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I pay for SBC global/ AT&T Dsl Pro (3mbps). And when I do an internet speed test, speedtest.net for example, it never comes near 3mbps, almost always in the area of 1.4-1.6mbps.. Is that correct or should I drop AT&T and get Comcast Business class or something else?
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So wait, you're paying for 3MB, and you're getting 1.4-1.6MB or Mb?
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So wait, you're paying for 3MB, and you're getting 1.4-1.6MB or Mb?
Well we currently have the "DSL Pro" 3.0 Package, which is 3Mbps, and according to Speedtest.net;



is what I get, so I'm wondering if thats correct or not
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No. You probably have the 3MB package.
That looks about right.

Do note that Mb/s and MB/s is two different things.
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No. You probably have the 3MB package.
That looks about right.

Do note that Mb/s and MB/s is two different things.
On at&t's dsl site (http://www.att.com/dsl/shop/plansSha...C-BEC266F61DC3) it clearly says "3.0Mbps", and that is the service we pay for, not 3MB/s.

Im well aware of the difference of Megabits and Megabytes.
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And even if we do have 3MB/s, isnt it a bit deceitful to advertise 3Mbps? We plan on switching to Comcast anyway.
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I spose thats about correct since its probably using crap ADSL tech

but try downloading off another speedtest

maybe this

http://speedtest.comcast.net/

or http://speed.io
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I spose thats about correct since its probably using crap ADSL tech

but try downloading off another speedtest

maybe this

http://speedtest.comcast.net/

or http://speed.io
Yep, its ADSL...

And I also live 50miles away from the central office in Chicago. So that's probably degrading the speed a lot.
Edited by ZFedora - 7/21/11 at 9:34am
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Based on the fact that you are talking business class of service, that would lead me to think that you are just one of many hosts/servers/and other networking devices on your network. Unless you are running the speedtest from your router or a laptop next in line from that device your speed will be shared with all other nodes on your network.

Switching from Comcast may not be the best solution to what your needs are. No one on OCN will be able to tell you what is going to be best for your needs without knowing the Business System and Functional Requirements. An example would be if your hosting a critical web server for your business. DSL and Cable would not be the best solution. A bonded T1 may be the best solution for that as one the SLA's that are associated with them as well as the dedicated upload speed.
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Based on the fact that you are talking business class of service, that would lead me to think that you are just one of many hosts/servers/and other networking devices on your network. Unless you are running the speedtest from your router or a laptop next in line from that device your speed will be shared with all other nodes on your network.

Switching from Comcast may not be the best solution to what your needs are. No one on OCN will be able to tell you what is going to be best for your needs without knowing the Business System and Functional Requirements. An example would be if your hosting a critical web server for your business. DSL and Cable would not be the best solution. A bonded T1 may be the best solution for that as one the SLA's that are associated with them as well as the dedicated upload speed.
I have 2 servers, 3 laptops, and a desktop on my network. I'll draw something really quick to show you how its structured, if that would be of any help.

And yes, it is critical that it stays online 24/7. However there are no web applications hosted on our servers, or things of that nature that would need a ton of RAM, etc. Just a simple Web/FTP server for a small business.

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