Day 2 On NBN - Further Insights
Day 2 On NBN
I just thought I would give you an update after the 2nd day on the Fibre connection. It has still maintained the same speeds and it's been consistent without any drops to the connection. By this time on ADSL2+ I would have lost line sync a few times. So far so good. I have also put up some screen shots of today's speed compared to the 1st day and its been fairly consistent. The Fritz!Box 7390 has been taking a beating with all the uploads and downloads I have been doing. All good and the box doesn't feel any hotter than with my previous ADSL connection.
Screenshot above shows the Upload speeds on Day 2. Still excellent with download speed test showing close to 95Mbps.
Some words of advice for new comers to Fibre. Don't expect every site to appear instantly. It just isnt going to happen. Reason being there are many sites that load up very slow because they have big databases esp things like WordPress where some sites load up a bunch of plugins and it slows their site down heavily. There are also several other factors like network congestion (this will be one of the big issues for a number of people), your ISP's International connectivity and how that traffic is routed etc. Even if you have a 1Gb connection these sites arent going to load any faster than an ADSL connection and this has happened to me as well. Sites that load fast generally on an ADSL connection are even quicker with this Fibre connection however.
You can see the Ping time drop a bit and slight drop off in download and upload speeds from Adelaide to a Melbourne Server.
Same thing holds true when you download files from a web browser, you may not get great speeds and may even be what you currently get with ADSL speeds, that's because browsers don't open up multiple connections. If you use a download manager which opens up multiple connections as well as resume downloads, then you should be able to get some good speeds. With uploading it will also depend on the site. Some are fast and some are dog slow.
In those areas you won't find a huge difference. So just be aware of this. Fibre will be great for gamers as the ping times are quite low. Ping times however to the U.S are much higher once you move outside Australia. I am not a gamer so I haven't tested this part. However if you want me to check ping times, I will be happy to do this for you. Just leave the IP in the comment section and I will check it for you.
This is the back of the Network Termination Device. For a bigger pic check out the Photo Gallery under NBN
Video conferencing works well as long as the other end also has good bandwidth. I did some video conferencing and it was smooth and better than it was on ADSL. Video streaming all worked fine. Yesterday, I had one stream with the dreaded ring but the site wasn't the fastest and there was a lot of network congestion, so I reckon that was the issue. With time I will be able to tell you more on this. Radio streams all worked fine with no buffering. I uploaded some files via FTP to my U.S web server and it was definitely quicker than ADSL Remoting to another computer in the U.S using Remote Desktop was extremely smooth with no visible lag, something I used to get with my ADSL connection. As for cloud computing like Drop Box, I haven't noticed much because most of the files are synced in the background. One thing to point out here is I get varied results at different times of the day and sometimes it is slow. As for Aussie sites and file transfers, they just fly.
Overall after a couple days, I am still impressed and everything I wrote in my review still stands. I think the NBN will be great for Australia. I just hope the building of this network goes smoothly and quickly so others can experience this. If you like me to do some tests, feel free to leave a comment and I will do my best to get it done.
Day 2 On NBN
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