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Kdar
February 28th, 2010, 02:11 AM
I am thinking to switch my internet provider and Comcast have a 1Mbs "Economy package" and another one is 12Mbs "Performance" but cost a bit more.
I am kind of considering to get Economy package to same some money. Thinking if I could live with such speed or not.

What kind of speeds in Kbs do you think I would get with this (1Mbs)?

Kai69
February 28th, 2010, 02:21 AM
Hi my cable is 54mbs but downloading is only 800-900kbs using the web is fast though:biggrin:

TBABill
February 28th, 2010, 02:27 AM
Kdar, no way to verbally explain it, but if you know anyone with 1.5Mbps DSL from Verizon, AT&T or other phone company, see if you can spend a bit of time on their machine online. You'll get the feel for that zone of speed and can tell if you'd like it or if you would want more. DSL is about the only thing I can think of that is close to the speed you are considering, but all DSL is not 1.5Mbps so you need to be sure what you're using to compare to.

Some cable companies have systems in their customer service areas you can try out their services on. Perhaps a call to the local office could answer whether you can try it or not. You can always start on the lower one and upgrade to the higher service if it is insufficient....same modem, same setup. They just open you up to more bandwidth.

ViperChief
February 28th, 2010, 02:34 AM
Hi my cable is 54mbs but downloading is only 800-900kbs using the web is fast though:biggrin:

I would call and demand my money back. If it's 54mpbs and you're getting less than 1mpbs, you're getting ripped off pretty bad.

pirateghost
February 28th, 2010, 02:34 AM
do the math on bits to bytes conversion
1,000,000/8=125kilobytes/sec

Kai69
February 28th, 2010, 03:01 AM
I would call and demand my money back. If it's 54mpbs and you're getting less than 1mpbs, you're getting ripped off pretty bad.

What I meant was downloading files or vids this is wireless 3 lappys on internet and ps3 online gameing at the same time :P so im not complaining about the speed .

prshah
February 28th, 2010, 03:17 AM
Comcast have a 1Mbs "Economy package" and another one is 12Mbs "Performance" but cost a bit more.

Thinking if I could live with such speed or not.

What kind of speeds in Kbs do you think I would get with this (1Mbs)?

I have a 1Mbps connection here in India; I get (as calculated) 120+KBps. With this, I can watch youtube streaming quite smoothly, but NOT HD videos. I was earlier using 512kbps, and there was quite frequent caching interruptions.

Downloading an Ubuntu CD image at this speed will take approximately 1.5 hours. Video conferencing is comfortable (VGA res webcam).

Hope these help as a frame of reference.

Incidentally, I pay Rs 1300 (Approx US$28 ) per month for unlimited traffic, 512kbps daytime, 1mbps nighttime. How does this compare costwise with your options? (Just curious).

pirateghost
February 28th, 2010, 03:19 AM
59.99 a month for 25down 2 up and we are about to be upgraded to 50/5 package soon

Kai69
February 28th, 2010, 03:32 AM
I pay 30 a month 54mbs ;)

Giant Speck
February 28th, 2010, 04:07 AM
I pay 30 a month 54mbs ;)

I think you may be confused.

Kai69
February 28th, 2010, 04:57 AM
I think you may be confused.

http://allyours.virginmedia.com/websales/product.do?id=15208

Giant Speck
February 28th, 2010, 04:59 AM
http://allyours.virginmedia.com/websales/product.do?id=15208

I... stand corrected...

You're still getting ripped off, though, with the speeds you say you're actually getting.

samantha_
February 28th, 2010, 05:03 AM
http://allyours.virginmedia.com/websales/product.do?id=15208

I wish I had those speeds....
All I get is a lousy 1mb/s when its advertised as 10mb/s....

FuturePilot
February 28th, 2010, 05:05 AM
I wish I had those speeds....
All I get is a lousy 1mb/s when its advertised as 10mb/s....

mbps != MB/s

Kai69
February 28th, 2010, 05:11 AM
I... stand corrected...

You're still getting ripped off, though, with the speeds you say you're actually getting.

How even my stepson who downloads rapidshare files says its faster 5 files at 800-900kbs each as for internet speed its superfast i never see the page loading bar because its already on the next website and were wireless 3lappys on internet and ps3 online gaming all at the same time it never slows down. yes expensive but worth it as i have the full tv,phone,broadband package with them.

pirateghost
February 28th, 2010, 05:15 AM
How even my stepson who downloads rapidshare files says its faster 5 files at 800-900kbs each as for internet speed its superfast i never see the page loading bar because its already on the next website and were wireless 3lappys on internet and ps3 online gaming all at the same time it never slows down. yes expensive but worth it as i have the full tv,phone,broadband package with them.


because at a package rated at 50mbps you should see download speeds of up to 6.25MB/s

800-900KB/s is equivalent to 6.4-7.2mbps.... think about that

hit http://speedtest.net and see what it says your speed is. (its not perfect, but it will give you an idea)

http://www.speedtest.net/result/731703185.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

samantha_
February 28th, 2010, 05:15 AM
mbps != MB/s

i know. it was 10mb/s when it first got installed. then it got slower... and slower... and slower......

Presto123
February 28th, 2010, 05:19 AM
mbps != MB/s

I think what he meant here is that Mb/s doesn't mean the same as MB/s. Essentially, what you are looking at here is 1MB/s +/- when it states 10 Mb/s. I have 3Mb/s which, as the computer shows as I'm downloading, usually runs at 320-370KB/s and I'm rather happy with those speeds.

Edit: Here's what Speedtest.net says
http://www.speedtest.net/result/731706069.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

Kai69
February 28th, 2010, 05:20 AM
http://www.speedtest.net/result/731704888.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

oldsoundguy
February 28th, 2010, 05:21 AM
59.99 a month for 25down 2 up and we are about to be upgraded to 50/5 package soon

Same here for the ADVERTISED rate, but in actuality:
http://www.speedtest.net/result/731702024.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

But in our area they are going to offer 100mps/10mbps in a couple of weeks.

lisati
February 28th, 2010, 05:21 AM
mbps != MB/s

+1. I sense a bit of confusion in this thread about terminology and I'm a little bit confused about whether some of the posters are talking megabits or megabytes......
1Mb/sec (I'm referring to megabytes here) is about what I get if I connect through my mobile phone. 1mb (that's megabits) seems a little bit slow.

Kai69
February 28th, 2010, 05:28 AM
I know mines rubbish at the moment im piggybacking the modem fried on Friday and being replaced on Monday ,Ill redo speed test then see if its different on Monday :frown:

pirateghost
February 28th, 2010, 05:29 AM
heres a snip from my sabnzbd machine:

Download Dir: 1337.16 GB - Complete Dir: 1337.16 GB - Download speed: 2682.47 KB/s - Queued: 11302.26/12375.86 MB

downloading from usenet newsgroups
its pretty consistent with 2.7-3 megabytes/sec

djchandler
February 28th, 2010, 07:13 AM
My AT&T Uverse dsl is 6mb/s down and 1mb/s up. I've had 1.5 and 3.0 in the past. If you want to stream SD video, you need 3 mb/s IMHO. Since we DL a lot of files to maintain Linux, that also makes it important to have the highestspeed practical for your economic situation.

I frequently see speeds of 700-720 KB/s on large amounts of data, like when updating Ubuntu. The theoretical maximum is 732.4 KB/s, but that can't occur due to the time it takes to acknowledge an intact block and to begin the next, in other words, your ping rate.

Here's my speedtest.net result, about 10 miles distant physically from the participating ISP's server.

Kai69
March 2nd, 2010, 01:11 AM
http://www.speedtest.net/result/733863209.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

Hi all had a new modem installed today I also found out im on 20Mbs not 50Mbs as I said sorry and virgin is bringing out 100Mbs in 2011 YIPPEE

nutellajunkie
August 2nd, 2010, 02:28 PM
heres a snip from my sabnzbd machine:

Download Dir: 1337.16 GB - Complete Dir: 1337.16 GB - Download speed: 2682.47 KB/s - Queued: 11302.26/12375.86 MB

downloading from usenet newsgroups
its pretty consistent with 2.7-3 megabytes/sec

I thought your dir sizes were pretty cute, being 1337 ;)

whiskeylover
August 2nd, 2010, 02:52 PM
http://www.speedtest.net/result/900421630.png (http://www.speedtest.net)