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Topic # 9961 26-Oct-2006 17:20
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I am disappointed at the 'Unleashed broadband' performance Slingshot is delivering. I was hoping for a decent 7.6 Mbps but when I measured my Bandwidth at,the result came up with a mere 4.12 Mbps. Download speeds range from 300 - 500 KB/sec. But I am content with the 25GB of data Slingshot is providing.

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Reply # 49894 26-Oct-2006 17:30
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Good grief, you just can't satisfy some people now can you?

Personally, i think speed tests should be taken with a grain of salt - there are too many other factors that can affect the result thus not giving you a true reading. Download speeds of between 300-500 KB/sec are more than adequate and something you should be over the moon about.

You are going to be pretty damn lucky to be amongst the few that get the full 7.6mbps speeds that the network is capable of - go park your moaning backside beside the nearest exchange and cable yourself directly into it (and tell everyone else on that exchange to stop using it while you are...)

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  Reply # 49925 26-Oct-2006 21:29
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Thats the funniest post I have read on here in awhile.

Since you obviously have not made an effort to understand any of the various issues at work here I will expend a simlar amount of effort in my reply!


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Reply # 49930 26-Oct-2006 22:08
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Just to be clear: I doubt anyeone will get 7.6 Mbps on a DSL service. First there are conditions such as distance to the Exchange, line configuration, number of devices on your home connected to the same line, etc.

Then 7.6 Mbps as I undersdand is the speed from your home device to the Exchange. Afters it goes into a big cloud with millions of servers, and your request for data sometimes travels through 10 or more servers. You have no idea how overloaded is the whole thing. One single server that causes a problem and your connection can be very slow.

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  Reply # 49935 27-Oct-2006 06:42
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Most people also are unaware of the impact TCP overheads add to any connection. This will instantly chop around 15% off the maximum speed available on any data circuit or internet connection.

We all knew this speed issue would arise and Telecom have to take a lot of this blame due to their marketing of the unleashed plans - many of us know the limitations of the internet, others just expect that because they have an x Mbps connection that everything will work at this speed.

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  Reply # 49941 27-Oct-2006 08:06
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"Telecom have to take a lot of this blame" is certainly an understatement!
Xtra makes the claim "as fast as your phone line will allow" when most people are already limited not by their individual phone lines but by the shared network from the DSLAM onwards. The principle of contention ratios never works for some who never get decent speeds regardless of time of day.

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  Reply # 49944 27-Oct-2006 08:43
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so far speed is the same for me. my line is connected at 5mbps but even when my line was at 3.5mbps i NEVER got that. My connection could spike at 350KB/s from time to time but most I can get consistently is ~300KB/s.
No problem though, thats fast enough for me and i'm happy with the extra 15gb i get from slingshot.

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