Quote: Originally Posted by BDani
Why? What's wrong with ADSL? Would you recommend anything else?
And yes it's just like I said it. In my country 10MB internet connection equals 1.2MBPS downloads. And I downloaded in that speed many many times!
There's nothing WRONG with ADSL, per se. The technology behind it gives your ISP room to say what you COULD get and what you will ACTUALLY get. To clarify, are we talking about ADSL, ADSL over POTS/ISDN, ADSL2, ADSL Lite, RE-ADSL, or ADSL2+/M?
And the OCD in me really needs to correct your MB/MBPS abbreviations.
MB/s = megaBYTES per second
MBPS = megaBITS per second
byte = eight bits
MBPS is 8x the rate of MB/s or MB/s is 1/8 the rate of MBPS (1MB/s = 8MBPS) Flip it around to 10MBPS/1.2MB/s and I'll be able to rest easy.
And I think you missed what I said about guaranteed speed. My ISP, for example says I am capable of a max of 20MBPS at any given time, but my speeds will vary
. Right there, that phrase is very much key. If they say your guaranteed rate is xxx mbps
then you have a case. Typically, that's only good with fiber-type connections (Cable, FiOS, etc). xDSL-based connections rely on older technologies much more and literally your mileage will not only vary, but pay an important role in your speeds. If person A has a 10mbps plan and is 2 miles from a central office (CO) and person B has the same plan and is 10 miles from a central office (and there are 3,000 others between them with various plans), person A can expect speeds closer to their plan stated speed and have it be MUCH higher than the minimum guaranteed by their provider than person B who is not only farther but there are 3,000 others who are also getting into that CO.
In summary, my suggestion is to:
1) Check your agreement. What is the actual MINIMUM GUARANTEED SPEED
your ISP has agreed to give you. If this is higher than the speeds your are achieving, move to #2.
2) Check your hardware. Do you have a router between your PC and your Modem? If so, try removing it and seeing if your speeds return to normal. Run a speed test (Speedtest.net - The Global Broadband Speed Test
) and see what you are capable of getting. Just because you download from one particular site or group of sites doesn't mean your speed is like that everywhere.
3) Contact your ISP. If you are not getting the minimum speeds there may be something wrong that is out of your control. If they do not help you, threaten to switch.