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2nd May 2005, 09:32 PM
I recently downloaded a file from Apple at an average 384 KB per second. This is the highest download rate I can recall on my Mac. I am using Optusnet cable in inner Melbourne. The highest rate I have seen using Bit Torrent (Azureus) on my Mac was just over 200KB per second.

What are other people getting at home with cable and ADSL? Has anyone taken up ADSL2 yet? I am not interested in the rate of high-speed T1 lines installed at work etc. just the various options for domestic use.

2nd May 2005, 09:36 PM
600k/sec on Telstra cable some years back.
A friend was getting 1000k/sec on Optus cable.

I get 168k/sec on Internode 1500. I'm planning to upgrade to ADSL2+ later in the year though.

2nd May 2005, 09:37 PM
Best speed attained on my Telstra Cable is 1.3MB/s
In suburban Sydney.

2nd May 2005, 09:43 PM

I get on Optus Cable in surburban sydney

800kb/s --- 1.3 Mb/s


2nd May 2005, 09:45 PM
Highest I've seen was 1.2MB/s on my Optus cable in Ivanhoe, Victoria, I currently average anywhere between 300-600KB/s.

2nd May 2005, 10:01 PM
650KB/sec on iiNet ADSL Broadband2, haven't hit the theoretical max of 800KB/sec though.

2nd May 2005, 10:05 PM
is Ihug any good?

2nd May 2005, 10:08 PM
1.3mb/s, Optus Cable when buying music off iTunes.

On a slightly different note, the minimum requirements for hosting a 3-way video ichat in Tiger is a 384 kilobit upload speed. As far as I know, the fastest general consumer upload speed is 256 with the top of the line ADSL (until that new dsl comes out in some parts of AU). Many many people like myself use cable which has an upload speed of only 128. I tried a 3 way video chat with myself, another cable user with the host on a 1024/256 DSL. Sadly it was a no show. So basically, unless your on a network, or have a fabulous connection, 3 way video chatting probably wont work for you. Which is sad.. I really wanted to do one.

2nd May 2005, 10:11 PM
Originally posted by zac@May 2 2005, 10:08 PM
The minimum requirements for hosting a 3-way video ichat in Tiger is a 384 kilobit upload speed. As far as I know, the fastest general consumer upload speed is 256 with the top of the line ADSL.
If you really needed to do this (ie for work) you could get an SDSL 512/512 plan, which is available from most ISPs. But yes, most people don't have an upload speed higher than 128 or 256.

2nd May 2005, 11:43 PM
i have a connection rate of 8128/1024... i love the upload speed. most i have ever got is 800kb/s. did have a burst for about 30 seconds @ 3mb/s :huh: that 600mb *nix iso came down quick!

I find it hard trying to download normal stuff and hit that speed - most of it downloads at 100-200kb/s


2nd May 2005, 11:55 PM
Downloading a game from fileplanet i reached 4.8 Mbps on average, i have a 256k download speed but thats on an aussie server considering...

3rd May 2005, 12:11 AM
I'll be movng up to 4meg ADSL broadband next month, when the supplier I want goes on-line in my area (see Bulldog Broadband (http://www.bulldogbroadband.com/)).. Can anyone tell me what download speeds (Kbps?) I can expect with that kind of package?

The highest standard home ADSL package available in England at the moment (without going to a specialist ADSL2+ supplier or a business-focussed cable supplier) is 8Meg with a company called UK Online (http://www.ukonline.net/broadband/), but they like to commit you to 12 month contracts which doesn't suit me at the moment..

Can't wait for those speeds via my Airport Express!! The little white box has been dying to start transmitting wireless around my new flat! :D

3rd May 2005, 01:01 AM
don't trust those download mangers to report back on speed.. they simple grab averages, so figures are often slightly fudged due to timing..

internet explorer 5 was the worst, it averaged it as a global average over time.. so you could download for 2 minute at 10kb/sec, then have 2 minutes of 0kb/sec and it would be showing 5kb/sec..

3rd May 2005, 01:13 AM
about 13M down 2.1 M up on my 50M / 3M plan in which i am 1.6km from the exchange living on the 10th floor..... this is in Japan though.

BT I usually total around 800-900kb/sec with uploads around 160kb/sec

iTunes music video on large just requires a click and it starts playing

HD samples take about 5 seconds to start, but goes to the full screen mode after the click

3rd May 2005, 01:25 AM
Originally posted by osxuser@May 2 2005, 10:05 PM
is Ihug any good?
ihug had a good rep years ago as a dialup ISP, I don't know what their broadband was like, but they are now part of iiNET and iiNET are very good.

3rd May 2005, 02:40 AM
This gets a little confusing with b=bits and B=Bytes (8 bits = 1 Byte.)

3rd May 2005, 07:54 AM
Originally posted by Edge@May 3 2005, 02:40 AM
This gets a little confusing with b=bits and B=Bytes (8 bits = 1 Byte.)
Just to confuse things a little more

When I used to work for Novell. A few of the the U.S based System Engineers (S.E's) had T3 connections into there homes (how I have no idea!) but they had access speeds of 45Mb/s

All of that porn :D

Thats all I could think of...


3rd May 2005, 08:21 AM
you still get up to 1.5mbit per second on optus.

remeber it depends on your download source&#33; If i download off a local australian server I can easily reach 1mbit per second.

Telstra is really crappy compared to optus.

however, new adsl2 technolgy looks promising and we may see 5 - 10mbit persecond connections soon. In japan they have up to 27mbit per sec. And its not expensive ether. You can grap 5 - 10mbit persecond connection in the US for a bit more than normal boardband here.

What will you use it for? Well we will always find a need. But it would be great to watch high quality TV and music over the internet.

3rd May 2005, 08:47 AM
don&#39;t trust those download mangers to report back on speed...

Damn straight&#33; Especially web browsers - they normally start caching the file while the save dialog is still up (no point wasting that precious time, eh?). In this case, the initial speed you see includes data from before its timer actually starts counting.