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25. Re: Christmas Metaverse Dec 26, 2012, 11:34 Frags4Fun
Jerykk wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 03:08:
Frags4Fun wrote on Dec 25, 2012, 14:35:
Creston wrote on Dec 25, 2012, 14:28:
Frags4Fun wrote on Dec 25, 2012, 14:19:
If anyone has any info, it would be appreciated. Thanks!

Odds are that he's in an area in which few people have TWC, so few people access the area's backbone, and you are in an area in which everyone has it.

Cable internet is shared internet. The more people that use it, the slower it gets. That said, if it's so congested that your 15Mbps never gets above 1.7 Mbps, TWC really should put more capacity in place. Complain to the better business bureau, and see if that'll help.


Thanks Creston.

I'm going to call them soon to complain. I'm just gathering information at the moment so that I have the right responses for their excuses. I suspect that they will point me to the speed test websites and then tell me everything is fine when it hits 25 Mbps or they may say it's the websites upload speed that is limiting me to 1.7 Mbps when downloading. I can't understand why all the speed tests give me such high numbers when even torrents are maxed out at 1.5 - 1.7 Mbps.

I've even gone so far as to plug directly into the modem to do tests in order to rule out my CAT6 cables and my router. Same numbers, so it's not my router and cabling.

Torrents are not at all a reliable indicator of bandwidth. Your download speeds depend entirely on the number of seeds and their upload rates. You could have the best connection in the world and still get lousy torrent speeds because there aren't enough seeds and/or their upload rates are too low.

Newsgroups are a much more reliable indicator of download and upload speeds.

Thanks for the reply!

I realize that torrents are dependent on the seeders upload speeds. The fact that torrents, Steam, and every other method of downloading have never exceeded 1.7 Mbps for more than the first few seconds is an indicator that I'm not getting anywhere near the 10 Mbps that I'm paying for. A lot of the time, a download will start out at like 3.5 Mbps and will drop down to 1.5-1.7 within 10 or 15 seconds. That appears to be some sort of throttling. I wouldn't be concerned if I was getting like 6.5 Mbps since TWC is a shared network, but 1.5 is nowhere near 10. I'm going to call TWC this morning. I'll let you guys know what they say. I'm willing to bet that they will have some BS answer.
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