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Wannabe Geek

# 77239 13-Feb-2011 00:39
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Hey guys/gals,  I've recently been bouncing from ISP to ISP looking for the right one.  I went from telecom (fast but not enough bandwidth for me) to slingshot.  The speedtest on slingshot was about 3.5Mb/s but we all know how slow slingshot is on All you can eat therefore I decided to change to telstra clear.  I just got connected a few hours ago and I'm still using the telecom modem (thomson, cus telstra's one have not arrived yet) and I can connect to the net and stuff.  Feeling relieved that I can stream youtube again (slingshot can't) I decided to give a speed test again but received pretty bad results. 

The thing is, I have my home all setup cus I had been receiving good speeds from telecom so I'm wondering is it the telecom modem acting up or is there some set-in time for the telstra connection?  Any tips will help and I'll try to provide any info I can give, but I might need advice on how to obtain those info.


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Uber Geek


  # 438739 13-Feb-2011 01:16
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Speedtest results aren't always that meaningful. For example the Auckland speedtest server is hosted by Xnet (I think) so all you are testing is the route from you via Telstraclear to Xnet.

There are many reasons why performance of that particular route might vary.

When you look at "performance" you are better off looking at things you care about, eg: Youtube, facebook, windows updates, steam, download from site xyz etc etc.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 438740 13-Feb-2011 01:17
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Thanks for your response, yes I will go ahead and try it on various applications (video stream, p2p, DDL and gaming)


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Uber Geek


  # 438778 13-Feb-2011 09:47
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Also are you dealing directly via LAN? My TC speed test was always 25% slower over Wifi

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Wannabe Geek

# 438781 13-Feb-2011 09:50
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Yes I am on Lan but the speed has improved drastically overnight, so I guess there was some kind of set-in period, thanks to all that have replied but the issue is resolved :D

This is ADSL 1 Btw

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Master Geek
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  # 438834 13-Feb-2011 13:16
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Speedtest Christchurch

TCL peer directly with Snap so you can generally see better results.  

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Ultimate Geek

  # 439703 15-Feb-2011 11:40
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Ray314: Yes I am on Lan but the speed has improved drastically overnight, so I guess there was some kind of set-in period, thanks to all that have replied but the issue is resolved :D

This is ADSL 1 Btw

I get this on Slingshot AYCE.

Except atm, peak times are terrible.

NZ / AU Battlefield 4 Gaming Community

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Master Geek
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  # 439855 15-Feb-2011 15:29
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And this is what i get at work


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Uber Geek


  # 440241 16-Feb-2011 13:20
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The problem could be the connection between your house and the exchange, the old copper wiring. TC can't do much about that.

Try speed test on multiple servers. The older Auckland server always gave me the best results, there are two now. The Wellington server's much slower than the Auckland server, even though i'm in Wellington, which has to be to do with inefficient routing.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 442897 23-Feb-2011 21:11
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Well thanks for everyone's replies but I thought too early about the problem.  I kinda understand what you are talking about with the bad wiring.  Currently I'm living in somewhere around Flat Bush in Manukau city and maybe it is possible to have that problem, but the my net speed was rather fast before I changed ISP (when I was still at telecom I can get around 800kb/s downloads from Microsoft without DLManagers). 

The main problem I'm having now is that I'm getting insanely slow speeds during "peak times" and thats pretty much the whole day except the period between 1am - 9am which just isn't useful. 

Right now I'm performing a speed test at 9pm on a Wednesday night and here is the sad result:

I've followed up with telstraclear recently (hence the lack of posts) and they'd suggested to me to perform some tests on the line during different times:

Here is the instruction they had given me....


Are you getting constant slow connection ?any particular time of the
> day? Randomly?
I can't be sure exactly when, heres what I know:     7am in the morning will get 6.5MB/s from,  6pm-1am will get 0.5-1.5 MB/s

> >How long have you been using your modem?
2 years, but I have tried the new telstra clear single modem with the same slow speed

> >How many tel jackpoints?and do they have filters on all the jps that
> are being used?

3 are being used, 1 for ADSL and 2 for homeline, all are filtered, I even tried to unfilter the ADSL line (keeping the homephones filtered)

> >How many telephones being used?

> >Do you have an alarm,sky decoder or fax attached to the tel line?

> >Try to unplugged everything, just leave ONLY your modem to the jp and
> run a speed test?What speed are you getting?
Currently at 6:42pm, 0.8MB/s

> 1.Please do speed test :
> >go to or go to
> >run speed test during off peak and peak hours :off peak (7 am to 12
> noon) and peak time ( 7pm to 12mn)
PEAK time :
WorldNet Bandwidth Metre Results
Your current bandwidth reading is: 733.40 Kbps
Which means you can download at 91.68 KB/sec. from our servers

1.7MB/s from nzdsl

OFF PEAK Time:   5.9MB/s From worldnet


They had then since contacted me again about how telecom lines have allocated bandwidth between each ISP and congestion can occur during peak times for those ISPs that have too many customers in said area and theres nothing they can do about it.

Well now the question is, would congestion really slow it down by this much?   And if so should I just change back to telecom?  Since it seems like they had more "allocated bandwidth" for this area.

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  # 442937 23-Feb-2011 23:46
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Does sound like a peak time congestion issue.

First though can you login to the admin ui of you modem and take a screenshot or post the detail of the the connection stats?

eg: Line rate, line attenuation, signal to noise ratio etc

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Master Geek

  # 445036 3-Mar-2011 00:28
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I've just switched from Clearnet on Cable to ADSL due to a house move into a non-Cabled area. Am also experiencing massive peak-time slowdown - typically to less than 1 mbps regardless of which NZ server I speedtest off (tried them all).

After midnight, it shoots up to 15 mbps - which is the speed of my ADSL2+ line.

I'd say it's deliberate throttling and all the questions about "how many other devices are plugged in" and "do you have a monitored alarm/sky deocder" etc  are just the standard fob-offs.

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