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Old 10-17-01, 03:23 AM
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ADSL choices, which would you choose?

These are same price, which would you choose?

Option 1
Upload Speed: 392 Kbps
Download Speed: 784 Kbps

Option 2
Upload Speed: 128 Kbps
Download Speed: 1.5 Mbps
Old 10-17-01, 05:53 AM
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Well, I guess it depends on what you do more. I personally download more than I upload, so I would go with the package that has the faster download speed, Option 2. If you feel you will be uploading a lot of stuff and need that extra boost in upload, then go with Option 1, but you will only be downloading at around 70-80k/sec whereas you'll hit and top 150k/sec with Option 2.

Final Judgement, you download more than you upload (normal users anyhow), so Option 2.

I have ADSL with this package:

Upload Speed: 256 Kbps
Download Speed: 1.5 Mbps
Old 10-17-01, 09:10 AM
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I would go for cable. :O But if you must, I'd go with option 1. 70-80K is still pretty fast plus u get the added benefit of a faster upload speed.
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Of course, mostly I download. But I also often upload files that are around 10 MB. Would 128 bit too slow an upload speed?

Also, how often will I utilize the 1.5 Mbps? Would 784 Kbps really be fast enough for most things?

I currently have @Home cable modem service, and the service is really crappy. On the average, the service goes about about an hour a day, plus the download speed is just around 1 Mbps right now. So I'm looking to switch to DSL.
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Option 1 all the way.
I used to have SDSL 416/416.
Very slow download but the upload was awesome.
I was able to play TFC with my GF on the same DSL line and we would both ping in the 20-30's.
Also I could host a small server too.

Bottom line is what you are going to use it for. If you want mutiple people playing games behind the same line, get the higher upload.
Or if you want to download p0rn all day long get option 2
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Originally posted by namja
Of course, mostly I download. But I also often upload files that are around 10 MB. Would 128 bit too slow an upload speed?

Also, how often will I utilize the 1.5 Mbps? Would 784 Kbps really be fast enough for most things?

I currently have @Home cable modem service, and the service is really crappy. On the average, the service goes about about an hour a day, plus the download speed is just around 1 Mbps right now. So I'm looking to switch to DSL.

It all comes down to what you really need it for. Look at it this way, with Option 1, you get 3 times the upload speed (around 40k/sec compared to 15k/sec) but you only get half the download speed (around 80k/sec compared to 150k/sec).

With option 2 you get super fast downloads, but slow uploads. I mean if you can upload a 10 MB file over a period of time (like you don't need it uploaded right away) or you don't mind waiting, I'd particularly go for the download speed. Then again, when your upload speed is as low as it is in Option 2, then your gaming pings (if you game online) may not be as good as they would with the higher upload.

If you can switch services, you may want to try one out for a month and then try the other one out. Depends on if the ISP will allow you to do that though.
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Another (same) question:

In how many web sites will I be able to utilize the full 1.5 Mbps to download? Or even above the 784 Kbps? It seems as though with many of the sites, their connection isn't fast enough limiting the download speed.
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Originally posted by namja
Another (same) question:

In how many web sites will I be able to utilize the full 1.5 Mbps to download? Or even above the 784 Kbps? It seems as though with many of the sites, their connection isn't fast enough limiting the download speed.
Only website with tons of images or something like that would actually utilize the full bandwidth (784k). And 1.5mbps is almost never used up. 784Kbps would still give you around 90K, it's not a bad deal. As long as the connection is stable and the price is right, I'd go for 784/384.
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Are these both through the same company?
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Originally posted by skar
Are these both through the same company?
Yes.
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It's unlikely you will ever really see either of these figures.
It all depends on how far you are away from the CO.

For me I would choose the 128 up 1.5 down, as downloading is where it's at, look after yourself.

I think I have 392 up and 784 down, and I find it works just fine.

but realistically you will download at max 300kbps
most likely in the 150-200 range.
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Originally posted by BadlyDrawnBoy
It's unlikely you will ever really see either of these figures.
It all depends on how far you are away from the CO.

For me I would choose the 128 up 1.5 down, as downloading is where it's at, look after yourself.

I think I have 392 up and 784 down, and I find it works just fine.

but realistically you will download at max 300kbps
most likely in the 150-200 range.
Could you be mixing up kilobits and kilobytes?
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Take option 2. Upload speeds at 128 Kbps is annoyingly slow with large files. The difference between 1.5 down and 768 down is pretty marginal, unless you're streaming porn. Even at 768, except for a few sites, the only time I can utilize the full bandwidth is if I'm downloading from several sites simultaneously.
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Originally posted by belboz
Take option 2. Upload speeds at 128 Kbps is annoyingly slow with large files. The difference between 1.5 down and 768 down is pretty marginal, unless you're streaming porn. Even at 768, except for a few sites, the only time I can utilize the full bandwidth is if I'm downloading from several sites simultaneously.
1.5 compared to 768 is not just marginal, it's twice as fast. If you're downloading a game demo that could be over 100 MB, you'll get it in half the time if you have the 1.5 compared to the 768. But then again, he has to make up his own mind. Maybe look for a provider that has 1500/256 or 1500/384 service. I have 1500/256 and it works great, 160k/sec downloads from most places and 28k/sec uploads almost all the time.
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Well, if you download large files frequently, take option 2. If you are online during peak times, I doubt you would be able to utilize the full 1.5.
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Thanks all for the input but some news.

Initially, I called them to see if they provided service in my area. I gave them my address and phone number, and they told me that they provided DSL service for my address. The CSR gave me the two difference services they provided. I immediately posted the two options in this thread.

Then today, they e-mailed me to tell me that they do not provide DSL service in my area.

Now, I have to either put up with my unreliable cable modem service or get SBC Ameritech DSL (their speed is 768/128). Both are $50 a month.

Old 10-20-01, 03:39 AM
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Sorry to hear that namja, I know what it's like for them to get you all excited only to let you down the next couple of days. Fight through it and you'll be fine.

I still would go with the d/l speed though if it was me...heh

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