[kwlug-disc] Rogers Cable internet speed

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Fri Oct 8 00:14:54 EDT 2010

On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 12:07 AM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:

> Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 10/07/2010 8:18 PM:
>  We discussed this on occasions before.
>> One thing you can't criticize Rogers Cable Internet for, is speed.
>> I am getting the nominal 10 Mbps, even from a server in Europe!
>> 10GB of data @ 1.08 MB/s.
>> Here is the output from wget.
>> Length: 10,478,162,638 (9.8G) [application/x-bzip2]
>> 100%[=========================>] 10,478,162,638    1.11M/s    ETA
>> 00:00
>> 03:26:27 (1.08 MB/s) - `performance_101004_all.tar.bz2' saved
>> [10478162638/10478162638]
> Agreed - except, it very much depends upon the time of day. At 3 AM, I
> would hope you get good speed.
> At 4 PM, not so much.

I started it before I went to sleep, and left it going overnight.

Can't remember when I started, perhaps after midnight.

It also depends upon what you're fetching, and the nature of the traffic.
> K/ubuntu iso's come down full speed, other torrents, not so much.

This was HTTP traffic.

> Something I have wondered, averaging it out, is whether 10Mbps really
> matters, vis a vis, say 5Mbps - so little of my traffic is hurry up and wait
> for the file to come down, and for large files, since there is a wait
> involved anyways, a longer wait may not matter in the larger scheme of
> things. Traffic shaped / 10 Mbps vs. not / not insignificantly cheaper.
> Hmmm.

Yes, for most stuff, it does not matter. In this case it was an archive of a
web site from a client. Again, overnight job, so whether it finishes at 3 am
or 6 am is irrelevant. But it has less chance of aborting when it runs for
less time than for more.

The nice thing about this is that I was given the extra speed for free, I
think twice. One time they bumped 5Mbps to 8Mbps, and then another to
10Mbps. For the same price.

And here is another thing for those who are reading this far: if you call
Rogers and ask for offers and promotions, you can knock about $10 off the
regular price for a year. You can do the same for cable, with more savings,
maybe $15.

> Uploads do seem to always go out at the full clip (512, as mentioned
> elsewhere).  Still annoyingly slow.

Asymmetric is the name of the game ...
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
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Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. --  Edsger W.Dijkstra
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --   Leonardo da Vinci
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