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Topic # 17991 21-Dec-2007 08:49
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It looks like we've had ADSL 2 enabled here. My router is showing the following.

Data Rate
Stream TypeActual Data Rate
Up Stream963 (Kbps.)
Down Stream17849 (Kbps.

This looks really impressive, but with my current ISP my international downloads are reporting on average about 2 MBPS and uploads are at about 256 KBPS. This is with a max/max plan.

With the connection appearing so impressive, should I expect more, and am i likely to get faster speeds if I change to another ISP?

I guess what I'm asking is if I'm being constrained by my ISP's bandwidth given that the connection looks so good.

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Reply # 101188 21-Dec-2007 08:52
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This seems to be the speed from the modem to the Exchange... And what about from there?

And then reality settles in... How can people take advantage of such faster speeds, if the ISPs underinvested in infrastructure and bandwidth availability?






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Reply # 101189 21-Dec-2007 08:56
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freitasm: This seems to be the speed from the modem to the Exchange... And what about from there?

And then reality settles in... How can people take advantage of such faster speeds, if the ISPs underinvested in infrastructure and bandwidth availability?


Right. I realise I'm not going to get anywhere close to those speeds, but there seems like a huge deficit here and that's why I wonder if I change ISPs, whether I'll be better off.

I am with Orcon at the moment, so I was interested in the updated stats published yesterday about performance, since I sure don't seem to be enjoying anything flash.




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  Reply # 101196 21-Dec-2007 09:13
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jmosen: With the connection appearing so impressive, should I expect more, and am i likely to get faster speeds if I change to another ISP?

I guess what I'm asking is if I'm being constrained by my ISP's bandwidth given that the connection looks so good.

I have a FS/FS (Flood) plan with Xnet and just got the following Speedtest.net result to their server in Los Angeles:

Speedtest.net result to LA server

Oh -- silly me -- I just realised that you probably can't read those numbers.  Here they are in text, just in case:

DOWNLOAD  4576kbps  UPLOAD  491kbps  PING 171ms

On this score, your Orcon FS/FS connection is definitely under-performing Frown

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  Reply # 101204 21-Dec-2007 09:26
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Where abouts are you jmosen? If you're a fair distance away from the actual exchange building, your DSL signal may be coming from a cabinet in between you and the exchange -- a lot of cabinets still only have 2Mbit backhaul, so even if the cabinet is right outside your front door, regardless of what you connect to it at it's not going to go any faster :(




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Reply # 101205 21-Dec-2007 09:30
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willnz: Where abouts are you jmosen? If you're a fair distance away from the actual exchange building, your DSL signal may be coming from a cabinet in between you and the exchange -- a lot of cabinets still only have 2Mbit backhaul, so even if the cabinet is right outside your front door, regardless of what you connect to it at it's not going to go any faster :(



I'm in Linwood Christchurch.

Actually one interesting thing is that last week, I downloaded the office 2007 SP1. I presume this is being cached locally somewhere, but i was getting over 10 MBPS on this download. this suggests to me that I'm capable of getting much better speeds than I am getting, and I'm being short changed on bandwidth.




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  Reply # 101214 21-Dec-2007 09:47
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Hmmm that rules out being on a cabinet then - what speed to you get doing a speedtest on www.nzdsl.co.nz ?

I know Orcon's some minor international bandwidth issues lately, but I use them myself and only noticed a very slight decrease in international speeds for that time

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  Reply # 101218 21-Dec-2007 09:58
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Even dear old Xtra is providing me with reasonable international speeds




Thats on a 3.5km line sync at 5024

Sounds like Orcon arnt big in your area

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Reply # 101222 21-Dec-2007 10:13
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willnz: Hmmm that rules out being on a cabinet then - what speed to you get doing a speedtest on www.nzdsl.co.nz ?


Can't tell you sadly. that site is useless to me. I'm totally blind and they use lots of Flash that doesn't have text labels for the buttons, so I can't even initiate the test there.




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  Reply # 101235 21-Dec-2007 11:45
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Give this one a go:

http://www.nzdsl.co.nz/meter/initialmeter.php

Not quite as accurate but it should give a fair idea. If you're still not able to get the results, PM me your Orcon username and I'll get someone to check what speed the test came back at (nzdsl is run by Orcon's system administrator)



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Reply # 101241 21-Dec-2007 12:16
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Wow!
8.04 Mbps

which means you can download at 1029.15 KB/sec. from our servers.

OK so this would be consistent with the kind of download I was getting with the Office Service Pack. And it would suggest that international bandwidth with Orcon here is pretty bad.




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