|View Poll Results: What Is Your Downstream Bandwidth?|
|Less than 1 Mbps||8||0.64%|
|More than 20 Mbps||820||66.02%|
|I don't have broadband Internet access||6||0.48%|
|Voters: 1242. You may not vote on this poll|
I will be happy when they figure out how to actually deliver us artifact free superhd (1080p) streaming consistently - give me that and I likely won't care about UHD streaming for another decade, if ever.
TW cable. Don't really need anything faster at the moment. Most of the content providers can't even supply half of that anyway.
Klipsch RF-62II, RC-500, RS-400, SVS PC12+,
Def Tech SC8000
Roku Ultra, Apple TV, Sharp 70" Quattron
I think the fastest available in my area is like 25mb/s but it's also something stupid like 300 a month!
we used to be on the 2nd level, which got around 1.5mB/s continuously, but it was 130/mth
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I have consolidated communications in the greater Conroe are and it's 20 down and 1 up. They have faster but the price gets a bit silly.
College Park 4K Cinema
Before people get too jealous, most need to understand that Speedtest sites don't work for cable companies like Comcast and Cox since they both have their own version of Speedboost or Powerboost which provides dramatically more bandwidth at the beginning of a connection. Most people will not see 100mbps sustained on Cable. They'll see extremely fast downloads for smaller files and the first part of large files then the bandwidth will drop back down. While this is great for web browsing, you can't judge your real speed for streaming with these kinds of tests. Find a local FTP server (not one provided by your ISP since many constantly boost connections to their own services) and download a large file to determine your true, sustained DL speeds.
Hmm, speedtest.net (and others, I assume) conducts a fairly long download test with a graph showing the instantaneous download speed as a function of time. In my case, that graph is fairly flat. If what you say here is true, wouldn't it spike at the beginning and fall off as time progresses? I simply don't know, and I'd like to understand the situation better.
Based on what I have read, the file is not very large...on the order of 25MB or so. I guess one could guess at it by timing how long the download takes and multiplying that by the download rate and dividing by 8 to give a rough size. If you see 90-100Mbps+ on downloads from cable it is most likely due to bursting traffic. While some cable companies do offer 100Mbps speeds, it is almost always noted as "Up to 100Mbps." If you see that, it is because of the speedboost.
The main issue is that the cable companies don't disclose how their algorithms works and burst time is based on a lot of factors including data-stream type, network location (including which website the connection is to, etc.). In the past there have been accusations that some of the cable companies specifically enable a high burst speed for speed testing sites in order to futz with the numbers too. I have no idea if that is true or not and I have not been on cable since they started using Speedbost. I know I have seen it work properly when my buddy downloaded from an FTP I used to host at Rackspace. He is on Comcast and he would see a burst of speed at the beginning of the connection that would drop off to half or less than the burst speed over time. There was not much rhyme or reason I could see for how long it bursted and, in some cases, it would burst again in the middle of the download. That I why I would recommend finding a good FTP, Torrent or Usenet connection and queuing up some files to download so you can really monitor what you can expect for streaming speeds. I guarantee you will see the burst affect in your results if your speedtest numbers are that high.
This is not meant to take away from anyone's numbers. In general use, Speedboost is a real benefit to users. When browsing the web or streaming videos, you get that initial boost to download a page quickly or buffer a video. This improves the user experience dramatically. In the end, even without burst speed, most higher end cable connections will be able to support 20Mbps streams for 4K (as long as their ISP does not throttle), but folks should not assume that, based on Speedtest results, they can download 3 or 4 streams at once or download files from the Internet and stream at the same time without impact.
However, in two or three weeks I am going to be flying on Google Fiber. The nice part besides the speed is it is only going to cost me 70 a month. My interior network has already been upgraded to Gigabit having acquired a 3825 and a 2970 (Cisco) coming from an 1841 and 2960, and am now just waiting on install.
Note that this is at 8:30pm on a weeknight; prime usage hours for broadband, that upload is pretty terrible.
I'll update this post with an example of off-peak time later.
Tangential tie-in, this once again proves my point with Netflix not being able to deliver a 1080p experience even though I have sufficient bandwidth for it, even during PEAK usage times. Their CDN just isn't up to the task, or somebody is putting a kink in the hose somewhere.
Just ran the test and got 56.55 down on 50 down. And got 5.78up on 5 up from TWC. Can't wait for the next upgrade to 100.
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