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    Some of the speed tests are garbage (including anything provided by your ISP) but the Google and Netflix (fast.com) ones are pretty good, since they measure time to their servers (which are often what you want to reach in "real" use). Main thing to keep in mind is that ISPs like Comcast have "Burst" mode where you get faster bandwidth for a few minutes but will get throttled down if you sustain the load. That mostly matters for people with steady loads like busy web servers or file sharing - for most residential use a short-term burst (e.g. download enough of this movie that I can start watching) is exactly what you want.

    For most general web use bandwidth isn't really going matter beyond a point - for a lot of things you're limited by response time. Bandwidth comes into play for heavy usage like video streaming (especially multiple streams or 4K), file sharing, photo and video upload/download, some games. Also weirdos like me who need to upload virtual machine images to cloud providers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oftpiste View Post
    Set up a Netgear CM1000 (DOCSIS 3.1) yesterday. Kept existing router. Online speed tests seems o indicate an increase in speed. Not sure I can feel it. Any of you experts know if those things are in any way reliable?
    Really depends on the Speed test you used. Some are pretty bad at any resemblance of accuracy. SpeedTest net is one of the worst. I use a few different ones- Bing has one, and most of the ISP's have their own but can be untrustworthy in some eyes too. Speakeasy (Megapath) and a few others that do download speeds only can be some to consider.

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    fast.com gives me 270 with new modem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oftpiste View Post
    fast.com gives me 270 with new modem.
    Run a couple different ones. Device on the modem first (not the router or wifi to start out)... And then behind the router, via ethernet cable and then wifi and see how each report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RShea View Post
    Run a couple different ones. Device on the modem first (not the router or wifi to start out)... And then behind the router, via ethernet cable and then wifi and see how each report.
    Just got a wifi on fast.com of 350. Speedtest says 275.
    Ethernet cable from router to laptop (using ethernet/Thunderbolt adapter) was 320
    Interestingly, could not get an internet connection directly from modem to laptop using fresh cable and Thunderbolt adapter. Tried 2 different cables and both Thunderbolt ports. That was puzzling.

    Was told my someone fairly reliable this morning that there's not much point in paying extra for higher speed at comcast since everyone gets pretty much the same speed anyway. Any truth to that? I pay an extra $10 a month for "blast pro".
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    Quote Originally Posted by oftpiste View Post
    Just got a wifi on fast.com of 350. Speedtest says 275.
    Ethernet cable from router to laptop (using ethernet/Thunderbolt adapter) was 320
    Interestingly, could not get an internet connection directly from modem to laptop using fresh cable and Thunderbolt adapter. Tried 2 different cables and both Thunderbolt ports. That was puzzling.

    Was told my someone fairly reliable this morning that there's not much point in paying extra for higher speed at comcast since everyone gets pretty much the same speed anyway. Any truth to that? I pay an extra $10 a month for "blast pro".
    Did you power cycle and refresh your modem after you unplugged the router to it? Most cable modems are bound to the device address and need that power down and then back on to detect the new connection (and of course once you are done with the direct connection do the same when going back to the router. Another thing to see is if you can use the cable and thunderbolt adapter to the router wired? If you can then it is not that setup or ethernet cable most likely.

    As for the Comcast comment- if you are not getting what your contract states, then either complain or ask them what is up. But a quick Google (since again I never deal with Comcast) shows like link: http://www.dslreports.com/faq/15643 and your numbers seem to indicated that you are getting the Blast Pro speeds or close to them.

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    After working a promotional deal for 3 years CenturyLink is refusing to renew the discount rate. The full price is a joke for the speed provided, so back to the evil empire I go apparently. The fuckers now want $13/mo for modem/router rental, which is straight-up robbery. So, suggestions? $100 max, ideally I'd like to be in the black within 6 months.

    edit: Just realized this is in TT. Mods--move it to the Padded Room? funken won't mind.
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    If you already have a router you can get a basic motorola/arris surfboard cable modem for around $50

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    No standalone router, just a DSL modem/router combo.

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    I relented and sold my own modem/router and went with theirs. They put a plan together that had better speed, more features and more TV for less than I was paying before, including the router rental.

    The trick with Comcast is to physically go into their store and sit down with a human. They usually do a pretty good job of massaging things much better than on the phone. No upsells, just seem to put a decent deal together. Every couple of years whether I need to or not.
    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    Bump

    After working a promotional deal for 3 years CenturyLink is refusing to renew the discount rate. The full price is a joke for the speed provided, so back to the evil empire I go apparently. The fuckers now want $13/mo for modem/router rental, which is straight-up robbery. So, suggestions? $100 max, ideally I'd like to be in the black within 6 months.

    edit: Just realized this is in TT. Mods--move it to the Padded Room? funken won't mind.
    Most of the $40 cable modems and $60 wifi routers on Amazon will work.

    Comcast has an “approved third party equipment” database on their website, so just make sure your modem is on that list and that both the modem and router are rated for more bandwidth than your getting from Comcast.


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    Quote Originally Posted by oftpiste View Post
    The trick with Comcast is to physically go into their store and sit down with a human. They usually do a pretty good job of massaging things much better than on the phone. No upsells, just seem to put a decent deal together. Every couple of years whether I need to or not.
    Totally agree, my experiences in the store have almost always been good and successful.

    I pay the stupid rental fee as insurance against problems with my line (where you know you will be told it is your modem's fault if you're not using theirs).

    I hate Comcast, but the only company that I hate more is CenturyLink.
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