Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
AgentGOD

Comcast "PowerBoost" proven unuseful

Recommended Posts

Sorry to disappoint ya'll, Comcast's "theoretical speed burst" doesn't work as it sounds. According to comcast, the bursted speeds should apply to even a 600+ MB game being downloaded...

But in reality, I've tried downloading several "large" files:

BF2Patch 1.03

Nero Burning ROM 7.2.0.3b

Optimum Online's 64 MB FTP test file

And the result is... around 30 MB completion, the speed drops very low...

Looks like Comcast did not provide what they were claiming...

ohgod9op.jpg

Here, I highlighted their claim, and also added comments on how they did NOT achieve what they were imagining (to beat FiOS).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Agentgod, are you certain that it's in your area yet? My wife does work with huge voice files that are transferred through an ftp server. What normally would take her about 10 minutes took her about 30 seconds to download an hour and a half long voice digital voice file. She was downloading it from Idaho. This is the speed I'm getting after the comcast technician left my area today. So, it works for me.  :haha: :::.. Download Stats ..:::

Download Connection is:: 19741 Kbps about 19.74 Mbps (tested with 12160 kB)

Download Speed is:: 2410 kB/s

Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (Server 1)

Test Time:: 2006/06/22 - 10:17pm

Bottom Line:: 344X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 0.42 sec

Tested from a 12160 kB file and took 5.046 seconds to complete

Download Diagnosis:: Awesome! 20% + : 282.36 % faster than the average for host (comcast.net)

D-Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-AJ7I6X51W

User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.12) Gecko/20050915 Firefox/1.0.7 [!]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm positive that it's in my area..

::::::::::.. Download Stats ..::::::::::

Download Connection is:: 17369 Kbps about 17.37 Mbps (tested with 12160 kB)

Download Speed is:: 2120 kB/s

Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (Server 1)

Test Time:: 2006/06/22 - 10:20pm

Bottom Line:: 303X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 0.48 sec

Tested from a 12160 kB file and took 5.735 seconds to complete

Download Diagnosis:: 90% + Okay : running at 99.72 % of your hosts average (73.178)

D-Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-4SXG8LJTU

User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.0.4) Gecko/20060508 Firefox/1.5.0.4

:haha:

And yes, I live in Pittsburgh too  :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, they do suck lol.  :lol: I noticed that in the powerboost article at comcast.com they chose their words wisely when describing powerboost. Would it kill them to just say this will be a legit no bs speed upgrade??? Why of course it would...then nerds like you and I would call and complain until the cows came home that we aren't getting our advertised speed!  :confused1:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's an article over at BBR, indicating that PowerBoost is a scam (which proves my analysis correct):

"...Users are supposed to get an additional chunk of bandwidth during the first quarter or half of a significant download - provided network capacity is available - after which the speed is throttled back to your regular capped speed...."

Source: http://www.broadbandreports.com/shownews/75298

The facts clearly contradict what Comcast is trying to prove in their propaganda in PowerBoost. I had so much hopes up that "PowerBoost" was going to be the ultimate upgrade, but I guess I had too much hope in Comcast.

As for what Comcast says:

"...Downloading a 686MB game takes only 12 minutes on Comcast

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

here's a " burst " for you all...............................:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Download Connection is:: 23438 Kbps about 23.44 Mbps (tested with 12160 kB)

Download Speed is:: 2861 kB/s

Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (Server 2)

Test Time:: 2006/06/23 - 11:22am

Bottom Line:: 409X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 0.36 sec

Tested from a 12160 kB file and took 4.25 seconds to complete

Download Diagnosis:: Awesome! 20% + : 353.79 % faster than the average for host (comcast.net)

D-Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-OSL92H8X4

User Agent:: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1) [!]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

how about an ftp site ? some one said the nero one was not accurate,is there an accurate site from which i can test?  have never downloaded anything from microsoft's site ,any suggestions ?  my rwin value i set to 128480 then i set it to 256960 after the change to256960 i got that test result

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Download Connection is:: 12356 Kbps about 12.36 Mbps (tested with 12160 kB)

Download Speed is:: 1508 kB/s

Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (Server 1)

Test Time:: 2006/06/23 - 11:47am

Bottom Line:: 215X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 0.68 sec

Tested from a 12160 kB file and took 8.062 seconds to complete

Download Diagnosis:: Awesome! 20% + : 139.13 % faster than the average for host (comcast.net)

D-Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-O9NG3270J

User Agent:: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1) [!]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

::::::::::.. Download Stats ..::::::::::

Download Connection is:: 18477 Kbps about 18.48 Mbps (tested with 12160 kB)

Download Speed is:: 2255 kB/s

Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (Server 1)

Test Time:: 2006/06/23 - 11:28am

Bottom Line:: 322X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 0.45 sec

Tested from a 12160 kB file and took 5.391 seconds to complete

Download Diagnosis:: Looks Great : 19.21 % faster than the average for host (73.178)

D-Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-RC59HB6L2

User Agent:: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.0.4) Gecko/20060508 Firefox/1.5.0.4

As I said, it only "boosts" for files less than 20 MB  :haha:, otherwise, it doesn't go the whole way, and slows down at around 20 - 30 MB. As I said, the first thing I've noticed this on was when I was trying to download a Battlefield 2 patch, and the speed just... took a dive.

As anyone would be thinking, would NOT be their connection, and rather the server they are trying to download from. But not this time, this time, it was "PowerBoost".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You all have to remember,, You can only download as fast as some one can give you.. So we may be downloading more than 8-10Mb/second but most websites out there limit the amount of upload speed to prevent network congestion and give all users the same flow of traffic....I have yet seen a website that can give me an upload of more than 2MB a second..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You all have to remember,, You can only download as fast as some one can give you.. So we may be downloading more than 8-10Mb/second but most websites out there limit the amount of upload speed to prevent network congestion and give all users the same flow of traffic....I have yet seen a website that can give me an upload of more than 2MB a second..

Issue has been resolved here: http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,16358475~days=9999~start=20

As for not giving more than 2 MB a sec, you are mistaken, once again. AIM's web site is very capable of handling the speed. And please read the thread from BBR above, that I've brought up the same issue.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...