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Reply # 162245 4-Sep-2008 19:38
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Thanks Detruire 

Whatg does the exchange normally look like, I can provide a more accurate description if it helps?  Height etc...

I reason I ask, is because there in one located less than 500 metres down the road my despite having a plan that supports full speed download, I get pretty lousy speeds compared to some other people on GeekZone.

To what extent does the modem/router affect line speed?  I am looking to buy a new one as we currently use a D-Link from Telecom (standard issue?) and I have heard they are pretty average - is this true?

Maybe I will start a new thread elsewhere for suggestions - don't wanna be rude and go off topic.

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  Reply # 162249 4-Sep-2008 19:50
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As far as my (rather limited) knowledge stretches, a regular exchange looks like "a largeish building with Downer [now Chorus] vans parked outside." <- since the exchange isn't the same thing as a cabinet 'exchange'. Smile

A cabinet looks something like

Sadly, you could have one outside your next door neighbour's house (10M away) and not be connected to one. Personally, I don't understand why this would be the case, but it does happen. Foot in mouth


Here's a useful map which should give you an idea if you're connected to a cabinet. Or if you're not:
http://maps.google.com/?q=http://maps.alchemy.co.nz/wms/kml_reflect?layers=topp:PlannedCabinet_7_5_2008_coverage
(map from here)




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  Reply # 162251 4-Sep-2008 19:50
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[URL=https://www.speedtest.net][IMG]https://www.speedtest.net/result/318136110.png[/IMG][/URL]

I know it is peak time and all...Also my plan limits uploads to 128kps

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  Reply # 162253 4-Sep-2008 19:53
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tbh, I left Xnet because they didn't care about the rubbish peak time speeds.




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  Reply # 162254 4-Sep-2008 19:55
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Yeah, it pretty much feels the same as what we had with Xtra.

Who are you with now Detruire?

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  Reply # 162259 4-Sep-2008 20:07
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Of course, it is possible that your line is rubbish (no offense intended).

Can you post connection stats from your router (sync speed, attenuation, signal/noise ratio [AKA SNR])?

I'm with the ISP with the infernal proxy server. (Slingshot)




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  Reply # 162263 4-Sep-2008 20:12
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No offense taken ;-)

How to do I check all those things?

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  Reply # 162268 4-Sep-2008 20:17
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I can't say exactly with a D-link (I've only owned a Linksys and Dynalink)

http://10.1.1.1/ rings a bell... admin/admin, I believe. As to where the stats are once logged in... I wouldn't have a clue. Sorry. Frown




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  Reply # 162271 4-Sep-2008 20:22
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Alrighty...

Max Tx Power-38 dBm/Hz

SNR Margin: 18 (Downstream) and 25 (Upstream) - Unit dB

Line Attenuation: 13 (Downstream) and 9 (Upstream) - Unit dB

Data Rate: 7616 (Downstream) and 160 (Upstream) - Unit kbps


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  Reply # 162276 4-Sep-2008 20:26
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I think you are on that cabinet (or quite close to the exchange!)
Do you mind posting a Wellington and Auckland speedtest?

It should be quite a bit faster than the US one you posted before.




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  Reply # 162278 4-Sep-2008 20:30
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  Reply # 162281 4-Sep-2008 20:32
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Only because I figured out how to embed the image...



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  Reply # 162284 4-Sep-2008 20:39
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That wasn't what I expected... Surprised

Although, I it does seem about right for 128k upload with a TCPAckFrequecy of 1 (no idea what that means, just know the Windows registry setting name Wink)




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  Reply # 162290 4-Sep-2008 20:49
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Any suggestions to improve my international speed?

Would a new router/modem help?

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  Reply # 162301 4-Sep-2008 21:17
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BruceLimNZ: Any suggestions to improve my international speed?

Would a new router/modem help?

Other than a different ISP?

I don't believe that there's much you can do to improve international speeds when they're not near your national speeds.
A bit of tweaking here and there wouldn't gain much - if anything. Max of ~100kbps. (Which is hardly worth the effort.)

However, a download manager (which uses >4 connections) would, most likely, improve the speed of HTTP downloads (rather than image loading/streaming).




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