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Topic # 26190 15-Sep-2008 11:33
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I downloaded the WAIK for vista lite yesterday, the hostname resolved to an akamai server yet I was still charged for it? The download was large 2GB and I did it during the day because I thought it was free.

Is this an accounting error or is not all content from microsoft cached? The speed was quick 250kbps+ so it was definately local I would assume.

Any ideas?


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  Reply # 164491 15-Sep-2008 12:14
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Servers are hosted by Callplus so it will/should not be free for Xnet customers....

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  Reply # 164534 15-Sep-2008 14:57
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My understanding is that WxC have their own Akamai server(s) but the content on them is not controlled by them it is controlled by Akamai. I also understood that the first time someone downloaded something from Akamai it was downloaded to WxC's server then on to you, still making it free. Guess I got it all wrong. There are threads about it here on Geekzone from memory.


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  Reply # 164591 15-Sep-2008 19:13
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Its just a little annoying because I paid $3 for something I could have scheduled to off peak and could have downloaded it for free...


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  Reply # 164623 15-Sep-2008 21:17
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I'm not so much worried about the cost, but the speed's pretty tragic. Used to downloading from at break-neck speeds (400-500k/s) on my old ISP - tonight have been getting basic things like .NET2.0 & 2.0 SP1 and it's been going at about 25k/s... perhaps WxC are having issues with their Akamai server(s)?

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  Reply # 164651 15-Sep-2008 22:12
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I was getting 300kbps for my download so I'm not sure ...

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  Reply # 164658 15-Sep-2008 22:44
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I have been managing 600KBps+ off callplus' akamai servers. I think the akamai servers may have lost all their content when the power cut happened, and getting them back up and running is probably lower on the priority list for xnet

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