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# 70039 17-Oct-2010 16:09
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Hey

I'm planning on getting the slingshot unlimited (speed and usage) plan next year.
Is it any good? Like speed, reliability... etc

I have heard some not so good things about slingshot, but it is one of the only ISPs that offer unlimited broadband.

Located in Dunedin BTW.

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Ryan

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  # 392858 17-Oct-2010 16:27
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It does what it says and gives you unlimited bandwidth.

That being said, don't change to it if you want speed. Uncached torrents go sloooow, and HTTP downloads vary from being very slow, to being okay.

I'm on all you can eat because I have a house with a lot of people in it and can't afford to pay for extra bandwidth per month. We used around 200GB per month on Telecom Big Time, and got around the same for the first month of All you can eat.



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  # 392859 17-Oct-2010 16:32
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Mooseboy: It does what it says and gives you unlimited bandwidth.

That being said, don't change to it if you want speed. Uncached torrents go sloooow, and HTTP downloads vary from being very slow, to being okay.

I'm on all you can eat because I have a house with a lot of people in it and can't afford to pay for extra bandwidth per month. We used around 200GB per month on Telecom Big Time, and got around the same for the first month of All you can eat.


Hmmm yeah there will be 5 of us living together, of which 3 will probably be heavy users. 

 
 
 
 


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  # 392890 17-Oct-2010 18:15
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I suggest you read the myriad of other threads in this forum and make your own opinion.

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  # 392891 17-Oct-2010 18:18

ryon: Hey

I'm planning on getting the slingshot unlimited (speed and usage) plan next year.
Is it any good? Like speed, reliability... etc

I have heard some not so good things about slingshot, but it is one of the only ISPs that offer unlimited broadband.

Located in Dunedin BTW.

Thanks

Ryan


 

Would suggest you read all the comments on this website  about it. Also the slingshot forums. You get with you pay for, and there is really no such thing s unlimited. There is a price to pay. There are also other 'unlimited' providers.

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  # 392893 17-Oct-2010 18:19
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The way I see it, Unlimited data for $80 is bloody good.

But in order to get it for that price you have to make a sacrifice (in this case speed).

So aslong as you don't mind leaving your computer on for that much longer every download, All you can eat will be perfect for you.

That said, If you want speed over data STAY AWAY from slingshot.

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  # 392895 17-Oct-2010 18:22

It's heavily shaped and unpredictable. I think the max someone could use in a month was about 140GB.

If you want 'decent' speeds all day round (apart from very peak times), I recommend one of the other plans (say the 40GB one) that are on a separate bandwidth pool.

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  # 392936 17-Oct-2010 20:42
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Don't move to slingshot. They are (now)terrible for gaming, If you have one person with a ps3 or gaming PC they will be pissed! I'm on a capped plan that is supposed to be on different connections to AYCE but it is rubbish! I used to get 1 Mbps in the free period and now it's not even worth measuring. Ping and jitter are over 100ms.

If you are just goin to download illegal material, expect to wait 2-3 days for a 700mb file with 1000+ seeders.
If you want to watch youtube, try channel 2 or tv3 instead as you don't have to wait for them to buffer every 3 seconds. oh yeah tvnz on demand is rubbish too!

 
 
 
 


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  # 392941 17-Oct-2010 20:53
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minority03nz: Don't move to slingshot. They are (now)terrible for gaming, If you have one person with a ps3 or gaming PC they will be pissed! I'm on a capped plan that is supposed to be on different connections to AYCE but it is rubbish! I used to get 1 Mbps in the free period and now it's not even worth measuring. Ping and jitter are over 100ms.

If you are just goin to download illegal material, expect to wait 2-3 days for a 700mb file with 1000+ seeders.
If you want to watch youtube, try channel 2 or tv3 instead as you don't have to wait for them to buffer every 3 seconds. oh yeah tvnz on demand is rubbish too!

I only rarely get in game pings over 50ms. CS, TF2, L4D all get around 20ms. Bad Company 2 gets around 140 in game, but that measures ping differently than other games.
A file that has that many seeders will likely be cached, and you'll get close to your max line speed.

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  # 393849 20-Oct-2010 07:44
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minority03nz: Don't move to slingshot. They are (now)terrible for gaming, If you have one person with a ps3 or gaming PC they will be pissed! I'm on a capped plan that is supposed to be on different connections to AYCE but it is rubbish! I used to get 1 Mbps in the free period and now it's not even worth measuring. Ping and jitter are over 100ms.

If you are just goin to download illegal material, expect to wait 2-3 days for a 700mb file with 1000+ seeders.
If you want to watch youtube, try channel 2 or tv3 instead as you don't have to wait for them to buffer every 3 seconds. oh yeah tvnz on demand is rubbish too!


Thats not quite correct.



These are my results as I previously posted them on SS forums.
*Limited by rural based ADSL1













Basically:

Gaming & voip good & low pings.
P2P. Slow unless it is cached * lots of files are cached too. Hit the cache almost everyday.
FTP & HTTP. Not as fast as capped plans , but still fast enough.
Streaming & You tube = bad.

At the end of the day its an unlimited data plan. If you cant handle your downloads being in the 70-500kb/s range most of the time, and cant handle leaving videos to buffer. Then this plan is probably not for you.

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