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Speedtest is unreliable with Comcast due to the "power boost" nonsense that skyrockets the speed for about 10 seconds.

I'll give you my example: I just ran 3 tests back to back. Speed Boost kicks in on the first test, giving me what is seemingly a great DL speed.



Test 2 starts to show what is more of my real world DL speed after the boost has stopped.



Test 3 is a very accurate representation of my DL speed for files larger than 100MB. Downloading a large video file (700MB+) will take around 10-13 minutes on my real world speed (below).



If I had my actual advertised speed of 22Mb/s, it would only take around 4-6 minutes. On a bright note, I did receive a call earlier from Comcast stating that they were rolling out Fiber Optics tonight from 12AM-6AM. Wonder if I'll get any free benefits since I'm already sporting a D3.0 modem.
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Speedtest is unreliable with Comcast due to the "power boost" nonsense that skyrockets the speed for about 10 seconds.
You're correct on that, you should instead use this. It uses a much larger file and does multiple tests.

http://www.ispgeeks.com/wild/modules...e=CapacityTest
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Wut? I was talking about the 2 motorola surfboards, the two gateways.
I understand that, and I was just pointing out that a specific modem/router combo is better than a modem/gateway all-in-one.
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I understand that, and I was just pointing out that a specific modem/router combo is better than a modem/gateway all-in-one.
I agree a good combo is better, I personally chose an all in one due to the fact that I kept having problems with the router loosing connectivity, (not getting an IP or something) from the modem. Fixed it after hours on the phone with netgear (I now hate netgear) then the power went out and the problem was back and the same steps didn't work. They wanted another $75 or something to talk to me since my 90 days free support was up.
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Huh? That doesn't sound right, they publicized a 250GB/month combined up/down cap a few years ago for all residential plans; I figured they'd carry it over to the DOCSIS 3.0-based speed tiers.
Mine's through Time Warner Cable though, not Comcast. DOCSIS 3 and no caps FTW.

I just dumped Roadrunner and got Earthlink throgh Time Warner, it's Roadrunner without the powerboost the only difference is that it's $10 cheaper so at least now my speed tests are accurate, I'd prefer to have the powerboost though.
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I agree a good combo is better, I personally chose an all in one due to the fact that I kept having problems with the router loosing connectivity, (not getting an IP or something) from the modem. Fixed it after hours on the phone with netgear (I now hate netgear) then the power went out and the problem was back and the same steps didn't work. They wanted another $75 or something to talk to me since my 90 days free support was up.
Netgear routers for the most part are garbage. Not sure why so many people use them. You should have just gotten a better router.
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Wow. Would you mind running a test and sharing the results with me? I would love to upgrade to the Extreme tier but haven't run into anyone that has it. The 250GB cap for higher tiers is quite ridiculous but I've never really gone over that limit; plus, I think down here Comcast isn't very strict about it. They don't want to lose customers to the competition, which is exactly what would happen if they killed off my account.

Go here and if it doesn't take you straight to the test click on "Test Speed & Capacity" under "Advanced Speed Test." SpeedTest.net isn't very accurate because the file used to test the speed is tiny and that biases in Comcast's favor due to Burst. When you click to start the test it'll ask you to enter an SID, just use your OCN name to make it easy. Thanks in advance.

http://www.ispgeeks.com/wild/modules...e=CapacityTest
Here ya go:
http://mcs.ispgeeks.net/myspeed/db/report?id=450432
    
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I averaged 3.2mb/sec for the entire download of WoW: Cataclysm, if thats any indication of how my speeds operate.
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I use this to determine my speed http://test.lvcm.com/
Sustained 3min test.
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