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Can this just be contention??

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Can this just be contention??

I've been getting awful download speeds for the last 5 or 6 weeks on my PAYG Max. I'm talking of anywhere from 300 kbps down to 60 kbps using the BT speedtester! But testing the speed in the middle of the night, I get more like 4850 kbps.

(BTW, I've tried different PCs, routers, cables and used the BT test socket. I'm connected to the router by Ethernet cable and there is nothing else using the bandwidth.)

I've been going through the faults procedure, but right now BT are saying everything is fine and Plusnet are trying to blame it on contention.

My connection speeds are fine all through the day, e.g.
Connection Speed: 6944 kbps
Line Attenuation: 41.0 db
Noise Margin: 6.1 db

I did an automated test for the last 24 hours, to download a 6.69 MB file from the Kent mirror of SourceForge every half hour and record the download times (below). The results illustrate the problem very well.

Is it my silly expectations of a broadband service, or is this kind of performance poor even taking into account increased contention at peak time?? Any advice or comments?

Thanks
Chris


01/11/2006 23:11 - 25 sec
01/11/2006 23:41 - 14 sec
02/11/2006 00:11 - 15 sec
02/11/2006 00:41 - 17 sec
02/11/2006 01:11 - 26 sec
02/11/2006 01:41 - 18 sec
02/11/2006 02:11 - 11 sec
02/11/2006 02:41 - 11 sec
02/11/2006 03:11 - 11 sec
02/11/2006 03:41 - 11 sec
02/11/2006 04:11 - 13 sec
02/11/2006 04:41 - 11 sec
02/11/2006 05:11 - 12 sec
02/11/2006 05:41 - 11 sec
02/11/2006 06:11 - 13 sec
02/11/2006 06:41 - 11 sec
02/11/2006 07:11 - 11 sec
02/11/2006 07:41 - 22 sec
02/11/2006 08:11 - 21 sec
02/11/2006 08:41 - 116 sec (1 min 56 sec)
02/11/2006 09:11 - 109 sec (1 min 49 sec)
02/11/2006 09:41 - 456 sec (7 min 36 sec)
02/11/2006 10:11 - 234 sec (3 min 54 sec)
02/11/2006 10:41 - 178 sec (2 min 58 sec)
02/11/2006 11:11 - 131 sec (2 min 11 sec)
02/11/2006 11:41 - 259 sec (4 min 19 sec)
02/11/2006 12:11 - 142 sec (2 min 22 sec)
02/11/2006 12:41 - 129 sec (2 min 9 sec)
02/11/2006 13:11 - 106 sec (1 min 46 sec)
02/11/2006 13:41 - 169 sec (2 min 49 sec)
02/11/2006 14:11 - 113 sec (1 min 53 sec)
02/11/2006 14:41 - 107 sec (1 min 47 sec)
02/11/2006 15:11 - 124 sec (2 min 4 sec)
02/11/2006 15:41 - 229 sec (3 min 49 sec)
02/11/2006 16:11 - 233 sec (3 min 53 sec)
02/11/2006 16:41 - 196 sec (3 min 16 sec)
02/11/2006 17:11 - 402 sec (6 min 42 sec)
02/11/2006 17:41 - 295 sec (4 min 55 sec)
02/11/2006 18:11 - 183 sec (3 min 3 sec)
02/11/2006 18:41 - 543 sec (9 min 3 sec)
02/11/2006 19:23 - 406 sec (6 min 46 sec)
02/11/2006 19:53 - 930 sec (15 min 30 sec)
02/11/2006 20:23 - 571 sec (9 min 31 sec)
02/11/2006 20:53 - 585 sec (9 min 45 sec)
02/11/2006 21:23 - 192 sec (3 min 12 sec)
02/11/2006 21:53 - 190 sec (3 min 10 sec)
02/11/2006 22:23 - 141 sec (2 min 21 sec)
02/11/2006 22:53 - 113 sec (1 min 53 sec)
02/11/2006 23:23 - 85 sec (1 min 25 sec)
02/11/2006 23:53 - 35 sec
03/11/2006 00:23 - 42 sec
03/11/2006 00:42 - 16 sec
03/11/2006 01:22 - 16 sec
6 REPLIES
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Can this just be contention??

could be the traffic shaping. are you using p2p?
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Can this just be contention??

Nope, no p2p. I'm only ever doing pure web-browsing and email. The speeds are just as bad when I connect to the BT speed test account to by-pass Plusnet.
shellsong
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Posts: 2,191
Registered: 03-08-2007

Can this just be contention??

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The speeds are just as bad when I connect to the BT speed test account to by-pass Plusnet.


Looks like local BT contention then!
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Can this just be contention??

So is this the kind of normal performace people expect from BT with contention then?
shellsong
Grafter
Posts: 2,191
Registered: 03-08-2007

Can this just be contention??

It shouldn't be normal although it's all well within BT specs, believe it or not, lmartin gave a bit more detail here and if you go to the link he gives you can find out your own exchange's Status-- I know mine's supposedly having work done to improve things today! :roll:
The Virtual Path status for my exchange has been at Red since at least 18th September
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Smae here T

Hi,

Im having the same issues also, almost to the T.

This started about the same time as well!

Ive tried all different types of hardware and ive also had a BT engineer visit my house, he said that im connecting to the exchange at around 7mb but im only getting from 600k to 1mb download speeds.