This is to anyone but especially if you are in Middle TN, I could use some confirmation on this:
Within this past week I have had speed issues; I mainly run on Ubuntu at home (Ocelot) and use both Firefox and Chrome. Last Saturday, I noticed my Youtube videos hiccuping much more than normal and taking longer to buffer to the point where I stopped watching 720p because it was just taking too long. Before this, I could stream pretty much whatever I wanted and I ran some TestMy.Net download/upload tests and saw that I was only getting around 18-20 down and about 3 up. Before that, I was getting about 30/5. I haven't updated anything in a while (OS or browsers; I know, naughty) so I figured maybe something went crazy with linux. So I went over to my Win7 partition.
I ran TestMy.Net and got 30/5, ran SpeedTest and got 36/6, tested YouTube and pulled down TWO 1080p videos full bore without buffering playing them at the same time and BitMeter registered 26.6 down (after a 36.6 powerboost) and it stayed pretty constant.
I'm not sure if the OS, browser and up to date software made that much of a difference, especially when it had been fine before but there it is. If anyone can explain that to me, that would be great because I'm sure lost on that one. But that's only part of the story.
Then I ran ShaperProbe just to put the bad connection feeling I've been having out of my mind and confirm that it was something strange with the linux partition. What I got was the following:
Shaper Detection Module.
Connected to server 126.96.36.199.
Upstream: 1135 Kbps.
Downstream: 36642 Kbps.
The measurement will take upto 3.0 minutes. Please wait.
Checking for traffic shapers:
Upstream: No shaper detected.
Median received rate: 1045 Kbps.
Downstream: Burst size: 19060-19573 KB;
Shaping rate: 26618 Kbps.
Now I have been running the TestMy.net tests (Supposedly more accurate than regular flash tests according to them) and the ShaperProbe periodically throughout the week on the Win7 partition and the results have been pretty consistent. TestMy.Net shows everything is ok (Around 30/5 as before)
But, apparently, according to ShaperProbe, my upload has gone to hell and hasn't come back and it's been over a week. I used to get around 4000Kbps up as that is the Blast! service speed (25/4 in Middle TN). Download has always showed fine.
Edit: Forgot to add, I have already done a soft and hard reset on the modem and cycled power before doing all these tests to clear any strangeness that may have been in the modem.