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  1. Not too shabby for the middle of the day on a weekend: :::.. Download Stats ..::: Connection is:: 1550 Kbps about 1.55 Mbps (tested with 2992 kB) Download Speed is:: 189 kB/s Tested From:: https://testmy.net (Server 1) Test Time:: 2006/05/21 - 10:21am Bottom Line:: 27X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 5.42 sec Tested from a 2992 kB file and took 15.813 seconds to complete Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0) Diagnosis: Awesome! 20% + : 54.08 % faster than the average for host (direcpc.com) Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-DTZ2S6QBO :::.. Upload Stats ..::: Connection is:: 205 Kbps about 0.21 Mbps (tested with 579 kB) Upload Speed is:: 25 kB/s Tested From:: https://testmy.net (Server 1) Test Time:: 2006/05/21 - 10:22am Bottom Line:: 4X faster than 56K 1MB Upload in 40.96 sec Tested from a 579 kB file and took 23.11488 seconds to complete Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0) Diagnosis: Awesome! 20% + : 118.09 % faster than the average for host (direcpc.com) Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-SNE6C2IPQ I have noticed a steady increase in performance since the name change. Not sure what exactly to attribute this to. Perhaps they are increasing capacity & cutting the ratio of users to backhaul equipment. Whatever it is, I hope they keep it up.
  2. I traded emails back and forth with a rep from highspeedanywhere.com and although the rep seemed very knowledgeable, I just got a vibe that I would go through a huge headache switching companies and would be no better off for it. They wanted me to buy a new dish, even though I own a 1.2 meter KA/KU dish, and wanted to charge me almost 2 grand to start up. Not worth it in my book. As to whether or not they have a set FAP, I don't know, but they did ask me how much data I wanted to move, and I answered "no limit" which is the way it ought to be...after all if you pay for broadband speed, whats the point if there is such a thing as "you moved to much data with all this speed we gave you". Go figure.
  3. I've never seen speeds out of my DW7000 like this before (the download, anyway...upload looks pretty normal.). Wonder what the new Hughes Net boys are doing? Anyone else seeing this, or am I just noticing this really late: :::.. Download Stats ..::: Connection is:: 2209 Kbps about 2.21 Mbps (tested with 2992 kB) Download Speed is:: 270 kB/s Tested From:: https://testmy.net (Server 1) Test Time:: 2006/04/26 - 3:38am Bottom Line:: 39X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 3.79 sec Tested from a 2992 kB file and took 11.094 seconds to complete Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0) Diagnosis: Awesome! 20% + : 124.72 % faster than the average for host (direcpc.com) Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-O4ZQMFI6N :::.. Upload Stats ..::: Connection is:: 200 Kbps about 0.2 Mbps (tested with 579 kB) Upload Speed is:: 24 kB/s Tested From:: https://testmy.net (Server 1) Test Time:: 2006/04/26 - 3:43am Bottom Line:: 3X faster than 56K 1MB Upload in 42.67 sec Tested from a 579 kB file and took 23.71488 seconds to complete Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0) Diagnosis: Awesome! 20% + : 117.39 % faster than the average for host (direcpc.com) Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-DXEHMBPK6
  4. 19 here, and snowing after a few hours of sleet and freezing rain.
  5. You might try this (I'm assuming you have cale or DSL internet): Connect to the internet, then open a DOS prompt and type ipconfig /all and hit enter. Look for your IP in the resulting infrmation, and write it down, along with your DNS server addresses, your gateway IP, and your subnet mask. Then modify your network connection handling your Internet connection(instructions assume Win2k/X/2k3): Select Intenet Protocol (TCP/IP) and in the general tab, click the radio button that's marked Use the following IP address. That will unlock the fields. Enter all the information you wrote down, and click Okay, then click Okay again. Since the DHCP server at the provider end has already authorized your MAC to use this address, it should take just fine. Now, just make sure your computer always stays on. Most DHCP servers are designed to automatically renew your IP address if you are still connected when the lease expires. They usually only give you a different IP if you disconnect, and then reconnect at a later time, after the lease has expired. As long as the DHCP server is not aggressively enforcing IP changes at given intervals, you should be able to hold this IP for as long as you want, provided your computer stays on. Experiment with this, and if it holds, then maybe buy a Linksys router and a small UPS. Let your router hold the IP, and the UPS wil keep it alive during small power outages, reducing the chance that you'll lose your IP. Kind of a lot of jumping through hoops to keep an IP, but if you really want it without switching providers and paying more, this may work for you.
  6. Probably won't help, but is interesting nontheless. When I was 15, my Father struggled to teach me to drive stick, and I just couldn't get the coordination down. After a week or so of slow progress, I dreamed that night that I was driving a stick shift car, and when I woke up I remembered how everything felt in my dream. The next day I drove stick like I'd been doing it all my life. Very freaky. Not exactly the best way to learn, but it worked for me. I guess I'd been thinking about it so much it was bound to jump into my dreams.
  7. I just checked mine...haven't touched it in weeks, but the current uptime is 2 hours 45 minutes, so I guess it's hapening to me, also. Twice today, both were done remotely. One hapened after a new image was uploaded, according to the logs.
  8. Your right about the cached DNS entries. I've had the displeasure of outdated returns on more than one occasion.
  9. Joe: Read the article. The instructions are to set the user's browser to send HTTP requests to a destination of That's the local address of the 7000 router, which means it's behaving as a proxy server under those conditions. Not much gray area there. It will then listen on local TCP port 87 for incoming requests, then request and return results from the internet, supplying anything relevant that it has cached, back to the user's browser. Given the amount of onboard storage, the 7000 would never be able to effectively serve cached requests beyond small images or simple web pages. I heartily agree that your server at work, on the other hand, is probably well equipped to store large amounts of frequently accessed data, which makes your network run more efficiently, and provides users with a false, yet robust sense of speed.
  10. With average latency on a good day at sub 600 ms I think any online game that requires reflexes to win would be an exercise in frustration...unless your reflexes are REALLY good.
  11. What's the benefit in using the 7000 as a proxy host rather than as a gateway router? Proxies tend to introduce another layer of latency, and the only benefits are generally security and caching of frequently accessed objects. It would be worth a try if the proxy was a fast caching server located in the Dway NOC, but I don't see the point in proxying pages from a router sitting 5 feet from me.
  12. Having a good ground on a 7000 system, like all electronics, is the most correct thing to shoot for, but it won't affect system performance a bit. Still, have it done right. If you're in a lightning prone area, you want to make sure you do this. Other than that, peak your dish properly for the best signal possible. Keep in mind that the proper aim and skew for a good Xpol WILL knock your signal strength off a couple points. That's normal, and a worthwhile tradeoff. Just don't start tweaking for skew until your dish is peaked. Peaked means that when you tug on any corner of the dish, the signal ALWAYS drops, then climbs back when you let go. If you tug on a corner, and the signal climbs, you're not done. Locking down the dish tightly so it doesn't move against the wind will probably throw your aim off, especially with a .74 elliptical dish...the hardware on those is cheap, so make sure you're feeling extra patient when you do this. Also, make sure the mast is perfectly plumb before you aim the dish. Kentucky windage to compensate for a mast that's not plumb will frustrate you to tears, so don't short-cut that step.
  13. It probably wouldn't hurt, but I have this one: http://www.sadoun.com/Sat/Products/Accessories/Meters/Birdog-Satellite-signal-meter.htm And I'm sold on it. Unlike the one you were looking at, this one will positively ID your Sat for you, and shows poth polarities for setting up good Xpol.
  14. IA8 is surely the best of the worst. Typical for me in the evenings: :::.. Download Stats ..::: Connection is:: 1066 Kbps about 1.1 Mbps (tested with 2992 kB) Download Speed is:: 130 kB/s Tested From:: https://testmy.net (server1) Test Time:: Fri Jan 27 22:44:22 CST 2006 Bottom Line:: 19X faster than 56K 1MB download in 7.88 sec Diagnosis: Looks Great : 17.53 % faster than the average for host (direcpc.com) Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-RN7L2GXHQ
  15. Yeah, I left a .74 for my 1.2, and went from an rsl of 60-64 to 90-95. Live with the dullness, that's the way it's suposed to look, actually.
  16. Your dish is probably an SP dish. Look for the SP logo on it. If you see that, don't wash the dish. It's been coated with a hydrophobic surface treatment that sheds water like a sonofabitch. If you wash it with any detergent, it will come off. Don't get me wrong, it's not going to kill the dish, but without the HP coating, it will not hold a signal quite as well as it would if you had left it alone. Not a lot of SP idshes out there, and I love mine. It's a 1.2m dish, and rain and snow absolutely fall off of it with no help from me.
  17. start--->run--->command {enter} In the DOS prompt window: tracert {address} WHERE {address} is an IP address OR a domain name, without the curly braces.
  18. tdawnaz: You are a perpetual optimist, aren't you? If the man had were in the position he claims to be in, he would know first hand of the experiences of the many unsatisfied, jaded Dway subscribers, and would have taken the time to show them that he was the real deal- in short, he would have anticipated and expected the response and would have been prepared with an answer. You don't swagger in and offer the world then get offended when you encounter skepticism. Skepticism is par for the course with Dway. If he was who he claimed to be, then a couple lessons in PR might benefit him in the future.
  19. Have you identified a spot that would allow you to get clear line of site without running a mile of cable? If so, move the dish. Even if takes more cable, do it anyway. Hell, I've got a drawer full of the manufacturer recommended in-line amps for lengthy runs. You want one, give me a shout. I'll send it to you for free. You just buy the cable.
  20. I'd go one better. I'd move it myself, grab a BirdDog and peak it on 89W, measure the signal, train it back on your current bird again, then dare the installer to lie to you when he shows up for the repoint.
  21. Tuctboh: Incoming connections are already supported, if you choose to have a publicly available IP. Although NAT remains enabled, if you use your static IP, NAT is simply bypassed in the whole process. Fundamental to Dway performance, are downstream proxy servers that achieve a high rate of compression; without them, no good browsing/transfer speeds would be achiveable, which is why HTTPS is so damn slow...can't cache SSL without defeating the purpose of it, which is security. The newer implementations of Dway (6000 & 7000) no longer require controlling software to be present on the user's computer, therefore OS choice is not an issue either. I've run FreeBSD and several flavors of Linux over my connection without issue. IP is just IP on the user's side of the SatModem. I regularly use my connection to suport incoming HTTP and FTP requests for business associates. Just what exactly are you looking to do that would be beyond the scope of what's already possible?
  22. Lastly, be aware that the FCC says you CANNOT move your dish unless you are properly trained... That's untrue. The FCC has nothing on the books regarding that. It's somewhat of a scare tactic employed by most of the 2 way KU/KA band providers to keep the masses from screwing up their dishes and overloading support with trouble calls. Contrary to a widely believed rumor, you will not burn out a satellite transponder by incorrectly pointing and skewing your dish, nor will you interrupt the signals of other users. Lots of info about these rumors on the web.
  23. DW7000 1.2 meter dish in NE Oklahoma. 89W:1170 RSL: 90 XPOL: 96
  24. Actually, when used on a very small network, it's highly efficient, and low loss. There's a reason why long haul runs, like cable providers, used it to interconnect their DS3 sized feeds to neighborhoods before fiber became a viable medium. But in this case, it just hapens to be designed for a very different purpose than Skug probably needs.
  25. Skug, assuming you have the correct connections (and I won't get into that), leave the stuff in device manager alone, and concentrate on getting the netowrk cards installed. Hopefully they are what is referred to as "NE 2000" compatible, which a lot of the older 10BaseT BNC cards were. Depending on how far you want to go with this, you might post closeups of the cards, and give details such as manufacturer, model number, and whether or not their resource settings (IRQ) are set by jumpers or Plug-N-Play. Sometimes a visual insection can tell you that. If you see jumers on the card marked IRQ and choices like 5, 6, 7, 8 next to the jumpers, then they have to be set manually. Assuming you can get the PC to "pick them up" properly, getting them to function with the coax isn't as hard as you think.
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