Midnight crisis

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ania
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Midnight crisis

Post by ania » Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:55 am

Is it reasonable that as soon as midnight hits, I cannot even watch a 2 minute youtube video?
It is fu**ing terrible, and I want something done about this!

ania
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Re: Midnight crisis

Post by ania » Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:06 am

I thought youtube was bad enough.
Now I can't even open a pdf file online.
Waited for 7 min then gave up.

I have been with Exetel for 5 years, and every time there was a small glitch, problem with the speed or something, I always convinced my partner (who wanted to go elsewhere) that it was only temporary and they were a good company in the end.

But now I am starting to doubt it myself and I think I may be leaving soon.

I need to be able to use the internet after midnight, that is all.
Nothing fancy, not downloading, not watching movies. But if I can't even browse.... then what am I paying for?

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Re: Midnight crisis

Post by Dazzled » Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:23 am

The witching hour brings out all the P2P and auto-download ghoulies from wherever they spend the day, and they are the greater part of internet traffic, despite their modest numbers. To make matters worse, the undersea cable and even your local exchange are probably clogged up as well, and there is no way around these.

Youtube's New York servers are notoriously slow at times, and you may be connecting to one - the firewall and some browsers can tell you. The best way to attack late-night Youtube is with a Youtube script or widget - they exist for Firefox and Opera browsers = or (the best worked out method) from http://bitbucket.org/rg3/youtube-dl/wiki/Home. The script goes off and gets the video, and you can view it free of buffering after a short delay.

As a rule, downloaders will get files quicker than browsers. My solution at home is to navigate to Youtube in Opera, find what I want to watch, and then use the right click menu to start youtube-dl in the background (which uses a downloader) to pipe to the vlc media player. It is simple, and works. A similar method handles large downloads.

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Re: Midnight crisis

Post by ania » Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:29 pm

Thank you for the suggestions, I will try them out.

terrox
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Re: Midnight crisis

Post by terrox » Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:50 am

http://www.ozspeedtest.com/bandwidth-test/
I get 50KB/sec at 1:40am from Non-Exetel mirrors and 200KB/sec from an Exetel mirror.
I get My normal speed during the day is 1000KB/sec

http://exetel.com.au/speed/
gives me 105.65 KB/sec at 1:40am
gives me 8+Mbit during the day ( 1000+ KB/sec )

Mayfield Exchange, ports not full.

It's pretty bad. I just figure that P2P and very light browsing is the only use for the net after midnight. FPS pings are okay, weird.

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Re: Midnight crisis

Post by Dazzled » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:19 am

terrox, if forum posts are a guide, Gosford, Newcastle and onwards up the North Coast is a midnight congestion zone.

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Re: Midnight crisis

Post by dbr » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:29 am

Have a look at the MRTG. The new circuits appear to be getting a workout. The added bandwidth looks to be providing ~750Mbps more for the last couple of days.
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terrox
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Re: Midnight crisis

Post by terrox » Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:47 am

and slow again tonight. When I do a speedtest it starts off fast around 400KB/sec for a few seconds but then tapers down to about 50KB/sec or less, max speed is 1000KB/sec during the day. Sync 10 000 / 8000.
It has always been slow at midnight for me, except maybe a few days where I didn't notice the slowness over the last 6 months - but now is quite bad.

Maybe the internal bandwidth rearrangement is still ongoing? http://forum.exetel.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=296&t=32483

Trying the Exetel speed test, hit it a few times, this was sorta the average. http://www.exetel.com.au/speed

PEAK TIME in Mayfield exchange, ADSL2+ on Optus link (I assume)
11:00pm
Your current bandwidth reading is: 7.81 Mbps
which means you can download at 999.35 KB/sec. from our servers.

11:50pm
Your current bandwidth reading is: 7.77 Mbps
which means you can download at 995.14 KB/sec. from our servers.

11:58pm on Speedtest.net 7.78 Mbps

OFFPEAK TIME in Mayfield exchange, ADSL2+ on Optus link (I assume)
12:03 am Your current bandwidth reading is: 1.01 Mbps
which means you can download at 129.34 KB/sec. from our servers.

12:04 amYour current bandwidth reading is: 1.39 Mbps
which means you can download at 178.15 KB/sec. from our servers.

12:02am on Speedtest.net 2.34 Mbps


The good news is that PING is not hampered for most FPS games, though I hear that WoW has problems.

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Re: Midnight crisis

Post by terrox » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:12 am

At about 10:40am this morning everything sped up.
I couldn't connect to any ED2K servers all night, now it connects with HighID.
Getting 6 Mbps.

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Re: Midnight crisis

Post by stickmatrix » Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:31 am

same exchange as terrox

everything peachy til midnight strikes then suddenly downloads get capped around 100-150kb/s when its going close to 1mb/s pre midnight

edit: abc iview doesn't even work without 10-20 mins of buffering

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Re: Midnight crisis

Post by terrox » Sun Jun 28, 2009 12:32 pm

yeah it is like a YoYo. Usually you can't stream anything, but sometimes you can stream with a small wait (rarely though).

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Re: Midnight crisis

Post by stickmatrix » Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:46 am

seems to be a little better tonight. at least i can stream radio
iview fluctuates. has 5 mins at 1-2mbit then goes down to 200k for a while.

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Re: Midnight crisis

Post by stickmatrix » Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:05 am

tonight is even worse :S iview going at 70kbps, SABnzb+ going at 70KB/s (10 connections)

http is just unbareably slow

INTERNET
ADSL: CONNECTED
Mode: G.992.5 (ADSL2+)
Upload: 812 Kbps.
Download: 13578 Kbps.
UPTIME: 7:01:46:46

Operation Data Upstream Downstream
Noise Margin 14 dB 8 dB
Attenuation 5 dB 8 dB

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Re: Midnight crisis

Post by Impact » Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:29 am

its been bad for a couple days ... but its worst today , just tried playing counter strike getting 20 loss constantly and any MMORPG i lag out

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Re: Midnight crisis

Post by Impact » Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:37 am

shocking i cant even receive a 800kbs file over msn :(

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