[kwlug-disc] I'm looking to host a high ram server in a fast connection area.
Andrew Kohlsmith (mailing lists account)
aklists at mixdown.ca
Tue Nov 1 09:59:06 EDT 2011
On Tue, Nov 01 09:18:45 AM unsolicited wrote:
> If I may ask, whom is your cable internet provider, and have you
> received any comments (or have any observations) about speed good/bad
> at any particular times of the day?
I'm with Teksavvy which is of course delivered via Rogers in K/W. I'm in the
Chicopee area (at the bottom of the hill). I'm using a D3 modem but obviously
not getting Ludicrous Speed just yet. Teksavvy tells me that the recent CRTC
decision allows them to offer the same speeds as Rogers, but to be honest I've
been perfectly happy with my unmetered 15Mbit service. I do see bursts up to
45Mbit, and one and only one time did I see a 100Mbit speed for about a
minute. I couldn't reproduce it. Ping times are almost always under 25ms to my
colocated box at iWeb, which is in Montreal.
I had excellent speed/latency the first month. The second month I had total
dropouts from about 4-6pm but it was a cable plant problem. Teksavvy support
was helpful but since my phone comes in via the internet connection and cell
service in my area is total garbage, I could only talk with them while service
was up. :-) I ended up plugging a TV in and comparing the signal strength of
the various "basic cable" channels that you get with an internet-only
connection. When the internet was up, the channels were clear. When the
internet was down, the channels were fuzzy and ghosting. Clearly an RF
problem, not a modem problem. We have new construction going on in the area
which probably caused it. Rogers came out and did something at the road to
I agree with one of the other posters when they say that having a 3rd party is
problematic. Teksavvy can't make Rogers come out and fix a problem as quickly
as Rogers themselves could do it. And if they do call Rogers out and it's NOT
a cable plant problem, you get a $95 service call fee. To their credit,
Teksavvy DOES seem to try their damnedest to ensure that it is NOT a modem
problem before calling out Rogers. I bought a second modem that sits in a box
in case my modem does blow up. Too bad I have to call them to get the MAC
authorized, cryptographically-signed cable profiles means I can't just change
the MAC of the new modem to match the old one.
I've had great speed and latency. No measurable dropouts or loss of speed (I
graph my bandwidth use). I don't torrent from my home connection, but I do
pull in a LOT via newsgroups, and we use Netflix and Apple rentals quite a bit.
My data usage in the past month was just shy of 500GB, but my normal data
usage is under 150GB/mo.
I have no problem recommending Teksavvy for my neighbourhood.
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