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#1 BillTheConqueror

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:32 PM

Turbo - DL up to 20 Mbps; UL up to 2 Mbps
Standard - up to 10 Mbps; up to 1 Mbps

I'm getting a new plan soon and the introductory price on Turbo is $40 a month versus $30 a month for standard.  I plan to do quite a bit of video streaming but most services seem to say you need around 5 Mbps for HD video.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:34 PM

Downloading games on steam at 2.4MB/S is oh so sweet.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:37 PM

View PostBillTheConqueror, on 11 May 2012 - 04:32 PM, said:

Turbo - DL up to 20 Mbps; UL up to 2 Mbps
Standard - up to 10 Mbps; up to 1 Mbps

I'm getting a new plan soon and the introductory price on Turbo is $40 a month versus $30 a month for standard.  I plan to do quite a bit of video streaming but most services seem to say you need around 5 Mbps for HD video.

I have 20D 2U with my provider and 2Mbps is 'meh' at best for video streaming. I HIGHLY recommend doing the 5Mbps if you plan on video streaming.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:37 PM

You do have a point.  I play most games on PC and do download 99 percent of them.

Anyone out there that's tried both speeds or different services?  I looked at DSL but they all looked too slow to me and my area doesn't have shit like ATT U-Verse or Verizon FIOS.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:38 PM

View PostGreen Machine, on 11 May 2012 - 04:37 PM, said:

I have 20D 2U with my provider and 2Mbps is 'meh' at best for video streaming. I HIGHLY recommend doing the 5Mbps if you plan on video streaming.

Well that's the thing; both plans are over 5Mbps for downstream.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:39 PM

Standard is more than good enough but turbo will give you a boner when you download stuff.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:40 PM

View PostBillTheConqueror, on 11 May 2012 - 04:38 PM, said:

Well that's the thing; both plans are over 5Mbps for downstream.

You need 5Mbps UP, not down.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:41 PM

Oh, well the plan for 5mbps up is really expensive I think.  Isn't called "extreme" or something?
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:42 PM

View PostBillTheConqueror, on 11 May 2012 - 04:41 PM, said:

Oh, well the plan for 5mbps up is really expensive I think.  Isn't called "extreme" or something?

Yea, your probably looking between $75-90 im guessing.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:43 PM

Actually extreme is priced at $50 a month for 30mbps dl/5mbps ul, granted that's introductory.  You really think it's worth it?  I will be saving about 70-90 bucks a month by not getting cable TV this time around.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:53 PM

View PostBillTheConqueror, on 11 May 2012 - 04:43 PM, said:

Actually extreme is priced at $50 a month for 30mbps dl/5mbps ul, granted that's introductory.  You really think it's worth it?  I will be saving about 70-90 bucks a month by not getting cable TV this time around.

For me, that would be a steal. Mediacom (suckiest ISP ever!), yet monopolizes our region has their prices set to $115 a month or so.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:05 PM

I use standard speed and I'm getting an update on Steam at 1.1mbps, that's pretty standard. My gf can watch netflix while I'm playing online and I never see a speed drop while playing.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:08 PM

Steam downloads at 4.5+ MB/s for me (40Mbps plan).  It would be hard to go back to a slower speed.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:29 PM

View PostBillTheConqueror, on 11 May 2012 - 04:43 PM, said:

Actually extreme is priced at $50 a month for 30mbps dl/5mbps ul, granted that's introductory.  You really think it's worth it?  I will be saving about 70-90 bucks a month by not getting cable TV this time around.

Thats what I use, the 30/5 from TWC. After the year is up, just call them and ask about any current promotions to keep the bill down.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:36 PM

Both sound too slow to me.
I get about 6.5 MB/sec through steam.  I'd like faster but they don't offer anything faster.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:41 PM

View PostOminous, on 11 May 2012 - 05:36 PM, said:

Both sound too slow to me.
I get about 6.5 MB/sec through steam.  I'd like faster but they don't offer anything faster.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:45 PM

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I like my peak download rate. :P

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 07:49 PM

Since I'm not getting cable this time around; I might just try extreme since I get the introductory rate as a new customer, 30 down 5 up is a lot faster than what I have right now.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:06 PM

I have turbo. 2-2.5MB downloads from Steam is freakin sweet (regardless of streaming). I don't think i'd ever go back.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:11 PM

I am pretty happy with my 2MB/s sustained download speeds on Steam, wish I had faster though but I don't control what internet we use here.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:31 PM

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Actually extreme is priced at $50 a month for 30mbps dl/5mbps ul, granted that's introductory.  You really think it's worth it?  I will be saving about 70-90 bucks a month by not getting cable TV this time around.

thats the plan I have and am quite pleased with it but I do a lot of torrents.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 07:35 PM

I went with comcast.  I've got 50mbps and HBO for $59/mo  Its fantastic.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 07:53 PM

TW Turbo in Raleigh:

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 09:56 PM

BTW try to find out if you live on a busy node. If you do, your service can go to shit during busy periods. I remember one time back in NY Netflix just refused to lock an HD stream because my bandwidth was too low.
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Posted 17 June 2013 - 09:57 PM

My dad had whatever the substandard internet was. Was getting like 2mb dl and like 700 kb upload. It was awful. So I had the lady upgrade it and it's quite nice now.
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Posted 17 June 2013 - 10:07 PM

I get this on WiFi at my desktop,

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Hardwired I get around 60Mb/s and 11Mb/s upload, WiFi sucks but I don't feel like running Ethernet through this old house..

Though it is funny I almost get the same on LTE on my phone lol but this is not an officially launched LTE area so speeds will improve,

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 10:54 PM

And if by almost you mean 5x slower...sure.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 10:59 PM

View PostGreen Machine, on 11 May 2012 - 04:40 PM, said:

You need 5Mbps UP, not down.
Why in the world would you need 5Mbps Up for streaming?
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Posted 17 June 2013 - 11:04 PM

View PostTwinIon, on 17 June 2013 - 10:59 PM, said:

Why in the world would you need 5Mbps Up for streaming?

It only took 13 months for someone to ask that question.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 11:11 PM

View PostTwinIon, on 17 June 2013 - 10:59 PM, said:

Why in the world would you need 5Mbps Up for streaming?

To stream HD?

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 11:17 PM

i use my 5up for twitch tv streaming in 720p
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Posted 17 June 2013 - 11:22 PM

I got the free boost from Comcast recently, so nice to have a sustained 3MB/sec download instead of 1.8MB that I had before the change.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 11:38 PM

View PostOminous, on 17 June 2013 - 11:11 PM, said:

To stream HD?
If you're broadcasting your HD stream maybe, but you certainly don't need it to watch HD streaming.
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Posted 18 June 2013 - 12:49 AM

Yeah you don't need any upload at all (well, maybe .25mb/s) to download HD videos.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 05:45 AM

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Here is what I am getting currently in the sticks and my wifes parents home.  It is painful.  They have dish internet.
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