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Slashdot Discovers Powerboost
Mysterious 19Mbps not so mysterious....
by Karl Bode 08:42AM Monday Jul 09 2007 Tipped by Cabal See Profile
User Cabal writes in: "There's an amusing article over at Slashdot, full of speculation about Comcast and speed tests, with a lot of amusing theories by folks who couldn't be bothered to read the Comcast website. The entire discussion quickly devolved into a network neutrality flame war." The user that is dumbfounded by his sudden 18Mbps connection has discovered Powerboost, a technology launched last June by Comcast.

Powerboost offers some impressive speeds for the first few moments of a large download -- sometimes significantly higher than what the confused Slashdot reader observes. The company started offering upstream Powerboost last May. Cox also started offering Powerboost in some markets earlier this year.

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keptimfast

join:2004-03-19
Christiana, TN

Powerboost

Yeah the powerboost is impressive if you have a new modem but if your still using one of the old ones seems your out of luck I think they have to be DOCSIS 2.0 compliant.

Chris 313
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Re: Powerboost

said by keptimfast:

Yeah the powerboost is impressive if you have a new modem but if your still using one of the old ones seems your out of luck I think they have to be DOCSIS 2.0 compliant.
Powerboost requires Docsis 1.1 or higher to work. If you have a Moto Surfboard 5100 or similar modem, you're golden and will get PB up and down.

I routinely get 10-15 megs on my 8.80/768 connection. Upload PB won't be far behind to my area.

Mactron
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The fuse was Lit here...

From the OP at Slashdot...
"I know my father is not paying for a 10+ Mbps connection. Is Comcast giving priority to popular speed-test sites?"

The thread appears to have spiraled downward from there.

To bad. I'm no Comcast fanboi but I think Comcast came up with a winner with PowerBoost. Very handy for those patches, updates, small Freeware downloads. Q for Comcaster's, how do you speed test removing the PowerBoost effect ?
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Re: The fuse was Lit here...

said by Mactron:

From the OP at Slashdot...
"I know my father is not paying for a 10+ Mbps connection. Is Comcast giving priority to popular speed-test sites?"

The thread appears to have spiraled downward from there.

To bad. I'm no Comcast fanboi but I think Comcast came up with a winner with PowerBoost. Very handy for those patches, updates, small Freeware downloads. Q for Comcaster's, how do you speed test removing the PowerBoost effect ?
Downloading and uploading large files for a few minutes at a time from/to fast sites (like Comcast's web servers or upload FTP area) is a pretty good test.
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dadkins
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said by Mactron:

Q for Comcaster's, how do you speed test removing the PowerBoost effect ?
Like this...
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Cheese
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said by Mactron:

From the OP at Slashdot...
"I know my father is not paying for a 10+ Mbps connection. Is Comcast giving priority to popular speed-test sites?"

The thread appears to have spiraled downward from there.

To bad. I'm no Comcast fanboi but I think Comcast came up with a winner with PowerBoost. Very handy for those patches, updates, small Freeware downloads. Q for Comcaster's, how do you speed test removing the PowerBoost effect ?
Don't be such a FanBoi! Sheesh! But yes, PB is great

CrazyFingers

join:2003-10-01
Columbia, MO

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Slashdot?...Ric Romero?...Flamewar?...

Are you trying to convince me that Slashdot is woefully late reporting on a reasonably well-known technology, and that their discussion thread devolved into an utterly unrelated flamewar?

I'm shocked.
SHOCKED!!

(Score:-1, Offtopic)

dadkins
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Re: Slashdot?...Ric Romero?...Flamewar?...

said by CrazyFingers:

Are you trying to convince me that Slashdot is woefully late reporting on a reasonably well-known technology, and that their discussion thread devolved into an utterly unrelated flamewar?

I'm shocked.
SHOCKED!!

(Score:-1, Offtopic)
Say it aint so!


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rf_engineer

join:2003-08-04
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Re: Slashdot?...Ric Romero?...Flamewar?...

said by dadkins:

said by CrazyFingers:

Are you trying to convince me that Slashdot is woefully late reporting on a reasonably well-known technology, and that their discussion thread devolved into an utterly unrelated flamewar?

I'm shocked.
SHOCKED!!

(Score:-1, Offtopic)
Say it aint so!


What???? I thought iPod-equipped online game-playing 20-something programmers living in their moms' basements compiling Linux kernels who despise management, for-profit businesses, commercial software, religion, and family values were up on technology and could discuss something without flamewars or retaliatory moderation???!!??

anon234

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You must be new around here.

dadkins
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LMAO!

It's Slashdot!
Not exactly the brightest bulbs on the tree.

Zaber
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Re: LMAO!

said by dadkins:

It's Slashdot!
Not exactly the brightest bulbs on the tree.
This may be true, but it is still entertaining to read.
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Nice to Know...

...that /. is now officially passé.

Scree
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join:2001-04-24
Mount Laurel, NJ

wubba-wubba!

I hear they have this thing called the microwave now too........
qworster

join:2001-11-25
Bryn Mawr, PA

Slashdot's been SLOW lately

They just posted the story about the $19 million dollar toilet for the ISS today...and it was on the network TV news last weekend.

felipetoscano

@ameritech.net

PB

I wish Comcast was as cheap as DSL here is. I've noticed when starting a download it starts off at about 536 kb/s then goes down to 102 kb/s. Interesting i thought. (BTW I use DUMeter.)