Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Actual download speeds

I seem to be getting numbers as high as 277KB/s (kilobytes per second). You need to multiply KB/s by eight to calculate kilobits per second (there are eight bits in a byte).

This works out to about 2.2Mbps. Not always. Sometime it is more like one Mbps. Sometimes there are unexplained delays. Once in a while the WAN side logs off and reconnects a minute later. But the actual download speed seems to be in the range of 1.0 Mbps to as high as 2.2 Mbps.

This is exactly what they 'printed on the tin' (advertised). Their honestly is refreshing as compared to the stories about people paying other famous ISPs for high speed and not getting high speed.

Just for comparison, to get this download rate from satellite would cost $200+ per month. And in fact, it would be 2.0Mbps peak, not 2.2Mbps peak. Not to mention the latency or time delay of bouncing back and forth to the satellite. Plus I hear that they (satellite) down-res web graphics - as opposed to the perfectly transparent ISP that Telus seems to be (just a pipe to the Internet).

All-in-all, a very satisfied customer. And I have no connection to my ISP (Telus) except as a satisfied customer.

Amusingly, our TV is Bell ExpressVu, our landline telephone is Aliant, our cell phones are Rogers, and our high speed is Telus. Our former dial-up ISP was Auracom. We're not exactly a good example of a customer with a 'Bundle'. LOL.

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