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What speed would you expect from a 2mb connection?

I am constantly getting between 800-900kbps on the bt test, which bt say is acceptable, as do f9, because bt say so. Is this wrong and should i take it further?

thanks in advance....
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Hi joey1522,

I have included for your reference my speed test results for the F9 speed tester and YES! I'm on a 2MB ADSL F9 premier connection. See last column in the results below:-


Date Speed Achieved (kbps)
05-12-2005 09:11:50 1892.1
04-12-2005 11:48:53 1824.1
03-12-2005 08:49:51 1887.9
01-12-2005 08:00:14 1889.9
30-11-2005 08:17:44 1847.4
28-11-2005 08:22:22 1891.1
25-11-2005 08:16:58 1841.3
24-11-2005 08:03:12 1890.9
23-11-2005 09:34:27 1871.9
22-11-2005 08:03:47 1888.9
20-11-2005 12:05:35 1770.1
19-11-2005 08:40:37 1891.1
18-11-2005 08:56:31 1868
17-11-2005 08:06:59 1870.8
16-11-2005 08:21:40 1879.7
15-11-2005 07:59:50 1843.5
14-11-2005 08:51:55 1888.9
13-11-2005 09:23:28 1892.2
12-11-2005 15:05:25 1849.4
11-11-2005 07:52:10 1891.1

OK! on a 2MB connection you NEVER or rarely ever see a full 2MB's from speed testers and this is because of the TCP/IP overhead which is roughly about 2-5% of the bandwidth and allows the data & the connection to be verified as accurate i.e. the data that was sent is the data received, and also the overhead is used to ensure the managment of the connection.

**Yes! another point is that connection speeds (uplink & downlink) do vary at different times of the day & night depending upon how busy i.e how much data traffic there is on the internet.

**The 800-900kbps you quote but you havent said if this is for uplink or downlink? If this is for the downlink which I suspect it is then its terrible and NOT acceptible in my book and yes! it should be investigated further.

**Also another point is NOT all speed tester are the same and I tend to use both the F9 tester and the tester at ADSL guide. See URL below:-

http://www.adslguide.org.uk/tools/speedtest.asp

http://specials.zdnet.co.uk/misc/band-test/

Ivan
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Downlink is 800-900 yes. This is using the bt tester and nowt else connected to internet.



I will do all the checks first before starting slanging match with them. Biggest problem i have is that with my last isp i paid for 2mb connection and got 2mb consistently download rate around 200-250kbps

This is what f9 told me

Open : Broadband Fault Checker - Connection checks [ Completed ]
Dear ************

The results of our tests show no fault with your broadband connection. Completed speed tests show that your connection speed is: 814

According to BT, this speed is within the limits of acceptable performance for broadband service.

Kind Regards,

Customer Support

Date Speed Achieved (kbps)
01-12-2005 16:47:40 0
30-11-2005 03:53:42 946.7
30-11-2005 03:53:18 907.2
30-11-2005 03:52:43 0
26-11-2005 17:55:43 885.2
26-11-2005 17:55:06 877.3
21-11-2005 00:15:51 965.7
17-11-2005 00:21:59 841.5
17-11-2005 00:21:35 802.2
15-11-2005 23:32:38 860.6
15-11-2005 23:32:14 856.4
15-11-2005 23:31:52 903.2

also drops the connection every 30 mins to 1 hr for around 1-2 seconds

joey.
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Hi joey,

I really dont know what the cause of this is? but your speed tests are terrible and if that was my own connection I too would be unhappy (especially if paying for 2MB service). Looking at your speed test results & assuming they are correct you basically appear to be getting the equivalent of a 1MB connection.

I'm just wondering if your location and distance from the exchange, plus any noise on the line make you marginal for a full 2MB service (but nobody has owned up to that fact?? i.e.BT or F9). I think you need some more accurate line stats, IMO you need a proper "whoosh test" to be carried out for you and the results made transparent so you can see what they are.

**if there is a specfic problem that needs sorting out OK fair enough.

**IF NOT (the above) then I wonder if the truth is that you can only basically get a 1MB service and then it might be better to actually have a stable working 1MB servcie and pay for that instead of a poor service on 2MB's that drops out on you frequently.

Ivan
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thanks Ivan i am going to investigate..
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Hi joey1522,

I have included for your reference my speed test results for the F9 speed tester and YES! I'm on a 2MB ADSL F9 premier connection. See last column in the results below:-


Date Speed Achieved (kbps)
05-12-2005 09:11:50 1892.1
04-12-2005 11:48:53 1824.1
03-12-2005 08:49:51 1887.9
01-12-2005 08:00:14 1889.9
30-11-2005 08:17:44 1847.4
28-11-2005 08:22:22 1891.1
25-11-2005 08:16:58 1841.3
24-11-2005 08:03:12 1890.9
23-11-2005 09:34:27 1871.9
22-11-2005 08:03:47 1888.9
20-11-2005 12:05:35 1770.1
19-11-2005 08:40:37 1891.1
18-11-2005 08:56:31 1868
17-11-2005 08:06:59 1870.8
16-11-2005 08:21:40 1879.7
15-11-2005 07:59:50 1843.5
14-11-2005 08:51:55 1888.9
13-11-2005 09:23:28 1892.2
12-11-2005 15:05:25 1849.4
11-11-2005 07:52:10 1891.1

OK! on a 2MB connection you NEVER or rarely ever see a full 2MB's from speed testers and this is because of the TCP/IP overhead which is roughly about 2-5% of the bandwidth and allows the data & the connection to be verified as accurate i.e. the data that was sent is the data received, and also the overhead is used to ensure the managment of the connection.

**Yes! another point is that connection speeds (uplink & downlink) do vary at different times of the day & night depending upon how busy i.e how much data traffic there is on the internet.

**The 800-900kbps you quote but you havent said if this is for uplink or downlink? If this is for the downlink which I suspect it is then its terrible and NOT acceptible in my book and yes! it should be investigated further.

**Also another point is NOT all speed tester are the same and I tend to use both the F9 tester and the tester at ADSL guide. See URL below:-

http://www.adslguide.org.uk/tools/speedtest.asp

http://specials.zdnet.co.uk/misc/band-test/

Ivan


I dont think tcp/ip would have been written if it took up 5% of your bandwidth Smiley
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splink,

I dont agree!! technically if you look through any well written book on TCP/IP then it destinctly says that connection overheads vary and can be between 2-5% of a connection. This is why no! TCP/IP ever reaches its maximum theorteical limit i.e. you never or rarely see a speed test result showing the fully 2MB's for example. If you dont beleive me ask any F9 techie I'm sure you'll receive a similar or same reply.

**TCP/IP in order to guarentee the quality of the connection uses an overhead to verify the data sent was the data recived. TCP/IP is a connection orientated technology unlike say UDP.

Ivan
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Its sorted now, it appears BT put me on a 1 meg connection and I had to upgrade to 2meg and pay 14.99 to do it. so the speeds i was getting were quite good for 1 meg now getting 1800kbps and upwards,

cheers guys

joey.
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Its sorted now, it appears BT put me on a 1 meg connection and I had to upgrade to 2meg and pay 14.99 to do it. so the speeds i was getting were quite good for 1 meg now getting 1700kbps and upwards,

cheers guys

joey

.20-12-2005 14:39:44 1721.6
18-12-2005 15:30:41 1720.1
14-12-2005 05:26:34 865.7
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i'm going say, thats the speeds i get for a 1mb connection and am on the edge for that.

why did you have to pay to upgrade to 2mb, shouldn't it have been free under the mass bulk regrades.

regards
mike