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I am going to be getting Cox internet for the apartment I am moving into. (No verizon fios or anything in az )
Right now looking online I can get 12mbps (15mbps speed boost ) for 29.99 for three months then 49.99 after that or they have 20 mbps (25 speed boost) for 64.99 a month.

Right now my parents pay for 12mbps and just bought a Motorola surfboard docsis 3.0 modem about a month or so ago. Most of the time now we get about 28-35+ mbps. Is this the actual speed? Just by changing the modem without upgrading your service you can get faster speeds than you pay for? IF this is the case I would rather just go with the 12mbps. What would you guys do?
Anyone with cox what do you pay? I am not bundling any services by the way.
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Well just test out an actual download maybe steam or something?

then you'll know if you're really getting more than you pay for.

28mbps is around 3.5MB/s
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Go with the 12 and upgrade later if needed
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Check you are not confusing bits (b) and Bytes (B) I.E 8Mbps~1MBps speed... (based on that there are 8 bits in 1 byte).

Also try and find out what your line is capable of... No point paying a premium for speed you can't use... Your 12Mb line (if it gets that) should give you around 1.5MB/s.
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post #5 of 10
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Check you are not confusing bits (b) and Bytes (B) I.E 8Mbps~1MBps speed... (based on that there are 8 bits in 1 byte).

Also try and find out what your line is capable of... No point paying a premium for speed you can't use... Your 12Mb line (if it gets that) should give you around 1.5MB/s.
How do I find out what my line is capable of? I'm not confusing mb with MB if I do a speedtest it says I get 25+ Mbps depending when I do the test, but if I download something I do get closer to 1.5MB/s for most of the time?
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post #6 of 10
Lol. ISP's always tell the story in Mbps. Its Mega Bit per second. and if you download in utorrent or IDM, you will get speeds wither in KB's or MB's, that is Kilobyte and Megabyte. I will actually advise you as all did for 12. IF you afford more then go for them.

I in other side of world pay 24$ per month for 4Mbps. and its 117 frigin buks for 10Mbps. I would melt like butter near fire if get 10Mbps .
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post #7 of 10
The 28-35 Mbps speed tests are because of the powerboost. Also keep in mind powerboost only applies to DOWNLOAD speed NOT UPLOAD.

This powerboost thing is a temporary boost for roughly 15-20 seconds maybe a bit more it depending on the file size. When you do a speed test it's kind of flawed cuz the powerboost is kicking in.

For larger files you'll notice when you first start a download it maybe going at 20 Mbps or 2.5 MB/s (on the browser) or faster sometimes on your browser and it eventually drops down to your ACTUAL speed which is around 12 Mbps (1.5 MB/s). Again 15-20 seconds of powerboost wearing off here.

To answer your question though stick with 12 Mbps.
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post #8 of 10
12mbps probably makes the most sense.

$65 a month for internet just seems crazy to me when I pay $40 a month for an unlimited 15mbps connection.
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^ All depends where you live.. ISP's around here suck.
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The 28-35 Mbps speed tests are because of the powerboost. Also keep in mind powerboost only applies to DOWNLOAD speed NOT UPLOAD.

This powerboost thing is a temporary boost for roughly 15-20 seconds maybe a bit more it depending on the file size. When you do a speed test it's kind of flawed cuz the powerboost is kicking in.

For larger files you'll notice when you first start a download it maybe going at 20 Mbps or 2.5 MB/s (on the browser) or faster sometimes on your browser and it eventually drops down to your ACTUAL speed which is around 12 Mbps (1.5 MB/s). Again 15-20 seconds of powerboost wearing off here.

To answer your question though stick with 12 Mbps.
Yeah it does do this. Well at least I am getting m full 12mbps or more now. When we had our old modem it would be like 8mbps at its highest.
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