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rob-beddall
07-24-2005, 05:38 PM
hey!!
for some strange reason when i logged onto the internet today it connected at 1.1mbps.
usually it is only 512kbs.
i have had no notification from my ISP ( which is BT) that it should be this high.
what could be causing this?
i've never heard of spyware or anything that INCREASES connection speed.
i installed a DVD player (Cliprex) but that's about the only change i have made to my system.
is it possible that i'm being charged extra through my phone bill or anything like that??

any help would be greatly appreciated.

cheers!!

Simon
07-24-2005, 05:44 PM
A lot of internet services are updating their basic services to free. Some people I know wern't notified.

Its basicly to stay competitive. They cant keep charging you the same amounts when new subscribers get twice the bandwidth for the same price.

Simon

rob-beddall
07-24-2005, 05:58 PM
hey!!

oh ok. that's alright then. i thought it was perhaps going top cost me more money.but if it's free....then that's fine with me :)

thanks for the reply

cheers!!

Simon
07-24-2005, 06:08 PM
no problem, glad to be of help.

Jonj1611
07-24-2005, 07:19 PM
Hi,

Yeah, BT are upgrading all customers, whether on the basic broadband or whatever up to at least 1MB for free, so enjoy the free speed boost! It makes a great difference!

Jon

rob-beddall
07-24-2005, 07:25 PM
hey!!

why is it 1mbps.
it doesn't download at 1mb per second.
more like 128kbps.
when it was 512kbps it used to download at about 50kbps
is this normal?

cheers!!

skwigly
07-24-2005, 07:27 PM
When i got my connection upgraded to 1mb, i was connecting at 1.8-2mb for the first week. However it dropped right down after that!. Thought i'd tell you all my little story.


In addition, has anyone one used any internet speed tests? If you think you have 1mb connections, think again!

Check out -- http://www.dslreports.com/stest?loc=97

Jonj1611
07-24-2005, 07:30 PM
Yes, your connection is correct.

1Mb/s =100K per second

512K/s = 50K per second

It will fluctuate a bit, your speed is fine and yes I have run speed tests on my connection and it is fine.

Jon

Jonj1611
07-24-2005, 07:31 PM
It is 1 megabit per second not 1 megabyte per second

Jon

rob-beddall
07-24-2005, 07:38 PM
hey!!

oh i see. 1 megabit.
makes more sense now i guess.

thanks for the reply.

cheers!!

Jonj1611
07-24-2005, 07:43 PM
No problem, good luck.

Jon

lots
07-24-2005, 08:50 PM
Just for conversions sake (if anyone needs it: P):

1 Byte = 8 bits
1 Kilobyte = 1024 Bytes
1 Megabyte = 1024 Kilobytes

B = Byte
b = bit

Thus when looking at the symbol Mbps, it refers to bits not bytes. Of cource the ISPs advertise the bigger number, even though it is a bit misleading if you're not aware of the differences between bits and bytes.

JDex
07-24-2005, 09:03 PM
It will be interesting to see what the Fiber to the Home system Verizon is beginning to rollout here in the States will bring. I've heard rumors of 6Mbps+ on static IPs... should be interesting.

lots
07-24-2005, 09:12 PM
Fiber is definately capable of much more than that ;)

My only concern is the price. I have a feeling it will be much more than I'd lik :) Then again, I'd perfer free :P

JDex
07-24-2005, 09:38 PM
Well it certainly is capable of more speed (100Gbs anyone?)... but I think that is approximately where the "valve" has been opened to on the earliest implementations... and that smokes most broadband providers 6 to 10 fold (about 3x faster than mine now).

As to cost... it is my impression that they are actually planning to upgrade standard DSL users at no charge or rate increase... which puts this at about $35-$45 per month. I know they have run the fiber on my street, and that about 2 weeks later my ISP offered to lower my rate (about 20%) if we signed a 3 year contract... we opted out, since if they are that motivated to lock us in, they must be mighty scared.

skwigly
07-25-2005, 11:31 AM
The average South Korean internet speed is 20mb, and some even have 100mb connections for something like $30!...

jbw
07-25-2005, 11:43 AM
Your speed has doubled as Bt are now offering the fastest conection your phone line can receive, considering your distance to your phone exchange and line noise, for the same price. You should have recieved a letter telling you about this new speed and about fair usage policies and the amount you can download. Whilst there is no extra cost for the new speed, if you go over the limit you're allowed to download, I believe Bt will charge you for the extra data down your line.

ta,
jbw

ibarbar
07-25-2005, 12:22 PM
:cry: In Romania I have a 256 Kbs maximum speed, nothing guaranteed. That's a top speed of 32 kBs. And also 3 GB download limit, after which my speed drops to 64 kbs :(. And I pay around 15 $ a month.

Wonder when we'll have internet services like the rest of Europe (can't dream of speeds like in Japan or Corea :sad:).

Life sucks sometimes.

XanderFX
07-25-2005, 07:54 PM
I know here in the San Francisco Bay Area Comcast cable users have all been upgraded to 4Mbps for free. Unfortuneately I use a different cable provider albeit much cheaper (basic cable, 1.5Mbps internet, and phone for $100US) but when I use my mom's connection downloads are blazing fast 300-400Kbps.

evanfotis
07-25-2005, 08:26 PM
:cry: In Romania I have a 256 Kbs maximum speed, nothing guaranteed. That's a top speed of 32 kBs. And also 3 GB download limit, after which my speed drops to 64 kbs :(. And I pay around 15 $ a month.

Wonder when we'll have internet services like the rest of Europe (can't dream of speeds like in Japan or Corea :sad:).

Life sucks sometimes.

Don't complain...
In Greece we're the champs of overpriced internet!
For a 384/128 mbps the bill comes to about 60euros per month.
Average cost of mbps/euro= 85euro/1Mbps
There is no service for over 1gbps and those are really expensive.
Only big companies that have their own direct lines can enjoy fast broadband...
In comparison France is the cheapest in Europe offering 1,5euro/1Mbps.
Here's a chart in Greek:http://www.tanea.gr/data/D2005/D0722/1el15b.gif
And for whoever Greek isn't "Greek" to them check out:
http://www.tanea.gr/print_article.php?e=A&f=18295&m=N15&aa=1

Peddy
07-26-2005, 02:37 AM
hehe, i once connected to dial-up at 945kb/s, no joke. of course, thats only what the little bubble told me, and the connection lasted about a minute before it dropped out. man windows rocks.

Valkyrien
07-26-2005, 04:32 AM
BT? Gave a free upgrade?



...never thought I'd see the day!

imashination
07-26-2005, 11:56 AM
BT? Gave a free upgrade?



...never thought I'd see the day!

I still havent, still stuck at 1mbit :P

rob-beddall
07-26-2005, 11:58 AM
hey!!

mine got upgraded from 512k. upto 1mbit.
perhaps it's just the people who were on slow broadband getting an upgrade?

cheers!!

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