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NZHawk

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#42379 3-Oct-2009 11:45
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Hey,

Two days ago I recieved my letter from telecomm explaining that the GoLarge service wont be active anymore, and suggested moving plans (BigTime with the free $10 difference paid for the first three months).
I then within 20 mins of opening the letter had change my plan the BigTime.

The change took about 12 hours (I was quite surprised, as the site said it might take up to 3 days).

I would class myself as a heavy downloader (On average 120gigs per month) using Torrent, HTTP, YouTube, and webcam. With 5 computers in my house each belinging to a different person, 40 gigs a month does not cut it.

After I checked that I was on BigTime I know get


As my sync speeds, Before my upload was 128kbps. 


SHAPING INFO
HTTP

From my experiences, to servers in the US, AUS or NZ I get my FULL line speed ~750kB/s - 1mB/s.
There IS 'shaping' on filehosts such as rapidshare and megaupload.

TORRENT


Definite traffic shaping, limited to ~180kB/s during the day.
Got the fasted speed yet on torrent when this 'shaping' was not active, ni GoLarge I would never hit 400kB/s on a torrent...

This is my uTorrent Speed graph from a night..



As you can see there is definalty some traffic shaping going on. I thought Telecomm said 2am - 9am? (OH, Checked their site and they say "Generally")
Would 'Generally' mean 5am - 8am then? :P

YOUTUBE


Seems to be working fine for me... A while ago when BigTime first came out, there were lots of people complaining about the lack of YouTube performance. Seems to be fixed.. Although on 'UnCached videos, there can be slight stutter.
As my GoLarge plan would play YouTube perfect 100% of the time, even the HD stuff, I am a little dissapointed, but in return I get really good constant download speeds.

PSN - Playstation Network

At around 1pm I was getting 1mB/s from the PSN Store. (Downloading a demo - Uncharted 2, Very good, Worth getting :P). I tried downloading another demo around 10pm, and it was going around 150kB/s.
I was talking to a friend while playing the game, and hes with Xnet, he was getting Lag, as his character just stopped responding, whereas I was fine, and experienced no lag. (My Xnet friend also has no-cap upload speed)

OVERALL

I am very happy that I moved over to BigTime, sure YouTube is not perfect all the time, but in exchange for that faster, full line speed, its great. Having the extra upload speed can make all the difference then :P
I say make the move, sure there are a few kinks that need working out, but it can only get better....Right?


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Aaroona
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  #260778 3-Oct-2009 12:01
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Sounds pretty good so far.
I wonder how it will be when a whole lot more people are on it though. That's my concern. The Busier that plan gets, my understanding is that they share all the resources between everyone on that plan. so the more people on the plan and active, the more the limits are imposed. At least, that's what i've interpreted.


I want to see what it's like 2-6 months down the track.

 
 
 

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scorpiworld
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  #260809 3-Oct-2009 13:57
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Good to hear a positive review on BigTime plan :)

It helps to understand what traffic shaping means and having the right expectations on what speed you will get during different times of the day. You definitely have that understanding and I wish more people did too.

As Aaroona say's the more popular the plan the slower / more shaped you would expect the experience will be, I'll be waiting to see if that happens or TNZ with their on going network capacity expansion will allow them to apply the same traffic shaping today across more customers?

Oh and on the generally 2am-9am rule... don't forget daylight savings. Clearly the TNZ traffic shaper has! ;) One last thing, on your graph from 2AM you do get a big jump and then gradual increases to 5am which I'd say is normal behaviour for P2P as people come online around the world the queuing systems work.

Again good review and balanced opinion on a tricky product for TNZ to offer.

Ragnor
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  #260826 3-Oct-2009 15:51
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You can get interleaving turned off on Big Time also, which you couldn't on Go Large

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