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Most of the time, I'll catch the internet running slow. Hulu will time out or won't load commercials, I'll get a lag spike in game no one else gets, etc.

 

So I'll head to speed test where naturally, I have the speed I'm supposed to have. Although occasionally, I'll see it start at 10mbps (what I'm supposed to have) and it'll slowly go down to 5mbps like the cable company is trying to restrict my download speed. Sometimes I feel like Time Warner Cable knows that I'm checking the internet speed so they'll let me have the bandwidth I need for speed tests only.

 

The rest of the time, I feel like they're just messing with me. Is there any way to find out for sure what they're really clocking at? I feel like once the speed test is over and I go back to the usual use of the internet, it feels like crap again. And even if I can prove they're not giving me what I'm supposed to get, what then? They're pretty much the only game in town where I live, so legal recourse is kind of pointless and not like I can switch.

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Start downloading a torrent that will take longer then 5 munites, there you can check your speed. That torrent must have good amount of seeders and low amount of leechers if you want accurate results.

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Also, download something from Steam.   =P   They can usually handle anything your ISP will pipe down to you.

 

Aside from that, I know back in the day you could do reg. hacks to increase packet size and things like that.  I don't know whether or not that's still a viable option.

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Also, download something from Steam.   =P   They can usually handle anything your ISP will pipe down to you.

 

Aside from that, I know back in the day you could do reg. hacks to increase packet size and things like that.  I don't know whether or not that's still a viable option.

Well if you can hack your ISP you should be able to use your internet speed to its theoratical limit. 

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Most of the time, I'll catch the internet running slow. Hulu will time out or won't load commercials, I'll get a lag spike in game no one else gets, etc.

 

So I'll head to speed test where naturally, I have the speed I'm supposed to have. Although occasionally, I'll see it start at 10mbps (what I'm supposed to have) and it'll slowly go down to 5mbps like the cable company is trying to restrict my download speed. Sometimes I feel like Time Warner Cable knows that I'm checking the internet speed so they'll let me have the bandwidth I need for speed tests only.

 

The rest of the time, I feel like they're just messing with me. Is there any way to find out for sure what they're really clocking at? I feel like once the speed test is over and I go back to the usual use of the internet, it feels like crap again. And even if I can prove they're not giving me what I'm supposed to get, what then? They're pretty much the only game in town where I live, so legal recourse is kind of pointless and not like I can switch.

 

 

You actually aren't being conspiracy theorist or paranoid here. There was just recently a case where (mobile in this case) internet providers were found guilty of uncapping bandwidth to speed testing sites, while simultaneously limiting it everywhere else.

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I have Centurylink where I live, if you can avoid getting them do so, and my speed often fluctuates wildly. It is just something that I live with, as I live out in the sticks and it is either Centurylink or nothing. 

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Have to check your ISP for throttling.

 

My home I got 50mb/s but the second I use Hulu or Netflix my ISP throttles me. I see pings go from 20-50 to 500-600+ and download speeds of 4-6MB stop streaming and poof all good. It seems common in my area for people who get internet only and no bundles.....(it get so bad I lose connection to heart stone tons of times during matches while streaming......

 

But at my work and my fathers which uses slow 8 meg DSL I never once lost connection to heartstone while streaming despite the inferior connection.

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If you want to see if you're being throttled to certain areas you can always do a traceroute and see where your biggest delay is at.  Chances are it's not the ISP throttling you directly, but it is throttling whatever 3rd party you're trying to connect to if it's a popular traffic stop; Netflix, Steam, etc.  Or, in a lot of cases, it is just two ISP's are not playing nice together and they have a bridged switching issue between the two.

 

Next time you do a speed test don't choose the closest location to you.  Do one further away, across the country and look at the results.  Then traceroute to it, and see where the biggest delay is.


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Anyone have Google Fiber experience? It's coming to my city in the next couple years.

Lucky you.

 

Isn't that stuff 1GB/s optic fiber?


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Anyone have Google Fiber experience? It's coming to my city in the next couple years.

 

>.<

Would be worth moving only for that...


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