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Master Geek

#23582 3-Jul-2008 12:12
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I'd like to know if it's a common issue that the speed during off-peak (12am~8am) is slow. National traffic is quite alright throughout the whole day, but international traffic becomes slower and slower towards night time, and becomes so slow that after 12am (30~50KB/s), I could barely watch YouTube without pausing for a few minutes. I sometimes want to save a little by watching YouTube during off-peak, but the speed I get makes it painful to do so.

Downloading linux update packages from an Australia FTP (Arch Linux, there are no NZ mirrors) is very fast during the day (400~800KB/s), but becomes much slower (relatively) at night (about 50KB/s on average), especially so during off-peak.

The bottom line is, I can barely do any serious download/streaming at night or during off-peak. Do you share this same experience or am I an isolated case?

I'm on FS/128 torrent plan.

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  #142530 3-Jul-2008 14:06
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If your on the torrent plan, it makes sense that your exepriencing slowness during the free data hours (12-8am from memory).

Information wants to be free. The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

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Master Geek

  #142566 3-Jul-2008 15:24
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I seem to remember that the torrent plan strictly speaking is not a plan, but rather how the accounting is done. If I'm not mistaken, that means my speed should be the same as what it used to be (during off-peak of course) before changing to the torrent plan. Please correctly me if I'm wrong.



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  #142612 3-Jul-2008 16:43
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Before the torrent plan, users were using bandwidth all throughtout the day..... now its all lumped into one time period, so youd expect to see slightly lower speeds really.

Motorway with one car on it.... nice and fast....  add 200000 other cars and of course people are going to slow down.

XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ



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Master Geek

  #142622 3-Jul-2008 16:57
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So I should expect everyone else share the same experience during off-peak? I seem to remember some people here wished for more off-peak free data, but at these speeds, I seriously doubt anyone can exceed 75GB.

I wonder if the same applies to customers on fibre, if they also experience this slow down after 12am.

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  #142635 3-Jul-2008 17:24

Can't say i've experienced any slow international speeds during off peak, I can successfully max out my connection (350-400KB/sec) during both off peak and on peak using international traffic

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Master Geek

  #142686 3-Jul-2008 19:10
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cranz: Can't say i've experienced any slow international speeds during off peak, I can successfully max out my connection (350-400KB/sec) during both off peak and on peak using international traffic

Same over here

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  #142697 3-Jul-2008 19:25
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siyuan: So I should expect everyone else share the same experience during off-peak?

It depends on a number of factors, but one would be how many Torrent customers are on your exchange clogging it up ;-)

You can never have enough Volvos!


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Master Geek

  #142729 3-Jul-2008 20:47
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Does that mean there's nothing WxC or I can do about it?

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Ultimate Geek

  #143104 4-Jul-2008 22:16
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I live in the CBD of Christchurch and I can only manage to get 340kb/s durring off peak and durring peak its much the same but the upload is crippleing durring the day i can only manage 25kb/s and off peak it gets up to 65kb/s. The only problem i have is international speeds are so bad in the evenings i cant even stream audio.

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Master Geek

  #143165 5-Jul-2008 10:46
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I am in Christcurch. Yes Xnet speed was bad a while back.

Now it definitely has improved greatly

above are my speedtest summary

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Master Geek

  #143168 5-Jul-2008 10:59
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I've had no problem maintaining 1000k/s through the night.

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Master Geek

  #143216 5-Jul-2008 13:53
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You guys get incredible speeds, not to mention those speeds are sustained throughout the night.

I will do one more speedtest tonight, and I think it will still be as slow as before. I'll probably contact WxC and ask if they can do anything about my slow speed at night.

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Master Geek

  #143300 6-Jul-2008 00:26
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I just obtained the following results (to Sydney):

At around 10pm, my speed is still acceptable, at about 11pm, it starts to slow down, and after 12am it's significantly slower. It's not a huge problem at that speed if I just want to do some lite web surfing, but I can't watch YouTube smoothly neither can I do some serious downloads.

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