# What is your internet's speed?

Discussion in 'Computer Science & Culture' started by Saint, Sep 12, 2012.

1. ### GustavBannedBanned

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yeah well
swap to disk and there is your bottleneck

3. ### ChipzBannedBanned

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That's why Linux came up with...
Code:
mkfs -q /dev/ramblock 1024
mount /dev/ramblock /mnt/ramdisk

In the future, I doubt spin-disks will be used for much more than long-term storage.

5. ### SaintValued Senior Member

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Australia and New Zealand are slow in internet speed.
Mine is 2Mb/s at night.

7. ### GustavBannedBanned

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puhleese

/snigger

vdisk.sys
80's
ms-dos device driver

8. ### GustavBannedBanned

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oh yeah
whats sci's internet speed?
dirt slow after the crash

9. ### ChipzBannedBanned

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Well...
first: I didn't intend to imply Linux kernel developers invented ram disk.
second: You meant ramdrive.sys. vdisk.sys afair is for mapping multiple HD extents into a contiguous virtual disk space to allow for simultaneous reads.

In any case, my point was disk-IO is easy to circumvent. I neglected to even mention distributed fs implementations.

10. ### GustavBannedBanned

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whats that chipz? (fs implementations)
anyways... vdisk.sys was replaced by your ramdrive.sys in dos 6
this is not that

man
micromanaging memory down to the last byte was a blast

11. ### ChipzBannedBanned

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Distributed file systems like GFS, Spectre/Sphere, or Openstack.

12. ### KilljoyKlownWhateverValued Senior Member

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I take it you don't have a problem watching HD movies on the download do you? I've heard you really need at least 20M for good HD viewing, but could possibly get along on a bit less.

I only pay for 12M, but have never tested to see if I'm getting what I pay for.

13. ### BalerionBannedBanned

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I'm currently at 1.5 down through DSL, but it's never actually that fast, and recently has taken a big nosedive. Not to mention the outages I get every few months that go on for days at a time. Actually, this latest outage (just ended--hopefully for good--just about an hour ago) was the straw that broke the camel's back, and as of next Tuesday I'll be using Time Warner 10mbps. Even if it doesn't touch that level, 5-6 is better than the sub-1 I do now.

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15. ### BalerionBannedBanned

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Well, I got the cable internet installed today. I purchased 10Mb/s, but my latest speed test was 18Mb/s. Is that unusual?

16. ### SyzygysAs a mother, I am telling youValued Senior Member

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I think for a standard comparison, everyone should pick a server about 1000 miles away. That way the server distance difference evens out.

I have just tried it. Interestingly, picking a server in town and 560 miles away didn't make a difference, both were 15.5 Mbps. But when I picked Pensacola, FL which is almost exactly 1000 miles away, it did go down to 13 Mbps (using speedtest). Atlanta,GA which is 680 miles away, (using a different website, speakeasy) 10.8 Mbps... Dallas,TX was the same, although the distance is double, 1224 miles...

As for your question, depending on time of the day and traffic, no it is not unusual that your speed is higher than that the ISP promised. Make sure you are testing it through an independent server and not their own speed test. ISPs always measure to their closest server, but most internet traffic comes from 1000s of miles away...

So what are your speeds measured by a server 1000 miles away? And how big is the difference if you pick the closest server?

17. ### KilljoyKlownWhateverValued Senior Member

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Not for cable with a good fiber optic network at least to your curb hookup. When they say 10M/s that's a projected average based on a fully loaded node. Currently I'd say your connection node is not fully used yet. When it is you will notice a kind of rush hour at various times during the day. Usually you will get a before work slow down and then again in the evening for an hour or two after the nightly news.

18. ### BalerionBannedBanned

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I've done several speed tests since, and noticed peaks and valleys. At one point it got as low as 5. Just now it showed 13Mbps, which is still higher than advertised. But hey, I'm watching HD video on Netflix without a hiccup, and forums like this are blinking into existence rather than loading, so even if it slows down, it's still way better than what I had.

19. ### ChipzBannedBanned

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God only knows the actual topology your network packets traveled (and perhaps some network engineers). It's not the distance that matters, however distance typically implies a larger number of routing stations packets traverse through. The load of those routing stations and the number of them is what will will primarily degrade your signal. Try testing against Japan from the US.

The Chinese have pretty reasonable network speeds for everything hosted inside their great firewall. For anything hosted outside... forget about it. You end up having millions of people all trying to move through a relatively small number of routing stations and they might just be trying to get data from say... Japan or Russia.

20. ### SyzygysAs a mother, I am telling youValued Senior Member

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I was fixing an older laptop today (I guess 6-7 years old) and using Linux Mint and wired access, I got 24 Mbps 400 miles away. It isn't the distance what is surprising but the OS compared to my previous post where I was using Windows 7. Now I knew Linux was faster than XP, but until now usually it has been the same or slower as W 7....

Now I still would like to see the speed drops from you guys using 1000 miles far away servers..

21. ### Dr MabusePercipient ThaumaturgistRegistered Senior Member

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I did a test ~1700 miles away and got 52.15 down, 24.19 up. But, again, I am seeding pretty heavy so the upload is not accurate.

22. ### elteValued Senior Member

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I found it interesting that Steve Wozniak said he moved to Australia because the Internet system was better than in the USA. He said that monopolies restrict the Web in the USA.

23. ### Dr MabusePercipient ThaumaturgistRegistered Senior Member

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Monopolies do hold the US internet service back, that's accurate. Moving to Australia looking for an improvement is not a smart move.