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Glitch.
March 9th, 2010, 04:25 PM
i went on speedtest.net today and y result was hideous. my connection is so slow that it would take over 9 hours to download a movie! look for yourself.
http://www.speedtest.net/result/743105362.png (http://www.speedtest.net)
see, BAD!
is there any way to get faster internet.
BTW: i am on satellite internet.

donavannj
March 9th, 2010, 04:59 PM
Satellite internet is unreliable and tends to be adversely affected by weather. You may want to look into a DSL connection.

Archer
March 9th, 2010, 06:17 PM
Let me assure you that mobile broadband in peak hour is far worse. Basically, if you don't have a wired connection (to your house, not computer), you're going to pay for it with a speed and reliability drop.

Glitch.
March 9th, 2010, 07:56 PM
well i live about 7 kilometers away from the nearest town so thats why we use satellite. we used to have a tower on our roof but the connection would drop for weeks at a time.

Misaka Shiori
March 10th, 2010, 05:20 PM
There is not much I can say since Satellite Internet is known to be very slow and expensive because the data has to transmit from the dish to the Satellite from space. If I were you, I would look into Mobile Broadband like 3G if you are unable to get cable, fiber or DSL.

Let me assure you that mobile broadband in peak hour is far worse. Basically, if you don't have a wired connection (to your house, not computer), you're going to pay for it with a speed and reliability drop.

Not all Mobile Broadband connections are unreliable. I have AT&T on my iPhone and I use it pretty much anywhere since I live in a area with 3G in coverage and I get speeds comparable to DSL (1 mbps in the suburbs and 3 mbps in NYC). Then again, reliability and connection speeds are dependant on the coverage area of the Cell phone carrier.

Also note that Mobile broadband like 3G have 5 GB caps and they are not unlimited.

Zet
March 10th, 2010, 05:51 PM
Well my suggestion is stupid, but you can always buy a lot of ethernet cords and those connector extender thingies for them and just keep on adding them until you reach the town and some else lets you borrow their connection.

Archer
March 10th, 2010, 10:01 PM
Well my suggestion is stupid, but you can always buy a lot of ethernet cords and those connector extender thingies for them and just keep on adding them until you reach the town and some else lets you borrow their connection.The signal would die off before you get more than a few hundred metres.

And Misaka, Mobile networks take a hit when the traffic is too high, so during peak hour, you are going to suffer a drop in performance moreso than if you had ADSL or its variants. Keep in mind the OP is not in the centre of New York. They are 7km from their nearest town, which is far less likely to have perfect reception. I don't know what the Mobile networks are like in Canada, but the theoretical limit for most networks here is 3Mb/s, yet I've never actually seen it go over 1.3 and it usually sits at around 0.25, which shows you just how flaky it can be.

Misaka Shiori
March 11th, 2010, 02:14 PM
And Misaka, Mobile networks take a hit when the traffic is too high, so during peak hour, you are going to suffer a drop in performance moreso than if you had ADSL or its variants. Keep in mind the OP is not in the centre of New York. They are 7km from their nearest town, which is far less likely to have perfect reception. I don't know what the Mobile networks are like in Canada, but the theoretical limit for most networks here is 3Mb/s, yet I've never actually seen it go over 1.3 and it usually sits at around 0.25, which shows you just how flaky it can be.


True, since 3G is pretty much like a shared connection like with cable internet, except it's more constrained. This is why pages load faster sometimes and sometimes slower and not ideal for realtime stuff like IRC and gaming since the ping time is very high (in the 300 ms and sometimes higher), so I wouldn't trust it so much except basic stuff like web browsing and email.

However, 4G is supposed to give higher speeds to allow more bandwidth intensive stuff. Connections like WiMAX and Lte around 100 mbps downstream bandwidth, but I'm not sure about how reliable it is since the only service that currently have 4G mobile broadband in the US is Sprint and it's not available in NYC, so I just don't know how well it works at the moment, but I'm sure it will be deployed in the coming years since DTV transition is done and the wireless spectrum is pretty much open.

Chaos Uxie
March 17th, 2010, 10:14 PM
Hmmm 0.14 mbs Well i would say its still fast since my connection is 0.5 mbs which is 22kbps and guess wat am using mobile wireless broadband So all wireless connections are slow even though they say that its as fast as cable LOL

twocows
March 18th, 2010, 09:35 AM
http://www.broadband.gov/
Let the government know you're being ripped off; there's a broadband bill going before Congress soon, and they want to know this sort of thing.

NikoBelic999
March 18th, 2010, 11:35 AM
I have AOL and its not much better than that......I can download a 40MB file in 8 hours....

donavannj
March 18th, 2010, 08:24 PM
Hmmm 0.14 mbs Well i would say its still fast since my connection is 0.5 mbs which is 22kbps and guess wat am using mobile wireless broadband So all wireless connections are slow even though they say that its as fast as cable LOL

0.5 Mbps is equal to 512 Kbps. :\ 22 Kbps is slower than dial-up is (theoretical max of 56Kbps).

http://www.broadband.gov/
Let the government know you're being ripped off; there's a broadband bill going before Congress soon, and they want to know this sort of thing.

The OP's Canadian... and this law wouldn't apply to them. :\

twocows
March 19th, 2010, 12:17 PM
The OP's Canadian... and this law wouldn't apply to them. :\
Right you are... didn't notice that.

Glitch.
June 15th, 2010, 09:47 PM
I went on speed test since my dad upgraded the connection and look at the new results
http://www.speedtest.net/result/848894348.png (http://www.speedtest.net)<---- Tech glitch.

Real Speed

http://www.speedtest.net/result/848898480.png (http://www.speedtest.net)<-- off peak

Zet
June 15th, 2010, 10:04 PM
Good to see that you have a better connection now, but your thread is over a month old so you really shouldn't have posted in it.