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Need Advice About Which Speed to Get

by praglen / September 15, 2008 11:02 PM PDT

I just signed on an ADSL connection in Thailand(no cable modem available to my condo). Give
n that I'm satisfied with the bottom tier of three speeds, my choices are:
2MB3 for $17
3MB for $23
4MB for $29

I'm not dissatisfied with the current initial installation of 2MB, but I'm wondering if 3 or 4 MB will give me a noticeable difference in speed of downloading(not important) but in avoiding the stop-start of downloading live or taped videos, as is now the case.
This drives me crazy.

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I would say in theory 4 is always better than 2, but...
by ahtoi / September 16, 2008 1:39 AM PDT

reality doesn't always works that way. I think the best way to find out is to talk to neighbors that has the 3/4 mbps services or better yet; check with the company and see if you can get a trial run for a couple months.

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It's true...
by praglen / September 16, 2008 7:27 PM PDT

I can up the speed 1 megabyte and try it for one month, then change as I see the results...

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Hope the results will be good.
by ahtoi / September 17, 2008 2:43 AM PDT
In reply to: It's true...

My suggestion for a trial run is because I don't think speed is 100% of the issue but rather reliability might be the issue. Here in the states I have an 1.5mbps service and it works beautifully when it's working right but at times the dsl cuts out on me completely (I don't mean just slow down). Everyday at certain time like clock work (almost).

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More Important Is What You Use the Net For
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 17, 2008 7:06 AM PDT
In reply to: It's true...

If you only do a general amount of surfing, reading pages, and a small amount of watching videos on the internet, then spending more money won't make a large difference in what shows on your screen..

On the other hand, if you download lots of files, especially large ones, then the more bandwidth you can get, the better. That's assuming the sites you're downloading from have the ability to "throw" the data to you as fast as you can download it.

Hope this helps.


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Thanks for the advice...
by praglen / September 17, 2008 10:40 AM PDT

I'll just play with different speeds until I get the one that works at the lowest cost...

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