How fast is your internet connection?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by wrldwzrd89, May 30, 2004.

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    wrldwzrd89

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    I've got an excellent connection to the internet. My download speed averages at around 200 KBps, and has peaked as high as 620 KBps (!) (that was from the Netscape.com download servers - I just did a test download of the Netscape browser, which I aborted since I didn't really want Netscape, and got a connection speed of around 380 KBps).
     
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    musicpyrite

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    Well, I just tryed to download 3 ~600MB Linux isos (Red Hat) and it averaged between 280-350 KB . I didn't notice any slow down viewing web pages either.

    When I download multiple files from LimeWire, I've seen it go up to 450-500 KB.

    Uploads average about 50 KB.

    EDIT: I took King Cobra's connection speed test and got 2716.4*kbps. :eek: :D :cool:
     
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    Half of 56K, fast enough for me, except when downloading large files, which I've been doing more of lately.

    Oh, and test your connection speed here. Don't bother with Netscape's services (or anyone elses) for testing connection speeds.
     
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    I have 1500k/384k dsl. I get about 185kb/s download, not too shabby, though I miss the raw speed of the 5mbs cable line I had in NY.
     
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    voicegy

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    Mine came out to 1634.6*kbps using that link above. 'zat OK?
     
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    Powerbook G5

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    That Cnet bandwidth meter is never accurate. I've seen phone modems return test speeds that are triple that of what a 56k modem is capable of and my 3 Mbps DSL tests anywhere from 1.6-5.8 on that thing depending on what time I test it.
     
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    russed

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    1173.4kbps according to the test. i managed to download 4 iso's of fedora linux at once last week and i got them all in about 30 mins. oh and i was looking at websites at the same time and didnt notice loading times being any slower than normal :)
     
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    ingenious

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    How's 47.3 kb/s sound?!?!? :p Okay, Okay, I live in an itsy bitsy town in the middle of the US....... and broadband is outrageous! We're just getting some solutions that are reasonable, but still outta my price range.... :D
     
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    Powerbook G5

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    How's this for accurate, I got 1673 on the CNET bandwidth meter and right afterwards I went to Netscape.com and downloaded the latest browser at 320-385 KB/s the whole time. That sounds a bit more than 1.6 Mbps to me.
     
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    Cox claims up to 3Mbit downstream on my connection, and best case that's about what I get--I think I've just bumped 400KB/s on large downloads from fast servers. (That CNet test showed 2.2Mbit, which at least isn't wildly innacurate.)

    Upstream is only 256Kbit (32KB/s), and that's generally about what I get when I upload.

    It seems like 3Mbit down/256Kbit up is sort of the US standard in most places these days; I've been looking at SBC DSL, and they claim 3Mbit/384Kbit for the same price as Cox's service. Rather on the slow side versus what you can get in Japan and Korea, but it's good enough for most uses.

    Incidentally, Cox on their website claims some relatively strict restrictions on upstream and downstream bandwidth for their plans--in the vicinity of 30GB down/8-12GB up (per month) depending on how much you pay. That's why I was looking at SBC, which claims they put no caps on speeds in either direction, and have slightly higher upload cap for the same price.

    I haven't been hassled by Cox for exceeding their caps so far (I don't think they're in force where I live, and it wasn't part of the agreement I signed up under), but I'm wondering if others have experience with these two ISPs (the only two high speed options in my area), and how draconian they are about speed and bandwidth caps in practice...
     
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    neonart

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    KC9AIC

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    That cnet test is messed up. I got rated at 66.2 kbps the first time I tried and got 484.9 kbps the next. The third time, I got 66.1 kbps! Of course I'm also not in the US, so I had to make up an area code... I prefer using broadband reports, as they have many connection spots. My broadband is sold as 1.5 Mbps, and I generally get less than that, up to an apparent cap at 155 KBps and just under 384 kbps upload. Not bad speeds, but they are from the cheapest plan we could get here in Japan: for a few bucks more a month, I could speed up to 40 Mbps.
     
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    edesignuk

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    2157.6Kbit -- which is absolute nonsense, because i'm at the end of a 144MBit line.
     
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    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    I have a 2Mb/640Kb adsl connection, and when measuring download speed today I got 1967 kbit/s, which is fair enough.
     
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    2917kbps down

    should be 3000kbps-down/256kbps-up (comcast cable)
     
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    Mord

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    damn you yanks with your uber-boadband I have to deal with my 512K down 256 up line adsl ande that costs me £25 a month ($45)
     
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    $35 here :D
     
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    wrldwzrd89

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    I ran your test, and it told me I have a ~1.625 Mbps connection (faster than 1.5 Mbps Cable).
     
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    edesignuk

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    I'm in the UK, see my above post :D
     
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    wrldwzrd89

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    Your connection's actually better than mine - and I thought mine was fast. WOW!
     
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    750K down 256k up cable at £25 ($45) a month but can go up to a 3meg line for £50 a month.
     
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    dubbz

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    I currently have a 2048/256 ADSL connection.

    Typically get around ~1900 down and ~200 up.


    My little history of internet connections:

    1. 2400bps
    2. 28,800bps
    3. 14,400bps
    5. 33,600bps
    4. 9600bps (ouch)
    5. 33,600bps
    6. 720/128kbps
    7. 1024/256kbps
    8. 56kbps
    9. 2048/256kbps

    Jumped a little up and down in the beginning since I couldn't afford my own modem, so when my own 28.8kbps modem broke (- hated that thing, so incredibly unstable. trashed it with an axe when it finally died. heh.) I had to borrow from friends :)

    Had to use my Mac's built-in modem for about a week or so since something went wrong when they upgraded the DSL from 1 to 2mbit. Actually, I didn't use the net a whole lot that week. Using a 56kbps connection is rather painful when you're used to DSL... actually, it was strangly refreshing to not have so easy access to the net.
     

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