Validation Link:: http://testmy.net/stats/id-MPUDRJ5AH
User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.0.3) Gecko/2008092417 Firefox/3.0.3 [!]

Not too bad, I think. Of course PowerBoost is still in there at the beginning, but the overall average is closer to being believable.

Here's the 100MB download:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::
Download Connection is:: 6947 Kbps about 6.9 Mbps (tested with 102391 kB)
Download Speed is:: 848 kB/s
Tested From:: http://testmy.net/ (Main)
Test Time:: 2008/11/15 - 2:21pm
Bottom Line:: 121X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 1.21 sec
Tested from a 102391 kB file and took 120.743 seconds to complete
Download Diagnosis:: Looks Great : 10.57 % faster than the average for host (comcast.net)
D-Validation Link:: http://testmy.net/stats/id-F136EPDAK
User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.0.3) Gecko/2008092417 Firefox/3.0.3 [!]
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Message 831075 - Posted: 16 Nov 2008, 6:56:14 UTC

Down to dial up speed for the rest of the month...


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Message 831616 - Posted: 17 Nov 2008, 19:35:46 UTC - in response to Message 831075.  

Down to dial up speed for the rest of the month...



I would slit my wrists...
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