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After 1 year here are some dw6000 advise/observations

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

Connection is:: 1040 Kbps about 1 Mbps (tested with 579 kB)

Download Speed is:: 127 kB/s

Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (main)

Test Time:: Fri May 6 15:56:57 EDT 2005

Bottom Line:: 19X faster than 56K 1MB download in 8.06 sec

Diagnosis: Awesome! 20% + : 31.15 % faster than the average for host (direcpc.com)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-7G3SUJ9BE

1st im running a dino of a computer 400mhz  windows 98 se  256 ram

I most of the time run 900-1000 kbps  - here is what i have observed -

I run better and faster  with w explorer 5.0 then w ex 6.0  - however for my work i need to run the 6.0 for the sites i use.

2.  You need at least truely 256 ram for the dw6000 - regardless of what they say

3. Signal strength is truely 10 points less then you control panel says  - the bottoming out of signal strength is 44  NOT 34  anything under 44 and your direcway will not work.

4. During the year your dw6000 will run better than others.  -reason i am not sure but seems like direcway gives extra power to satellites at different times and then rotates that power throughout the year. - this is just a guess at what i have observed.

5. Make sure you are not running a bunch of programs in your startup. Just run the basic 8 to 10 that you need ANYTHING running in background will slow you up badly.

6. Dw6000 runs best with a fresh installed computer and ALL spyware removed etc..

7. Your mhz speed on your computer (if you have nothing running in background and other programs) doesnt effect your basic dw6000 surfing or downloading speed - Fox ex a 3.0 mhz or a 400mhz computer will download at the exact smae speed.

8. REGARDLESS of what your download box says with explorer 6.0 (if it says 200 busst then drops to 117 etc.) it is off.  Doesnt matter if it says 300 then drops off to 109 - it is all the same rate)  explorer 5.0 shows the actual speed more acurately.

9.  MAKE SURE that your dw6000 dish is clear on ALL sides top bottom soide to side at about 10 degrees with NO obstructions  - ie limbs leaves (i had some problems with leaves on a limb just to the left of my dish's pointing up to the sky in the evenings in simmer the leaves flipped over and i really did get some signal flux)  so 10-12 degrees CLEAR on all sides is important.

10.  Make sure your proxy setting are correct it is a 200kbps difference.

11.  If you DO have an ongoing problem diredway WILL credit you that month for the problem - Yes they do do it because I have had it done.

12.  BE SURE YOUR CROSS POL IS NEVER FAILING.

14.  Fog and Thick clouds are more deadly then rain and snow on the dw6000 Even THICK patchy clouds will stop your signal.

15.  If your Dw6000 is not working the #1 cure is time.  Most often if it is a sporadic problem there is nothing you can do but wait.

good luck all.

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Couldn't agree with you more. Well said!

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

Connection is:: 2067 Kbps about 2.1 Mbps (tested with 1013 kB)

Download Speed is:: 252 kB/s

Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (main)

Test Time:: Fri May 6 16:39:57 EDT 2005

Bottom Line:: 37X faster than 56K 1MB download in 4.06 sec

Diagnosis: Awesome! 20% + : 160.66 % faster than the average for host (direcpc.com)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-D45TA32QR

Tested from client (laptop) using ICS. Wireless of course.

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When testing the dw6000 576k and 1400k ++ is all about the same - you really dont need to test with anything higher than the medium test - you are just wasting precious mb towards your mb bucket limit

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

Connection is:: 1005 Kbps about 1 Mbps (tested with 1496 kB)

Download Speed is:: 123 kB/s

Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (main)

Test Time:: Fri May 6 18:14:53 EDT 2005

Bottom Line:: 18X faster than 56K 1MB download in 8.33 sec

Diagnosis: Awesome! 20% + : 26.73 % faster than the average for host (direcpc.com)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-Q80OD6VZL

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not true...

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

Connection is:: 896 Kbps about 0.9 Mbps (tested with 579 kB)

Download Speed is:: 109 kB/s

Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (main)

Test Time:: Fri May 6 18:24:18 EDT 2005

Bottom Line:: 16X faster than 56K 1MB download in 9.39 sec

Diagnosis: Looks Great : 12.99 % faster than the average for host (direcpc.com)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-TVU3M01J8

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

Connection is:: 918 Kbps about 0.9 Mbps (tested with 1013 kB)

Download Speed is:: 112 kB/s

Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (main)

Test Time:: Fri May 6 18:24:57 EDT 2005

Bottom Line:: 16X faster than 56K 1MB download in 9.14 sec

Diagnosis: Looks Great : 15.76 % faster than the average for host (direcpc.com)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-YKXAL9WBH

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

Connection is:: 911 Kbps about 0.9 Mbps (tested with 1496 kB)

Download Speed is:: 111 kB/s

Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (main)

Test Time:: Fri May 6 18:25:28 EDT 2005

Bottom Line:: 16X faster than 56K 1MB download in 9.23 sec

Diagnosis: Looks Great : 14.88 % faster than the average for host (direcpc.com)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-XLRQT0OYJ

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

Connection is:: 920 Kbps about 0.9 Mbps (tested with 2992 kB)

Download Speed is:: 112 kB/s

Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (main)

Test Time:: Fri May 6 18:26:13 EDT 2005

Bottom Line:: 16X faster than 56K 1MB download in 9.14 sec

Diagnosis: Looks Great : 16.02 % faster than the average for host (direcpc.com)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-ELQCZSWMU

the large test is the absolute smallest you can go at this speed and still get accurate results...

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I think both are very good points. However, with Direcway and latency issues, would the larger download (2992) not open up the door for more packet losses, network congestion, etc. When you do a speed test, try and watch your file transfer speed at the same time (if of course you have a program that allows this). With Direcway you get bursting. I have had bursts up to 2717 kbps. Thats what I like to see. Unfortunately with packet loss do to latency, it can drag down your official download speed or at least thats what I thought. Could be wrong (wouldn't be the 1st, lol). Upload speed can do a number also, and I know for a fact, ever since I've had Direcway, the upload stinks!

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Like I said, I could be wrong. Maybe I shouldn't have mentioned the two together (packet loss, latency) but they do affect speed. By the way, did this 5 meg burst come while using a DW6000, consumer account or something else. Not sure what kind of gear your using.

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yea, it was a DW6000 CE... it only happened once though :(

latency does affect speed, but our systems are still capable of much higher speeds...

packet loss also affects speed, but i have never had any packet loss...

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Here's what I just got -

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

Connection is:: 207 Kbps about 0.2 Mbps (tested with 2992 kB)

Download Speed is:: 25 kB/s

Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (main)

Test Time:: Sun May 22 21:32:42 CDT 2005

Bottom Line:: 4X faster than 56K 1MB download in 40.96 sec

Diagnosis: May need help : running at only 25.12 % of your hosts average (direcpc.com)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-812G5YFVC

This is better than average for this time of night. Sometimes 130 - 150.

I have applied all of Direcway's tweaks. I have also applied the Rev's (with absolutely no improvement) The best I have seen is 980.

Anybody have any good ideas?

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I have been with Direcway for three years or better. Not really sure! Here is my stat with an 89% signal strenth.

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

Connection is:: 1364 Kbps about 1.4 Mbps (tested with 2992 kB)

Download Speed is:: 167 kB/s

Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (main)

Test Time:: Mon May 23 2005 11:01:29 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time)

Bottom Line:: 24X faster than 56K 1MB download in 6.13 sec

Diagnosis: Awesome! 20% + : 65.53 % faster than the average for host (direcpc.com)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-6XQ1GTLHJ

I have the older Modems. I think the D-4000 2-way. I have been looking for a cheaper service. I am to afraid to swap because of the speed I have now. The research I have done shows Direcway to be the best option for Sat internet. This is just my opinion.

However I would love to recieve advice on how to get better signal strenth.... Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Mike (Louisiana)

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hopefully your right.  Ive had direcway less than 48 hours and im already tempted to make the dish into my new outdoor shit house.  If I try downloading anything over 20Mb, it will start fast, then slow down to a grueling pace and time out around 17-22mb completed.

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I have been with DirecWay for three years or better. Not really sure! Here is my stat with an 89% signal strenth.

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

Connection is:: 1364 Kbps about 1.4 Mbps (tested with 2992 kB)

Download Speed is:: 167 kB/s

Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (main)

Test Time:: Mon May 23 2005 11:01:29 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time)

Bottom Line:: 24X faster than 56K 1MB download in 6.13 sec

Diagnosis: Awesome! 20% + : 65.53 % faster than the average for host (direcpc.com)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-6XQ1GTLHJ

I have the older Modems. I think the D-4000 2-way. I have been looking for a cheaper service. I am to afraid to swap because of the speed I have now. The research I have done shows DirecWay to be the best option for Sat internet. This is just my opinion.

However I would love to recieve advice on how to get better signal strenth.... Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Mike (Louisiana)

Hey Mike, 89% signal strength is really pretty good. I'm normally at 85%. Increasing your signal strength any more will not

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