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speeds all over the place

Does anyone know what is happening with the speed variations.

One minute every thing seems ok, next everything slows down.
just checked on the pn speedtester a few times and got:

30-11-2006 21:46:30 1669
30-11-2006 21:46:09 4410.7
30-11-2006 21:40:27 3718.6
30-11-2006 21:39:55 3076.4
30-11-2006 21:34:59 1189.2
30-11-2006 21:34:11 472.6
30-11-2006 08:23:26 4964.6
29-11-2006 22:59:28 5847.3

my speed always used to be stable around the 5k something now it's gone crazy.

Please enlighten me someone.

Rod
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speeds all over the place

Hi there,

Where there's the potential for TCP/IP latency due to traffic prioritisation, speedtesters aren't always the best reflection of your download speed (this is especially true where we are trying to analyse customers' experiences).

I'd suggest downloading a file from somewhere like mirror.ac.uk and see what the speed averages out at after a couple of minutes or so. If it fluctuates a lot then I'd say the speed test results you've provided are an accurate reflection of the performance you're getting. Still, none of the speeds are particularly bad for this time of the evening.

Rgds,

Bob Pullen
Plusnet Products Team
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speeds all over the place

Thanks for the response,
just tried downing a file as suggested and got a super 600+k.

Yet my reason for check speed was that just browsing had slowed to a crawl.

I do expect some speed variation but 472,1189,1669, 3076, 4410 in the space of a few minutes seems a bit wild.

Has there been some recent change in the PN system that makes such variations more likely.

I haven't seen anything like it before in the several years I've been with PN.
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speeds all over the place

Rod,

Not specifically however usage has been gradually increasing over recent weeks/months and the volume of http traffic is continuously on the up (can hit almost 2.1GB on really busy nights). This is one of the core areas of focus in the ongoing platform management investigations.

If there are any gold packets dropped as reported here then it could suggest reason for some of the variation in reported speeds.

Shouldn't really affect browsing though to that noticeable an extent.

You can sometimes make browsing a little nippier by tweaking your MTU/RWIN settings.

Kind Rgds,

Bob Pullen
Plusnet Products Team
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