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Approximately how speedy is your Internet connection?

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Pony express
  1508 votes / 5%
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  2070 votes / 7%
  2496 votes / 8%
  4452 votes / 15%
  13101 votes / 45%
  2998 votes / 10%
Greased lightning
  1443 votes / 4%
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Approximately how speedy is your Internet connection?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @04:41PM (#38667340)

    I care about upload speed too.. which is typical 512kb which sucks.

    • by Dadoo (899435) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @05:46PM (#38668096) Journal

      typical 512kb which sucks

      Don't feel bad. I've got 10Mb down but only about 250k up.

      • According to I have almost 20Mb down, but only 480k up.
        I think I am supposed to be on a 10Mb connection. One of the few advantages of living surrounded by retired people.
    • If it's available in your area, Verizon's FIOS has good upload speeds. I'm paying about $60/mo for a 30Mb synchronous connection in Indio, CA. Testing shows my actual speeds at around 40Mb/s down, and 35Mb/s up. It beats the hell out of anything that the cable company is offering.

    • That's what I get down. So feel happy you are not me.
    • by cra (172225)

      I agree! Upstream should typically be about 1/4 of the downstream speed to be reasonable, I think. If I need 20Mbit IN, It's pretty likely I'll be sending some data out as well. (Yes, most people probably use it for stealing music and movies, but some of us actually produce data as well.)

      This is why I'm stuck on 2Mbit G.SHDSL, which is the fastest up speed available where I live. :-/ I could get som more download speed, but that would cost me the up speed.

  • I hope the poll fills out a little better around my lowly 2 Mb/s neighborhood... At work I have >100Mb/s, but alas I will not cave to Comcast and still have Verizon DSL at home, with FIOS only a distant blip on the über-rural radar. [sigh]
    • by hedwards (940851)

      That's sort of the situation I'm in. I've been stuck with 5mbps connection because the alternative is Comcast. With all the Centurylink trucks I see around these days, I have a feeling that they're about to upgrade capacity, but it could just be them fixing all the things that went unfixed when Qwest owned the infrastructure.

      On the plus side I'm getting much closer to the 5mbps that I've been paying for and the up went from 512kbps to 896kbps.

  • its 25Mbps each way and I can usually get that. They couldn't figure out how to bill us for like 6 months and then gave us a three month credit as an apology so we've paid only 3 months out of the last 12.
  • I have 50Mbps but I could buy 250Mbps in my area over docsis 3.0. It's the data cap that bugs me, only 250GB a month on the 50 plan, no cap is an extra $50 a month

    • That's exactly why I'm on a 10Mb connection now. I could go to a 50meg save 10 bucks a month but then I'd have a data cap of 50GB and I'm not willing to do that. I'm all legacy with no data cap.
  • by Kjella (173770) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @04:51PM (#38667454) Homepage

    Okay so I have 60 Mbit which is almost close enough to 100 Mbit that it's okay, but my last connection was 25 Mbit. I'd be insulting it by saying it's "approximately" 10 Mbit when it's 150% faster and laughing at my self if I claimed it was "approximately" 100 Mbit when it's 25% of that. What's wrong with simple less than/greater than? At least then everything would fit into a category...

    • by Dice (109560)

      Orders of magnitude: 25 is 10. 60 is 100.

    • by dj245 (732906)
      I really don't understand the 4Mbit option either. I have NEVER heard of anyone having a 4Mbit connection. 1, 3, and 6Mbit, sure. I might have heard of 5Mbit also. But 4 is just right out.
      • by hedwards (940851)

        That's what we had for many years around here. We started out with a cable modem with Viacom for 4mbps and we stayed 4mbps when we moved over to Earthlink DSL and stayed at 4mbps when we moved to Qwest. We did eventually get to upgrade to 5mbps and now I can upgrade to 7mbps if I want to.

        Hopefully with Centurylink choosing Seattle as their regional headquarters they'll be too embarrassed if they leave us at such slow speeds.

      • by Cimexus (1355033)

        Not saying that this applies to the parent you're referring to, but in many (most?) countries, the speed you get from DSL is arbitrary and depends on the length and condition of your phone line (longer phone line = more attenuation = slower speed). They just purchase a DSL plan from their ISP (might be ADSL1, ADSL2/2+, VDSL etc.) and they get "whatever speed your line is capable of". So someone's home DSL connection could be any random speed (within the range of the ADSL specification at least).

        For instance

  • by Stargoat (658863) * <> on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @04:52PM (#38667472) Journal

    The CowboyNeal Option:

    CowboyNeal's smoke signals smell mighty peculiar.

  • I get about 11Mb/s down but only about .8Mb/s up. For my residential use (mostly gaming) this is more than enough for me.

    I've got Time Warner and live in a town of about 25,000 people in Ohio. I think they gave me a free "boost" upgrade a year or two ago.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @05:05PM (#38667612)
    There's a hell of a gap between 10Mbps and 100Mbps! I'm on 20Mbs, which is going to rise to 50Mbps [].
    • by Cimexus (1355033)

      Agreed that that's a stupid gap to have. The majority of residential access technologies at the moment sit in that >10 but 100 range. Most cable providers (except for DOCSIS3 ones) have tiers of like 15, 30, 60 Mbps. DSL technology in most of the world is most commonly ADSL2+, which is 24 Mbps down (in the US though it seems ADSL2+ never really happened and vast areas of the country are still on ADSL1 capped at 6 Mbit or lower). On top of that you have various FTTN+VDSL1/2 networks which typically do sp

  • Up or Down? (Score:5, Informative)

    by OzPeter (195038) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @05:05PM (#38667616)

    It is one choice for up and another for down. And I care about both directions as I work from home a lot.

  • 2Mb/256Kb at one place, in a little village, via DOCSIS hackery wireless. Beats the hell out of dial up and way cheaper/lower latency than satellite.

    10Mb/1Mb in the city.

    FTTP with up to 200Mb/40Mb is supposedly coming Real Soon Now, supposedly everywhere in the major cities by 2017. With my luck, it'll probably be available to me on December 31, 2016.

    • until that rollout becomes part of some CEOs bonus package, it will *always* be 5+ years away
    • Sounds good to me. I do a city/village back and forth too. Right now, I'm in the city on my "fast" 600/256 kbps connection, but when I go back to the village next week, I'll be on a 256/128 kbps, ridiculously expensive VSAT system. Wireless isn't an option, between the mountains and the 200 mi to a city with non-dial-up internet. Beats the snot out of the 3x weekly shortwave radio check-in we did before. There's dark fiber run to the city, and it was set to turn on a few weeks ago. We're in Peru, so t
  • from [] down 20057 kbps; up 3743 kbps; latency 41 ms; jitter 38 ms
  • Envy (Score:3, Interesting)

    by wagr (1070120) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @05:27PM (#38667868)

    I'm not up to 512 kb, but I get significantly faster latency than Pony Express. Think of the amount of information that can be stored in one Pony Express "packet": a saddlebag of backup tape can deliver the entire Library of Congress - assuming the catalog of the LoC circa 1985!

  • I understand what is being asked here, but shouldn't the correct phrasing be something like "How much throughput do you have?" or "What's your bandwidth?". Packet speed, which is what I hear when someone asks me how "fast" my internet connection is, has nothing to do with how many bits you can transfer in a given second.
  • IPoAC (Score:5, Funny)

    by CaptainPatent (1087643) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @06:09PM (#38668306) Journal
    Thanks to major increases in flash density, my IPoAC [] connection achives well into the "greased lightning" category as they now are capable of carying several 32GB micro SD cards!

    I just wish the latency was better.
  • So my desktop connection is 1gbps.

    At home, when I've measured it via Speakeasy's speed test - it usually falls somewhere around 20-25mbps.

  • So my connection could be anywhere from -1Mb/sec to +63Mb/sec... I usually get around 6.3MB/sec downloads... When it's up....

  • using my neutrino net. In fact, when I get home I will have already downloaded things I have thought to ask for... you heard me.

  • So happy since I moved from Comcast to local San Francisco ISP WebPass. And on top of great speed, when you call them you can tell they're people who enjoy their jobs.

  • Why when people mention 'Internet Speed' do people only think about their download speed? why to politicians and telcos only ever talk about download speeds? for a modern, democratized internet what we should be worried about is 'upload' speed. The people are not sheep who are just consumers (er, maybe they actually are?) where only download speed matters. For a better internet we should be worried about cheap and fast *upload* speeds - where people will be free to host sites (including, ahem, network games
  • I've been using Uverse for the last 4 years or so, but they never had true end-to-end fiber and their internet connectivity speeds sucked. So, this summer Surewest started laying line for fiber in our backyards. I wanted to upgrade my connectivity anyway to start hosting my own servers, but Uverse upload maxed out at 3Mb/s and 1.5Mb/s in my neighborhood. I took a look at Surewest and they were offering 24Mb/s down and UP for about what I was willing to pay for the upgrade to 1.5Mb/s. No-brainer for me.

  • slower than squeezing out last night's steak.
  • Approximately how speedy are your Internet connections?

    Home is about 16mbit. Work is 50mbit. Phones are 3G and LTE. I can also remotely make use of my family's networks which range from 5mbit to 10mbit typically. I also administer quite a few other networks which I can make use of if necessary, each ranging from 512kbit up to 50mbit+. And these connections are all over the world, which comes in handy as well.

  • by Altanar (56809)
    Currently connected at 42.6 Kbps. =( Here's to hoping that Dish Network's new satellite internet doesn't suck.
  • by Laser Dan (707106) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @11:57PM (#38670600)

    100Mb/s dowload, no cap
    100Mb/s upload, 30GB/day (yes day) cap
    Cost is about US$50/month, for only a bit more 1Gbps is available but I thougt that was slightly excessive.
    It's good to live in a civilised country!

  • Comcast. says 23 Mbps down, 4 Mbps up.

    I answered 4 Mbps, because networks should be symmetrical, damn it.

  • but then the promotion ran out, and since I am shoestringing the budget due to lack of a stable job the economy service is fine, which is 1.5Mbits ... sad thing is if I were in an area where I had more choices than COMCAST! and ATT it probably would be better and cheaper

    right now I get fuck you we are expensive and like to play with your mind, or fuck you we are going to charge you for 1Mbs service and its going to be less than 128k ON A GOOD DAY, on a bad day just fuck you, you should be glad you sometimes

  • by RandCraw (1047302) on Thursday January 12, 2012 @01:18AM (#38670988)

    A 25/25 FIOS plan including HDTV. I'm just north of Philly. Had it about 12 months. Reliable. No complaints. Prior Comcast service was less than 10 Mb down with lousy up.

  • I'm currently using 3G as my main connection (tethered through the phone). It's a bit painful due to high latencies and the link goes to vacation couple of times a day. On the other hand I get pretty nice download speeds (6Mb/s), no data caps and, it costs only 14€/month. Finland.
  • Australia here.

    12 Mbps downstream / 2 Mbps upstream, via a VDSL2 network (i.e. fibre-to-the-node). I do actually get those speeds too.

    Could upgrade to 30/10 Mbps (I'd like that more for the upstream than the downstream) but I am happy with current speeds. Awaiting rollout of the National Broadband Network which should happen in this area in a few years, at which point I'll probably jump on the 50/20 Mbps tier.

    • by mjwx (966435)

      Australia here.

      12 Mbps downstream / 2 Mbps upstream, via a VDSL2 network (i.e. fibre-to-the-node). I do actually get those speeds too.

      Sorry, networking guy here. VDSL is copper not fibre. FTTN is the NBN, which is fibre. If you're on VDSL and getting those speeds it's very bad. I'm still on ADSL 2+ about 750 Metres from the exchange and I get 19,500 down and 750 up. VDSL (Very high bitrate DSL) has a range of about 1 KM before the speed attenuates below ADSL 2+ speeds.

      There are three significant consumer wired broadband technologies, 1. ADSL - Copper and takes the lions share of the market. 2. Cable - Copper and has little market sha

  • It makes a big difference between metropolitan speed and "rest of world".
    I have a metropolitan speed of 100 Mb/s, reaching a constant 11.1 MB/s download rate while downloading a very well seeded ISO with more than 10 local seeders; thing is, "metropolitan" means not only the local ISP network, but a LOT of peered networks, covering roughly half a country. I have established a peer-to-peer video connection with a friend 300 miles away and we were using full HD video transmission at 18-20 FPS with 75-85 ms d

  • I voted for 4Mb/s, because at 2km from the exchange that is about the best it can do.

    I wish we had fibre, or cable, or something other than crappy old copper. I'd take the 100/40Mb option if the NBN [] were laid past my house tomorrow.

  • ...but it's only 50 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream. Good enough for my needs.
  • Was this poll designed or submitted by a Dutchman ? "Greased Lightning" is the direct translation of a Dutch standing expression, "de gesmeerde bliksem", for "extremely fast".
  • by 1s44c (552956) on Thursday January 12, 2012 @07:25AM (#38672230)

    It's ADSL. The A means asymmetric.

    It can't be meaningfully expressed in a single number dammit.

  • by Dark$ide (732508) on Thursday January 12, 2012 @09:14AM (#38672694) Journal
    Some days when the intertubes are going slow I think my connection is running RFC 1149.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.


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