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  1. I kind of thought it was Xplornet by the quoted throttling. Have you read the below from Xplornet?

    A variable on if your tower is near capacity for bandwidth/users on the AP(access point).

    And what frequency unit are you on? 900Mhz or 2.4Ghz. they can be subject to various interference. Xplornet does have a 3.5Ghz licensed frequency that is a lot better if available on your tower.

    Note the throttled(sustained) speeds. As Xplornets 'up to' speed is actually a 'burst' speed.

    http://www.xplornet.com/legal/xplornet-traffic-management-policy.aspx

    What is Xplornet's Fixed Wireless Traffic Management Policy?

    The Traffic Management policy that applies to Xplornet fixed wireless Internet access service is based on the amount of data you can send (upload) and receive (download) in a given session. A session is the time it takes to complete an activity like downloading a web page, downloading a song or uploading a photo. You may burst up to the top package speed for a certain period of time. Once you reach the predefined usage limit, you will continue downloading or uploading at a sustained speed until the activity is completed.

    Each of our service packages has a usage limit. When you exceed the limit of your package, the download and upload speeds will be reduced to 20-40% of your package's top speed. This speed reduction is dependent on which package you have.

    Most basic Internet activities such as web browsing, text based email, online banking and social networking seldom trigger the Traffic Management policy. Some more intense Internet activities like downloading a song or streaming video may cause the Traffic Management policy to take effect.

    Examples

    Below are two examples to help you understand how the fixed wireless Xplornet Traffic Management policy works.

    Example #1 - Downloading software:

    You are on the Xpress package (top download speed is up to 3.0 Mbps) and you want to download the latest version of Adobe Reader which is 31 MB. The first 3.5 MB will download at the maximum rate capable with the customer's modem and the remaining 27.5 MB of the file will download at the sustained rate of 700 Kbps. Once the software has finished downloading, the Traffic Management policy will reset before a new session begins.

    Example #2 - Downloading a song:

    You are on the Zoom package (top download speed is up to 1.5 Mbps) and you want to download one 4 MB song. The first 1.5 MB will download at the maximum rate capable with the customer's modem and the remaining 2.5 MB will download at 600 Kbps. Once the song has finished downloading, the Traffic Management policy will reset before a new session begins.

  2. It's been confirmed on another site and via a few users there, that Xplornet is throttling RapidShare speeds. RapidShare is purposely targeted by the throttle.

    So if Xplornet says they don't throttle RapidShare? They definitely are.

    And throttling by the clock and not by primetime slowdowns, when some throttling is needed to conserve/share bandwidth.

    Paying users of RapidShare get full speeds from RapidShare and that isn't happening anymore, unless it's the middle of the night.

    Also ask your Government representative why Xplornet still has not joined the http://www.ccts-cprst.ca/en/ As Xplornet makes more than enough money per year, for the mandatory joining criteria.

    All this un-documented heavy throttling is going to dig a deep pit for Xplornet to fall into one day.

  3. At the bottom of the main page, just above the users online is the 'todays active content'. And then you can change it to 1 week or more from the default 24 hours.

    But maybe because of the 'tab' format of this forum software, CA3LE might be having fun trying to make it be open, as a list, on the main page.

    Someone, somewhere probably has a mod for it. But otherwise I mentioned before to maybe change the code for the link and make it flash or be another color and larger.

  4. From the a Amazon.com review...

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-DAV-HDX275-BRAVIA-Channel-Theater/dp/B0015HOG02

    The unit has two sound modes, "movie" and "music" and a bass enhancer (which I turned off as it made the bass sound boomy and obnoxious for music listening). There is no stereo 5.1 mode which would allow for output to all 5 speakers from regular stereo sources like an iPod. Instead the unit has a 4 channel matrix mode that uses the main, rear and subwoofer speakers for stereo. This is kind of a shame since the center channel speaker is the clearest sounding one of the bunch. The center channel does sound decent when watching or listening to TV and DVD sources.

    And Specs list...

    Multi Speaker Formation

    Select from the on screen display to configure the system for different speaker layout.

    Music/Movie Mode

    System automatically adjusts sound characteristics to match the source (movie vs. music).

    Edit: ignore this bit.. you already done it....

    This is interesting if someone changed the defaults...... I guess this is your unit.

    Perform Cold Reset by pressing following buttons on unit front.

    Press STOP, EJECT and POWER at same time. (buttons on unit front) do not press any remote button.

    You will see COLD RESET on unit display and your home theater will set on default factory settings.

    If you have user manual, check page-90 for details or click Sony Support http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/model-documents.pl?mdl=DAVHDX275&LOC=3 to download a copy.

  5. DSL Status

    VPI: 0

    VCI: 35

    DSL Mode: T1413

    Connection Status: Showtime

    Speed (down/up): 8128 / 896 Kbps

    ATM QoS class: UBR

    Near End CRC Errors (I/F): 0/0

    Far End CRC Errors (I/F): 0/0

    Near End RS FEC (I/F): 0/34

    Far End RS FEC (I/F): 0/0

    SNR Margin (Downstream/Upstream): 16/15

    Transmit Power (Downstream/Upstream): 11/12

    Attenuation (Downstream/Upstream): 19/13

    all these settings on the modem look ok?

    I don't know about the download transmit power on your particular modem. Maybe you can find a online manual for it's specs.

    It may be low, but your unit may have a lower power output.

    My Speed Touch is at 19.5dBm tx power

    And if your profile was changed to a higher speed, I suppose you did reboot the modem already. But you must of done that already to see the new sync rate.

  6. ive tried creating my own profiles for cablenut using the calculator but ive had no success =( ive tried different speeds, up and down, and different latencies

    I mean the profile your DSL provider has you set at. Since you are floating around one particular areas of speed(2Mbps) on your speed tests.

    Does your provider have a current page for packages? Since the ISP link in your speed test goes to an old page, that is not properly showing packages. So it only shows a 1.5Mbps down package and a light package of 256Kbps down. http://www.nehp.net

    And I hate the combo units of being a modem and router all in one. Makes it a pain to trouble shoot any problems when you have to deal with two units at once. Sometimes you can bridge the combo unit to be a modem only, but that is Dependant on the units firmware.

  7. the modem is an Actiontec DSL Gateway. its a router, wireless router and modem in one.. what could i do, set dmz host to this computer?

    oh, im connected to it with a ethernet cable...

    I edited on this bit also in my first reply...

    Another cause may be you are on the wrong speed profile, even though you are syncing at the higher rate.

    My DSL modem syncs at 9.4Mbps, but I am on a 6Mbps profile and then that relates to a speed of 5.2Mbps, with overhead factored in.

  8. Are you connected direct to the modem when doing the speed test?

    That would rule out any speed restrictions that might be accidentally set in a router.

    Another cause may be you are on the wrong speed profile, even though you are syncing at the higher rate.

    My DSL modem syncs at 9.4Mbps, but I am on a 6Mbps profile and then that relates to a speed of 5.2Mbps, with overhead factored in.

  9. Note that in this article, The term 'slowing down traffic of file sharers', actually means Hacking the users data stream to insert a 'end transmission packet' to stop the file transfers. And last I heard, is that Hacking someones connection is still illegal.

    Opt out to leave things open for another day. Most people are too lazy to spend another year or two in court, to watch and learn from a million users suing Comcast in single cases.

    The way lobbyists are buying off politicians, theres always another crime, by an ISP, that will be committed against the users of the Internet.

    Or does your particular ISP always blame the site that you are trying to use, for all slowdowns?

    http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/041510-critic-customers-should-reject-comcast.html?hpg1=bn

    Comcast customers should reject a proposed settlement in a lawsuit filed against the broadband provider for throttling some Internet traffic, a critic of the company said Thursday.

    The proposed settlement, announced last December, especially after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled this month that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission didn't have the authority to enforce its net neutrality principles on Comcast, said Robb Topolski, a veteran networking engineer who discovered Comcast's network management practices back in 2007.

    Topolski, in a blog post, http://funchords.livejournal.com/432415.html called on Comcast customers to send a letter opting out of the settlement to the settlement administrator by May 13. Under the terms of the settlement, a Comcast customer who had used peer-to-peer software between April 2006 and December 2008 or used Lotus Notes to send e-mail between March and October 2007 would be entitled to a maximum of US$16.

    "If people reject the settlement, they are freed from the restrictions of this settlement and can sue independently or join any other action," Topolski said in an e-mail. "If enough people reject the settlement, it sends a strong message that the class of people that this settlement was intended to represent are dissatisfied."

    A Comcast spokeswoman declined to comment on Topolski's blog post.

    Topolski has criticized the settlement previously, but the appeals court ruling against the FCC now means there's no regulatory agency to enforce net neutrality rules against broadband providers selectively throttling network traffic, he said.

    "Comcast fought the law and the law lost," wrote Topolski, chief technologist for the Open Technology Initiative of the New America Foundation, a think tank that has supported net neutrality rules. "Turns out that there is no cop on the beat to prevent Comcast, or any other ISP, from again blocking you from the content, applications, or services of your choice!"

    The $16 settlement amounts to a rebate of about $0.50 a month to Comcast customers who had their broadband services slowed, he said.

    "For two and a half years, Comcast secretly attacked its own customers' communications by blocking peer-to-peer uploads and other traffic," Topolski wrote on his blog. "By secretly blocking traffic and hoping that you wouldn't notice, Comcast took back some of the service that you paid for. Rather than adding capacity as demand increased, Comcast dropped some of your traffic to make room for its very profitable new phone service and millions of new customers."

    The settlement, before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, stems from a lawsuit filed by California Comcast subscriber Jon Hart in November 2007. Comcast has set aside $16 million for the settlement.

    Topolski called the settlement inadequate. "If that tiny amount of money is compensation, then there is no penalty to Comcast for interfering with its customers, for failing to disclose it, for repeatedly lying about it, and for taking so long to stop it!" he wrote.

    The Associated Press, in late 2007, reported that Comcast was slowing BitTorrent and some other traffic without telling its customers. Comcast first denied slowing traffic, then said it throttled some applications only during times of peak congestion. Studies from the FCC and the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in Germany contended that Comcast slowed BitTorrent traffic around the clock.

    http://p2pcongestionsettlement.com/

    There is a proposed Settlement of a lawsuit pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The Court has granted preliminary approval of the Settlement and has certified the Settlement Class. Similar lawsuits were filed and have been coordinated and transferred to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

    These lawsuits claim that Comcast promised and advertised specific speeds and unlimited Internet access but impaired use of some P2P file-sharing traffic on its High-Speed Internet network. Comcast denies these claims, but has revised its management of P2P and is settling to avoid the burden and cost of further litigation.

    A description of the Settlement Class and the terms of the Settlement are available in the Settlement Notice posted on this site. A Claim Form can be submitted online or downloaded and printed and submitted via mail. You can also view Court Documents, including the Final Settlement Agreement, copies of pertinent Court orders and other court filings, and other information concerning the Settlement and the Lawsuit. Additional information can be obtained by calling toll-free 1-877-567-2754.

    Comcast agrees to credit or refund some current or former High-Speed Internet service customers. Comcast agrees to pay up to $16 million dollars, less Settlement costs, to eligible Class Members. If you submit a valid Claim Form, you will receive a share of this amount, not to exceed $16.00. The Settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing by any party.

    If you meet the eligibility requirements needed to be a Settlement Class Member, to obtain a payment you must complete and submit a Claim Form. You also have other options under the settlement as summarized below.

    PLEASE READ THE NOTICE CAREFULLY TO DETERMINE IF YOU ARE A SETTLEMENT CLASS MEMBER AND YOUR RIGHTS AND OPTIONS UNDER THE SETTLEMENT.

    Summary of Your Rights and Choices:

    Event: Legal Options Under the Settlement Due Date

    File a Claim Submit a Claim Form

    This is the only way for you to receive a credit or refund

    payment from the Settlement. Postmarked by August 14, 2010

    Exclude Yourself Get out of the Class

    You may ask to get out of the Class and keep your right

    to sue on your own about the claims in the lawsuit. Postmarked by May 13, 2010

    Object to the

    Settlement Object to or Comment on the Settlement

    If you do not exclude yourself, you may appear and

    speak at the Fairness Hearing on your own or through

    your own lawyer to object or comment on the Settlement.

    (Class Counsel has been appointed to represent you.) Postmarked by May 13, 2010

    Do Nothing You remain in the Settlement.

    You get no money or compensation and give up your

    right to sue about the claims in the lawsuit. N/A

    http://funchords.livejournal.com/432415.html

    15 April 2010

    Dear Fellow ‘Netizens,

    I’m writing to urge Comcast subscribers to opt-out of the proposed P2P Congestion Settlement between Comcast Corporation and its customers (http://p2pcongestionsettlement.com/). There are huge problems with the deal, but it only takes you a minute to reject it.

    For 2½ years, Comcast secretly attacked its own customers’ communications by blocking peer-to-peer uploads and other traffic. By secretly blocking traffic and hoping that you wouldn’t notice, Comcast took back some of the service that you paid for. Rather than adding capacity as demand increased, Comcast dropped some of your traffic to make room for its very profitable new phone service and millions of new customers.

    Then Comcast got caught. Comcast noisily distracted and obfuscated while the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a long investigation. Comcast ultimately got its wrist slapped. It was forced to disclose and forever stop the unlawful interference. But, in a twist, Comcast fought the law and the law lost; Comcast just beat the FCC in appeals court. Turns out that there is no cop on the beat to prevent Comcast, or any other ISP, from again blocking you from the content, applications, or services of your choice!

    Customers did sue Comcast, and a class-action settlement is being offered. If the settlement prevails, you will get a maximum of $16 -- but only if you certify to being a file-sharer! Comcast has set-aside $16 million, but stands to lose a lot less unless a million file-sharers actually register at that settlement website! That’s right: this deal is structured so that Comcast benefits if enough people don’t register for their $16.

    Here are some more important reasons to reject the deal:

    * You paid about $50 a month for the service, and the amount that Comcast stands to return is up to about 50¢ per month for each month that it blocked traffic -- just 1 cent on the dollar! That doesn’t begin to compensate for the value of the service that Comcast secretly took back.

    * If that tiny amount of money is compensation, then there is no penalty to Comcast for interfering with its customers, for failing to disclose it, for repeatedly lying about it, and for taking so long to stop it.

    * The settlement was reached under the assumption that the FCC would still oversee Comcast. With Comcast’s victory over the FCC's authority, there is nothing to stop Comcast or any other ISP from again interfering with your Internet communications.

    I hope you’ll agree that this is a bad deal for everyone. Everyone, that is, except for Comcast! The settlement fails to adequately take care of both the past and the future. Fortunately, there is something that you can do about it.

    ACTION REQUIRED - IMPORTANT: To opt-out from the settlement, simply write "I want to opt-out of the settlement" along with your name and address and mail it by May 13th to: P2P Congestion Settlement Claims Administrator; c/o Rust Consulting; P.O. Box 9454; Minneapolis, MN 55440-9454. Ask your friends to please do the same. If we want a meaningful settlement in this case and open Internet in our future, it's important to spread the word and send a strong message to Comcast and the industry.

  10. Did WildBlue get their accreditation back for a couple of months? Well it's expired now.

    And WildBlue tried so hard to ensure that they were providing a reliable product to their customers and ensuring all problems were resolved within a short amount of time.. :rolleyes:

    Not a BBB Accredited Business

    This business has not been accredited by BBB.

    Businesses are under no obligation to seek BBB accreditation, and some businesses are not accredited because they have not sought BBB accreditation.

    To be accredited by BBB, a business must apply for accreditation and BBB must determine that the business meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses must pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

    http://www.bbb.org/denver/business-reviews/internet-access-providers/wildblue-communications-in-greenwood-village-co-9036631

    BBB Reliability Report for

    WildBlue Communications, Inc.

    BBB Accreditation expired on 03/26/2010

    Original Business Start Date: 05/20/1999

    BBB Rating D+

    Ratings Explanation

    BBB issues Reliability Reports on all businesses, whether or not they are BBB accredited. If a business is a BBB Accredited Business, it is stated in this report.

    Find out more about this business:

    BBB Accreditation

    BBB Rating

    Business Contact and Profile

    Business Management

    Licensing

    Customer Complaint History

    Arrow Government Actions

    Advertising Review

    Industry Tips

    BBB Copyright and Reporting Policy

    BBB Accreditation

    This business is not a BBB Accredited Business.

    BBB Rating

    Based on BBB files, this business has a BBB Rating of D+ on a scale from A+ to F.

    Reasons for this rating include:

    * 1258 complaints filed against business

    * Advertising issue(s) found by BBB.

    WildBlue Communications encourages consumers to contact WildBlue's designated Executive Escalations team at WildBlue's corporate office prior to filing a complaint through the Denver BBB. This Executive Escalations team may be reached via email at [email protected] WildBlue has committed to address these emails by providing consumers with a response within three business days. Please include the following in the email:

    First and Last Name on the Account

    Phone Number on the Account

    City, State and Zip on the Account

    Account Number (if possible)

    Detailed Description of the Issue

    Business Contact and Profile

    Name: WildBlue Communications, Inc.

    Phone: (866) 945-3258

    Fax: (720) 554-7500

    Address: 5970 Greenwood Plaza Blvd Ste 300

    Greenwood Village, CO 80111-4735

    Website: www.wildblue.com

    Original Business Start Date: May 1999

    Principal: Ms Rosalind E. Stauthamer, Consumer Affairs Manager

    Customer Contact: Ms Rosalind E. Stauthamer, Consumer Affairs Manager - [email protected]

    Email Address: [email protected]

    Incorporated: May 1999, DE

    Type of Business: Internet Access Providers, Internet Services

    BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.

    Business Management

    Additional company management personnel include:

    Mr. Tom Moore - CEO

    Licensing

    Many local municipalities, townships, and counties have registration, bonding and/or licensing requirements. The BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.

    Permit and license requirements for regulated industries in the state of Colorado can be viewed at the following website: http://www.colorado.gov/oed/industry-license/

    Customer Complaint History

    When considering complaint information, please take into account the company's size and volume of transactions, and understand that the nature of complaints and a firm's responses to them are often more important than the number of complaints.

    BBB processed a total of 1258 complaints about this company in the last 36 months, our standard reporting period. Of the total of 1258 complaints closed in 36 months, 270 were closed in the last year.

    These complaints concerned :

    41 regarding Advertising Issues

    2 - Advertised price not honored

    5 - Advertised terms not honored

    1 - Advertisement did not disclose all conditions required to take advantage of an offer

    6 - Advertisement misrepresented a product

    23 - Advertisement misrepresented a service

    2 - Bait & switch advertisement

    1 - False or unsubstantiated claims in advertisement

    1 - None of the Above - Advertising Complaint Issue

    250 regarding Billing or Collection Issues

    70 - Failure to correct billing errors

    4 - Failure to provide itemized billing as requested

    11 - Failure to substantiate charges

    20 - Improper collection practices

    46 - None of the Above - Credit, Billing or Collection Complaint Issue

    47 - Unauthorized bank debits

    52 - Unauthorized credit card charges

    138 regarding Contract Issues

    52 - Failure to honor a contract or agreement

    13 - Invalid or false contract

    67 - None of the Above - Contract Complaint Issue

    6 - Unauthorized changes to the contract or agreement

    188 regarding Customer Service Issues

    104 - Failure to provide promised assistance or support for products or services

    39 - Failure to respond to phone calls or written requests for assistance or support

    2 - Inappropriate behavior by customer service personnel

    43 - None of the Above - Customer Service Complaint Issue

    6 regarding Delivery Issues

    1 - Late delivery of products

    1 - Non-delivery of products

    4 - Non-delivery of services

    4 regarding Guarantee or Warranty Issues

    1 - Failure to honor money-back guarantees

    3 - None of the Above - Guarantee or Warranty Complaint Issue

    37 regarding Product Issues

    5 - Defective, damaged, or incorrect product received

    32 - None of the Above - Product Quality Complaint Issue

    107 regarding Refund or Exchange Issues

    56 - Failure to honor promised refunds, exchanges, or credit

    16 - Failure to honor refund, exchange or credit policies

    35 - None of the Above - Refund or Exchange Complaint Issue

    42 regarding Repair Issues

    25 - Delayed completion of repair

    2 - Failure to honor a repair estimate or agreement

    2 - Failure to provide invoice or estimate for repair upon request

    1 - Improper or inferior repair

    9 - None of the Above - Repair Complaint Issue

    3 - Repairs resulted in additional damage

    84 regarding Sales Practice Issues

    8 - None of the Above - Sales Complaint Issue

    17 - Sales presentation did not disclose complete pricing information

    13 - Sales presentation did not disclose key conditions of the offer

    8 - Sales presentation misrepresented the product

    23 - Sales presentation misrepresented the service

    2 - Sales presentation not consistent with advertisement

    2 - Sales presentation not consistent with the written agreement

    11 - Sales presentation used dishonest sales practices

    361 regarding Service Issues

    21 - Delayed completion of service

    22 - Failure to honor service estimate or agreement

    245 - Improper or inferior service

    71 - None of the Above - Service Complaint Issue

    2 - Services resulted in additional damage (exp. Damaged product during shipping)

    These complaints were closed as:

    970 Resolved

    453 - Company resolved the complaint issues. The consumer acknowledged acceptance to BBB.

    509 - Company addressed the complaint issues. The consumer failed to acknowledge acceptance to BBB.

    4 - Company resolved the complaint issues, but not within BBB's timeframe.

    2 - Company offered a partial (less than 100%) settlement which the consumer failed to acknowledge acceptance to BBB.

    2 - Company offered a partial (less than 100%) settlement which the consumer accepted.

    288 Administratively Closed

    243 - BBB determined that despite the company's reasonable effort to address complaint issues, the consumer remained dissatisfied.

    24 - BBB determined the company made a reasonable offer to resolve the issues, but the consumer did not accept the offer.

    14 - BBB determined that while the company addressed the complaint issues, the complainant was dissatisfied and the matter was outside BBB Rules of Arbitration.

    7 - BBB determined the company provided proper verification that indicated there was no obligation to resolve the issues of the complaint.

    Government Actions

    BBB has no information regarding government actions at this time.

    Advertising Review

    BBB has no information regarding advertising review at this time.

    http://www.ftc.gov

    Report as of April 14, 2010 20:06

  11. I've been with Wild Blue about 5 years, at first the speeds were as advertised, but after about 30 days the speeds started to slide down hill, they got so bad the I couldn't even open my browser, I called and raised hell and the speeds went back up for a few days and right back down, that's been the scenario for the past few years,

    There are people who deny the factual 30 day of good speeds for a new user and then things slow down, but it happens.

    The other one you mentioned is the call in to complain and get proper speeds for a day or so and then back in the dumper. Especially noted when support asks the user to do multiple speed tests over 24 hours. Or the other one is when WildBlue sends the installer and for the time around when the installer is supposed to be there, speeds are great. Must of been that awesome 'repair' that did NOT need to be done, nudge, nudge, wink, wink. And the user gets to pay $95 for the service call and the Installer gets work, for wages to eat daily, on a closed beam.

    The HN9000 units for the spaceway3 KA band have decent bandwidth available still, but for the high use areas that could be changing. Hughesnet is tweaking that satellite every few months by posts I have read.

    The KU band satellites are hit or miss for decent speeds.

    So next satellites launching are for mid 2011(viasat1) for WildBlue. And for mid 2012 for Hughesnet(by the name of Jupiter, similar components to a Viasat1).

    Note that in-orbit testing of the new satellites will be a few months before full deployment. http://www.viasat.com/broadband-satellite-networks/viasat-1

    http://www.tooway.com/ in Europe will be launching a viasat1 in mid 2010.

  12. Because the default location of " forum/index.php " has not yet been set. Right now the default is /ipb/

    Ca3LE just has to set the default index.php to the ipb boards. For now just click on it manually or change your fav's linkage to /ipb/ . :uglystupid2:

    But thats too simple. :uglystupid2:

    I am not sure if CA3LE is going to remove the IPB address portion in a couple of weeks anyways and do the usual redirect for old(new) links. Huh. What. Don't know. Oh well.

    But for anyone who clicks their old bookmark and doesn't bother to modify the address, they is so lonely without us. :cry: But forum viewing online numbers are about right, so there can't be too many lonely people.

  13. clicking on my original bookmark for testmy.net forums,

    http://www.testmy.net/forum/index.php

    Now gives me an error page of the site being down.

    If I remove 'index' from the end it gives me the index file list of the forum.

    Edit: Otherwise it just showed the page with the usual title of the forum being down for maintenance and links click-able for speed testing and forum link in the drop down.

    Edit again: In IE8 I get a IE 404 error page that is not the testmy.net page. Weird Windows7 sh*t? But without 'index' on the end, I get the forum error page.

    Opera shows the 404 error page too..

  14. Dont forget this IS America.... Your never really safe from being sued.

    Oh you have not heard about a Canadian prick company that made up a bunch of patents on wireless communications and then makes it's money by suing and settling out of court.

    And the legitimate patent of a product is still F*cked. You could almost patent breast cancer genes... Oh Wait. Someone has already done that and it is now being reviewed.

    http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2010/04/wi-lan_sues_big_name_companies_over_wi-fi_patent_issues.html?

    Wi-Lan Inc, a Canadian technology licensing company, seems to be feeling rather brave, as it has filed a lawsuit accusing a good number of big name companies on the market of patent infringement. The company has targeted the likes of Apple, Gateway, Toshiba, HP and Intel, accusing them of violating three patents which deal primarily with Wi-Fi technology and power saving technology for DSL products. The company said in a statement that it wants the defendants to sign licensing agreements with Wi-Lan for the rights to use its technology. In case you were wondering, the three patents are patent numbers 5,282,222, RE37802 and 5,956,323.

  15. http://trueslant.com/kylebrady/2010/04/08/be-your-own-isp/

    I found this pretty interesting. Made me think about what me and my 10 neighbors could have with no isp to bother with. :)

    I've read a few stories over the years of one person bringing in a T1 line(or two) and then secure WiFi to the neighbors. Which makes it affordable.

    Another one I read had to do with an apartment building with real slow cable Internet. So they pulled in some new phone lines and put a server in the building and enjoyed way faster Internet that was better than the cable, that the cable company would not repair and upgrade.

    And no worries about getting sued by the CableCo's to prevent you from doing it, since you are not a town.

  16. Well they market it as fiber even tho its not. They use VDSL2 for that plan.

    OK. Fiber to the node.

    Bell Internet is Canada markets their VDSL2 as 'Fibe'. Which does confuse some people into thinking that it is fiber to the home.

  17. For whatever reason 2.7mbps is the best i can get out of testmy. Other sites and actual downloads show 3.7-4.3mbps.... with upload of 540-560kbps....

    Is this your ISP? http://ecsis.net/services/internet/

    And are they operating on a burst speed system? Their website is so minimalist. I don't know if this quote from there, means 'burst speeds' to 10MB and then lower sustained speeds kick in. But maybe some traffic shaping goes on?

    ****** Wireless access speeds start at 512x256k through 10MB

    You could try a larger test instead of the automated one to see if any speed difference.

  18. I got the same thing from them. And it's always you, never them. Sometimes I get speeds off the charts but for only a few minutes during the day. The rest of the time I can hardly maintain a connection to the internet. Forget speed. This is pretty much what I get on average. Waaaaay below what they advertise. Used to be I had highspeed internet from Rogers that got me a lot more speed for a lot less $$.

    I've kept reading peoples postings over the years of over subscribed nodes and speeds that just suck on Shaw. Some areas are fine. I guess it depends on the importance of certain people or business's in the area.

    One thing to make sure of on your cable Internet line is too make sure that your modem is first on the cable line and then any splitters go after it to avoid degrading your line inside the house. So don't have your cable modem on the end of 3 splitters down the line.

    Sometimes you will have to go into the gray box on the side of the house to check and fix if needed.

  19. I would love to see an Auditors report on the waste of money that is rampant in the satellite Internet industry. But thats what happens when you B.S. the users every freaking minute of the day and night.

    On one hand the user is being blamed for a crap connection and the user spends money to make their, nothing wrong computer, faster and better.

    Then there is , "Oh your dish is crooked or your TRIA or modem is going bad, But for $95, an installer can come out and waste his and your time on equipment that works perfect for an oversubscribed spotbeam".

    http://customercare.myhughesnet.com/

    We will be performing maintenance on our systems on April 3, 2010 between 12:01 AM and 10:00 AM ET. During the maintenance window customers will not be able to process payments, make changes to email, access HughesNet account administration features or access to the HughesNet Services website. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you.
  20. From what I've read, is that Hughesnet went into some maintenance the other night on the HN9000 system. And they broke the FAP meter on the HN9000(not deducting bandwidth used). And the speeds pretty well tripled.

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