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    sparky got a reaction from dhutch54 in All but dead!   
    It has been a while since my last visit in this particular forum, as some of you know I got rid of hughenet a long time ago for DSL.  Anyway, I thought I would come back and see the complaints on Hughesnet, but to my shock, no posts since 2012!
     
    So, either Hughesnet have got better at what they do (highly unlikely) or they have less users to complain about the service or maybe people have got used to what they have.
     
    Either way, just dropping into an old haunt to say hi!  
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    sparky got a reaction from mudmanc4 in Frontier is being sued...   
    Thread is not dead, just nothing new to report on.  Awaiting on the courts to move their slow butts, awaiting on some needed action.
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    sparky reacted to mudmanc4 in Need help   
    Appears they have had to take actions in filtering, shaping and as well QOS + deeper, would be my first impression. In the attempt to spread what throughput is available among requests. If this was not implemented, as you know, one node could easily absorb all available bandwidth, leaving others to suffer 56k experiences. 
     
    They are most likely doing the best they can with what they have, in order to bring revenue to expand throughput not necessarily bandwidth itself. 
     
    Though in theory what they have sounds infantile. Since it does not function as intended. If so, at the load factor on the node, no one connection could exceed the spec, your basically bypassing their config by P2P, which explains the majority are not utilizing the protocol. Hence, they could consider you part of the problem lol. Which of course you are not, though in terms of allowing all customers to have access at a specified minimum level. [at peak levels]
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    sparky reacted to CA3LE in Need help   
    ... why not find another provider who will deliver?  Do you have limited options in a remote area or something?
     
    If I ever felt lied to or given the run around... I'd be shopping for a new provider.  Surely they aren't the only game in town.
     
    You shouldn't have to multithread to pull your full speed.  You didn't have to before.
     
    Multithread is where you're downloading from multiple sources or splitting a task into a bunch of processes vs one process.  Multi-homed is different, that's where a computer or device is connected to multiple networks to increase reliability.  e.g. TestMy.net's servers have multi-homed bandwidth from over 25 tier 1 providers.  You connect through only one provider at any given time but having those options there increase reliability and decrease network congestion.
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    sparky got a reaction from CA3LE in New twist on a old familiar email scam   
    In all seriousness, if you fall for that BS, well maybe you should send them all your personal information.  lol
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    sparky got a reaction from mudmanc4 in New twist on a old familiar email scam   
    In all seriousness, if you fall for that BS, well maybe you should send them all your personal information.  lol
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    sparky reacted to j7n in I am confused.   
    I believe the most significant factor why the OOKLA-based tests show a higher reading is because they create a swarm of multiple connections. If the network is at full capacity or there is excessive latency for another reason, the extra connections can push more data through. Usually they together compete 'as equals' with other data streams active at the same time.

    In this case I got 7 connections to SpeakEasy at Washington DC. The number seems to be variable, and, as far as I can see, I cannot influence it.

    Of course, if everybody opened more connections to get higher speed, nobody would get it. A somewhat related discussion about network congestion and the FTP protocol.

    I think a more realistic test is a download of a controllable number of files from a server or servers with known capacity much higher than your line is. That is what you could do in normal use as well. Starting 7 downloads and fragmenting your disk? Probably not. Using special software to spam the network? Probably not the right thing to do.

    LeaseWeb provides a good, unbiased download speed test with low CPU overhead (unlike Flash tests). I do not know a good public place to upload to. If you have an FTP server, it will work fine, because you can easily start as many files as you decide.

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    sparky reacted to d-Mac in Frontier is being sued...   
    a few years ago we, here in N. Idaho, got sold out by verizon to frontier. my dsl service is the worst i have had and i was on the net way before it became public. verison was not the fastest i had but they were better than comcast experience i had when i lived in washington (state). i have the basic service for dsl as i use netflix ocasionally. i have been testing my speed here for several days and the best speed i get is in the lower mid 700's which is similar to the testings i have been doing for the past couple of years. what interests me is that isp companies are able to advertize 2k when the actual max is nearly a third of that. that is false advertizing if i have ever seen one. why is it that there are no lawsuits on this? i think it is time to take this to a national level. i know frontier is more common on the east side but their crappy service is not limited to the east! if the government is on their side, perhaps we should be suing them instead! i am so sick of this monopolistic bs... we are all slaves to corporations. the only difference between us and the ancient egyptian slaves is that we are let to beleive we are free. internet speeds are just one little manifestation of the rediculous corporate wellfare state we have here largly thanks to the gop.
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    sparky got a reaction from boywonder in 7550 Telnet   
    Well the Glasnost test was inconclusive.....  But I did do what you said, with the password.  This time of night I would be expecting to drag balls.... my latest test on here was 6.6Mbps..... It has not been like that in almost 8 months. lol.
    Now all I have to do is the same for the other DSL line, see if it fixes it.

    The very next test was 1mbps.... I can't win, I thought it was fixed... lol
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    sparky got a reaction from CA3LE in I am confused.   
    Thanks for the Reply CA3LE.... Yeah, for years I have trusted this site, never doubted it but in all honesty, as you mentioned I just never did a true comparison.  They are certainly padding numbers, I know from my tests.  I know how to work out if I download a 10 Mb file, how to figure out what my real speed is.
     
    Never again will I question TM.NET....  Why did I do that in the first place, I know better than that. lol
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    sparky reacted to CA3LE in I am confused.   
    You can trust the results here.   ... I can tell you that a thousand times, it means nothing coming from me.
     
    Testing it yourself like you just did is the best way to really drive the point home.  Not enough people take the time to question it, they blindly trust the other tests thinking that their provider knows what they're doing.  Yeah, they know what they're doing alright. 
     
    Too bad more people don't know.  Help by spreading the word.
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    sparky got a reaction from CA3LE in I am confused.   
    10 mb file took me 1.32 mins to download, which would indicate a speed of around just under 1 Mbps. this result from Florida.
     
    SpeakEasy is showing 5.18 Mbps. this result from Washington DC.
     
    Time Warner is showing 5.29 Mbps. this result from Ohio.
     
    SpeedOf.me is showing 1.41 Mbps. this result from Chicago.
     
    Xfinity is showing 6.36 Mbps, this test from Washington DC.
     
    TM.Net is showing 1.3 Mbps, this test from Washington DC.
     
    So interestingly enough, it would seem like the providers are all tapping their numbers!
     
    This test answered my question...... confusion is over. 
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    sparky got a reaction from mudmanc4 in Frontier is being sued...   
    Yes you are right! long time no speak by the way... lol
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    sparky got a reaction from Pgoodwin1 in All but dead!   
    It has been a while since my last visit in this particular forum, as some of you know I got rid of hughenet a long time ago for DSL.  Anyway, I thought I would come back and see the complaints on Hughesnet, but to my shock, no posts since 2012!
     
    So, either Hughesnet have got better at what they do (highly unlikely) or they have less users to complain about the service or maybe people have got used to what they have.
     
    Either way, just dropping into an old haunt to say hi!  
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    sparky reacted to sparky in And It Begins!   
    Just a recap on this, I am back on the 6Mbps Plan, been on it now for many months and its working out great. Turns out it was faulty routes that was slowing me down, but Frontier have been out as per there promise and the have been installing optics to cope with the capacity problems.

    They have a huge thumbs up from me seeing as they are cleaning up the mess Verizon left them in.
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    sparky reacted to sparky in And It Begins!   
    Back to 3Mbps. 6+Mbps was too unstable for my distance, was getting issues with it.

    :::.. Download Stats ..:::
    Download Connection is:: 3056 Kbps about 3.1 Mbps (tested with 6 MB)
    Download Speed is:: 373 kB/s
    Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (Dallas, TX USA)
    Test Time:: 2010-12-14 16:06:34 GMT -7
    Bottom Line:: 53X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 2.75 sec
    Tested from a 6 MB file and took 16.489 seconds to complete
    Download Diagnosis:: Running at 198% of hosts average (Frontiernet.net)
    D-Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/db/EOAMXL8FT
    User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2.13) Gecko/20101203 Firefox/3.6.13 [!]
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    sparky reacted to sparky in And It Begins!   
    Yep, totaly agree with you, been communicating with a lot of people, regional, directors and many more. They got it in the end and I guess the speed increase was a gesture of good faith.
    Pretty happy now with the service, can't wait for it to go bad again and maybe get higher speeds! LMAO. Serious, it worked out pretty good.

    :::.. Download Stats ..:::
    Download Connection is:: 8737 Kbps about 8.7 Mbps (tested with 6 MB)
    Download Speed is:: 1067 kB/s or 1.1 MB/s
    Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (Dallas, TX USA)
    Test Time:: 2010-12-12 17:24:54 GMT -7
    Bottom Line:: 152X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 0.96 sec
    Tested from a 6 MB file and took 5.768 seconds to complete
    Download Diagnosis:: Running at 556% of hosts average (Unknown)
    D-Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/db/Y29MCK7ER
    User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2.13) Gecko/20101203 Firefox/3.6.13 [!]
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    sparky reacted to CA3LE in Please Help My Internet Speed To Slow   
    Actually, you're not in bad shape in my opinion. If your package is 256 Kbps and you're getting 229 Kbps you're only off by 27 Kbps or 3.3 kB/sec. You're also in Lithuania, dropping only 27 Kbps over that distance isn't bad.

    Now you said...


    That number 30 is kB/sec NOT Kbps. The difference is in bits vs bytes, and it's a big difference... and it confuses allot of people. ... Hopefully I can explain this without losing you.

    A bit is the smallest amount of information that a computer can store or manipulate. The word kilo means 1000. So if you put those together you have, kilobit or "One Thousand Bits". Metric meaning for Mega is 1,000,000 and Giga is 1,000,000,000. So when you hear, "1 Megabit" it means "One Million Bits" ... "1 Gigabit" means "One Billion Bits" -- the "s" in bps, Kbps, Mbps and Gbps stand for "per second".

    Now, bytes are a collection or bunch of bits. An octet or 8 bits to each byte. Bytes are usually used to express binary transfer rates. Now, there are 1024 bytes to 1 Kilbyte so the real conversion is (bits * 8.192).

    The reason we show our results in bits AND bytes is simply because different people want their information given to them differently... Some people use this site to see if they get what their ISP says they're supposed to.... and they usually like it shown in bits. Then, others use the site to calculate their maximum transfer rates (like for bit torrent)... and hence, they like the information displayed in the bytes system.

    So, when talking about the connection speed of a line... use bits or bps, Kilobits or Kbps, Megabits or Mbps and Gigabits Gbps

    When talking about the speed of a file transfer use bytes or B/s, Kilobytes or kB/s (the lowercase k is really just a personal preference of mine, KB/s is fine too), Megabytes or MB/s and Gigabytes or GB/s
  19. Like
    sparky got a reaction from CA3LE in Do You Have Bad Ping Times?   
    Frontier do not cease to amaze me with yet more issues!

    So recently I have been having issues with what I am going to call Semi-Disconnects on my DSL service, extreme ping times of 150ms and for DSL that SUCKS!

    I made the usual phone calls to get a response of "oh, we will look into that"... yeah right. I ran some software I use to diagnose issues with my connection to find out yet again its Frontiers network causing the issues as seen in the image

    I have also noticed a lot of comments in my modem connection logs like this "WED DEC 29 08:31:10 2010 LAN PC Unable to communicate with DNS Server. (error = 'connection timed out', count = 21)".

    So after a little research and testing I found out that Frontiers DNS servers are probably not very reliable, just like there network... anyway I run a local DNS server on my Windows Home Server which I did have set to use the DNS servers of my DSL Modem, obviously this is the issue and now I have reconfigured my DNS server to use the following servers.

    8.8.4.4 Googles Open DNS
    8.8.8.8 Googles Open DNS

    208.67.220.220 OpenDns
    208.67.222.222 OpenDns

    All of which are free and your more then welcome to drop the Google ones if your worried about Google, anyway I use all 4 so I have some redundancy if some go down and now my Ping times are back to where they should be and every single address is being resolved with no errors in my modem logs!

    You may find if your using any ISP being it cable, DSL, Dial up or whatever you may want to at least try changing your DNS settings to reflect some of the above, you may get an increase in speed, OpenDns also provide a free version of the software to do this for you if you do not have a DNS server of your own and can be found at opendns.com.

    Why I have a DNS server you may ask! well in a nutshell I have a lot of machines in my home with local resources that I need Domain Name Resolution for hence the DNS, it Caches all external requests speeding up my time as my computer does not need to go looking for it, I get almost a 2ms Response from the server which is fantastic! Enough of my toys already!! lol

    Anyways, I hope this may be able to help some of you out there in Puter Land! it helped me and I just wanted to share my findings with you..... Hope someone gets some use from it. Ohh I also added the results of the new DNS settings

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    sparky reacted to sparky in And It Begins!   
    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
    Copyright © 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\Users\deano>pathping frontier.net

    Tracing route to frontier.net [64.150.182.42]
    over a maximum of 30 hops:
    0 deans-puter.home.local [192.168.0.7]
    1 192.168.0.35
    2 10.8.10.1
    3 184.19.255.2
    4 184.13.127.1
    5 so--5-0-0---0.car01.asbn.va.frontiernet.net [74.40.1.53]
    6 xe-0-2-0--0.cor02.asbn.va.frontiernet.net [74.40.2.221]
    7 ae0---0.cbr01.asbn.va.frontiernet.net [74.40.2.178]
    8 3-2.r1.dc.hwng.net [206.223.115.175]
    9 2-3.r2.dc.hwng.net [69.16.190.26]
    10 3-1.r1.at.hwng.net [69.16.191.126]
    11 1-1.r2.ph.hwng.net [69.16.191.70]
    12 ve1012.ar2.ph1.hwng.net [69.16.190.166]
    13 network-69-16-135-206.phx1.puregig.net [69.16.135.206]
    14 gi0-47.dr1.dg2.phoenix.codero.com [69.64.66.106]
    15 216-55-139-147.dedicated.abac.net [216.55.139.147]
    16 plesk1.brainstorminternet.net [64.150.182.42]

    Computing statistics for 400 seconds...
    Source to Here This Node/Link
    Hop RTT Lost/Sent = Pct Lost/Sent = Pct Address
    0 deans-puter.home.local [192.168.0.7]
    0/ 100 = 0% |
    1 0ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 192.168.0.35
    0/ 100 = 0% |
    2 28ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 10.8.10.1
    0/ 100 = 0% |
    3 31ms 1/ 100 = 1% 1/ 100 = 1% 184.19.255.2
    0/ 100 = 0% |
    4 29ms 2/ 100 = 2% 2/ 100 = 2% 184.13.127.1
    0/ 100 = 0% |
    5 45ms 1/ 100 = 1% 1/ 100 = 1% so--5-0-0---0.car01.asbn.va.frontiernet.net [74.40.1.53]
    0/ 100 = 0% |
    6 47ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% xe-0-2-0--0.cor02.asbn.va.frontiernet.net [74.40.2.221]
    0/ 100 = 0% |
    7 47ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% ae0---0.cbr01.asbn.va.frontiernet.net [74.40.2.178]
    0/ 100 = 0% |
    8 --- 100/ 100 =100% 100/ 100 =100% 3-2.r1.dc.hwng.net [206.223.115.17
    5]
    0/ 100 = 0% |
    9 48ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 2-3.r2.dc.hwng.net [69.16.190.26]

    0/ 100 = 0% |
    10 62ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 3-1.r1.at.hwng.net [69.16.191.126]

    0/ 100 = 0% |
    11 119ms 2/ 100 = 2% 2/ 100 = 2% 1-1.r2.ph.hwng.net [69.16.191.70]
    0/ 100 = 0% |
    12 --- 100/ 100 =100% 100/ 100 =100% ve1012.ar2.ph1.hwng.net [69.16.190.166]
    0/ 100 = 0% |
    13 120ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% network-69-16-135-206.phx1.puregig.net [69.16.135.206]
    1/ 100 = 1% |
    14 130ms 1/ 100 = 1% 0/ 100 = 0% gi0-47.dr1.dg2.phoenix.codero.com[69.64.66.106]
    0/ 100 = 0% |
    15 114ms 1/ 100 = 1% 0/ 100 = 0% 216-55-139-147.dedicated.abac.net[216.55.139.147]
    1/ 100 = 1% |
    16 116ms 2/ 100 = 2% 0/ 100 = 0% plesk1.brainstorminternet.net [64.150.182.42]

    Trace complete.

    Some packet loss on the way, local routers messing around I guess, every pathping I do comes up with the same Routers messing up!

    And getting slower and slower!

    :::.. Download Stats ..:::
    Download Connection is:: 720 Kbps about 0.7 Mbps (tested with 6152 kB)
    Download Speed is:: 88 kB/s
    Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (Dallas, TX USA)
    Test Time:: 2010-10-24 17:30:29 GMT
    Bottom Line:: 13X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 11.64 sec
    Tested from a 6152 kB file and took 69.968 seconds to complete
    Download Diagnosis:: Running at 96% of hosts average (141.77)
    D-Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/db/Y1DFQKO2X
    User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2.11) Gecko/20101012 Firefox/3.6.11 [!]
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    sparky reacted to sparky in And It Begins!   
    And slower...

    :::.. Download Stats ..:::
    Download Connection is:: 401 Kbps about 0.4 Mbps (tested with 1013 kB)
    Download Speed is:: 49 kB/s
    Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (Dallas, TX USA)
    Test Time:: 2010-10-24 18:17:03 GMT
    Bottom Line:: 7X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 20.9 sec
    Tested from a 1013 kB file and took 20.69 seconds to complete
    Download Diagnosis:: Running at 54% of hosts average (141.77)
    D-Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/db/93DQZ8JG7
    User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2.11) Gecko/20101012 Firefox/3.6.11 [!]

    According to the FCC this is no longer in the broadband range!

  22. Like
    sparky reacted to sparky in And It Begins!   
    Ok, after another nasty e-mail to Frontiers President! lol... That was yesterday evening I got a call from the GM for this area and they came out today to do tests on my line and said your right, would seem like a routing issue. Anyway he made a call and they re-built the crossovers which may have got messed up during the Verizon to Frontier switch over.
    I am no longer showing up as being in Kansas, my Ping times are lower and my speed, well I will have to wait between the hours of 6:00PM and midnight to find out. I hope this is now fixed. Ohh they also brought me a shiny brand new wireless modem Lots of pretty lights so I can watch them if my speed goes down I will have something to look at.
    Just need some Christmas tree balls on it and I am good. lol
  23. Like
    sparky got a reaction from lighthawk25 in When I thought it could get no worse! LMAO   
    My speeds have been on the downward spiral for weeks now.

    Here is what I am getting on the download....

    :::.. Download Stats ..:::
    Download Connection is:: 75 Kbps about 0.1 Mbps (tested with 1013 kB)
    Download Speed is:: 9 kB/s
    Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (Main)
    Test Time:: 2008/11/21 - 5:35pm
    Bottom Line:: 1X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 113.78 sec
    Tested from a 1013 kB file and took 111.234 seconds to complete
    Download Diagnosis:: May need help : running at only 7.55 % of your hosts average (direcpc.com)
    D-Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-Z1YXVDS4C
    User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.4) Gecko/2008102920 Firefox/3.0.4 [!]

    Beat that if you can, (Dial ups not allowed). $75 a month for this? I am not FAP'd, it is 6:43Pm as I type this 29 seconds for this webpage to load, signal strength is 70 clear weather.

    LMAO! I love Hughesnet, So glad I am not in a contract, so not so glad there is no other option for me! MotherF*#$#@'s
  24. Like
    sparky reacted to sparky in SLOW Connection   
    One thing with DSL like most other services you have to be careful of is noise on the line!

    My DSL service worked great, just over 3.1Mbps and up to 3.3Mbps.....

    Here is some information before I go on.

    I am on the furthest point on our Loop! they had to install what they call bridges but to you and I would be a range expander, Technically I am about 1/2 - 3/4 of a mile outside the loop, but I have it and it works great.

    Recently my service would start to go out on me, just die... then I would get a really slow connection, I called and spoke to someone in Malaysia then someone in India and no one knew what the problem was but they could see a problem, 2 weeks later a DSL Tech comes out to look at my issue.

    After being here for 15 minutes he plugged his gizmo into the box on the outside of my house, he said I should be able to get 7Mbps if they would allow it, that's how good the signal is, then we went into my house and he plugged into the outlet feeding my DSL modem... Ohh boy was it bad!

    My Modem was running at 100% capacity, they prefer 80% or less, turns out there is a lot of excess wire running around my house acting like an antenna, I took him to the distribution point and he disconnected everything but the one point, does not bother me as I am on a dry loop (No Phone Service).

    We went back in, turned the modem off and tested again, now I am showing 40% capacity on my line and can if supplied get 7Mbps, my internet is running so much better and on a daily basis I see a connection of 3.3Mbps down and about 0.8Mbps up, I am happy!

    So what you may want to look at is your wiring to start off with, remove anything you don't need to start with or just unplug your service outside of your house and plug direct into it, just to test with.

    Other things you may want to check is, make sure you have NO FILTER inline with the modem, you should only have filters inline with your phones, move anything that might create noise (transformers and so on) away from your phone line and modem, do not run phone lines including the one for your modem parallel to power wires, cross at 90° only.

    Hope you get it fixed, if not call and have an DSL tech come to your house.

    Good luck.
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