17 Jun 17 – How Fast is Your Home Internet Connection Really?
June 16, 2017 at 7:18 PM #5726
Mark Murphy, Founder & President of Greenlight Networks will be our guest!June 16, 2017 at 7:33 PM #5728
Almost every time I’ve tried measuring it, within a megabit per second, my service meets and often exceeds its 50/50 provisioning. The only complaint I have about it (with respect to speed anyway) is that it’s about average in price for here, but compared to a lot of locales around the world, it’s expensive. Plus the contract is structured weirdly, where the service is $85/mo., but I get $30/mo. in discounts. If they think I’m going to pay that kind of money for that kind of speed, they’re mistaken (I’ll just hold my nose and migrate to Spectrum).
Sadly, you can have the fastest and most consistent connection in the world, and it still can’t help with certain problems. For example, it appears at this time there is only one source of PPAs, and if there’s a mirroring system, I don’t know about it. I like having close to the latest features for FlightGear Flight Simulator, but I don’t want to build it myself. Luckily, there is a PPA for that which typically gets updated every 3 months or so. One of the packages is over a gigabyte. Normally, I see Aptitude’s display of throughput in the six megabytes per second range, but for just about any PPA, it’s typically more like 450 kilobytes per second 🙁 . Needless to say, it took a (comparatively) long time anyway, despite having fairly good first-hop speed.June 16, 2017 at 8:47 PM #5729
One thing about computers — it’s hard to keep up. Maybe you can put me in the “color me stoopid” category, but what is a PPA?
My ISP is Spectrum. Hopefully someday I will migrate to Greenlight — but they are not really doing anything in my area.
My speeds check out great — but I am seeing more and more initial delays in getting a response from sites I visit. I think this may be due to sluggish DNS lookups. Or, maybe it is the flood of advertisements that seem to be more important than the site I am trying to visit.
One thing for sure, there is more to this than the speed of the last mile.June 16, 2017 at 9:36 PM #5730
Very pleased with Spectrum here. I test at 70 to 72 down and 6 up no matter what time of day it is. (60/5 speed level) I live in a Greenlight build district here, but a few days ago I called them and cancelled my almost two year old order for service. My neighborhood is at 55% of their goal for sign ups and I am not the least bit happy about how they conduct their business.June 16, 2017 at 9:49 PM #5731
Oh, tell Mr. Murphy that I work a full time job (51 hours this week) and that I am NOT going to walk up and down my street passing out flyers that they should be sending to each and every home in the US Mail once a build district is established. Ask him if I am right in being frustrated after waiting two years for service and we are not even close to getting it here. Tell him that before they establish new build districts that they should see what they can do about getting the districts established over two years ago up and running. I mentioned Greenlight to a neighbor walking down the street and she had no clue who they are and what service they provide. I would be willing to pay $10 more a month for my service to help Greenlight establish a minimal budget for putting flyers in the US Mail that would get delivered to all homes in established districts. I told the man on the phone the other day that IF Greenlight actually starts running fiber on the poles behind my home and service becomes available, I would consider ordering service then, but right now my own little personal form of protest to stupid business practices is to cancel my current order and to continue to enjoy my Spectrum connection that flies. (we are on a good node here that had been upgraded in recent years)June 16, 2017 at 10:12 PM #5732
The other new kid around here would be Frontier. They have in the works a fiber service. I know they approached my town for permission to offer that service.
Their prices, if like what Verizon offers, will be much lower than what Spectrum is charging me. However, Frontier needs to rebuild my confidence quite a bit.
Racerbob: What happened to your crossed racing flags? Send them out to the cleaners?June 17, 2017 at 5:26 AM #5733
I have no clue what happened to my flags. They disappeared some time ago. I will have to go to the main WP site and see if I can put them in there again.
HotDawg, are you local ? Within Monroe County ?June 17, 2017 at 8:53 AM #5734
A PPA is a personal package archive. Anyone can set one up to share their *buntu (or I suppose any distribution based on the Debian package format) packages. Specifically for Xubuntu and FlightGear, a version is already in the Ubuntu repositories (3.4.0), but it’s not up-to-date with the FlightGear developers (2017.2.1 in Saikrishna Arcot’s PPA).June 17, 2017 at 10:48 AM #5736
RChandra: Many thanks! You (well, me) learn something every day!
Racerbob: Yes, I am local. Drop me an email sometime when you can’t help it at HotDawgBurner@Gmail.com. (Left over from the 2nd Life days).June 17, 2017 at 11:14 AM #5738
Hey, it’s almost 200% more than what I’m paying for 🙂
Believe it or not I can still watch Netflix and Youtube HD movies without interruption.
Regarding Greenlight, I think they might have discovered (as Google did) that very fast internet (like Canadian ferry service) is actually expensive to provide.
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