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    FiberGuy got a reaction from j7n in Closest back to back / Most consistent speed   
    I may not have a 1Gb connection, but I have a *dedicated 100Mb connection that I don't have to share with my neighbors and my ping is better. Almost spring!  /knock on wood
     
    In other words, I'm kind of jelly. You getting that 10Gb service for $400/month?
     
    *Not truly dedicated, but the ISP provisions bandwidth such that all customers can run at 100% at the same time without overloading the GPON port. My fiber is actually dedicated all the way back to the CO. They use a flat network design, 1 hop for me to get to Level 3.
     

     


     
    Now I just need to figure out how to get testmy.net to play well with my system.
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    FiberGuy got a reaction from rickyv3392 in New TV set-top boxes   
    Here's the front of one of my new TV boxes
     

     
    Here's the back. Notice the RJ45 input  
     
     

     
    Here's my new network in the basement. The thin cable going into the ONT at the bottom is the fiber and the thicker cable right next to it is the power coming from the UPS. The top most port on the ONT is the Internet VLAN and the second port is the TV VLAN. You can see that the installer plugged a secondary switch into the TV port, then ran two cables from that switch and punched it into the patch panel. From there, the two TV ports run directly to the set-top boxes. The extra switch is only fast Ethernet, so that means all devices share a 100mb connection to the ONT.
     

     
    The features that I get are I can go back and watch TV shows up to 24 hours old(yes, I can FF through commercials), so basic DVR for select channels. I get 14 basic channels, half of them are 1080p. I also get a bunch of free on-demand, which has recent popular TV series and some movies, many on 1080p. All of this for $15/month. For an extra $16/month, I can get full on DVR that allows recording of two of any channels at a time, has an easy interface to track series, even if the series is on different channels. I can even instruct it to ignore episodes that have already been recorded, even if recorded on different channels. Up to 250 hours of storage and anything recorded has no time limit, you can theoretically keep something for years. It is not locally stored, but back at the CO. There is even an android app to manage the DVR over the Internet.
     
    Since I only have the basic TV package, I don't think I will be getting the full featured DVR, but I do get a free 3 month trial.
     
    When playing around, I noticed that even though I was not using DVR on a given channel and that the channel technically was not one of those "go back 24 hours" channels, if a show was in progress, I could actually jump to the beginning of the show. So auto DVR on most channels, allowing me to watch the beginning of the current show.
     
    Ohh, that $15/month covers up to 5 of these boxes. I currently only have two.
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    FiberGuy got a reaction from mudmanc4 in New TV set-top boxes   
    Here's the front of one of my new TV boxes
     

     
    Here's the back. Notice the RJ45 input  
     
     

     
    Here's my new network in the basement. The thin cable going into the ONT at the bottom is the fiber and the thicker cable right next to it is the power coming from the UPS. The top most port on the ONT is the Internet VLAN and the second port is the TV VLAN. You can see that the installer plugged a secondary switch into the TV port, then ran two cables from that switch and punched it into the patch panel. From there, the two TV ports run directly to the set-top boxes. The extra switch is only fast Ethernet, so that means all devices share a 100mb connection to the ONT.
     

     
    The features that I get are I can go back and watch TV shows up to 24 hours old(yes, I can FF through commercials), so basic DVR for select channels. I get 14 basic channels, half of them are 1080p. I also get a bunch of free on-demand, which has recent popular TV series and some movies, many on 1080p. All of this for $15/month. For an extra $16/month, I can get full on DVR that allows recording of two of any channels at a time, has an easy interface to track series, even if the series is on different channels. I can even instruct it to ignore episodes that have already been recorded, even if recorded on different channels. Up to 250 hours of storage and anything recorded has no time limit, you can theoretically keep something for years. It is not locally stored, but back at the CO. There is even an android app to manage the DVR over the Internet.
     
    Since I only have the basic TV package, I don't think I will be getting the full featured DVR, but I do get a free 3 month trial.
     
    When playing around, I noticed that even though I was not using DVR on a given channel and that the channel technically was not one of those "go back 24 hours" channels, if a show was in progress, I could actually jump to the beginning of the show. So auto DVR on most channels, allowing me to watch the beginning of the current show.
     
    Ohh, that $15/month covers up to 5 of these boxes. I currently only have two.
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    FiberGuy got a reaction from sunil2000 in Multithread Speed Test Results - Share & Compare   
    In theory, no, in practice, yes.
     
    People remember bad experiences very well. If I have even one experience of congestion in the period of a month, I am going to remember it and complain about how I need more bandwidth.
     
    Rule of thumb, if you are inconvenienced for any reason because of lack of bandwidth, you don't have enough.
     
    Just wait until you have several computers on your network that all attempt to download a 1GB Team Fortress patch at the same time, while you're in the middle of <insert something important that is latency sensitive>
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    FiberGuy got a reaction from CA3LE in Multithread Speed Test Results - Share & Compare   
    In theory, no, in practice, yes.
     
    People remember bad experiences very well. If I have even one experience of congestion in the period of a month, I am going to remember it and complain about how I need more bandwidth.
     
    Rule of thumb, if you are inconvenienced for any reason because of lack of bandwidth, you don't have enough.
     
    Just wait until you have several computers on your network that all attempt to download a 1GB Team Fortress patch at the same time, while you're in the middle of <insert something important that is latency sensitive>
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    FiberGuy reacted to mikie39greyhound in Frontier Communications Wisconsin - FCC Response   
    Found this site while trying to get new tools to help report my DSL condition.  LOOKS GREAT, THANKS TO THE DEVELOPER !!
     
    I'm paying for 12MB DSL (Telco 2 line bonded residential), but usually getting 2 or 3Mb.  Worked for days with frontier "techs" and never got anywhere at all.  Finally opened an FCC complaint about the speed and filed it under "marketing fraud" since this is a "bait and switch" scam to oversell their capabilities.  It is surprisingly easy to file on-line with the FCC (www.fcc.gov) and your ISP will take this VERY seriously.
     
    Getting daily calls from supervisor level mgr. now to check on my measurements.  And, thank God, my speed has "magically" improved into the 9Mb range (6 am to 6PM), but still get throttled to around 1Mb after 6PM.
     
    Time will tell if it can be better, but I am VERY HAPPY to have found this site and the tools offered here.
     
    FIGHT ON BROTHERS & SISTERS !!
     
    Mike
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    FiberGuy got a reaction from mudmanc4 in New server coming online \o/   
    FreeBSD? Linux? I recommend FreeBSD+ZFS for a server primarily used for storage, but find out what you need it to do before you decide which Os to install.
     
    Have fun. I want a server to, need more $$$, but debt first.
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    FiberGuy reacted to CA3LE in Cable modem help   
    Note this RG6 connector.



    see how the white inner insulation is nearly flush with the metal base. If it's pushed down and there is a bowl in the bottom... the signal echos off the walls within the connector. Fittings like that need to be adjusted or changed. Sometimes you can just firming grab and push it into better alignment... but if you have the ability and tools, put new compression fittings on. You also want the copper core to rise up above the rim by 2-3 pennies width. Too long... issues.. too short... issues.


    I'd trim that a little longer myself...

    so many bad examples on google images

    If you have cables like that.. throw them out. Good for antenna, bad for cable systems.
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    FiberGuy got a reaction from CA3LE in Upload Inaccuracy Fix   
    33MB upload against Dal seems to be spot on with my bandwidth graph now.
     
    Thanks  
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    FiberGuy got a reaction from Pgoodwin1 in Upload Inaccuracy Fix   
    33MB upload against Dal seems to be spot on with my bandwidth graph now.
     
    Thanks  
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    FiberGuy reacted to GoogleGagga in Why does cable modem need a hard reset every month?   
    I know this post is old, but I used to work for Comcast as a Broadband Tech.
     
    If your Internet seems to be slower than usual:
    - ensure no one is hacking into your connection: check your router's "attached devices" page. (disable non-essential WiFi/Wireless broadcasting on your router, etc.)
    - ensure you're not close to your monthly bandwidth limit.
    - ensure there's no IP conflict
    - ensure it's not your DNS server (if applicable, check out "DNS Benchmark" for verification)
    - ensure your bandwidth is not being hogged up by other members of your household
    - keep in mind, especially during evenings, your node can be congested. (everyone's home and Online)
     
    Few Tips for Slow Speeds:
    - Power cycle your modem & router if applicable. (unplug completely from outlet for atleast 20 seconds.)
    - Ensure you're using Cat5 (Ethernet) cables and not USB cables.
    - If possible, try to request a new IP.
     
    Recommendations:
    - mudmanc4 is correct, it is wise to change your IP if possible. (prevents neighbors hacking/stealing your bandwidth, Online hackers, ISP flagging, etc.)
    - Comcast, like many other ISPs, issue static IPs. In order to change static IPs, you have to change (spoof) your MAC Address. If you're behind a router, change the MAC on your router, then power-cycle your equipment.
     
    I use TMACPortable. (no installation required)
    The MAC Addresses it issues are compatible 100% of the time.
    While other MAC apps., (from my experience) are not as reliable.
     
    Note: sometimes.. during power cycling..  the modem will not lock up right away.. stay calm.
    This is usual.. just give it time.. and keep power-cycling the modem.(this happens maybe once a month for me.)
    The longest i've had to wait was 20 minutes.
    (this is not accounting for infrastructure problems, in that case, it depends on your ISP. ie. down power lines, node congestion, etc.)
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    FiberGuy got a reaction from ybnrmalatall in Getting low speeds reported   
    It seems the servers being used are from SL(SoftLayer). My ISP's upstream provider is L3(Level3). SL has 80Gb/s of peering with L3 in Dallas, but I am in the Midwest.
     
    It seems SL only has 10Gb of peering with L3 in Chicago.  What happening is that my tracert goes from my ISP, to L3 Chicago, to SL Chicago, to SL Dallas. Now, SoftLayer only has a total of 20Gb of their own private bandwidth inter-connecting their datacenters.
     
    When I tracert SL Dallas, the jump from SL Chic to SL Dal is a 24ms hop, while L3 Chic to L3 Dal is only 19ms. Since they take nearly the same path and the speed of light is quite fast, my conclusion is that SL's Chic to Dal link is a bit congested.
     
    It seems to me that my speedtest issues are that L3 seems to be hot-handoff routing.
     
    This is the best conclusion I can come to with my limit Google-Foo abilities.
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    FiberGuy got a reaction from mudmanc4 in Getting low speeds reported   
    It seems the servers being used are from SL(SoftLayer). My ISP's upstream provider is L3(Level3). SL has 80Gb/s of peering with L3 in Dallas, but I am in the Midwest.
     
    It seems SL only has 10Gb of peering with L3 in Chicago.  What happening is that my tracert goes from my ISP, to L3 Chicago, to SL Chicago, to SL Dallas. Now, SoftLayer only has a total of 20Gb of their own private bandwidth inter-connecting their datacenters.
     
    When I tracert SL Dallas, the jump from SL Chic to SL Dal is a 24ms hop, while L3 Chic to L3 Dal is only 19ms. Since they take nearly the same path and the speed of light is quite fast, my conclusion is that SL's Chic to Dal link is a bit congested.
     
    It seems to me that my speedtest issues are that L3 seems to be hot-handoff routing.
     
    This is the best conclusion I can come to with my limit Google-Foo abilities.
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    FiberGuy got a reaction from CA3LE in SIETEC's quick, short & simple tips   
    Having an MTU above 1500 may actually result in a slow-down if path discovery isn't working correctly and your packets get fragmented. That being said, if everything is working, the MTU should auto-adjust.
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    FiberGuy reacted to mudmanc4 in Getting low speeds reported   
    Try different testing servers, use the CentralUS server as the control, move to washington DC and any other official testmy.net servers. 
     
    Then you can move to publicly hosted servers for testing routes and providers. 
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