NTL Broadband

Recently upgraded from 150 to 600kb broadband only to find a marked decrease in speed. Is their a way to establish if my system is running @ 600kb? I have done the modem switch off/on. I called NTL tech who said I was being charged for 600 but that was it...
GPD

  VoG II 16:54 05 Jul 03
  Valvegrid 17:00 05 Jul 03

I must say a couple of months ago NTL upgraded us from 150k to 600k for two weeks, apart from an approximate two to three times increase in download speed, there seemed to be little increase in surfing speed, probably limited by bandwidth on the site.

I'm sticking with 150k.

Paul.

  nyx2k 17:02 05 Jul 03

ive just got 150k from ntl and was considering getting 600k or 1mb. i think ill wait a while now..

  Tim1964 17:27 05 Jul 03

Just installed the speed test prog from your link, it lists the NTL service as 512K not 600K. Do you think that this makes a differenc?
It showed my connection to be 584K, which for a 512K service would be excellent!! (as reported).

  hugh-265156 17:29 05 Jul 03

i agree.stick with 150k if you dont intend to download much.i have 600k and having previously used the 128k service i see no difference in normal surfing speeds.

you will/should see a big difference in streaming web content and download speeds though.

another good speed test is click here

  VoG II 17:30 05 Jul 03

I doubt if it will make a difference.

  hugh-265156 17:31 05 Jul 03

sounds about right.this is mine.

Sat, 5 Jul 2003 16:30:03 UTC
1st 128K took 1812 ms = 72336 Bytes/sec = approx 602 kbits/sec
2nd 128K took 1875 ms = 69905 Bytes/sec = approx 582 kbits/sec
3rd 128K took 1750 ms = 74898 Bytes/sec = approx 623 kbits/sec
4th 128K took 1844 ms = 71080 Bytes/sec = approx 591 kbits/sec

  VoG II 17:34 05 Jul 03

Sat, 5 Jul 2003 16:32:20 UTC
1st 128K took 150 ms = 873813 Bytes/sec = approx 7270 kbits/sec
2nd 128K took 170 ms = 771012 Bytes/sec = approx 6415 kbits/sec
3rd 128K took 491 ms = 266949 Bytes/sec = approx 2221 kbits/sec
4th 128K took 501 ms = 261621 Bytes/sec = approx 2177 kbits/sec

These results appear to be rather fast: maybe this page was in the browser cache.

[Blueyonder 2mb/s]

LOL!

  jazzypop 17:38 05 Jul 03

You are paying for a (theoretical maximum) of 600Kb/s.

You are actually getting 584Kb/s at the moment (it will rise / falll slightly each time you use it - this is a normal function of network congestion).

The test has a set of 'pre-configured' speeds against which it measures you. The nearest it can find to your 600K service is 512, so that is what it measures your performance against.

Your 'marked decrease in speed' must be due to server problems at the sites that you most frequently visit, or (more likely), you have just got used to the faster download speed. Your test results are just fine.

Speed is both subjective and relative. Once you have got used to driving at 90mph for a few miles on a motorway, 70mph seems very slow. If you have never driven faster than 30mph, it seems terrifyingly fast.

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