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# 17623 4-Dec-2007 18:37
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I get awful speedtests to any location, but actual real downloads (which is what counts) have been great for ages!

I get these kinds of speeds all the time downloading .iso's from various global locations.

If I dont use a download manager, I nearly always struggle to get near 30% of this speed.



This is on Xtra Go Large at 6pm or so...







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  # 98293 5-Dec-2007 07:31
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Due to the way TCP works and the distance we are from the rest of the world and the speed of light it is very preferable to use a download manager for downloading.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TCP_Tuning . Most is explained.

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  # 98307 5-Dec-2007 11:51
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Just moved into my G/F's flat for the rest of this year..
they were on Xtras go large...

The speeds a VERY VERY BAD !!

im talkn 200kb/s or less..  internatioal..

NZ traffice seems to be ok.. around 2-3 mb/s



Cant wait to get off this plan and back to my WIC wireless next year

 
 
 
 




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  # 101291 21-Dec-2007 20:32
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I sooooo want to keep my Go Large connection...

Downloading Ubuntu at the moment from MIT:



Thats pretty good for 8.30pm on a Friday night!!

Its also a darn sight faster than I could get it from any NZ or Aussie server too - closer is not always faster.







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  # 101943 27-Dec-2007 21:28
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What download manager is that guys? Been meaning to get one for a while.

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# 101945 27-Dec-2007 21:35
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"The speeds a VERY VERY BAD !!
im talkn 200kb/s or less.. internatioal..
NZ traffice seems to be ok.. around 2-3 mb/s"

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am on go large. My speeds are HOPELESS!!!! 200kb/s would be .... HEAVEN!!! Stop complaining if you get that!! My speeds range from 3kb/s to 20kb/s. Takes me literally 30seconds to a minute to load a page on wikipedia for gods sake! It is so APPALLING!! It just makes me soo mad. Sometimes in off-peak times we will get speeds of 50kb/s and that is like a godsend for us. After reading your post i got so mad and rang xtra. Got some silly Asian girl that couldn't speak english properly and told me that it was because i had a anti virus software running. &$^#&#^&!!!!! I'm going to ring them up again.

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# 101961 27-Dec-2007 22:27
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so im back after an hour long conversation with some dumb albert. At least he managed to do something - my xtra speedtests are faster. Instead of getting 25 kilobytes/s im getting 32500. Which is a great improvement. IF ONLY it improved everywhere else!!! Still downloading at 4.1kbps from downloads.com. OUTRAGEOUS.

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  # 101983 28-Dec-2007 02:25
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Hello, My First Post bare with me :P,
             i Like many other Heavy internet users signed up for the 2mbit connection way back before go large was offered,
i originally had a 10gb per month highspeed cap, i say highspeed in the loosest meaning of the word, as back then i rarely got a download speed of greater than 60kB/s  (bytes not bits) that was from any source local or otherwise,, then as it was publicized i was automatically  "upgraded" to the go large plan (upgraded? yeah right) since then i have remained faithful in the hopes that a) the longer i stay with xtra the more of a relationship i build  by calling every second day with the latest problem i face, be it dc/ no interent access, downed connections, rediculous speed drops. and b) the longer i stay and the more others hopefully leave or switch isp's/plans. the more bandwidth for me :)... i know the chance is slim as even if you change isp's you still use the same exchange,,, im hoping each isp has different hardware at the exchange and that telecom would be throttling other networks before their own. c) i really am lazy enough to stick with a isp just for their payment options,,,, ie paying at post offices with the phone bill (which i pay over the phone anyways) finally d) i really like my isp email address its short simple and i was lucky enough to get it way back when i started on dialup in the late 90's and cant be bothered paying to keep it on another isp.. i'd sooner sell it to a company (if thats allowed)

these days i tell myself "there must of been a huge surge of ppl leaving xtra because i often get better speeds... still not what they should be,,, as in what was offered when i was deciding what to get,,,, but better,,,, in any torrents be it international or national, i get at best (if there are plenty of seeds/peers) a solid 30-35kbytes/s per torrent (max 3 simultaneous running with upload limit set to 4kbytes each and download limit set to 60kbytes/s each)   if i am connected to a highly popular torrent, i can get 60-100kbytes /s  provided i only run 1 torrent at a time...    as for off the net downloads ie/ websites and webdownloads i have seen up to 230kbytes /s which is as best ive ever seen on my connection,,,,,   connecting to the known speed testing torrents liike various *nix torrents i can get around 80-100 kbytes/s with data encryption and proper port forwarding

i dont know about you users,, but all the ups and downs ive had, id be happy if xtra offered a solid 2mbit down 1 mbit up uncapped data connection,,,,   as long as there are data limits,,,,, excess speed is pointless after all whats the point of being able to receive packets faster than your system can report what packets have been received and what is needed..... its like a built in throttle..... atleast in the torrent world..... (which is what i guess they planned it to be)

like thousands of other heavy net (data) users around nz i await a solid connection with promised speedsand uncapped data usage,,,,,,heres hoping that this recent 1.4billion nzdl upgrade sorts out the bottleneck


email me if you have helpful info on better isp's for a 1-2.5gb per night user

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  # 102089 28-Dec-2007 17:25
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without a download manager ill struggle to get over 40.
With, i get anywhere from 160-600.

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  # 102091 28-Dec-2007 17:30
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Bah, I download from work, yea 10mb both ways!  And I get the message saying when we are close to cap.  Tehehehe.  Need to find out cap.  Somehow.....




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  # 102093 28-Dec-2007 17:42
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NexusShadow: ...
email me if you have helpful info on better isp's for a 1-2.5gb per night user

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Have a look at NZ Connections Internet plans comparsion. It has a very large list of plans here in NZ.

Many go large connections often go faster after going to a non 'traffic managed' plans. However those non managed plans have a tendecy of including caps or excess usage charges (other providers have the same schemes - ie. excess charges).




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  # 102365 31-Dec-2007 10:06
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"without a download manager ill struggle to get over 40."

What download manager do you use?

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  # 102473 1-Jan-2008 13:27
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Windows: DAP--> Download accelerator plus set to 7 connections
Mac:  Speed Download --> same

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  # 102481 1-Jan-2008 14:29
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I use Down Them All (a plugin for firefox), no extra program to install, just an addon. It will do 10connections at a time.

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  # 102976 4-Jan-2008 23:32
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my friends to save your lives before you go to slingshot do not.
I have a 15 GB plan,

at the moment my internet is downloading at 25 KBps which is bull **** it should be 300 or so.
I am the only one on the network, there is no phone connected i have taken all measure against extra bandwidth usage, on dail up speeds i got 80KBps down so you know as u can imagine i am furious, i have sent 5 different emails to slingshot asking and/or demading for answers, any ideas except for a change of isp???

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  # 102978 4-Jan-2008 23:35
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matusmarx: my friends to save your lives before you go to slingshot do not.


Don't worry... I've got a slingshot connection here as well.

Despite the various issues when one is throttled, and the random disconnections (unable to authenticate for periods of time)... it is quite slower than my EVDO revA connection or my Xtra connection at times. Good thing the Xtra connection is rock solid.




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