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MB's and Mb's , crap I forgot which was which

thats why is always say MBytes or MBits just so its always clear lol
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post #102 of 183
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paying 70 a month for TV, unlim Phone, and 50mbit line

Is that a good deal? It's hard for me to tell, but i'd rather have a reduced rate with no phone and no TV.
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well since we DID need Phone, and TV made Sense with the kids, I call it a good deal.

Especially unlimited phone, we get its usage for sure!

by itself though< i think the Internet line is only $30 a month here.
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post #104 of 183
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I am meaning megabits per second. Typo there
What game are you playing that is maxing out a 30/5 line? I've had seven people playing several different games on my connection...even back when it was a 7/1Mbs. I have 18/2Mbs now. Never had any ping or bandwidth troubles. I've done the same at other people's houses with similar connections
I think you might have some other trouble afoot

The problem is gaming for me also means vent/TS/mumble plus other resources open
And if it's a casual game there's usually a netflix window runnin in the middle. =P

But yes the games themselves *usually* dont eat up a ton of bandwidth.
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i remember back at my parents house when they first started Streaming Netflix movies, we were only at about 6mbit connection at that time
and BOY Could I tell when they started Buffering a Movie!!
I would constantly get kicked off my games that i was playing, DC's left and right.
Now in my own home, we have 50mbit line
jeez what a difference..!!
Forget about it, anything you want to do just do it, My Son is on Wifi, my Wife is on Wifi, the PS3 is streaming Netflix, all while I might be gaming or doing some Online Gaming.
Never again will i see my Ping go above 100 while playing DoD Source, Server I play on with my Clan I get REALLY low Pings lol
People sometimes think im a bot lol

That's exactly why I am also upgrading my Internet connection as well. Even a 6mbit connection maxes out at about 500+Kb a second which would anything that has a substantial file size a while to download. If anyone else is using the same network as well that kind of connection is only intended for an individual and not individual(s) because the speed drastically suffers. You would not be able to Stream a movie and play a game without suffering a massive ping.

Coupled with Rate limiting at peak hours it makes the connection even slower considering it's already slow.

A 50mbit line would be a miracle if it was unlimited. Unfortunately the fastest planes here that are unlimited only go up to 28Mb on Cable. 50mbit line is available but with a poor bandwidth cap and for an arm and a leg just to have a cap.
Edited by 45nm - 8/16/12 at 10:07am
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The problem is gaming for me also means vent/TS/mumble plus other resources open
And if it's a casual game there's usually a netflix window runnin in the middle. =P
But yes the games themselves *usually* dont eat up a ton of bandwidth.

We were all running things like that too...playing games like EQ2, BF2142, FEAR Multiplayer, Starcraft 1&2...plus all sorts more and then we would be running skype or team speak.

I have ran into issues where a router was having trouble handling the work load. (Note that it should have been fine, but it was having issues). You might want to look into a firmware update for your router. My old Linksys router gave me issues with this kind of work load until I put DD-WRT on it. Then I could have some friends over gaming and even have a torrent going. I've since upgraded, but that was to get gigabit LAN and wireless N. It turned out the stock firmware on that model of router was really bad.

of course it could also be that your ISP is having issues or just flat out lying to you too.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 8/16/12 at 10:20am
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because I cap out a 30/5Mb line with just 2 machines when gaming.
BS.... what games?
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The problem is gaming for me also means vent/TS/mumble plus other resources open
And if it's a casual game there's usually a netflix window runnin in the middle. =P
But yes the games themselves *usually* dont eat up a ton of bandwidth.
Chat data is less than 1Mb range..... same with games. Netflix is in the 3-6Mb range.





I just did a SpeedTest..... looks like Comcast bumped my 12/3Mbps plan to 24/3Mbps. thumb.gif
Edited by DuckieHo - 8/16/12 at 10:24am
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US is still far behind anyway. As long as companies continue to price gouge and little competition in areas, we'll always pay higher prices compared to other densely-populated nations with easier access to broadband technology. Charter is okay in my area, but at least better than U-verse and Clear.
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Google Fiber anyone?

Yeah, wouldn't this totally skew our results?
    
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What are these mystical regulations of zen internet distribution you speak of? I would interested in knowing. PostalTwinkie has been giving reasoned, logical and explicit responses based on his first hand experience of actually being part of a large ISP. Your responses have basically amounted to "Nuh uh! According to my general and unsubstantiated statements you are wrong!"
I can't build a fence in my backyard without clearing it with about 4 levels of regulation bureaucracy. I am not the least bit surprised at the rudimentary cost analysis PostalTwinkie used to characterize the costs and red tape involved. There is not always some villainous CEO in a three piece suit counting his money in a backroom to fit with your world view. Sometimes it really just is a matter of something not being cost effective.

Back in the early 90's when the internet was still emerging, The FCC imposed a set of regulation that required all the big ISPs (the ones with the cable in the ground) to sell/rent out their last mile equipment to smaller, competing, local ISPs.
These regulations were intended to keep competition alive and promote innovation on the part of the host ISP. Then Bell/ATT decided they didnt like like these regulations and sued/lobbied to have them removed.
The Number one reason our internet infrastructure is so poor compared to other countries is because of the lack of competiton, especially in rural areas.
Last time i checked, it is regulations just like these that countries like SK and japan still use.

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It really helps when you have a lot of concurrent users too. I'm on 3Mb/s now and most of my household seems really into video streaming atm. The only time my internet is acceptable is during the night when nobody's using it but me.
I'm surprised the US is in the top 10. They have a huge, strangely distributed population.
USpop1990.gif

This is what im talking about right here. See the little red square on the right hand side of WA? Thats Spokane County. I live in one of the most densely populated areas in the country, and im just ~5 miles outside the city limits. yet because of a lack of competition, complemented by innovation, i am stuck on the lowest teir of DSL that is available. You tell me why that's not a problem.
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