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Chris 313
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reply to bgoodbody

Re: [Speed] Northeast speed changes coming.

said by bgoodbody:

This raises an important issue:
What is the purpose of a speedtest?

I use it for consistency. Am I getting a consistent speed over time. Therefore, I have no problem using the Comcast one.

For what am I really getting (no Speedboost Impact). Then I use ShaperProbe.

I've long since given up on speedtests. The only true speed test I use is sustained downloads to see if I get what I pay for. Even Shaper probe has be unreliable for me in a few instances.


jmn1207
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Ashburn, VA
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said by Chris 313:

said by bgoodbody:

This raises an important issue:
What is the purpose of a speedtest?

I use it for consistency. Am I getting a consistent speed over time. Therefore, I have no problem using the Comcast one.

For what am I really getting (no Speedboost Impact). Then I use ShaperProbe.

I've long since given up on speedtests. The only true speed test I use is sustained downloads to see if I get what I pay for. Even Shaper probe has be unreliable for me in a few instances.

They can be useful. I don't use speed tests for anything more than to verify that my connection is working as expected. It's simply a first step that I can take in troubleshooting before applying more exhaustive procedures.

I could see in a few seconds that the recent upgrade was not in effect through a quick speed test. After resetting my modem/router, I could then verify that the speed increase was working, all through a simple online speed test.

sendjunkmail

join:2008-08-01
reply to skagary
Not all areas got the upgrade at the same time. I heard some areas are getting it by the end of next month.

sendjunkmail

join:2008-08-01
reply to Christopher
Are you directly connecting (wired) or using a wireless connection? I found that wireless G was maxing out in the high 30's and wireless N is able to get the full bandwidth.

Also some wireless routers have a QOS setting which could be throttling the connection. Either turn off QOS on the wirelss router or if there are settings that would allow you to set the upload and download speed, set them to higher than your connection meaning 50/10 set it to 65/15 to not limit the additional throughput you can get above 50/10.


cjynx
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join:2003-01-13
Pittsburgh, PA

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reply to aguiar0016

Pittsburgh, PA

We got the speed bump in Ross township, just outside of Pittsburgh today. Fastest test I had was 110/22.

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edit: added a speed test pic for proof.

aguiar0016

join:2006-01-23
New Bedford, MA

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reply to aguiar0016

New Bedford, MA

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aguiar0016

join:2006-01-23
New Bedford, MA

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just received the email.

sendjunkmail

join:2008-08-01
reply to crazycanuck1

Re: [Speed] Northeast speed changes coming.

Your getting some pretty good download results. Your results can be deceiving because from test to test. But If you are consistently getting that speed from test to test, then you can confirm with speedtest.net which has more test sites. Of course I use shaperprobe and a number of other test sites.

Also a lot of different conditions can produce different results even on the same machine not withstanding the conditions outside of the home. Example:
Wireless N


Wireless G


erickg2

join:2005-01-30
Sparks Glencoe, MD
reply to aguiar0016
I have an RCA modem and my account doesn't say BLAST, it says nothing. Do I need to contact Comcast?. I got the email. I think I need to have them fix my account and probably need a new modem. I currently get 25mbps and 4 mbps down checking speeds. Thank You.

aguiar0016

join:2006-01-23
New Bedford, MA

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RCA modem is not a D3 modem approved by comcast, so yes you will need to change it out. I would call them just to make sure you are on Blast.

If you rent your modem just swap it out at the local service center.

satcomguy

join:2002-10-09
Frederick, MD

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reply to aguiar0016

Frederick, MD

I got the email, rebooted my modem and did some testing. I had the 50/10 tier and it was very consistent. Now I am getting 100/20 from what I can tell.

DiffProbe release. January 2012. Build 1008.
Shaper Detection Module.

Connected to server 38.106.70.149.

Estimating capacity:
Upstream: 21620 Kbps.
Downstream: 122973 Kbps.

The measurement will take upto 2.5 minutes. Please wait.

Checking for traffic shapers:

Upstream: No shaper detected.
Median received rate: 21018 Kbps.

Downstream: No shaper detected.
Median received rate: 111888 Kbps.


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Re: [Speed] Northeast speed changes coming.

said by satcomguy:

I got the email, rebooted my modem and did some testing. I had the 50/10 tier and it was very consistent. Now I am getting 100/20 from what I can tell.

DiffProbe release. January 2012. Build 1008.
Shaper Detection Module.

Connected to server 38.106.70.149.

Estimating capacity:
Upstream: 21620 Kbps.
Downstream: 122973 Kbps.

The measurement will take upto 2.5 minutes. Please wait.

Checking for traffic shapers:

Upstream: No shaper detected.
Median received rate: 21018 Kbps.

Downstream: No shaper detected.
Median received rate: 111888 Kbps.

Yes, if you had the Extreme 50 tier, that is now Extreme 105. for the same price apparently. Enjoying it?


Scree
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Mount Laurel, NJ
reply to aguiar0016
Yay, but darn, time to retire the ol' SB5100 (ie, shell out for a new modem).


Chris 313
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said by Scree:

Yay, but darn, time to retire the ol' SB5100 (ie, shell out for a new modem).

Sadly, yes. It served us well, eh? But now here's an ideal replacement and future proofed too: »www.amazon.com/Zoom-DOCSIS-Cable···le+modem

ComcastTech

join:2008-05-31
reply to aguiar0016
The speed changes were nice. downloaded the new firmware last week, and went from 36/7 to 54/10.7. i like that.


Skratch

join:2003-10-09
Philadelphia, PA
reply to Scree
Ahh, is that why I am not getting the new speeds (also got the email)? Time to retire the SB5100?


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said by Skratch:

Time to retire the SB5100?

To get 50 Mbps requires a DOCSIS 3 capable modem /device.


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said by Skratch:

Ahh, is that why I am not getting the new speeds (also got the email)? Time to retire the SB5100?

Yes. This will be a great replacement for the 5100, future proof too: »www.amazon.com/Zoom-DOCSIS-Cable···le+modem

ra3eleven

join:2008-09-28
Alexandria, VA

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Alexandria, VA

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Didn't have time to go through all 27 other pages, but am confirming I got "the email." I'm in the Alexandria, VA market.

Chuck0421

join:2012-08-02
Preston, CT

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reply to aguiar0016

Preston, CT

I just received the notice but I have to upgrade my modem. Any suggestions for a DOCSIS 3.0 modem. Or should I get one from comcast?


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reply to aguiar0016

Indian Orchard, MA

Just got the same E-Mail in Springfield, Mass and there is no threat of FiOS here (unless VZ decides in the future to build it here or AT&T could build U-Verse here if they bought VZ's Western Mass assets as U-Verse is available south of the border in Enfield, CT).

sava700

join:2005-03-08
united state
reply to aguiar0016

Re: [Speed] Northeast speed changes coming.

Not gotten any email yet here although I'm in the market area for a few that have gotten it so I wonder if calling would help push it along. I just managed to get the new 6120 firmware today also from a reset.


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reply to Chuck0421
said by Chuck0421:

I just received the notice but I have to upgrade my modem. Any suggestions for a DOCSIS 3.0 modem. Or should I get one from comcast?

Theoretically any DOCSIS 3.0 modem should work.

I had originally bought a Motorola SB 6120, but it wouldn't work correctly with Comcast for some reason (upload speeds were being capped). I ended up going with a Zoom modem and that works fine.
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bgoodbody
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reply to aguiar0016
FWIW The dual channel upstream bonding is now up on Cape Cod
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overk29

join:2007-09-07
Cockeysville, MD
reply to aguiar0016
I've gotten the email about the speed increase and my bill specifically mentions Blast!, but I'm only seeing 25/4 rates on speedtest.net. Is this correct, or should I see 50/10 as others are reporting?

I am using a new SB6121 modem. Baltimore area.

CSD8086

join:2004-03-12
US
reply to bgoodbody
said by bgoodbody:

FWIW The dual channel upstream bonding is now up on Cape Cod

Sham-Wow! You're right! Two years in the waiting!!!!

ra3eleven

join:2008-09-28
Alexandria, VA

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Alexandria, VA

not quite double what i was getting, but i think i was somehow getting more than the rated blast! speeds to begin with. all in all i approve!

before resetting my sb6120:

35mbps down
6mbps up

after resetting it:

53mbps down
11 mbps up

sendjunkmail

join:2008-08-01

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Re: [Speed] Northeast speed changes coming.

Remember that previously 35/6 was not a sustained rate, but a PowerBoosted rate so large files you would probably have less bandwidth during the download or upload. The previous rates were 25/4 so you were getting good speeds.

I have a SB6120 also and was on Ultra in Alexandria and only getting 33/7. Downgraded to Blast and now getting 50-55 down and 9.8-10.5. On average probably 52/10.

ra3eleven

join:2008-09-28
Alexandria, VA
true true. i ran previous tests though (not on speedtest.net) and was getting around 30mbps steadily. this was tested via ftp transfers, looking at average speed, peak speed, etc.

for the same $72.99 i'll certainly take the upgrade...


Mike Wolf

join:2009-05-24
Beachwood, NJ
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reply to sava700
I haven't gotten an email yet I got the speed increase. wierd.