Luke’s Office: You Are Over Paying For Internet

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  • H Davis

    In the video you mention 20 megabytes down but I think you mean 20 megabits/sec down since internet speeds are almost always given in bits/second.

    • Luke


  • Don K.

    Nice video Luke.

    One thing that I’d like to add though is that with some ISP’s, your actual speed can vary greatly at different times of day, especially during peak times like weekend evenings. In some cases you may not get your advertised speed during peak usage for your area.

    In my area there are only two choices for broadband. There’s cable or DSL. I have the fastest speed that our cable company offers, which is 50Mbps down and 5Mbps up. The cable company recently installed new fiber in our area so the service has been very solid as of late. I almost always actually get about 65Mbps down and 6Mbps up. Sometimes it dips a little during peak times but I’ve never seen it below the advertised speed of 50Mbps.

    One Saturday evening my neighbor called me and asked me if Netflix was working for me because it was hardly working at all for him. I started three different streams of Netflix at my house and they seemed to be working fine for me. I went over to his house and did a speed test. It was very erratic and was dipping down to almost zero and going up to no higher than 1Mbps. He has DSL that’s supposed to be 15Mbps. He said that it was working fine for him earlier that same day. I put him on a weak wifi connection from my house and it was working way better than his DSL. He said that this has been happening pretty much every weekend. He has since switched to cable.

    My neighbor on the other side also has cable but pays for the slower speed of 20Mbps. He has no trouble streaming anything either. We have measured his actual speed and its usually 25Mbps. During peak times he goes down to about 20Mbps, similar to how mine goes down to about the advertised speed during peaks. So it’s obvious that the connection slows down some during peak times, but the total bandwidth for our area seems to be divided up proportionately, according on which speed that we pay for.

    So you might want to keep this in mind when you decide which speed to buy. When you are likely to be watching the most, you may be getting something less than the speed you pay for.. Of course, your mileage may vary.