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Old 10-03-2014, 03:31 PM
Brad R Brad R is offline
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Well, despite what the weather radar was suggesting, we never got heavy rain. 3:30 pm, light rain, no change:

:::.. Internet Speed Test Result Details ..:::
Download Connection Speed:: 4756 Kbps or 4.8 Mbps
Download Speed Test Size:: 4.6 MB or 4736 kB or 4849664 bytes
Download Binary File Transfer Speed:: 595 kB/s
Upload Connection Speed:: 918 Kbps or 0.9 Mbps
Upload Speed Test Size:: 704 kB or 720896 bytes
Upload Binary File Transfer Speed:: 115 kB/s
Timed:: Download: 8.157 seconds | Upload: 6.286 seconds
Tested At:: http://TestMy.net Version 14
Test Time:: 2014-10-03 15:29:18 Local Time
User Agent:: Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686) Presto/2.12.388 Version/12.16 [!]

--- google.ca ping statistics ---
30 packets transmitted, 30 received, 0% packet loss, time 29034ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 68.512/76.923/117.052/9.563 ms
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Old 10-04-2014, 07:09 AM
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I called Xplornet this morning to see if they can service me...The girl says there are towers in my area, but not exactly where. I am between Hanover and Durham, Ont...Someone is going to call me back with more info..Probably will be during the weekdays I imagine.
I had Xplornet satellite a few years ago, sucked big time with the weather, hope the fixed wireless is a lot better. Went to Rogers hub after that, but recently we seem to be going over the 20G, so that starts to really cost you

Brad...any pointers at what I should be asking them when they call me back?
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Old 10-04-2014, 04:32 PM
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Well...can forget about that....Sales rep called me back, says where I am is right on the fringe of the nearest towers capabilities....suggested that I go to their satellite service instead. From my experience with Xplorent satellite a few years ago and what I hear about it now....no thanks.
Guess I am stuck with Rogers for a while....maybe they will allow a bit more data in the near future, as it seems computers need more and more these days.
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Old 10-06-2014, 06:46 AM
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Brad...any pointers at what I should be asking them when they call me back?
I was going to say that you should ask them where their towers are located, but I guess you got that on the callback.

Because I spent so long on satellite, I learned several tricks to reduce bandwidth (more for speed than to avoid hitting the cap). Web pages are getting really "fat" these days. In the Telesat category here, there is still a sticky post that I wrote on the subject. You definitely want to use an ad blocker (like AdBlock Plus for Firefox), and you want to use a flash blocker as well. (You'll still be able to view flash content, but it takes an extra click to approve the download.)

I also highly recommend NoScript or something similar to block Javascript from most pages. It's amazing how much bandwidth gets sucked up by Javascript junk these days. One thing we have learned is to not walk away from the computer and leave the web browser running. Shut the browser down if you're going away or going to bed.

Of course, make sure your antivirus and anti-malware is up to date and regularly run. Infections consume bandwidth too.

If you're using Netflix or something like that, be sure to go into your settings and choose the low-bandwidth option. (But don't use Netflix on Rogers if you're hitting the cap -- it's cheaper to go rent a DVD.)

It helps to watch your usage. Unfortunately, Rogers' on-line usage monitor is pretty awful. I don't know if anyone has written a program to extract raw usage statistics from the hub -- as someone did for the old Hughesnet satelllite -- but it might be worth seeking. If you're using a single PC, you can run a usage monitor program on it, but that doesn't work so well if you have multiple PCs or tablets or are gaming.
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Old 10-06-2014, 06:54 AM
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Thanks Brad......No Netflix here....we wont even watch YouTubes

Wife and I use separate computers

I did download an adblocker this morning...I use Chrome...that should help some

I did notice that you are a Linux fan, I have another laptop nwith that on it.....Does Linux use less bandwidth/data than Windows?
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Old 10-06-2014, 09:28 AM
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Does Linux use less bandwidth/data than Windows?
Not really. For your everyday web use, the bandwidth is pretty much independent of what operating system you use -- Windows, Linux, Mac.

The one possible difference is if you have set your computer up for automatic updates (which is a good thing to do). I don't know how large Windows updates tend to be. I suspect that Linux updates may be smaller, but I honestly don't know -- sometimes they can be pretty large, too.

If it's just you and your wife, and you're not doing Netflix or Youtube or anything like that, how are you using 20 GB per month? My wife and I use less than 10 GB, email and browsing. (That will change now that we have a 100 GB cap, but right now our old habits are still holding.)
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Old 10-28-2014, 04:19 PM
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We finally got some medium-heavy rain a short while ago, so I ran a speed test. Pretty much the same results as always. It wasn't a really heavy rain -- probably around the 12 mm/hr represented by dark green on the Environment Canada radar map -- but it was heavier than the steady light showers we had back at the start of October.

:::.. Internet Speed Test Result Details ..:::
Download Connection Speed:: 4692 Kbps or 4.7 Mbps
Download Speed Test Size:: 5.5 MB or 5632 kB or 5767168 bytes
Download Binary File Transfer Speed:: 587 kB/s
Upload Connection Speed:: 925 Kbps or 0.9 Mbps
Upload Speed Test Size:: 832 kB or 851968 bytes
Upload Binary File Transfer Speed:: 116 kB/s
Timed:: Download: 9.833 seconds | Upload: 7.369 seconds
Tested At:: http://TestMy.net Version 14
Test Time:: 2014-10-28 15:30:16 Local Time
Client Location:: CA http://testmy.net/country/ca
Target:: Dallas, TX US http://dallas.testmy.net
User Agent:: Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686) Presto/2.12.388 Version/12.16 [!]
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Old 10-28-2014, 08:29 PM
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We finally got some medium-heavy rain a short while ago, so I ran a speed test. Pretty much the same results as always. It wasn't a really heavy rain -- probably around the 12 mm/hr represented by dark green on the Environment Canada radar map -- but it was heavier than the steady light showers we had back at the start of October.

:::.. Internet Speed Test Result Details ..:::
Download Connection Speed:: 4692 Kbps or 4.7 Mbps
Download Speed Test Size:: 5.5 MB or 5632 kB or 5767168 bytes
Download Binary File Transfer Speed:: 587 kB/s
Upload Connection Speed:: 925 Kbps or 0.9 Mbps
Upload Speed Test Size:: 832 kB or 851968 bytes
Upload Binary File Transfer Speed:: 116 kB/s
Timed:: Download: 9.833 seconds | Upload: 7.369 seconds
Tested At:: http://TestMy.net Version 14
Test Time:: 2014-10-28 15:30:16 Local Time
Client Location:: CA http://testmy.net/country/ca
Target:: Dallas, TX US http://dallas.testmy.net
User Agent:: Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686) Presto/2.12.388 Version/12.16 [!]
Thanks for the info, must have been an isolated event for me because we had heavy rain last night and all was good with the connection. Keeping my fingers crossed and praying to the bandwidth Gods!!!
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