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
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.
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).
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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