This is Real Broadband

Really fat bandwidth graph

Care of VVD Communications, the cool company with a bad website, I now have a synchronous 10mbps connection in my apartment. The first thing I did was go to a bandwidth testing site, as seen above. I was using Comcast before which was pretty snappy, but this is a whole new way to experience the internet. This is even faster than the connection I get at work.

This will definitely mean I’ll be able to run a lot more things from home, the upload bandwidth is about 10x what I had before, which means it’ll be much faster to upload pictures, serve files, stream music from home, and all the other stuff you should be able to do in a hyperconnected world. (Maybe I’ll even catch up on photos now.) They were also able to light up all the ethernet panels in my place so now doing some of the multimedia things I wanted to do around the house should be much easier. (Wireless was really too slow.) Best of all, the whole thing is only $35 a month and there was no setup.

I’m still going to have Comcast for a few months until my contract runs out, what I’m wondering now is if there’s a way to have the router balance the internet traffic between the two connections. I’m using a WRT54GS which I’ve loaded up with alternative Linux-based firmware before with good success. I wonder if that sort of balancing would be possible?

62 thoughts on “This is Real Broadband

  1. Hey dude! Where are you from? In my country (Spain) the speed limit it’s in 4mbps Asynchronous ADSL. Sometimes I think we’re a third world country in relation with our internet connections πŸ™ Congrats!!

  2. That’s the point where you ought to SSH your home machine (from work) and centralise your filestore on the home machine only. Your maximum bandwidth is only contrained by your ability to get X-forwarding working smoothly.

  3. How much Matt? I’m interested to see just how far ahead cost-wise you are from us (UK).

    Currently I’m on the mid-upper end of Broadband connections in the UK. A 2Mb down / 256k up service, that costs (reasonable for this country) £30~ a month, approximately $55.

  4. True loadbalancing (as in one tcp session loadbalanced over both links) across two ISP’s is far from trivial, but you can do some tricks locally since you probably NAT one or both of the connections. One approach is to route some IP ranges or port numbers to Comcast as the translated address will be the source, and use VDD for rest/default.

    Implementation depend on the capabilites in the router ofcourse. I do not know if the Linksys can do policy routing, any IOS based Cisco box should be fine. I have a stack of old Cisco’s lying around, could send you one if you want to become a Cisco hacker πŸ™‚

  5. Matt, you lucky boy…! Though if I decide to move to live in Hong Kong for a while I could get one of those lovely new 1GB connections… nuh nuh.

    How about that then huh Kitta? πŸ˜€

    Oh wait, I have a girlfriend.

  6. Hmmmm,

    * Residential Internet services may not be used for business purposes such as hosting a web site, e-mail server, or other Internet hosted service.

    I know that most providers say this somewhere, but methinks these guys will actually be watching. So are you getting the residential or business account?

  7. That’s pretty sweet. I have 3mb down/768 up here in Canada thanks to Rogers. I’d love to have a 10mb connection, but in Ottawa the highest we have is 5mb, though the small town of Kingston has 10mb…

  8. Cavalier Telephone is offering that kind of speed in the Mid-Atlantic region. We were considering to switch to them from Comcast, but went with the slightly slower Verizon instead. We’ve been having repeated problems with Comcast — the connection just goes away. We opted for Verizon because of their plans to offer their FiOS system in our area in the next year or so, and their plans to try to offer fiber-based broadband video in addition to internet and phone — all with a fiber connection right up to the house.

  9. Thanks rub it in! I have to live with 1.5mb at home and 5.8mb down and 3.0 mb up at work. The problem with a good connection though is that you are still limited by the connection of other servers on the internet. You can only download as fast as they can upload.

  10. I’d kill for something like that in my neighborhood.

    I’m still waiting, patiently, for Verizon FiOS (which was finally announced in my area last month)!

  11. Wow! Killer! 10/10. Can’t beat that from an ISP. I’m getting 10/1 soon from Mediacom. 10Mbit down 1Mbit up.

    That’s much better than my current 5Mbit down 256kbps up. Congrats on the fat pipe Matt!

  12. Some mentioned gigabit connections, but the hardware cannot handle that much. I am running on a 100Mbit/sec wire, but the most I can ever get (effective speed) is around 50Mbit and the machine is coughing blood.

  13. Craphouses! We pay almost Γ’β€šΒ¬50 per month for 3MBit down and 786kBit up! Since the Netherlands don’t do DSL, we’re stuck with ADSL anyway, so you’re twice as lucky.

  14. Well, now if this doesn’t throw me into a depression … :sigh:

    Man, I live in a city that can put two men on the freaking moon. Why can’t I get a kickin’ connection like this?

  15. Singapore is still stuck at 3500 kbps for dedicated access… And not forgetting the fact that it’s rather expensive too compared to other countries.

  16. Man, that might send me into depression! I am back hanging out with my parents for the summer to be with my grandpa that has cancer. I *just* got them switched onto DSL because I told them that I couldn’t live with anything less. I’m gonna have to research and see if they have anything like that for cheap back home in Chicago!

  17. Matt – that’s about three times my speed, for half the price! My broadband is one of the fastest types for residents in the UK…and it costs about £35 per month (about $60-$70!)

    Lucky you…I’m sure you’ll take full advantage of this extra speed as soon as you can!

    (I still know people in the UK who use ‘dial-up’ across 56k modems….the poor bastards!)

  18. I’m actually very grateful for what I’ve got right now as it is twice as fast as what I was using a few months ago…and with no price increase at all!
    Your new connection sounds fantastic Matt, but my envy is limited by geography and modest gratitude (both happy coincidences of fate).

    Mark Payne: Wait, hang-on, you’re saying you don’t think you couldn’t live with anything less that DSL…and your Grandpa is dying with cancer? Tell me if I’m wrong: but isn’t your Grandpa dying with cancer about 100 times more important than how fast your PC can connect to the Net? # wide-eyed in surprise #

  19. w00t indeed.

    Hey Matt, I’m sometimes near 3rd and Folsom after school; think I could come over some day and try that out? πŸ™‚

  20. Sadly, I’m still using dial-up. The cable company wanted $13,000 to drop me a line from 1/5 mile away, and the phone company wants to re-wire the phone lines in the house before installing DSL. Any suggestions?

  21. Jordan (Moore): Re-wire the phone lines for DSL? If you’re on dial-up and you are a serious web user, then the choice is clearly an obvious one….do it! Re-wire the whole block if you have to!! πŸ™‚
    You won’t need to re-wire a whole building though…you will need the incoming line to be tested by the phone company engineers…and if they suggest you need one new line installing, then that’s what you need to do. But you only need that to reach to just inside your house – from there, set up a wireless network and…’hey, look – no wires anywhere else!’ Saving you $$$.

  22. In the UK the fastest we can get is 8Mbps. Except it’s asynchronous (meaing the fastest way to upload a site is to print it out and put it on the back of a mule), and you have to live in a flat above the telephone exchange πŸ˜›

  23. Oh boy, I wish. Majority of Australia gets up to 1.5Mb/256kb for upload/download — but some more remote areas are still dial-up only. Entry level ADSL currently being marketed is 256/64kb connections. We pay $50 to $90 AUD for 1.5/256 (depending on data limits). 512/512 synch is more expensive.

    Some cable broadband gets better results, although a lot of it is throttled nowadays and suffers the same data restrictions as ADSL.

    There’s new “ADSL2” here with up to 8Mb/1.5Mb, but extremely limited availability.

    I feel like I’m living in the dark ages reading these posts. My 1.5Mb/256kb connection seems positively dreadful (AUD$80/month with 20Gb data limit is low end of the deals). Sigh.

  24. In Portugal you can have 16Mb adsl (16384kbps/512kbps) but it costs you $80 a month.
    Nice to know that we are faster than Uk

    In the UK the fastest we can get is 8Mbps.

    and Spain

    In my country (Spain) the speed limit it’s in 4mbps Asynchronous ADSL.
    ]V[orlock Zernebock

    p.s. I wanna live in Tokyo!

  25. We can get 8mbps here in the UK, yes, but only through LLU services at the moment. British Telecom are being really slow about rolling out ADSL2 and ADSL2+

    I’m sitting here on a 512kbps ADSL line (256kbps up) and paying £24/month (~$45/month) for the privilege. And I see people complaining about their 1-4mbps lines? I think you need someone like me to put things into perspective! Oh well, atleast I can get 11ms pings to London. How are the pings on these new umfangled wireless services?

  26. David Russell and Uber: Tell me about it!

    We’re screwed-over in the UK! I’m with BT, and on a 2.2 mbps DSL line (Uber: I’m paying £35 per month for this).

    Guys – 10 mbps services ARE available in the UK – but only on business lines and not the residential ones (= £100s!)

  27. Nice. That upload is great.

    I get about the same download speed ( usually as bit faster ) but I get nowhere near that upload.. probably around a ninth of that. I pay about the same as you.. $35/mo is pretty cheap for a 10mbit

  28. 10MBps? Whaaaaaat?!
    I thought the 512kb line I’m using right now was fast… And I’m paying $45 per month for it!

    Damn you, SBC!

  29. “I now have a synchronous 10mbps connection in my apartment.”

    No you don’t πŸ™‚ What you mean is, you have a /symmetric/ 10mbps connection.

  30. I pay $25 a month for 128 Kbps up, 128 Kbps down (DSL)… anyone wanna sponsor my imminent move to Hong Kong? πŸ™‚

  31. All I could think of when I went to VVD Communications website, is why is a company using a picture from O’Hare Int’l Airport here in Chicago on their front page, when they are based in and do business exclusively in California.

    I seem to focus on the weirdest of things … oh well.

  32. Here in South Korea, I sit on 100mbps line and I pay roughly $40 US a month. This is pretty much standard in every home. You can even walk in off the street to anyone of the hundreds of PC bangs (“rooms”) are fire up connections even faster. These run about $1/hr.

  33. Matt,

    We upgraded your connectin last month to 45 Mbps. Try another test, you will be happy…


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