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Topic # 129289 9-Sep-2013 20:47
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So I'm looking at ditching Slingshot in favour of some better pricing - it appears Vodafone is offering the Chocka plan with 400GB of data if you sign up for 12 months, at a decent price.

Happy to do this, but I want to get a general idea of how file sharing sites perform on this plan- I generally share a lot of stuff between my friends in the UK + other content, and I get close to full speed here on Slingshot Unlimited.

What is everyone's experience thus far?





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  Reply # 892355 9-Sep-2013 20:47
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Hello... Our robot found some keywords in your post, so here is an automated reply with some important things to note regarding broadband speeds.

 



 

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  Reply # 892421 9-Sep-2013 22:50
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Hi,

How would you define full speed? All depends on your sync and browsing speeds.
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  Reply # 892462 10-Sep-2013 06:02
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Hi,

Put it this way - my line syncs at anywhere between 17-19mbps and I can max it out downloading a file (using multiple connections)





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  Reply # 892629 10-Sep-2013 12:22
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Aaroona: Hi,

Put it this way - my line syncs at anywhere between 17-19mbps and I can max it out downloading a file (using multiple connections)


Hi,

So torrenting or direct downloads? Direct downloads will be limited to the off shore connection or the weakest link. For my home connection, I can download with in the county at full speed. 19-20 Mbp/s. Off shore varies.
Thanks.




 




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  Reply # 892637 10-Sep-2013 12:29
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TimA:
Aaroona: Hi,

Put it this way - my line syncs at anywhere between 17-19mbps and I can max it out downloading a file (using multiple connections)


Hi,

So torrenting or direct downloads? Direct downloads will be limited to the off shore connection or the weakest link. For my home connection, I can download with in the county at full speed. 19-20 Mbp/s. Off shore varies.
Thanks.


Alright thanks, that's probably the answer I was looking for. Direct downloads 99.9% of the time, very very very rarely use torrents.







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  Reply # 892640 10-Sep-2013 12:30
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Aaroona:
TimA:
Aaroona: Hi,

Put it this way - my line syncs at anywhere between 17-19mbps and I can max it out downloading a file (using multiple connections)


Hi,

So torrenting or direct downloads? Direct downloads will be limited to the off shore connection or the weakest link. For my home connection, I can download with in the county at full speed. 19-20 Mbp/s. Off shore varies.
Thanks.


Alright thanks, that's probably the answer I was looking for. Direct downloads 99.9% of the time, very very very rarely use torrents.




Average for myself to US is around 5-10 Mbp/s




 




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  Reply # 892666 10-Sep-2013 13:01
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TimA:
Aaroona:
TimA:
Aaroona: Hi,

Put it this way - my line syncs at anywhere between 17-19mbps and I can max it out downloading a file (using multiple connections)


Hi,

So torrenting or direct downloads? Direct downloads will be limited to the off shore connection or the weakest link. For my home connection, I can download with in the county at full speed. 19-20 Mbp/s. Off shore varies.
Thanks.


Alright thanks, that's probably the answer I was looking for. Direct downloads 99.9% of the time, very very very rarely use torrents.




Average for myself to US is around 5-10 Mbp/s


Is that with a single connection? Or accelerated (say 10 connections for one file)? 





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  Reply # 892683 10-Sep-2013 13:12
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If you're wanting fast speeds why not pay a little extra and go with VDSL? There's a slightly blue coloured ISP that has 500gb for $139/mo with free setup.

Vodafone does (sadly) appear to be at the bottom of the latest Truenet reports: https://www.truenet.co.nz/articles/july-2013-broadband-report




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  Reply # 892690 10-Sep-2013 13:16
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Aaroona:
TimA:
Aaroona:
TimA:
Aaroona: Hi,

Put it this way - my line syncs at anywhere between 17-19mbps and I can max it out downloading a file (using multiple connections)


Hi,

So torrenting or direct downloads? Direct downloads will be limited to the off shore connection or the weakest link. For my home connection, I can download with in the county at full speed. 19-20 Mbp/s. Off shore varies.
Thanks.


Alright thanks, that's probably the answer I was looking for. Direct downloads 99.9% of the time, very very very rarely use torrents.




Average for myself to US is around 5-10 Mbp/s


Is that with a single connection? Or accelerated (say 10 connections for one file)? 


Hi,

Direct download from 1 dedicated node over in Phoenix.
Node has 1Gbp/s uplink.
VDSL or not we are still limited to the offshore connection :)

Thanks.




 


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  Reply # 892739 10-Sep-2013 14:19
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michaelmurfy: If you're wanting fast speeds why not pay a little extra and go with VDSL? There's a slightly blue coloured ISP that has 500gb for $139/mo with free setup.

Vodafone does (sadly) appear to be at the bottom of the latest Truenet reports: https://www.truenet.co.nz/articles/july-2013-broadband-report



I'm content with ADSL2 at the moment, faster upload would be nice, but at the associated cost, I just don't see the benefits.

I'm paying 124.50 at the moment, and won't be paying a cent more than $80 including wiring and maintenance through Vodafone, so really the decision is cost based more so than performance, but I wanted to get an idea on what the performance was before I considered it an option. By the looks of things, I shouldnt be taking too much of a hit, if at all, on the face of it (obviously there are other factors, though).








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  Reply # 892849 10-Sep-2013 18:05
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Dont forget if you go over the 400GB it doesn't look like there is an option to add more data or just get charged more to keep using full speed ADSL2?
It looks like the 400GB plan is already 'double data' of the 200gb plan rather than a standalone 400gb plan.
Or am I seeing this wrong?



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  Reply # 892853 10-Sep-2013 18:08
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Johnk: Dont forget if you go over the 400GB it doesn't look like there is an option to add more data or just get charged more to keep using full speed ADSL2?
It looks like the 400GB plan is already 'double data' of the 200gb plan rather than a standalone 400gb plan.
Or am I seeing this wrong?


YOu will be slowed to 64kb a second.

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/legal/terms-conditions/free-double-your-data/ 


After my plan expires in 12 month, I will likely swap providers if there isn't something better out by then with Vodafone.


Edit: Yes, thats right, the 400GB plan I am referring to is the 200GB plan with 200GB thrown in for 12 months.





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  Reply # 892861 10-Sep-2013 18:29
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johnr: Independent report finds Vodafone has fastest ADSL broadband network

http://community.vodafone.co.nz/t5/Press-releases/Independent-report-finds-Vodafone-has-fastest-ADSL-broadband/td-p/89114


Independent report commissioned by Vodafone shows Vodafone has the fastest broadband

Independent report commissioned by the commerce commission shows Vodafone has one of the slowest for peak speed and latency, but fast for web page download.

https://www.truenet.co.nz/articles/july-2013-broadband-report




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