[lug] Home Broadband Download Speeds

Steven A Hart shart at Colorado.EDU
Tue Oct 4 13:09:28 MDT 2011

  Yeah, I've already accepted that getting the same speed is out of the 
question.  I just want to find that happy middle ground so that the 
uploads and downloads are not so painful.

I do try to avoid unnecessary uploads/downloads when I can but sometimes 
I just have to have them on my home system to process them correctly.

I'll find a method that works best for the situation.  I just really 
wanted to see what else was out there as Comcast seems to be have the 
market cornered fairly well.  They seem to think that they can pull all 
the sh$t they do and that no one can do anything about it.  I think that 
ticks me off more than anything else.


On 10/04/2011 12:12 PM, Davide Del Vento 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 :-(

Steve Hart
Systems Administrator
Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research
University of Colorado Boulder
Steven.Hart at colorado.edu
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