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Re: [SLUG] Telstra ADSl - The Verdict
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Telstra ADSl - The Verdict
- From: John Ferlito <johnf@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat Aug 12 00:24:10 2000
- Cc: "'slug@xxxxxxxxxxx'" <slug@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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On Fri, Aug 11, 2000 at 05:19:40PM +1000, Patrick Kelso wrote:
> You are absolutely correct on the adsl trial, you get a 1.5mb link.
> however you may or may not know that telstra is not that generous.
> http://telstra.com/adsl/price.html you will note that adsl is now capped @
> 512kb unless you are prepared to pay through the nose for bandwith. yes my
> downloads from aarnet where about 110kbps however compared to the o@h speed
> of 330kbps this is quite slow, and while downloading the latest slakware iso
No my figure is 150kBytes/sec not 150kbits/sec. Big difference. You cann't come close to that on cable. I'm basically able to pull the full 1.5Mb/s that telstra is providing to me. So OK with the home rates only 256kBytes is really afordable but it still means that if telstra keeps up their service level you should be able to pull it flat out when you want to,.
> had the service drop out several times. The problem of the brownouts and
> disconnections is more worrying to me than anything else. to be connected to
> a telstra server and have the connection drop 4 times inside of 10 minutes,
> is in no way acceptable at all. my machine was constantly browning out,
> dropping offline, etc. something that for a ppermanent connection is again,
> unnaceptable. I am paying $70 a month for a permanent high speed connection,
> not for a semi permanent occasionally burst high speed connection.
I've never had any if these problems. I'm usually connected for weeks at a time until I kick out the power plug on the adsl modem and have never had drop outs on connections.
Now some of you might think that I'm just selling the praises of telstra but that's not the facts. I think that telstras current pricing sucks when it comes to ADSL. They are being very uncompetitive in a market that is just not going to be able to compete with their pricing at a home user level. But when it comes to quality of service and being able to pull the bandwidth when you want to off their current ADSL product then I can't really complain. This will probably change when their are a lot more users per exchange but any people that come on board near the start are probably in for a pretty good ride. But then this pretty much all comes down to a) Telstras AUP and b) the pricing of other players in the market.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Ferlito [mailto:johnf@xxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Friday, 11 August 2000 5:03 PM
> To: Patrick Kelso
> Cc: slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [SLUG] Telstra ADSl - The Verdict
> On Fri, Aug 11, 2000 at 01:00:32PM +1000, Patrick Kelso wrote:
> > OK,
> > I've had adsl for 24hrs now, and have the verdict of the service for
> you all. Its crap. I have tried downloads from Australia, which while faster
> than dialup are pathetic compared to optus cable (but at least I can do more
> than 500mb per day). International, there is almost no difference from 56k
> dialup. http is painfully slow, my mail still takes forever and ftp is
> marginal at around 7-12kps on average. Hopefully when all traffic is no
> longer routed through melbourne it might pick up.
> I've been connected for the last 2 months and I'd have to say your
> assertions are crap :)
> Just did some quick tests.
> mirror.aarnet.edu.au - And don't forget this traffic is coming from
> queensland from optus through telstra via melbourne and then to my adsl
> link. Downloading an ISO image.
> Using lftp with 1 connection - 50kBytes/s
> Using lftp with 10 connections - 150kBytes/s
> ftp.freesoftware.com in US - where cdrom.com moved there free stuff.
> Using lftp with 1 connection - 28kBytes/s
> Using lftp with 10 connections - 140kBytes/s
> And these numbers where going up I just couldn't be bothered waiting around
> for final values. The numbers above are the value after about 30 secs.
> Now I've got a 1.5M connection. So the theoretical maximum if we ignore
> overhead is 192kBytes/s .
> I'd say they're pretty impressive figures and there's a fair amount of
> overhead here too, ATM->Ethernet->PPP->IP->TCP.
> Ok that's only two sites but there 2 well connected sights so I
> think you could safely say the problems your experiencing aren't ADSL
> related. Just normal network congestion somewhere else along the line.
John Ferlito Ph: +612 9253 5755
Systems Engineer Fax: +612 9247 5276
Pacific Internet (Aust) Pty Ltd http://www.pacific.net.au
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