Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Back on the Internet

Many thanks to my snail ISP - Optus, the second largest telecommunications company in Australia, I finally got back on the Internet this morning after waiting (offline) nearly two months!

Here are the test results of my Optus DSL Direct connection, provided by OZ Bandwidth Speed Test.

Test 1 (DSL modem/router only)

Mirror: OptusNet
Data: 15 MB
Test Time: 26.91 secs

Your line speed is 4.66 Mbps (4658 kbps).
Your download speed is 582 KB/s (0.57 MB/s).


Test 2 (DSL modem/router + wireless AP/firewall)

Mirror: OptusNet
Data: 15 MB
Test Time: 34.33 secs

Your line speed is 3.65 Mbps (3651 kbps).
Your download speed is 456 KB/s (0.45 MB/s).


Test 3 (DSL modem/router only)

Mirror: OptusNet
Data: 70 KB
Test Time: 0.39 secs

Your line speed is 1.47 Mbps (1468 kbps).
Your download speed is 183 KB/s (0.18 MB/s).


Test 4 (DSL modem/router + wireless AP/firewall)

Mirror: OptusNet
Data: 70 KB
Test Time: 0.4 secs

Your line speed is 1.43 Mbps (1435 kbps).
Your download speed is 179 KB/s (0.18 MB/s).


It is about 2.5 km from my location to the exchange, so it is not that good as what Optus claims. Optus claims that its DSL Direct connection should be up to 20 Mbps for download and 820 kbps for upload.

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