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Cox throttling youtube?

by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / January 26, 2011 10:40 AM PST

I've been wondering why my 15MBps cox cable can't handle youtube very well, even in 480p. I thought it might be a problem with the youtube and not Cox, but I just watched a youtube video on my Mytouch 4g and it never even came close to having to stop and buffer. So, I was curious and put the same video up on my laptop and guess what, it had to stop and buffer 4 time in a 2 min video. So just to make sure I tested it again on my phone, which was fine, and then turned on wifi on my phone and played it again but it had to buffer many times because it wasn't on my wireless carrier network anymore. I know I get around 3-5MBps speeds on my phone around here, so the 15MBps cable internet should never lag my cell phone but it does. Has anyone else seen this?

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Are you certain?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 26, 2011 11:03 AM PST

MBps is considered to be some Million Bytes per second. That's one extreme connection as I used to get about 10 or so Mbps or Million bits per second when I had Comcast.

There is more going on than the 15 Mbps here. Users in your neighborhood share a local network which are now well known to get congested as more folk watch youtube, hulu and netflix. The throttle isn't really Comcast most of the time but a bottleneck of the areas that use a lot of network bits.

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You might be right
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / January 26, 2011 3:16 PM PST
In reply to: Are you certain?

I did a test again late at night and it sped right through without any buffering. We might just have a lot of people on one node and drops my connection down so much that it my phone's data connection is faster than my cable internet at peak usage times. I also tested out my data connection and looks like they upgraded it because I'm not getting 20Mbps download but the upload is slower than normal at 1.5Mbps. Guess I can always put my phone in Wifi Hotspot mode and feed it's data connection to my computer during peak times if I really have to.

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Cox it's in the name
by ryanb418 / August 14, 2011 12:00 AM PDT

What is happening is Cox has partnered with You Tube so Cox can slide their advertisements into You Tube content. The chokepoint is at the Cox server level......if you go to any other video website you will find video is great.

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Cox it's in the name
by ryanb418 / August 14, 2011 12:04 AM PDT

Oh yeah, try finding videso with the highest resolution. They tend to be better than the lower res vidoes, when on a Cox network. Which is odd if one thinks this is a bandwidth issue or shared netowrk issue. SImply put, this is a Cox configuration issue.

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