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# 38023 23-Jul-2009 10:39
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Weekly I download a couple of MP3 files around 20MB each from South Africa.  Today I'm doing it at 300kBps = 2.4Mbps which is 10 to 20 times faster than what it was up to last week.  There is a chance the files are now hosted on a faster server, or perhaps speed is now fast again?

Next I thought I'd try You Tube and obviously it would have to be a Volvo video.  But before I got to that I discovered Volvo the Game which is 589MB so I just had to download it.  It is downloading right now estimated 25 minutes and peaking at just over 400kBps = 3.2Mbps.  It is averaging around 360kBps.  Now this is still half my available bandwidth to the exchange, but it is much better than it used to be by far.

So while downloading the game I thought I'd check out the video on YouTube.  The game download dropped to 300kBps and at the same time the whole 55 seconds video downloaded by the time the video got to 17 seconds.  So video download was less than a third the playback time while also downloading the game.

Now don't tell all the Torrenters else we will end up in the same position we've been for a long time.  Just enjoy and hope Maverick, Cameron and the other guys and gals will start posting on Geek Zone again.  I really miss them, hope to hear of you soon, and thanks for what you do.

For those wondering, I'm on Fusion in Pakuranga in Auckland about 3.5km from the exchange.




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  # 238164 23-Jul-2009 10:51
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Probably just that the kids are back at school again this week? Speeds are usually terrible during school holidays.




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  # 238169 23-Jul-2009 11:01
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I never had problems with speed during business hours, it was always the evening performance that sucked.

 
 
 
 


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  # 238240 23-Jul-2009 13:49
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Niel, it's probably cause I'm out of NZ at the moment...

I'm on Fusion too off the Pakuranga exchange...  :)



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  # 238399 23-Jul-2009 19:24
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I have now again done a download from SA and it was 100kBps, however SA is now awake and they have limited bandwidth being an upcoming market (fastest ADSL in SA is 4Mbps).

So then I tried YouTube and videos play perfectly. Loads slower than this morning, but still a 55 seconds clip loaded in 29 seconds.




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  # 238429 23-Jul-2009 21:17
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Okay, slow again now at peak time. Oh well, I don't need You Tube anyway. But there are many people that does.




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  # 238456 23-Jul-2009 21:57
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In inner city wellington, was sick at home today and was (not) surprised to find browing speeds are as rubbish as they are at night. If I tried to open 3 tabs at once each page was about as fast or slower than opening a single page over gprs on my phone.

Confusingly enough though I downloaded a slimserver update at 200k this afternoon while my speeds were rubbish.



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  # 238476 23-Jul-2009 23:52
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I was also home sick, since Tuesday, have flu... Only today I was downloading and noticed the fast speed, thus the post. Tonight around 7:30 is was still acceptable to good, around 9:00 it was slow, and now at 11:30 it was same as at 7:30 acceptable with videos loading in half the play duration.

This would suggest that Littlescott's issues in Wellington are exchange related, because during the day I had great speed and most of the evening it was also good/acceptable. The past few months (not only holidays) I would not even think of watching You Tube during peak hours, and it needed constant buffering during the day, thus my surprise today.

Just thought I'd post something positive here for a change.




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  # 238702 24-Jul-2009 18:39
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Hello, yeah possbily, although the 200k download confuses me. I have tried someone elses adsl connection nearby and they're lightining quick, so who knows..

You certainly do appear to be having a better experience than me though :)


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  # 238716 24-Jul-2009 19:15
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Whenever I've had weekdays at home and have downloaded before 3pm, speeds have always been pretty fast - I'm in Johnsonville, Wellington.

What tends to happen after about 3pm (when kids start getting home from school) is that speeds degrade fairly rapidly, to the point where I find it's not really viable to do too much. This is a pain as my main free times to use the internet are at night. I guess the bright side is I don't spend hours in front of the computer :-)

However, I like the billing model Xnet have as well as the ease with which I can manage my data etc so I'll be staying for a while yet. On top of that, the CSR's tend to be second to none. If any other ISP's decide to play catch-up in terms of user self-management, billing etc I'll probably look at moving, but I don't envisage anything like that happening anytime soon.

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  # 241122 1-Aug-2009 01:30
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I have noticed the quicker speeds too - coincidentally (?) it happened as the e-mail melt down happened, but I have been getting very pleasing speeds lately.
Whatever or whoever caused it - - Thanks !

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  # 241161 1-Aug-2009 10:18
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Yes I have noticed the same thing during the day. Earlier this week, a download from MS around 1pm came down at 827KB/sec which is about 6.6mb/s. That is not too bad.

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  # 241245 1-Aug-2009 17:18
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I have to be the party pooper then and say that speed on my GF's connection here is pitiful. Fine she only syncs at 4mbps and gets around 3.3mbps to local sites which is fine, but the international blues are back.


Is it just me? My IP is currently in this range: 118.90.127.0/24
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  # 241252 1-Aug-2009 17:58
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Business as usual. Youtube buffering more than playing (6PM Sat night).

Sync is at the usual 7616 Kbps on ADSL1. Fusion is the product.

NZ websites such as TV On Demand and NZ On Screen stream superbly, so it's purely the same old lack if international bandwidth.

Nothing new here....

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  # 242060 3-Aug-2009 22:06
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I had 4 geekzone pages loading via right click for almost a minute, then my gf complained so I had to stop them. NZ traffic doesn't get any special treatment for me :(

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  # 243691 6-Aug-2009 21:38
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I set myself up on a secure VPN not long ago, and honestly its the best thing to happen in awhile.
It definitely shows how much xnet is prioritising your traffic once you do so.

If I tried browsing while bittorrent was going (eg wow update) I would usually get throttled or cut off.
Now it runs smooth as a babies bum, youtube loads at reasonable speeds and I get decent download rates even at peak hours.

Thinking of getting myself a VPS in the states and setting it up a bit better for my needs (mainly using the apparent prioritisation of secure traffic for gaming), but thats down the road.
Kinda ridiculous that I have to securely connect to a server in another country to make the most of my connection.

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