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Powell, WY
reply to bigburd

Re: Massive Slowdowns?

Good to see you again Bigburd. One of my neighbors actually just switched to Qwest on Monday, actually the same one that was running one of my Bresnan probes. I haven't had time to go over and check it out to see how it stacks up. So far today's speed has been really good compared to the last few weeks since they switched out CMTS chassis from a Cisco unit to an Arris unit. Nothing compared to Powell's FTTH service but while Bresnan likes to think they can go toe-to-toe with FTTH on DOCSIS 1.x or 2.x they just can't with the over-subscription ratios they run their network at. I would like to think the new Arris CMTS chassis is a DOCSIS 3 chassis which I believe is what they used when they upgraded Bozeman. I know they trialed both Arris and Cisco DOCSIS 3 chassis in different areas. With any luck we may see something big happen in Butte soon. If you need/want me to run tests just ask.

I Void Warranties

Billings, MT
reply to bigburd
How is treatin' ya lately? The last few times the pings were horrible. I wonder if they swapped out the line card.

I'll be adding our CMTS to my Cacti graph to see if anything changes at our end.

Powell, WY
I don't think services this part of Butte anymore. There are two scenarios I can think of. They split our node off to a brand new Arris CMTS (I am on channel ID 1 for DS and 4 for US whereas I was on 50 and 60 respectively on the Cisco CMTS) and the old Cisco is still in service for some areas or they repurposed that IP. First hop times out now so can't pull what it is but here is a trace to

traceroute to (, 30 hops max, 38 byte packets
1 * * *
2 chywy002dr5-GE-3-0-5-U0.int.bresnan.net ( 13.550 ms 7.302 ms 9.451 ms
3 butmt002cm1-GE-0-2-U96.int.bresnan.net ( 14.934 ms * 8.432 ms

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Billings, MT
Hmm.. Not bad from here.

ralph1 ~ # traceroute
traceroute to (, 30 hops max, 60 byte packets
1 host-10-31-212-1.bln-mt.client.bresnan.net ( 5.916 ms 10.954 ms 10.968 ms
2 host-72-175-111-67.bln-mt.client.bresnan.net ( 10.934 ms 10.908 ms 10.874 ms
3 butmtfh1hb6-GE-1-3-0-U0.int.bresnan.net ( 17.937 ms 17.951 ms 17.926 ms
4 butmt002cm1-GE-0-1-U120.int.bresnan.net ( 17.806 ms * *

ralph1 ~ # ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_req=1 ttl=252 time=15.0 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=2 ttl=252 time=13.4 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=3 ttl=252 time=13.5 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=58 ttl=252 time=13.6 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=59 ttl=252 time=13.5 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=60 ttl=252 time=15.7 ms
--- ping statistics ---
60 packets transmitted, 60 received, 0% packet loss, time 59083ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 12.827/14.466/18.901/1.238 ms

Bresnan 18M/1M
MyWS[i7-870@4.1GHz,16GB RAM,2x1TB HDDs,Win7]
WifeWS[A64@2GHz,2GB RAM,120GB HDD,Win7]
Router[2xP3@1GHz,512MB RAM,18GB HDD,SMC 8432BTA,2xDigital DE504,Compaq NC3131,Intel Pro/1000MT,IBM Gbit Ethernet-SX,Allied Telesyn AT2560FX,Gentoo Linux]


Butte, MT
reply to bigburd
I'm hearing good things today about the bresnan performance last night. From what i am gathering, there was some goofiness the night before and it almost seems they actually rolled everyone over to new stuff. Can anyone else from Butte verify their connection stayed at around what they are paying for all night last night?

Powell, WY
My speed was much better last night - »Re: Poor Speed in Butte


This is actually pretty good looking as long as it sticks. Sure am glad because Bresnan customers have been getting ripped off for a long time. Here's to hoping everything works out for everyone finally.


Livingston, MT
I haven't really had problems with massive slowdowns in the past 6 years I've been on Bresnan. I switched up to the home plus (or whatever it was called) that gave me 18/1 and it was pretty rock solid. However, in the past few weeks it has turned for the worse. My upload speed has been better than my download which is very sad to see.

I had a 2nd ISP for a year which is DSL hosted by Bridgeband. Wow! They had terrible backbone problems. I have been very tempted myself to switch to Qwest as a 2nd ISP provider. I use Qwest at work for the past 6 years, and never had a problem with it.

It is sad to see Bresnan (Optimum) be so bad in this area now. I've always had good service with them.