ADSL speed... what they say vs what it is.

Discussion in 'Networking, Telephony & Internet' started by DaBeastMaster, Mar 10, 2005.

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Does your connection live up to your expectations?

Poll closed Apr 9, 2005.
  1. YES, my connection rocks!

    42.8%
  2. Yeah, most of the time my connection speed is good!

    33.9%
  3. It could do with a bit of tweaking, but I can live with it till I get my T1

    8.4%
  4. Its ok, but thats only cuz I can not afford a faster connection.

    7.7%
  5. well, they did say it was faster than dialup.

    4.1%
  6. It sucks, I'm changing ISP's!

    3.1%
  1. DaBeastMaster

    DaBeastMaster Member

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    I'm asking everyone to run the speed tests on this site

    http://members.optusnet.com.au/djalexm/speedtest/tools_speed.shtml

    and post thier best and worst speeds along with what thier isp (says) they have
    the site has 16 different mirror sites to choose from for running the tests, I ran them all, here is my best and worst.

    my isp, says I have 512/128 adsl

    kbps: 351.1
    KB/s: 43.8875
    Mbps: 0.34287109375

    kbps: 278.9
    KB/s: 34.8625
    Mbps: 0.27236328125
     
  2. looktall

    looktall Working Class Doughnut

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    i just did the iinet ADSL and cable ones.

    i actually did better on the cable image.

    Test run on 9/3/2005 @ 11:26 P.M.

    Mirror: iiNet
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1208.7
    KB/s: 151.0875
    Mbps: 1.18037109375

    Test run on 9/3/2005 @ 11:27 P.M.

    Mirror: iiNet
    Test type: ADSL

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1152
    KB/s: 144
    Mbps: 1.125

    i also tried the bigpond mirrors and got shocking results.
    i didn't bother copying the details, but the adsl pic was 680kb/s and the cable one was 164kb/s.

    i also tried some of the international mirrors.
    i got about the same speeds as the bigpond mirror. :D
     
  3. infiltraitor

    infiltraitor Member

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    most i can get is about 950KB/s which seems quite poor for what im sitting on
    perhaps they do some thing with multiple connections.. because ive had 2.4MB/s down (3x 800KB/s downloads) from a Red VS Blue download mirror

    edit: at home telstra cable is too unreliable to even bother testing
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2005
  4. Gumby

    Gumby Member

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    I'm on a 1Mb/1Mb shdsl link

    kbps: 825.6
    KB/s: 103.2
    Mbps: 0.80625


    Pretty much spot on what I would expect.
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2005
  5. charliebrown_au

    charliebrown_au New Member

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    Generaly adsl speed doesnt change that much plan to plan .. Ping times might but speed is locked at the exchange after doing a dsl port

    256 connections do 25 to 28kb/sec - max is 27kb/sec on avg (110 meg a hour)
    512 connections do 50 to 58kb/sec - max is 55 kb/sec on avg (200 meg a hour)
    1.5 connections do 155 to 160kb/sec - max is 155 kb/sec on avg


    Where speeds drop is p2p ppl saturating their upsteam and not using traffic shaping via router or software (eg net limiter)
     
  6. Oblong Cheese

    Oblong Cheese Member

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    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 8:53 A.M.

    Mirror: Internode
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 420.4
    KB/s: 52.55
    Mbps: 0.410546875

    Everyone should run the cable test (except maybe dial-uppers, they can do the ADSL test) - it takes longer and gives more accurate results. I'm with Internode, 512/128, 16Gb shaped.
     
  7. Midnight Rider

    Midnight Rider Member

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    Took 3 years to get ADSL through my RIM system, but now I've got it, it seems OK....

    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 9:56 A.M.

    Mirror: Optus
    Test type: ADSL

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1265.8
    KB/s: 158.225
    Mbps: 1.2361328125

    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 10:05 A.M.

    Mirror: Optus
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1285.6
    KB/s: 160.7
    Mbps: 1.25546875


    Pinging 220.233.0.4 with 32 bytes of data:

    Reply from 220.233.0.4: bytes=32 time=11ms TTL=61
    Reply from 220.233.0.4: bytes=32 time=13ms TTL=61
    Reply from 220.233.0.4: bytes=32 time=11ms TTL=61
    Reply from 220.233.0.4: bytes=32 time=13ms TTL=61

    Ping statistics for 220.233.0.4:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 11ms, Maximum = 13ms, Average = 12ms

    I'm with Exetel 1500/256 BTW
     
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  8. hawks667

    hawks667 Member

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    Here ya go:


    I have a 1.5 connection with Internode....

    Mirror: Internode
    Test type: ADSL

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1132.8
    KB/s: 141.6
    Mbps: 1.10625

    And using the cable option, im faster, go figure.....

    Mirror: Internode
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1244.7
    KB/s: 155.5875
    Mbps: 1.21552734375
     
  9. infiltraitor

    infiltraitor Member

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    they need an ATM 155 option. :p

    id say the speed of the speed test (56k dsl and cable) defines what kind of server you get linked to. a 56ker doesnt need the kind of bandwidth a cabler needs to properly test their link so its no point giving them an 800KB connection when they will only use 5 or 6 KB

    that may also be why 1.5mbit dslers will get a slightly faster speed on a cable test and why i only get a touch over 900KB/s instead of sucking the pipe dry. :lol:
     
  10. azzachaz

    azzachaz Member

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    Test run on 10/3/2005

    Mirror: Optus
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 5598.7
    KB/s: 699.8375
    Mbps: 5.46748046875

    ISP = Telstra

    I'll post my TPG ADSL Connection when I get home
     
  11. Oblong Cheese

    Oblong Cheese Member

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    It's more accurate because the 2.6Mb cable test image allows for a longer test period (as opposed to the 400kb ADSL image), thus giving a 'smoother' result. Ie, the time taken is longer which allows for the connection to reach its full potential... a 400kb image at 150kb/s gives 2.67 seconds for download, as opposed to the 2.6Mb at 17.75 seconds. The 400kb image on a 1.5Mbps connection is practically measuring the burst capabilities of the connection, rather than the maximum sustained download rate.
     
  12. kryzak260

    kryzak260 Member

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    Im on netspace 512/128k ADSL. I got faster on the cable mirror too...

    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 10:26 A.M.

    Mirror: Netspace
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 423.9
    KB/s: 52.9875
    Mbps: 0.41396484375

    and

    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 10:27 A.M.

    Mirror: Netspace
    Test type: ADSL

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 418.4
    KB/s: 52.3
    Mbps: 0.40859375
     
  13. XAJIM

    XAJIM Member

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    Work connection. Telstra ADSL, both the ADSL & Cable tests. Might give the home one a burl when I get home tonight (Optus Cable).

    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 9:41 A.M.

    Mirror: Optus
    Test type: ADSL

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1130.4
    KB/s: 141.3
    Mbps: 1.10390625

    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 9:43 A.M.

    Mirror: Optus
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1241.3
    KB/s: 155.1625
    Mbps: 1.21220703125
     
  14. infiltraitor

    infiltraitor Member

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    oh well. im happy. i got over 1380 KB/s on aaNets cable speed test :)
     
  15. Draemad

    Draemad Member

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    Local ISP

    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 1:33 P.M.

    Mirror: aaNet
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 210.2
    KB/s: 26.275
    Mbps: 0.2052734375

    Other ISP

    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 1:37 P.M.

    Mirror: Optus
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 210.6
    KB/s: 26.325
    Mbps: 0.2056640625


    what i'd expect for 256kbps connection
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2005
  16. koma_white

    koma_white Member

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    I'm on TPG's 1.5mb 20gb for $49.95 a month plan..

    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 1:50 P.M.

    Mirror: TPG
    Test type: ADSL

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1004.9
    KB/s: 125.6125
    Mbps: 0.98134765625

    Thats with 2 other computers in my house browsing the net, and me running DC++ with about 30kb/s Down & 15kb/s Up.
    Overall im very happy with it; although it seems to sh!t itself occasionally with speeds dropping to around a 256k connection. NFI why; i've complained about it and i just get told to restart the connection (re-initiate the line synch).
     
  17. cvidler

    cvidler Member

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    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 2:37 P.M.

    Mirror: Optus
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 356.1
    KB/s: 44.5125
    Mbps: 0.34775390625

    Work's dual 155Mbps ATM links to Optus. But unfortunately it's shared with 90,000 people. Might have to try again early in the mourning.
     
  18. bowan fletcher

    bowan fletcher (Banned or Deleted)

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    im quite happy with mine:

    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 1:48 P.M.

    Mirror: Exetel
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1261.8
    KB/s: 157.725
    Mbps: 1.2322265625

    im with EFTEL 1500/256 plan. seems ok

    i'll run a few other mirrors and check.

    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 1:50 P.M.

    Mirror: aaNet
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1260.6
    KB/s: 157.575
    Mbps: 1.2310546875


    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 1:51 P.M.

    Mirror: Optus
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1258.1
    KB/s: 157.2625
    Mbps: 1.22861328125


    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 1:51 P.M.

    Mirror: Bigpond
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1249.6
    KB/s: 156.2
    Mbps: 1.2203125


    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 1:52 P.M.

    Mirror: iiNet
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1193
    KB/s: 149.125
    Mbps: 1.1650390625

    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 1:54 P.M.

    Mirror: Internode
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1250.7
    KB/s: 156.3375
    Mbps: 1.22138671875


    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 1:54 P.M.

    Mirror: Netspace
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1240
    KB/s: 155
    Mbps: 1.2109375

    as you can see most of the aussie ones are very similar.
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2005
  19. GTR27

    GTR27 Member

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    iinet 1.5ADSL here

    Optus Mirror (cable test)
    kbps: 1260.5
    KB/s: 157.5625
    Mbps: 1.23095703125


    Bigpond
    kbps: 1150.5
    KB/s: 143.8125
    Mbps: 1.12353515625

    The iinet one seems screwed cause i only get 40k/sec from there (and i'm on iinet!)
     
  20. V8R

    V8R Member

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    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 3:00 P.M.

    Mirror: Bigpond
    Test type: ADSL

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 380.4
    KB/s: 47.55
    Mbps: 0.371484375

    Mirror: Bigpond
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 377.8
    KB/s: 47.225
    Mbps: 0.3689453125


    Bigpong 512 dsl from the workshop

    OK and from home on iinet (1500 / 256 iinet 2 plans, non-iiSLAM)

    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 9:03 P.M.

    Mirror: iiNet
    Test type: ADSL

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1084.9
    KB/s: 135.6125
    Mbps: 1.05947265625

    Test run on 10/3/2005 @ 9:05 P.M.

    Mirror: iiNet
    Test type: Cable

    Your connection speed:

    kbps: 1249.6
    KB/s: 156.2
    Mbps: 1.2203125
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2005

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