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xyz823
05-11-2009, 08:10 PM
I am on the big time plan (just changed today!!!) and I am getting lovely 11Mb downlaod speed according to speedtest (auckland server).

But when I try to download ANTHING it just goes dam near dial up!

But the odd thing is, I just downloaded an ubuntu live CD from the ubuntu site, picked NZ as my location and was getting upwards of 1MB a second!

So I rang up telecom and he said there is no problem from their end, and told me to reboot etc etc.

So I did a speedtest to Taiwan and got 2.73Mb.

What the hell is up with this crap?

Netsukeninja
05-11-2009, 08:23 PM
International traffic is throttled from 9am-2am everyday. Especially bittorrent traffic. If you want dedicated speed you should move onto a plan that has a data cap.

Sites like rapidshare/megaupload/etc are slowed down considerably

xyz823
05-11-2009, 08:31 PM
International traffic is throttled from 9am-2am everyday. Especially bittorrent traffic. If you want dedicated speed you should move onto a plan that has a data cap.

Sites like rapidshare/megaupload/etc are slowed down considerably

Hmmm so why the fast speed tests then?

And I specifically asked about rapidshare and he said "No we don't, not yet anyway"

Netsukeninja
05-11-2009, 08:40 PM
You will only have fast speeds INSIDE New Zealand, there is crap-all being downloaded nationally so there is plenty of bandwidth to go around, you will almost always max out your download speed inside NZ, but as soon as you try to get something from even Australia the download speed will basically halve.

Try doing a speedtest from California or London, seeing as that is a more reliable indication of what sort of international speeds you can expect.

I am on Big Time, and was on Go Large so I have dealt with this sort of performance. Do not expect to ever get anything great, you won't on this plan.


Speedtest to Napier -> http://www.speedtest.net/result/612998865.png
Speedtest to Sydney, Australia -> http://www.speedtest.net/result/612999522.png
Speedtest to California, USA -> http://www.speedtest.net/result/613000177.png
Speedtest to London, England -> http://www.speedtest.net/result/613000758.png

The speed and reliability degrade significantly as you download from distant servers.

https://www.telecom.co.nz/broadband/select/1,8670,205836-204473,00.html?action=/plan&detail=17#traffic_management

xyz823
05-11-2009, 08:46 PM
Cool thanks for the explanation. I think telecom needs to be alot clearer in their explanation.

I dont really mind slowish overseas downloads, my browsing speed is fine and if I need anything downloaded I can just leave it overnight!

Netsukeninja
05-11-2009, 08:47 PM
If you continue with this plan, you should probably invest in a download manager/accelerator to make multiple connections to a server and download the file a lot faster. If you have firefox, get this add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/201

If not, you could try FlashGet (http://download.cnet.com/FlashGet/3000-2071_4-10566273.html), Internet Download Manager (http://download.cnet.com/Internet-Download-Manager/3000-2071_4-10071618.html?tag=mncol) or Orbit Downloader (http://download.cnet.com/Orbit-Downloader/3000-2071_4-10600926.html).

All of the above are free.

Chris09
05-11-2009, 08:48 PM
I'm on the same plan, and I agree. Although, it is weird. Like for example. I downloaded MSE from their site, which is 8mb, and it downloaded instantly. I downloaded a few programs from Majorgeeks, around about 24mb each. Was done instantly. I download from rapidshare, I get 5 to 9kb. LOL!

By the way, turning off interleaving is absolutely amazing. I loose 100 ping off pretty much altogether! BUT... I have now noticed some downloads become corrupt half way through and fail download... that is the consequence of interleaving.

Anyway, sorry to Hijack. With Big Time, between 9am and 2 am - we can't say Telecom didn't tell us about traffic management. They can pretty much do what they like with our speeds.

xyz823
05-11-2009, 08:50 PM
Yes I was looking at that. Which one do you reccomend to be the best? I was trying firedownload (firefox addon) because it integrated itself with the download window but it didnt seem to like some sites.

Netsukeninja
05-11-2009, 09:04 PM
Downthemall! is great, if you want something with a bit more depth, IDM or FlashGet are good.