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  1. Sean

    Rural Satellite Internet Help

    Unfortunately what you describe is quite common with satellite Internet and very likely down to their traffic management policy. For example, with some satellite operators here, once a certain amount of data is consumed within rolling time period (I think an hour), the maximum speed is halved. This process repeats until basically the connection is rendered unusable until data consumed earlier falls out of the rolling time period. So basically something like a Windows 10 feature update (3-4GB) could render the satellite connection unusable in a very short period of time. If you are getting 3G or 4G/LTE connectivity on your phone from the WeBoost, try running a few speed tests over the phone's cellular data connection at different times of the day. A good 3G (HSPA+) signal with a lightly loaded mast can provide over 10Mbps. If you are able to get over 1Mbps on most of the tests, that will likely give you a much more stable and consistent connection than over satellite, regardless of the 10s of Mbps they claim to deliver. In this case, I suggest getting hold of a dedicated router and data SIM. If you are unable to get out of your satellite contract, it will still be useful as backup or to supplement the cellular data connection, e.g. download bulky files overnight over satellite such as Windows updates and use cellular data for your VPN connection where low latency is more important.
  2. No problem. I had a quick check and toggles back and forth fine now in Edge, Firefox and Chrome while logged out.
  3. This is a screen-recording from my end with Chrome, Firefox and Edge. I uploaded it as an unlisted video on YouTube to embed here:
  4. I cleared the browser cache and cookies, but will try to make a screen recording.
  5. If I am not logged on to TestMy, and switch to Mulltithread mode, the [Linear] button at the top right does not work. Neither does the 'Disable Multithreading' button. Steps to reproduce: Log out of TestMy (or open an incognito/private browser). Click Multithread at the top-right. Click the 'Enable Multithreading' button. Click [Linear] at the top-right. Click the 'Disable Multithreading' button. It will continue to display "MultiI Select" at the top-right, sometimes even with the British flag: I'm not sure if it's related, but if I perform the above steps and then go to the Download page and click the 'Express Test!' button, it display a "Not Found" error page: I checked this with Chrome, Edge and Firefox.
  6. Sean

    UDP Speed???

    UDP is a simple connectionless protocol, where data is sent without the overhead of setting up and maintaining a connection. It's effectively the electronic equivalent of mailing packages without any tracking or return address. There is no guarantee they will reach the destination. Unlike TCP, there is no simple way to run a UDP speed test. If UDP data is sent faster than what the connection can handle, UDP packets will be lost. With a UDP based video connection, this will result in dropped or garbled frames or no picture at all if there's not enough data in each frame to decode it. If you are comfortable with using the command prompt, you can try running an iperf3 based test over UDP. With this utility, you specify the test server and the bandwidth to test with. The test will then show the resulting bandwidth and how many datagrams were lost, e.g. due to insufficient bandwidth. A small loss of 1-2% is fine, but if it's over 2% then there is either not enough bandwidth or another issue such as a router dropping packets. With TCP, a small packet loss generally goes unnoticed as TCP will automatically retransmit dropped packets. You can download iperf3 from here. Some test servers are listed here, although from my experience only a small few work with the UDP test. To run a 2Mbps UDP test with it, type: iperf3 -c (server name) -p (port) -u -b 2M The following is an example from my end, running against the iperf.volia.net server:
  7. Sean

    Proof of Network Throttling

    That street light sure must have been emitting a lot of interference to interrupt your Internet connection. Based on the faint blow, it probably had a loose or badly corroded terminal that was arcing. It also makes me wonder just how many others in your area were affected. It is surprising the havoc that even a small electric arc can cause. Even the older incandescent blinking fairy light strings were known for interrupting DSL connections.
  8. Sean

    Compare your Download Speeds!!!

    My cellular based broadband provider Three made a recent blunder in our area by putting up a cellular mast in the distance that seems to be operating on the same frequency as the local mast. When my router "sees" both, it gets knocked offline, much like trying to listen to a radio station with two stations broadcasting on the same frequency. I've managed to get back online by carefully positioning an antenna such that an obstacle obstructs the direction of the unwanted mast. It seems to work, but with a severe hit on my signal: Despite what appears like a barely usable 4G signal, I still manage to get quite decent speed from the cell, surprisingly from vertical-only polarity: It wouldn't surprise me if many others were knocked off the cell also, freeing up some bandwidth for me. As Three doesn't seem interested in fixing the issue (I reported the issue, but they claim there is no issue), I decided to order a pair (for MIMO) of the most directional LTE antennas I could source to try to isolate the local mast.
  9. Sean

    Host Graph

    To me, that seems like either high packet loss or intermittent drop-outs, both which you can check by running an extended ping test while streaming. On a Windows PC, open a command prompt (Start -> Windows System -> Command Prompt) and type the following command: ping -t 8.8.8.8 You should see a continuous run of "Reply from 8.8.8.8". Leave that window open and start streaming a programme. As soon as the streaming stalls, check the window for any "Request timed out" lines. If you see three or more in a row, your connection had a brief outage. Press CTRL + C on the keyboard to stop the ping utility. Look at '% loss' figure. If that is 1% or higher, scroll up by holding the mouse down on the top-right up-arrow and look out for lines that say 'Request timed out'. If you see three or more grouped together, that is another brief outage. If you come across five or more 'Request timed out' lines in one screen-full, this is a high packet loss issue, which can also interrupt streaming. I've had an issue in the past with at least 3 D-Link routers failing with a high packet loss with this exact symptom, i.e. no issue with browsing or speed tests, but could not reliably stream YouTube.
  10. Going by the ATTN DR figure which seems to indicate attainable downrate, there is something seriously wrong with the line itself between your modem and the exchange. This is not your ISP limiting the speed or a contention issue. Based on those figures, it looks like you have severe noise on the line. Usually water ingress or a DSL filter fault would push the line attenuation figure over 60dB. An attenuation of 50dB should still be able to deliver around 4 to 5Mbps. Do you have any type of signal amplifier running in your building such as a mobile signal booster or TV antenna amplifier? If you do, switch them off and reboot your router to see if the speed improves. The next step would be to try a process of elimination unplugging electrical appliances in case you have a faulty appliance generating noise. For example, an electric heater with an arcing contact can generate severe noise. I don't think it's a bridge tap being added back in. Based on the info of what I could find about bridge taps, a bridge tap is used where the telecom provider runs phone lines down the full length of a street / circuit and each customer is connected somewhere along those cable runs. With DSL, they cause havoc as the signal will reflect up/down the unused sections of cable beyond the bridge tap. When a bridge tap is removed, the telecom provider physically disconnects the wire beyond the where the customer's line connects to the circuit. There would be no reason for them to ever rejoin that unused section of cable. The exception would be if you terminate your service altogether and the telecom provider would like to reuse that line to serve a new customer further down the street.
  11. Going by that Downstream rate, your modem appears to be facing a lot of noise or attenuation on the line. Check the downstream attenuation and noise margin (or S/N) figrues. If the S/N value is higher than 6dB, try rebooting the modem and see if the Downstream figure increases. If the S/N figure remains quite high such as over 12dB, then the Internet service provider is likely restricting your maximum speed. For example, on my DSL line, the maximum I can get is 5120Kbps as that is what the ISP deems is the maximum my line can support. If the downstream attenuation figure is very high such as over 50dB (and you're not 2+ miles from the exchange), try another phone lead between your modem and the socket and check if the figure improves after the DSL syncs again. If the figure does not improve, then there is likely some other fault with the line such as degradation, water ingress, corroded contacts (including at the exchange end), etc. If you have a DSL filter/splitter, try removing it.
  12. Sean

    Where are all these tests coming from?

    This is common with dynamic IP addresses. When your router restarts or the IP lease time expires, the server provider will likely assign a different IP address from its pool, after which the IP you add will become available in the pool to assign to another customer. A side effect is that you will see test results from subscribers that were previously assigned the IP address you currently have, highlighted in yellow. You will also see these type of results if you run speed tests on another device on your network that is logged out on TestMy. You can hide those test results by other users by clicking the following button at the bottom of the test results page: Your speed is very good compared to others on the Hughesnet network.
  13. Sean

    Extremely low speed on European servers

    I had a quick look at the database and interestingly every speed test on a French ISP from about 1pm on the 31st January to the German TestMy server was under 2.5Mbps (except a few tests run on hosting providers), so there may have been a peering issue between TestMy's German server and ISPs in France. With ISPs in Germany, the majority of test results were well over 10mbps with the German TestMy server, with some test results over 100Mbps. However, I did not see a similar pattern with the UK TestMy server from France, even with tests carried out on Free SAS. For example, the test on the left was run at the same second coincidentally as your test on the right:
  14. Sean

    So you want to stream up all the data?

    Ah, was wondering. I think there's just one ISP in Ireland that throttles to 1Mbps. The rest either cut the connection (e.g. LTE and wireless ISPs) or charge for excessive usage. I checked the Windows Resource Monitor while playing a video forced in 4K mode: I see that YouTube now streams over two simultaneous connections, as those two 74.125.97.18 connections were going steady until I stopped the video. The following is a trace route to this IP: According to the TCPIPUTILS website, the last 4 ISPs shown belong to Google. 172.30.199.50 is a non Internet routable IP, so is within the ISP. This indeed means that either Google has servers within the ISP or has peering with Google that is given high traffic priority.
  15. Sean

    So you want to stream up all the data?

    Is that 500kbps limit you set or ISP enforced? My ISP (LTE based) surprisingly prioritises most streaming traffic such as YouTube (and Netflix I think) during peak time. My monthly limit is 750GB, however, that cap is strictly enforced. Go over it and it is a eye popping €50 per GB, which I've heard people getting hit by. To give an idea of traffic prioritisation, the following is a YouTube "Stats for Nerds" screen playing 4K, which should be impossible at the speed TestMy reports on the right:
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