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FFH
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
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Comcast dropping Powerboost with some speed increases

I got a letter from Comcast today saying they upped the speed of their Performance tier to 20/4. But speed tests show that with the speed increase, the Powerboost feature appears to be gone as well.


Comcast letter



Speed test


And some proof that Powerboost is gone:

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

Connected to server 64.9.225.166.

Estimating capacity:
Upstream: 4533 Kbps.
Downstream: 22360 Kbps.

The measurement will take upto 2.5 minutes. Please wait.

Checking for traffic shapers:

Upstream: No shaper detected.
Median received rate: 4442 Kbps.

Downstream: No shaper detected.
Median received rate: 21914 Kbps.

For more information, visit: »www.cc.gatech.edu/~partha/diffprobe

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Rekrul

join:2007-04-21
Milford, CT
Reviews:
·AT&T U-Verse

said by FFH:

I got a letter from Comcast today saying they upped the speed of their Performance tier to 20/4. But speed tests show that with the speed increase, the Powerboost feature appears to be gone as well.

Why does every provider in the US cap the upload speed at 4-5Mbs?

chomper87

join:2012-02-22
Clearwater, FL
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·Verizon FiOS
·CenturyLink

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Why does every provider in the US cap the upload speed at 4-5Mbs?

Not all of them.


anon anon

@charter.com
reply to Rekrul

said by Rekrul:

Why does every provider in the US cap the upload speed at 4-5Mbs?

Because you can't do much more than that with single channel bonding.


mustang50
Premium
join:2005-05-06
Roseville, MI
reply to FFH

Feel lucky..at least you got a speed upgrade in the northeast..the rest of us just got a price increase,



Scatcatpdx
Fur It Up

join:2007-06-22
Portland, OR
Reviews:
·Comcast

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reply to Rekrul

I am pulling this out of my head but most broadband is asymmetrical. Putting more bandwidth to downloading than uploading making the connect more efficient. Unless one running a server one dose need much bandwidth for uploading. One could have a symmetrical connection but it will cost you on bandwidth so instead of down/up of 20Mbs / 5Mbs one is left with 14.5Mbs in each direction.



KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
Premium
join:2000-01-17
Tulsa, OK
reply to Rekrul

Because then you could actually use your connection for more then just pure consumption.


rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO
reply to Scatcatpdx

I don't think cable's DOCSIS bandwidth works that way. There are separate upload and download streams (frequencies/channels) and raising the upload doesn't mean you have to give up download. At some point what you say could be true. Cable plants have ~1Ghz of usable spectrum and until the combined download and upload consume all of that spectrum, changing either doesn't mean the other has to lose.

The coming DOCSIS spec has some lofty claims of possible 10Gbps over coax with a 2Gpbs return path.



chip89

join:2012-07-05
Independence, OH
reply to FFH

I hope I still have my PowerBoost along with Cox's new speed increases.


Madtown
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join:2008-04-26
Madera, CA

I sure hope it hits here in California. I don't mind if they drop PB, it only in effect for about 10 or 20 seconds anyways, after that it goes to the sustain speed of 15 mbps anyways.