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Varying Internet Speeds?


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#1 Torn05

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 06:46 PM

So my parents upgraded from at&t to Comcast, and I get much better speed even at the lows than I did with at&t. I honestly do not know what exact plan they signed for, but it was through Best Buy and they had checked off 8 meg. As for the speed varying so much, I have gotten as low as 2 Mb/s to 26 Mb/s. I believe the 2Mbps was a one time thing and my average low is around 8Mbps. The average high is in the high teens. Could this simply be Comcast's powerboost feature? Thanks for any help.

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This test was pretty consistent, varying from 12 - 18 but usualy around 17.
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Posted 08 March 2011 - 07:15 PM

Not familiar with the power boost feature.

What it more likely is, is a combination of things. Including total Internet usage at peak hours vs less usage at off hours.

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 07:24 PM

I think Powerboost is more of a marketing gimmick than a real feature. My ISP in Canada Rogers is running a Powerboost ad campaign right now. Very light on specifics.

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 07:31 PM

I do not know the specifics on such programs when it comes to Cable or DSL connections.

I do know they are snake oil = basically fake when it comes to related programs for dial-up.
On dial-up such programs actually are downloading less graphical data related to how the page renders. This simulates faster download speeds but in reality you are getting a lower quality viewing experience of the pages you do view.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 03:21 PM

Since my upload varies a little as well, should I stick with my lowest speeds, say 2Mbps, for reference if I put up a game server?




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