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Usenet speeds, Unlimited vs Premium?

phaedra1106
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Usenet speeds, Unlimited vs Premium?

Hi all Smiley
Currently have 2 lines, one with TitalADSL on the recently crippled Surfwise package and the other on Plusnet Unlimited.
The Pnet Unlimited line is pretty useless for Usenet, if using non-ssl connections it runs (if at all) at around 7K (dial-up speed!), ssl connections run anywhere between 7K and 804K depending on the time of day and what traffic shaping the Ellacoyas are up to, however the only time it runs around 804K is about 6am to 7:30am which is ridiculous as it's supposed to be available at line speed from 00:00 to12:00.  It's not exchange congestion as I am on a small exchange with no problems, my second line with Titan (has a lower sync due to an older cable BT won't fix) but used to run flat out at 645K 24/7 before they started traffic shaping.
So, now wanting to move the second line to another ISP, Plusnet Premium looks OK on paper but what's it like in the real world?, is it any beter than Unlimited?.
The other major problem I have with Unlimited is the supposedly 2M capped gaming availability, in reality connection is so bad it causes multiple disconnects for my kids from WOW etc.
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paulgul
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Re: Usenet speeds, Unlimited vs Premium?

If you want to use usenet during the daytime and evenings the only account worth considering is Pro, all the other accounts are throttled and make usenet very slow/useless for daytime. Bear in mind that the Pro account has a download limit of 20Gb per month (except for downloads between midnight and 8 am - they are free)
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Re: Usenet speeds, Unlimited vs Premium?

I don't believe Pro has any download limit - providing you are prepared to pay for the extra usage. I think the maximum charge is (or was) limited to £99.
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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paulgul
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Re: Usenet speeds, Unlimited vs Premium?

Quote from: jelv
I don't believe Pro has any download limit -

Point taken, I was refering to the limit for the basic monthly charge
adie:green fixed quote
phaedra1106
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Re: Usenet speeds, Unlimited vs Premium?

Well, at 00:37 which is supposed to be Line Speed .........
Usenet from Astra, 20 connections
Crippled O-Bit line,
ssl or non ssl - 478K
Plusnet Unlimited line,
ssl - 110K Sad
non ssl - 18.4K Sad Sad
Web browsing from Speedtest.net
O-Bit line - 530K and that's with a line that is currently crippled by O-Bit and has 2 kids both on WOW and MSN etc at the time of the test

Plusnet Line - 100K Sad
scootie
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Re: Usenet speeds, Unlimited vs Premium?

what your line profiles currently at on the PN line?
phaedra1106
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Re: Usenet speeds, Unlimited vs Premium?

Sync 8128, profile is 7150
Was up about 5am, tried it then and got a huge 234K, same around 7:30am Sad
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Re: Usenet speeds, Unlimited vs Premium?

Sounds like an issue on your PN profile. I am also on "unlimited" and currently getting 640Kps from astraweb (eu server 10 connections, ssl)
I would raise a ticket and point out your speed is cr*p overnight.
Mand
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Re:Usenet speeds, Unlimited vs Premium?

Hi there,
I've replied to your thread in t'other place Wink, but if you want me to get your profile checked out after 4pm I'd be happy to do so.
phaedra1106
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Re: Usenet speeds, Unlimited vs Premium?

Thanks Mand Smiley
I have replied on the other place as well Smiley
I'm sure my profile is OK as when it works I get about 824K, but it can't hurt to double check so yes please Cheesy
Mand
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Re:Usenet speeds, Unlimited vs Premium?

Sorry, I wasn't in the office today. I'll get it checked for you tomorrow though.