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    Sky 20mb - Speed - Usenet

    Hi everyone,

    So, another "is my internets slow" thread (sorry).

    I'm currently with Sky and have had their "up to 20Mb" connection and sky plus deal for just over a year now and generally been happy with the speeds I've been getting.

    Up until yesterday all my large file downloading needs have been done via the free download option on file sharing sites such as Megaupload and various other sites. Which have mostly downloaded around 350-450 KB/s.

    I wanted to test how fast my Internet connection can actually go so, yesterday I signed up for the Astraweb Unlimited usenet deal ($11 a month) with 20 connections and using it in conjunction with SABnzbd+ newsreader. Got it all setup fine started to download and only getting speeds of 350-400 kb/s.

    Granted it is the weekend and that could be slowing it down but is ~400 KB/s slow for a 20Mb connection? Im almost sure its not Astrawebs servers being slow.

    400 KB = 3.12 Mb (If I'm not mistaken)

    Now I have done speed tests online as follows:


    broadbandgenie.co.uk/

    Download speed - 3165.66 Kbps (3.09 Mbps)

    updn.co.uk/


    Download speed - 3.1 Mb

    And the anomaly Speedtest.net (is this site in Skys pocket or just rubbish?)




    tl;dr - Is 3.1 Mb slow for a 20 Mb connection? Has any other sky users noticed a degrease in speed over the last few weeks?

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    Re: Sky 20mb - Speed - Usenet

    'Up to' these are the keywords here.

    How far away are you from the exchange?

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    Re: Sky 20mb - Speed - Usenet

    Assuming I'm connected to the closest exchange I can find on this site: http://www.samknows.com/broadband/search.php its 2.12 miles away.

    I know its "up to" that, I'm just wondering if this is average, poor or good for a 20mb connection.

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    Re: Sky 20mb - Speed - Usenet

    If your using a newsreader try increasing your simultaneous connections up to around 8 as well!
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    Re: Sky 20mb - Speed - Usenet

    Hey Terbinator,

    Yep, tried using 2, 6, 8 and 15 connections, but made no difference.


    EDIT:


    Just checked my router stats:

    Modem
    ADSL Firmware Version 7.03.01.66
    Modem Status Connected
    DownStream Connection Speed 3788 kbps
    UpStream Connection Speed 657 kbps
    VPI 0
    VCI 38


    which according to google is 3788 kilobits = 3.69921875 megabits

    So I guess I know it is Sky now..
    Last edited by Simon.The.Sloth; 21-03-2010 at 03:57 PM.

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    Re: Sky 20mb - Speed - Usenet

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon.The.Sloth View Post
    Hey Terbinator,

    Yep, tried using 2, 6, 8 and 15 connections, but made no difference.


    EDIT:


    Just checked my router stats:

    Modem
    ADSL Firmware Version 7.03.01.66
    Modem Status Connected
    DownStream Connection Speed 3788 kbps
    UpStream Connection Speed 657 kbps
    VPI 0
    VCI 38


    which according to google is 3788 kilobits = 3.69921875 megabits

    So I guess I know it is Sky now..

    You can't really blame sky for that as your braodband speed is downloading at your lines max capacity.

    Have you got your line stats such as attuntion.

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    Re: Sky 20mb - Speed - Usenet

    Hmm, seems that your connection speed is being maxed out...there isn't a lot you can do here but you can try to upgrade the firmware of the router. Assuming that you are on one of the netgear routers that sky gives away for free, you can try to upgrade to the DgTeam firmware for the appropriate router model. (You may need to recover the username and password for your connection before you do this though. You can use this site for that)

    That in itself shoud increase your connection speed slightly. For even faster connection, you can adjust the SNR ration under advanced ADSL settings. Usually 70% or so works without any hitch. Try that and see if it improves your download speed.

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