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Some DSL ISP's in Canada now advertise the maximum speeds of their services using the sync rate, instead of the actual usable line rate. DSL ISP's used to advertise their services using the usable line rate, however they have changed this policy to align with how other ISP's (especially cable) advertise their services.

A good rule of thumb is that approximately 80-85% of the DSL sync rate equals the usable line rate.

(Actual 2.5 meg service advertised as a 3.0 meg service) customers with a sync rate of 3008/800 can expect speed test results of about 2500/680.

(Actual 3.5 meg service advertised as a 4.0 meg service) customers with a sync rate of 4032/800 can expect speed test results of about 3400/680.

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by MacGyver See Profile
last modified: 2004-05-18 15:39:34