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This truly may be a world's first: a cable modem you don't feel incredibly pressured to relegate to the rear of your networking stash. Yes friends, that succulent device you see above is Virgin Media's shockingly stunning 50Mbps cable modem, which unsurprisingly relies on DOCSIS 3.0 technology in order to provide such 1337 speeds. It's still not as speedy as Ambit Broadband's channel bonding modem, nor can it hold a candle to whatever Sigbritt Löthberg had going on in Sweden, but 50Mbps isn't anything to sneeze at. No word on pricing just yet (don't worry, you'll pay it), but it should be available for UK-based speed freaks before the year's end.

Looks good.
 

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Sweet, I've already signed up for the 50mb package.
just a waiting game now :]
 

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Sweet
 

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what good is this when your isp sucks....
 

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I can't possibly understand how you could possibly use anything over a 20Mb/s down line, unless you live for porn/pirating.

I have 10Mb/s up and 10Mb/s down, and it doesn't even bottleneck with two Xbox 360s playing Halo 3 and two computers playing CS:S in the same 44 slot server, all at once.
 

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High speeds aren't meant for playing games... it's meant for downloading/uploading stuff faster.

Sure, you don't do it all the time, but it's really nice to be able to download something huge in a few minutes when you do. (Ah, waiting for CoD4 to download overnight...)
 

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I...don't understand. I thought normal modem bandwidth was 54Mbps. Although I do like virgin media
 

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I wonder if it will rock as much as the old Virgin stuff like Lion king, Screamer, and all those games from before
 

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Originally Posted by mrtn400 View Post
I can't possibly understand how you could possibly use anything over a 20Mb/s down line, unless you live for porn/pirating.

I have 10Mb/s up and 10Mb/s down, and it doesn't even bottleneck with two Xbox 360s playing Halo 3 and two computers playing CS:S in the same 44 slot server, all at once.
Ahh, but I'm on 10mbit down and 0.5mbit up. I should be on the same as you. So this new 50mbit connection will give me about 5 megabytes per second download and perhaps 500kbs upload, which is a VAST improvement of the last few years of crappy UK upload rates.

Also, how much more wrong could you be about the reasons for having such a connection? In my house there's 4 computers sharing a 10mbit line. When I'm downloading a demo, or new patch from Gamershell at full speed people come and complain that I'm using up all the bandwidth so I have to limit that (RANT: which sucks, as we used ot be on the 20mbit line but for some reason my stepdad thinks my PC will be on less if we've got a lower internet speed, which makes no sense as my downloads take longer and thus my PC is on more often. But he's a thick joiner who uts wood for a living and thinks he knows what he's talking about. He doens't know he's a total prick, though, does he?)

So, with the 50mbit line, I could download at 4mb/s and leave the rest of the family a whole megabyte of bandwidth for using facebook, msn and ebay. Seems fair enough, yeah?

Not everyone wants a big connection to pirate!

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Funny thing is Virgin's network can't cope with its current load let alone lots of 50mbps using customers.

Also you will get to download at 50mpbs about 1% of time as for the rest you will be traffic shaped.
Bah, you only get capped between 4-10pm and if you get capped it lasts 5 hours. I'm a night owl and never run into the cap. Between 11pm through to 3pm you can download as much as is possible without a cap. Very fair, imho. That way we don't hit slow times like BT runs into all the time. Try watching a youtube video at 6pm on a BT line.

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and the cap speeds are high enough.

Top 2mbit download speed is about 250kbs. The top speed of a capped 10mbit line is about 300-400kbs.

Likewise, the capped 20mbit speed is 750kbs, which is a lot less than the top speed (2400kbs) but only a little less than the top speed for 10mbit (1200kbs)
 

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I...don't understand. I thought normal modem bandwidth was 54Mbps. Although I do like virgin media

Im no expert but are you referring to like a wireless G network?
 

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This would be good if the ISP providing it didnt suck so hard. (i have 20mb with virgin media - now seems they're blocking downloads from rapidshare...)
 

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This would be good if the ISP providing it didnt suck so hard. (i have 20mb with virgin media - now seems they're blocking downloads from rapidshare...)
Seems you're wrong about both things.

Virgin Media is the UK's only always on broadband that bests EVERY OTHER BB provider in the UK. Seriously. I hate virgin as much as the next person (because they can eb right bastards) but the old NTL and TElewest services top all others.

And Virgin are not blocking rapidshare downloads. I've just finished a list myself, so I know for a fact 100% they work.
 

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Ahh, but I'm on 10mbit down and 0.5mbit up. I should be on the same as you. So this new 50mbit connection will give me about 5 megabytes per second download and perhaps 500kbs upload, which is a VAST improvement of the last few years of crappy UK upload rates.

Also, how much more wrong could you be about the reasons for having such a connection? In my house there's 4 computers sharing a 10mbit line. When I'm downloading a demo, or new patch from Gamershell at full speed people come and complain that I'm using up all the bandwidth so I have to limit that (RANT: which sucks, as we used ot be on the 20mbit line but for some reason my stepdad thinks my PC will be on less if we've got a lower internet speed, which makes no sense as my downloads take longer and thus my PC is on more often. But he's a thick joiner who uts wood for a living and thinks he knows what he's talking about. He doens't know he's a total prick, though, does he?)

So, with the 50mbit line, I could download at 4mb/s and leave the rest of the family a whole megabyte of bandwidth for using facebook, msn and ebay. Seems fair enough, yeah?

Not everyone wants a big connection to pirate!

Bah, you only get capped between 4-10pm and if you get capped it lasts 5 hours. I'm a night owl and never run into the cap. Between 11pm through to 3pm you can download as much as is possible without a cap. Very fair, imho. That way we don't hit slow times like BT runs into all the time. Try watching a youtube video at 6pm on a BT line.

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and the cap speeds are high enough.

Top 2mbit download speed is about 250kbs. The top speed of a capped 10mbit line is about 300-400kbs.

Likewise, the capped 20mbit speed is 750kbs, which is a lot less than the top speed (2400kbs) but only a little less than the top speed for 10mbit (1200kbs)

Yeh. I am on 24mb down and 1mb up and I don't have any caps. Only pay £18 as well. Much better imo
 
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