[lug] Home Broadband Download Speeds

Vishal Verma stellarhopper at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 12:52:27 MDT 2011

I have many games on steam, and downloading/updating them uses up all of my
20 Mbps bandwidth..


On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 12:12, Davide Del Vento
<davide.del.vento at gmail.com>wrote:

> > I have to admit, I have been spoiled over the past 8 years as
> I had the same experience, when I left the family housing. Carry on,
> you will *not* get that, at least not at a reasonable cost. You might
> get it on paper, but I believe you'll be disappointed with the
> experience.
> With ssh, I have to say that what bothers me more is latency, not
> speed. In fact most of the data I transfer back "home" is in the
> much-less-than a GB ballpark: I do transfer much larger files (easily
> tens of GB and above), but don't try that at home! I just fire data
> movements among datacenters, my location is irrelevant :-)
> Do you really need those files home? Can't you deal with them on the
> remote machine and/or transfer among machines, without passing to your
> client? Maybe a switch in the workflow is what you need, not a
> speedier connection (that what worked fine with me).
> I have the comcast 10 (measured with sppedtest and mentioned before),
> and I'm ok with it. I'm more bothered by the latency of my own
> wireless than anything else (wired works ok, not as good as when I'm
> onsite, of course). Videocalling oversea is an important application
> for me, but there we are limited by the trans-oceanic backbone (or the
> tiny slice of it that I get, to be precise).
> Just my 0.02$
> Davide
> PS: David: how often do you clone the whole kernel? Once you've done
> that, the next syncs are much smaller! For the movies, ok, if that's
> what you do (for me, last time I watched a movie was... wait I don't
> remember! Mmmm, it must be more than 3, since my oldest daughter was
> not born yet! Was it the just released "Into the wild"? Ah no I
> watched the much more recent "Avatar"... both at the movie theater, I
> don't mess up with the small screen :-)
> PPS: Something I would like to do in future is full-resolution
> pictures and family video backup and sharing. That means half a
> terabyte and growing. At present the problem with that is storage, not
> bandwidth: I can't find a nice and cheap enough solution just yet (the
> best I can find so far is picasaweb). When I'll find enough "in the
> cloud" storage, I'll have the same problem as yours: I need uploading
> speeds, which are always 10 times slower than download :-(
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