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#1 Jul 21 2010 at 1:24 PM Rating: Decent
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Just searched there and someone was worried about their internet speed but it seems mine is in a league of its own when it comes to being s**t.

Hopefully this link works:

http://www.speedtest.net/result/887346584.png

How will this perform with FFXIV with a good comp.? I havent built it yet but im expecting it to score around 4500 in HD.

I'm also looking into having phone lines tested because I'm convinced something is wrong.

If its helpful I played FFXI for 2 years or more on this speed and it was pretty OK - WOW for a month on almost highest settings was very good with some lag spikes in instances.

Thanks

edit. Oh and by the way I'm actually in Ireland but wanted to see what latency was like to a European server.

Edited, Jul 21st 2010 3:27pm by djbenny
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#2 Jul 21 2010 at 1:28 PM Rating: Excellent
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What is the advertised speed of your ISP? I'm on cable internet and regularly see 24mbs download and 1mbs up.
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#3 Jul 21 2010 at 1:30 PM Rating: Good
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1) I'd test to Tokyo

2) It seems pretty slow to me. I'm on a pretty good home DSL connection where I get download speeds of about 350kb/s, and I got .90 down and .71 up to Tokyo
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I'm with Plusnet who are supposed to be a great ISP here in the UK. Our advertised speed is like 8mb or something rediculous but the exchange our house is wired to is only capable of 2 mb - we are a bit of a distance from the exchange but just today I spoke to a girl I went to school with who is just down the road and she gets good speed with AOL.

Don't get me wrong I'd be jumping for joy if I got anywhere near 2mb - during the University year there I lived in Belfast and had cable and was downloading constantly at 1.2Mb/s, my friends on a better package doubled that easily.

Here are results from Tokyo:

http://www.speedtest.net/result/887359204.png

How you reckon what I've got will do in FFXIV?

edit. tested again to be sure:

http://www.speedtest.net/result/887369353.png


Edited, Jul 21st 2010 3:43pm by djbenny
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#5 Jul 21 2010 at 1:44 PM Rating: Good
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djbenny wrote:
I'm also looking into having phone lines tested because I'm convinced something is wrong.
I actually had my phone company I get my DSL through do that over the weekend because I was getting constant dropped connections and terrible upload speed (download wasn't even close to what my line was supposed to be provisioned for either). Ended up the line outside was great and it was something in the house. Guess when they built it (house is only 5 or so years old), they daisy chained all the outlets which can really degrade the signal depending on where you plug your modem in. He suggested running a separate line from the outside box strictly to the modem/router, but for the time being just hooked it up to the first outlet in the chain and it made a night and day difference.

Edited, Jul 21st 2010 2:45pm by Harri
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#6 Jul 21 2010 at 1:54 PM Rating: Decent
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Locally I got 15.38 DL and 1.87 UL
To Tokyo it was 4.40 DL and 1.31 UL

Little below average service, but I wouldn't expect anything else from Cox Communications
Man, I'd definitely be getting to the bottom of that before september, those numbers are clearly unacceptable.
#7 Jul 21 2010 at 2:21 PM Rating: Good
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Here are results from Tokyo:

http://www.speedtest.net/result/887359204.png

How you reckon what I've got will do in FFXIV?


It seems odd that your upload is faster than your download.

If you're on Windows 7, I'd pop open your resource monitor and check the network tab and see if something is eating up a lot of your download bandwidth.
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Yea Harri, I live in a very old house so the first thing I thought was the wiring is probably shot, but I ruled that out because of the simple fact that it USED to be fast - when broadband first came out our speed was as good as the provider could provide at the time, something like 500kbps? Can't remember but it was a mile faster than what we have now.

Also I've done some testing myself doing a quiet line test and there is a lot of crackling etc. the line. Does this indicate an internal problem or something between myself and the exchange (because I've been told if its inside my house I'll be charged for repairs, outside I won't)? I repeated the same test with the same phone in my grannys house a few miles down the road and the same phone was crystal clear there, she's probably on a different exchange but it was just to make sure the phone wasn't a dud.

And yea it's very strange that UL is faster than DL, but its been like that for as long as I've had the slowness, no idea why!

Hell I wouldn't even mind paying a few hundred quid to get this fixed if I was going to be getting 2mbps or close!

edit. JayRams I'm looking at this Resource Monitor here and I'm in the Network tab but I'm not really sure what I'm looking at/for, can you advise?

Thanks

Edited, Jul 21st 2010 4:44pm by djbenny
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djbenny wrote:
Yea Harri, I live in a very old house so the first thing I thought was the wiring is probably shot, but I ruled that out because of the simple fact that it USED to be fast - when broadband first came out our speed was as good as the provider could provide at the time, something like 500kbps? Can't remember but it was a mile faster than what we have now.

Also I've done some testing myself doing a quiet line test and there is a lot of crackling etc. the line. Does this indicate an internal problem or something between myself and the exchange (because I've been told if its inside my house I'll be charged for repairs, outside I won't)? I repeated the same test with the same phone in my grannys house a few miles down the road and the same phone was crystal clear there, she's probably on a different exchange but it was just to make sure the phone wasn't a dud.

And yea it's very strange that UL is faster than DL, but its been like that for as long as I've had the slowness, no idea why!

Hell I wouldn't even mind paying a few hundred quid to get this fixed if I was going to be getting 2mbps or close!

edit. JayRams I'm looking at this Resource Monitor here and I'm in the Network tab but I'm not really sure what I'm looking at/for, can you advise?

Thanks

Edited, Jul 21st 2010 4:44pm by djbenny
That's the thing. I've lived in this place since September and never really noticed a problem until the past couple weeks. Granted I never ran a speedtest, so I could have been costing myself decent speeds all along. I got the same deal, if it was something in the house that was wrong, they'd charge me a $100 to fix, but only if I OK'd it. They would still test everything for free. The guy who came out was cool and basically showed me how to run a new line myself from the outside box rather than me paying the phone company the money. I would at least get someone out there to test everything, and if it ends up being an inside problem evaluate if it's something you can fix yourself or if it's worth paying them to fix it. For what broadband costs a month, $100 is nothing if it drastically fixes your speed. Like I said, all I ended up having to do was just move the modem and router to a different room and it made a huge difference. Went from 2MB DL to 6MB, and 50-70k UL to 700K+. I'm guessing when I get around to running a dedicated line to the outside box it will be even better.

Edited, Jul 21st 2010 4:05pm by Harri
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#10 Jul 21 2010 at 3:08 PM Rating: Decent
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Just had some kind of breakthrough I think....

Just unplugged the internet and all other phones and it turns out the phone only crackles and hisses when the internet is on...

I'm not sure how much they'll charge if the problem is inside the house, it depends on what it costs to fix and I'm sure they'll OK it with me first but if it is on my side its the call out fee I'd have to pay thats annoying -.-;

It could be over £100 before anythings even fixed, I'll keep researching.

But the question still remains, what would this connection be like in game???
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#11 Jul 21 2010 at 3:13 PM Rating: Good
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djbenny wrote:
But the question still remains, what would this connection be like in game???
Well FFXI was capped at 56k. FFXIV is going to require a little more bandwidth I'd imagine, but MMO's in general don't need blazing fast speeds. Your UL is probably plenty sufficient, but that download speed looks pretty questionable.
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#12 Jul 21 2010 at 3:14 PM Rating: Good
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I'm looking at this Resource Monitor here and I'm in the Network tab but I'm not really sure what I'm looking at/for, can you advise?


Yeah, there should be columns labeled Send, Receive, and Total. If there's something with a big number (5 digits or more, I'd say), see if you can identify what it is, because it's probably eating up bandwidth. I had a process called pmb.exe eating up a ton of it the other day when I was trying to download an especially large file *wink*. I shut that process down, and voila, speed skyrocketed. I had no idea what pmb.exe was (turns out it was some "panda media booster" or something), suspended it and no harm done.

From what it sounds like, your DSL is interfering with your phones. I think it's hokey, but you may wish to try a DSL filter on either your router or your phone line(s). I don't know much about how those work, but I know my former DSL provider insisted I mess with them >.>.

Edited, Jul 21st 2010 5:16pm by JayRams
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#13 Jul 21 2010 at 3:23 PM Rating: Decent
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Biggest usage I have is chrome here and at the minute its using less than 10 kbps, almost all of it is receiving.

I've tried changing filters in the past and it did no good.

Tomorrow I'll have a look and see if I can find the external box and if theres any way I can connect directly into it but I honestly feel its a line issue. This may be easier said than done though as like I said the house is very old and doesn't have a conventional box - I think I looked before.

Hopefully it's still playable as FFXI was if I cant get fixed - if not I'll just have to move out! :D lol
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you need to find where service enters your house. they can check signal there. if its good, make sure you come right from that point to your DSL connection. the more times its split off, the higher chance of signal loss/degredation. They will charge for doing stuff in your house I'm sure, but it probably won't be an arm and a leg.



Edited, Jul 21st 2010 4:29pm by Mithsavvy
#15 Jul 21 2010 at 3:34 PM Rating: Decent
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OK thanks thats what I'l do first thing tomorrow.

Don't fancy having to splice into a line or something crazy like that but if needs must lol

edit. By the way - wouldn't I be correct in saying that a 56k dial-up connection working properly would in fact be faster than what I've got at the minute?

http://www.speedtest.net/result/887580042.png

Edited, Jul 21st 2010 8:00pm by djbenny
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#16 Aug 23 2013 at 3:26 AM Rating: Default
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[IMG]http://www.speedtest.net/result/2918562686.png[/IMG]

wondering how to rate mine as well for FF14 since early access starts 2am saturday

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#18 Aug 23 2013 at 5:37 AM Rating: Excellent
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Your internet is extremely slow, friend. You're most-likely going to experience very intense lag while playing. There's a good chance it'll be uplayable for you.
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djbenny wrote:
OK thanks thats what I'l do first thing tomorrow.

Don't fancy having to splice into a line or something crazy like that but if needs must lol

edit. By the way - wouldn't I be correct in saying that a 56k dial-up connection working properly would in fact be faster than what I've got at the minute?

http://www.speedtest.net/result/887580042.png

Edited, Jul 21st 2010 8:00pm by djbenny


.14 MBps is roughly 140(ish)KBps. 56K is 56KBps.

I think the game requires a DSL, Cable, or other form of high speed internet connection to play.
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http://www.speedtest.net/result/2918866815.png
ill be fine

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#21 Aug 23 2013 at 6:32 AM Rating: Decent
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WOW. what service is that?
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Hopefully the OP has gotten this fixed since this is from 3 YEARS AGO.
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