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Topic # 66598 20-Aug-2010 17:40
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I made the switch from xnet to Slingshot, today I finally get connected and try to download my tv shows using newsdemon usenet account which I can get 17megabit down on xnet constantly.
Slingshot cannot even get above 10kbps... what is up with that? Is this normal?
even on astraweb I cannot get above 10kbps.

Torrents are fine though..... me thinks slingshot is slowing down usenet server access.

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Master Geek


  Reply # 370410 20-Aug-2010 18:07
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Finally got a hold of them and asked them why my speeds are so slow and they tell me they cannot trouble shoot because news groups contain 'illegal' files. biggest bunch of bollocks I have ever heard.

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  Reply # 370436 20-Aug-2010 18:58
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LOL dude, you started by saying your downloading TV illegally and when the helpdesk tells you it's illegal you spit the dummy.

Usenet is classed as a bulk download site and as such is prioritised at the bottom of the heap. Also I think slingshot doesn't support usenet, they don't have a server and they don't offer support for users using a server.

The only tips I can think of is get a VPN and rule one, don't talk about the fight club, i mean illegal file sharing.



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  Reply # 370437 20-Aug-2010 18:58
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okay figured out that if you use astraweb, use the SSL connection and you can get 600-800kbps constant download onpeak, dont know about offpeak yet but with xnet this was 1.7mb constant.



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  Reply # 370438 20-Aug-2010 19:00
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I only download TV shows that screen in the US, I wouldnt have to do this IF new zealand wasnt so far behind and showed the shows that I like.



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  Reply # 370439 20-Aug-2010 19:01
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besides they have legal stuff on usenet just like there is legal stuff on torrent, why should the tech from slingshot automatically assume that i am downloading movies??

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  Reply # 370448 20-Aug-2010 19:20

Torrents are sometimes legal too but they are still the lowest priority on the network.

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  Reply # 370460 20-Aug-2010 19:59
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Usenet servers (esp premium servers) are pretty much only used for piracy (otherwise why would people pay for new servers). I wouldn't be surprised if it was classified as P2P and throttled as such..

I've found sites such as rapidshare are very limited during free periods, to the speed you've stated (4-5k) and regularly fail before finishing. If usenet is in the same category as these you'll find the same.

I find it interesting how you say you use it to download pirated tv shows, then call it 'bollocks' when you're effectively called on it, then try and justify it on here because 'NZ is too far behind on TV so therefore it's ok'.

The tech probably suspected that because you're using a service that is mostly used for piracy. You've confirmed that you were your posts on here, so it seems that they were right.









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  Reply # 370520 20-Aug-2010 22:45
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Im sure this post will be worrying a few ppl signing up for all you can eat. im on the FS/FS 25Gb plan and torrenting is a nightmare and if usenet is bad leechers are gonna have heaps of problems on allyoucaneat :/




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  Reply # 370523 20-Aug-2010 22:50
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yeah I know I wont be signing up with the all you can eat plan, esp if it will be like this.
An all you can eat buffet with nothing served up.

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  Reply # 370549 21-Aug-2010 01:49
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Again slingshot dont know the difference between an illegal file and making an unlicensed copy of legal data.

Sigh...




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  Reply # 370628 21-Aug-2010 12:02
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I was able to download 8.02gig in my free period today; its crap but if I can constantly get that over the month then I suppose it is alright.


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  Reply # 370645 21-Aug-2010 12:45
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Quite interested to see if there is any response to this - I'm looking at moving to the all u can eat plan and use usenet primarily over other methods. What about ssl?



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  Reply # 370646 21-Aug-2010 12:48
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it wouldnt even get past 10kbps on the non ssl servers, as soon as I put in the ssl settings it bumped up to 300-400kbps.
Right now it is sitting at 1.3mbps

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  Reply # 370649 21-Aug-2010 12:55
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During the day I get 1.6MB per second on usenet, then offpeak it can be between 300kbps and 1.6MBps, seems to be ~300kbps for awhile then I'll have a week of 1.6MBps.  But during the day it is always really quick, I've seen it at 1.8MBps a couple of times but 1.65MBps is more normal. 

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  Reply # 370654 21-Aug-2010 13:06

What are your line speeds? If I could get 500kB/s constant on anything I'd be happy! My line speed is roughly 4.5mbit

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