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Topic # 9938 25-Oct-2006 16:24
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Are you ready for a "Woosh Download Speed Challenge"? I have not seen a thread where the results of the Woosh download speed test are posted so maybe it's a good idea to post these in one place. Using (Bookmark) the following Url:

http://www.woosh.com/SpeedTest

Please report the results so we can know how fast Woosh is going in your area. I have results during the day that vary from under 200kbits to up to 800kbits at times. The average would be below 500kbits. Please also post which Woosh cell site you are pointing to if known.

I have tested a replacement modem and Gateway from Woosh which did not give a better result.

My results: Average speed is in the 300 to 500kbits range. My modem Signal strength according to Woosh is very good. The Woosh cell tower is near Queensgate Lower Hutt.

Curious to see the results, especially whether some areas (Woosh transmission sites) are better than others.

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  Reply # 49770 26-Oct-2006 12:25
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I'm pointed at Base Station 12 in Wellington (Thorndon) and results today at 12:22pm are 844Kbps.

Using  http://www.nzdsl.co.nz/index.php?module=Speedtest I got -

Download Speed: 1118 kbps (139.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 294 kbps (36.8 KB/sec transfer rate)


R.

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  Reply # 49897 26-Oct-2006 18:00
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Base 14 (I think) Mt Roskill, Auckland
Using TCP/iQ
Last 24 hours Last 7 days
Number of tests 13 83
Download speed 329.15 KBits/sec 326.22 KBits/sec
41.14 KBytes/sec 40.78 KBytes/sec

Upload speed 111.33 KBits/sec 112.55 KBits/sec
13.92 KBytes/sec 14.07 KBytes/sec

DNS Speed 1388.00 mSec 1319.00 mSec
Latency 217.00 mSec 201.00 mSec

I'm only 100 mtrs from the Base I think I will have to look at this

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  Reply # 49898 26-Oct-2006 18:02
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Well that got rather garbled by the time it got to the post but I,m sure you get the numbers

329 down 111 up, not good.
Using the Woosh speed test I get.
"Your measured download rate was 730 Kilobits per second" that's twice as fast as the other result What gives here?



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Reply # 51831 10-Nov-2006 10:29
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I guess since there have been no responses to this thread for 2 weeks everyone must be really happy with their Woosh speed test results. Maybe doing several tests is asking too much of your time. How about just 1 test and post the results? Perhaps I am the only one languishing at the low end - if so this is obviously good news for all of you - and sad news for me!

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  Reply # 51925 10-Nov-2006 21:26
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My speed is still around the same. I have been following the debacle over the Go large plan with telecom and have come to the conclusion that the problem is with the backhaul for the whole country. The problem with giving people "full speed" is that it just uses up the bandwidth for us all and results in slower speeds. We need a bigger pipe, not a friggin' football stadium.

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Reply # 51977 11-Nov-2006 12:52
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Oh well Rickles, it seems only 3 of us can be bothered with this but I'll post again to get others interested.
Now this is amusing. I got this this morning;

"This message is to advise you that the speed of your Woosh connection has been temporarily limited to dial-up equivalent ."
i.e. 56 Kbps

However, after this mornings outage in Mt Roskill, I did another speed test on Woosh's site and got this;

Download Speed test
Your measured download rate was 442 Kilobits per second

This is the fastest it's been for weeks :-)

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  Reply # 53035 20-Nov-2006 13:57

"Your measured download rate was 276 Kilobits per second"

I'm not very happy with my d/l speeds.. Especially after seeing downloads take place on a friend's cable connection, where it actually reaches 200K d/l international web stuff and 2M local.. the most I ever get is 50-60K if lucky..  and its impossible to stream anything without constant pauses..

but alas stuck on this contract for a while yet, its my own fault really :P

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  Reply # 53062 20-Nov-2006 19:28
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Thematix, et al,

  Something you could try is an old trick from modem days and ensure that your serial com port (bus port in this case) is set fully open.

Right click your Woosh connection icon, then Properties, then Configure button.  From the Maximum speed (bps) drop down select the highest available ... it's probably 57600 by default so go to 921600.

Try speed tests again.

Cheers ... R.

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  Reply # 53112 21-Nov-2006 10:25

Rickles - Thanks for the tip, but my modem is connected through the gateway..

Just then..

"Your measured download rate was 595 Kilobits per second.."

And Rickles is happy with 442.. and I guess I am too with 595.. but thats not the point!  I shouldnt be feeling warm fuzzys when I am graced with a mere third of my supposed bandwidth..  is it really 1.5Mb broadband? but probably getting off topic...




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  Reply # 53136 21-Nov-2006 16:05
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Great to finally see some results posted. Woosh on their web site state "get high-speed broadband access – up to 1.6Mbps". The Woosh Help Desk staff have told me that speeds of 800 to 1,000 kbits should be possible. While 800 kbits is only half the theoretical speed I have seldom seen 800 kbits at any time of the day.

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  Reply # 53162 21-Nov-2006 22:07
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    >my modem is connected through the gateway<

Sorry, don't understand what you mean by "gateway".

    >And Rickles is happy with 442<

Not true .... if you look at my test post you'll see a download rate of 1118 kbps. At times I have received data at 3 times that rate from a NZ site.

I also agree that if an ISP advertises, markets and takes money for a specific rate, then they should deliver on that regardless. Unfortunately, at present the broadband offerings stipulate "up to ....", which gives them the out when line/system usage is heavy.

R.

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  Reply # 53175 22-Nov-2006 08:11

Rickles: Sorry, I'd been up all night and didnt read the posts thoroughly.. i didnt mean to speak to you of yourself in the third person either, (must have been referring to "Old Grey Geek"'s post) so all in all not a very coherent post :)

By gateway I meant the Voip gateway that woosh provides.. maybe its called a router.. so the modem plugs into this gateway and that connects via ethernet to the pc.

8.05am "Your measured download rate was 577 Kilobits per second"

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  Reply # 53182 22-Nov-2006 08:43
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Thematix,

    >Sorry, I'd been up all night and didnt read the posts thoroughly<

Hey, no apology necessary.

    >By gateway I meant the Voip<

Of course, silly of me <bg>.  in any case, wouldn't my suggestion still apply ... afterall the wireless modem still sits between your computer and the gateway essentialy providing (serial) port-based TCP/IP?

R.

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  Reply # 53187 22-Nov-2006 10:27


Of course, silly of me . in any case, wouldn't my suggestion still apply ... afterall the wireless modem still sits between your computer and the gateway essentialy providing (serial) port-based TCP/IP?


nup its ethernet on the pc end

wireless
modem
    |
gateway/router -> phone
    |
    pc

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  Reply # 53208 22-Nov-2006 12:31
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Thematix,

  Ahh, right .... teach me not to look at the manual before commenting, huh? <VBG>.

R.

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