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# 21939 11-May-2008 21:07
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With everyone shouting out that international speeds are poor and so on, I've decided to make my own survey.

Poor speeds affect me too - 300kbps from LA at 4pm today! Ugh...

Anyway here are the steps to fill in this survey:
  • Download Firefox 2 as a sample file from the New Zealand Connections iPhone site by right clicking this and selecting "Save Link As..." or "Save Shortcut as..." or something similar. Make sure that you use only a plain non-multithreaded download.
  • Time it
  • Then post back details here in the following format:

    When did you download?: [7:00pm]
    How long did it take to download the file?: [2 minutes and 42 seconds]

    What ISP are you currently using?:
    [Some random ISP]
    What broadband plan are you currently subscribed to?: [Some random plan name]

    What city are you living in?: [Auckland]

  • Don't hesitate to give more than one record, this will be useful for informal charts to be made weekly or monthly, and also an updated spreadsheet file (available via Google Spreadsheets)
  • Please don't forge results. Give all the bare and truthful details!
  • Make sure you're not throttled or managed, as I'll be using this data - please only test if you're sure that it's related to the massive NZ-International problem.

So here's the first record:

When did you download?: 8:57pm
How long did it take to download the file?: 8 minutes and 14 seconds

What ISP are you currently using?:
Vodafone ihug
What broadband plan are you currently subscribed to?: broadband 3

What city are you living in?: Auckland



Update:

Please remember:
  • No cheating - "approximate" times are not appropriate - I need real data!
  • Anyone can participate - even ones on 256k download, cable or anything "broadband" these days. These will be filtered off, and made special.




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  # 130077 11-May-2008 21:23
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When did you download?: 9:22PM

How long did it take to download the file?: 3 attempts to start once started 1 hour and 37minutes estimated time... gave up trying as the connection kept timing out :)
What ISP are you currently using?: Orcon
What broadband plan are you currently subscribed to?:talker/surfer 20gb full down/128k up.

What city are you living in?: Auckland



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  # 130079 11-May-2008 21:27
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LOL just tried again at 9:27pm and it downloaded in 15 seconds... so thought I'd try again at 9:28pm it was back to an hour something....go figure.

 
 
 
 


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  # 130082 11-May-2008 21:33
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I have not got a FullSpeed plan. So the test would show my max speed.

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  # 130090 11-May-2008 21:58
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When did you download?: 9:49pm
How long did it take to download the file?: 8 seconds (couldn't get milliseconds, sorry)

What ISP are you currently using?: Actrix
What broadband plan are you currently subscribed to?: Max/128kbps

What city are you living in?: Wellington

wget results:

21:49:20 (826.48 KB/s) - `FirefoxSetup2.0.0.14.exe' saved [6039048/6039048]

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  # 130135 12-May-2008 08:26
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When did you download?: 8:23am
How long did it take to download the file?: 22 seconds

What ISP are you currently using?: Xnet
What broadband plan are you currently subscribed to?: Flood
What city are you living in?: Auckland
ADSL sync speed = 2880




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  # 130136 12-May-2008 08:31
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  • When did you download?: Monday 8am
    How long did it take to download the file?: 58 seconds

    What ISP are you currently using?: TelstraClear cable-modem
    What broadband plan are you currently subscribed to?: 10 Mbps 80 GB

    What city are you living in?: Wellington

    This download was at the same time I am downloading a 25 GB virtual machine from the Geekzone server in Auckland server.




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  # 130137 12-May-2008 08:49
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When did you download?: 8:48am
How long did it take to download the file?: 17 seconds
What ISP are you currently using?: Xtra
What broadband plan are you currently subscribed to?: FS\FS
What city are you living in?: Blenheim
ADSL sync speed = 7.6

 
 
 
 


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  # 130178 12-May-2008 10:47
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When did you download?: 10:40am
How long did it take to download the file?: 18 seconds

What ISP are you currently using?: Xtreme
What broadband plan are you currently subscribed to?: Citylink Connect 4

What city are you living in?: Wellington




 

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  # 130185 12-May-2008 11:11
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When did you download?: Monday 11:00am
How long did it take to download the file?: ~13 seconds  300kb/s

What ISP are you currently using?: TelstraClear
What broadband plan are you currently subscribed to?: pdq max

What city are you living in?: auckland

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  # 130214 12-May-2008 13:24
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This survey is a great idea, but be aware that if you use the 'save' buttion in older versions of IE (6 and older?), it starts downloading the file the moment you press 'save', but does not start the download timer until you click the 2nd 'save' button after you've selected the location to download the file!

The upshot of this is that if you download say a 1mb file, but leave the 'save' dialog open for the entire (background) download, then click 'save' to 'start' the download, the download dialog will say that you've downloaded the file in 1 second - therefore giving you an average speed of 1meg /sec!

So anyway, just be careful when using IE to 'measure' download times / speeds : )

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  # 130300 12-May-2008 17:19
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When did you download?: 5:20 PM
How long did it take to download the file?: 2 minutes and 20 seconds Just for it to start, then when it started it took: 46.7 Seconds to download. (started really slow then picked up)

What ISP are you currently using?: Orcon
What broadband plan are you currently subscribed to?: Surfer 20GB Broadband

What city are you living in?: Havelock North

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# 130316 12-May-2008 18:24
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When did you download?: 6:24pm
How long did it take to download the file?: 42 seconds

What ISP are you currently using?: TelstraClear cable-modem
What broadband plan are you currently subscribed to?: 10 Mbps 80 GB
What city are you living in?: Wellington

This way it seems TelstraClear 10 Mbps is slower than some DSL plans...






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# 130319 12-May-2008 18:40
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Keep them coming in!

If you late nighties and early birds could do this as well, this would give a better representation.

Remember, you can repeat this as many times as you like!




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  # 130334 12-May-2008 19:36
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I think a more accurate representation would be to right click the link and "save link as", this should stop the prior downloading while choosing a saving location...'should' :P

When did you download?: 7.32pm
How long did it take to download the file?: 24 sec

What ISP are you currently using?: Orcon
What broadband plan are you currently subscribed to?: Gold +
What city are you living in?: Auckland
ADSL sync speed = 5008

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