Hi everyone, this is a bit of a follow up from my post in the Telstra forums. To get you quickly up to speed, here was (part) of the last post;
Hi, you say you get 4.5-5Mb/s, is that what your modem supports or what speedtest gives you. As I say 2doors along I had a modem connection speed of 7.6Mb/s which is full chat for ADSL1, and the attenuation and S/N showed a good line. What does you modem report on these details.
If the exchange is ADSL2+ enabled then with an ADSL2+ modem you should get a connection at a higher ADSL2+ rate assuming your within that 1.5-2km region (which you should). As far as I know all the exchanges in the central city have been upgraded. Some ISPs limit you speed regardless of the fact that your connection is capable of higher, however most will go as fast as the connection allows, ie upto 24Mb/s, many folk are reporting 16-18Mb/s speedtest throughput, however you have to have a full uplink speed account to let speeds much over 4.5Mb/s occur as a 128k uplink will limit TCP throughput, ie you cannot ack fast enough. This is the only extra cost assuming your line connects at higher than 5-6Mb/s, ie you must be on a FS/FS plan to realise connection speeds over 5-6Mb/s.
So a few things just quickly;
1) Have the Wellington central exchanges been upgraded to ADSL2? (I believe the exchange is on featherston street, about a km away or so)
2) My ISP is Xtra, do you know if they'll limit my connection speed?
3) To get full ADSL2 connectivity, I'll need to go on the 'Pro' plan (for an entry level plan) correct?
4) How do I check what speed I'm currently connected at? The 4.5 - 5mbps speed I'm getting is when downloading from foreign hosts. I've yet to try a speedtest!