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  1. BarnacleBob

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    The previous couple of days my connection data speeds & transfer rates continues to degradate.... I'm wondering if the system is being inundated & overloaded with holiday on-line shoppers or maybe the system in our area is under systemic ddos attacks.

    Are we the only users experiencing the very slow data speeds?
     
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    You are not. My speeds have been garbage this past week.
     
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    I never had a problem with my Comcast internet in 12 years on the eastside of town. I moved to the west side and it went down twice in the last 3 days. My Sprint hotspot was unusually slow.

    Comcast tech said they were getting a large amount of addressing. I think it was somebody trying to hack them. Does Netflix still go down on the holidays? Hackers used to take it down because they claimed people should spend more time with their family rather than watch a movie.
     
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    Sometimes I zoom all over the place and other times it's a frustrating crawl.

    It's gotten to where it's almost a flip of the coin for which it will be.
     
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    Use Verizon and haven't experienced any problems recently.
     
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    Same here. Verizon is a straight shot into the central office using fiber. If there is a problem with speed it is either the backbone or an internet wide outage.
     
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    I use speedtest.net to check my Download & Upload speeds I use DSL from Windstream.
    If the speeds are down after I reboot my modem I'll call Windstream. Most of the time it can be corrected from their end while I'm on the line. Sometimes they have to send a tech out to the local "junction" box to tweak things.

    You are paying their prices make them earn the money. IMO
     
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    This has been cyclical since the Windows 10 mandated roll out. I think the OS comes pre programmed to down load updates at a certain time. My internet nearly stops at 9:00 pm each day. I think the telco's switch is being overloaded.
     
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    This is an excellent site, but if my internet is down how will I access it to confirm that my internet is down?
     
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    Same ole same here, like a rolling data wave it is. All happened when we had a surge in the power grid but none of the digital clocks reset. But the data signal on the wi router was showing signal and then none. Now it shows signal but loading times is like watching paint dry.
     
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    It must be the Russians.
     
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    Same here, signals drifting in & out. Sometimes speedtest.net cannot report... this began about 4 days ago for us. I'm an early riser, usually about 6:00 am CT data slows down when the east coast awakens 7:00 am ET & again around 9:00 am ET when commerce cranks up, same slow downs when the west coast wakes up & commerce begins. The slow downs have never lasted very long either... Todays condition seems to be even worse with the network speeds & data streams pulsating.
     
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    My experience with Sprint out west down here is legend, no bars. They "claim to" have the area covered but when I got the HS from them I couldn't even get one bar, and that was out on the front law. Switch to Verison much better.

    On Comcast they have always been real slow adding amplifiers to keep the speed up. Remember with cable the more folks connected the slower the speed. Comcast didn't get up to speed here until 5 years ago when they were forced to add new amplifiers to the line.
    I'm still using Bellsouth's DSL with a hard wired LL. They send me 2 emails a week, plus at least two begs in the mail wanting me to go with a package plan that would limit my data stream. So far they haven slowed me down, though I expecting a cap soon.
     
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    Stop watching porn.
     
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    Hee hee, Muj I really appreciate you looking out for this old man, thank ya. But ya see my ex-wife could out perform any porn star ever, and had all the attributes to do it with. We just agreed to disagree and went different ways 30 years ago. And we are still on speaking terms today. (she will be 75 in March)

    But like I said thanks for l00kin out for this ole man! :beer:
     
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    Yeah bout four days ago.
     
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    Cloudflare, TPTB home for all the suckers. Same as Amazon cloud and Google cloud.

    I'm a telling ya right now, the cloud will be how they shut down the interwebs. If you have a site don't sign up with anyone who sell's you the benefits of cloud computing.
     
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    By using another method of accessing the internet. Example, your cable or dsl is not working properly, use a cellphone connection to check it out. Go to McDonald's or another free hot spot to do your research.

    At one time, I had a DSL connection, a cable connection, and a cellphone connection. I have a Cisco dual WAN router. DSL was connected to one incoming connection, cable to the other. There are many ways to use this type of connection. In my case [at the end] I was using the cable connection to handle one type of traffic, and the DSL to use another, and as my fail over for Cable. If either went down, all traffic was routed to the other WAN. Another is to use it for load balancing, which is fairly self explanatory. The main reasons I was using this system was, at first, limits on traffic [max monthly download limits] and later, reliability issues. When Comcast came up with the 'business' account which eliminated download limits at a reasonable cost for a reasonable speed, I signed up, but was still experiencing reliability issues, so I maintained a "minimum" DSL connection as well, routing things like web browsing traffic to it. After months of complaining, Comcast finally fixed the issue that was in the "big box" gateway for my neighborhood. At that point I decided I could stand the rare outage and cancelled DSL.
    Many retail firms have at least dual internet connections for reliability, meaning the provider and the type of connection. The last firm I worked at did. A friend installs dual setups at restaurants that must maintain connections to the home office for tech support and business reasons. Typically they have either a DSL or Cable connection as the main connection, and a fail over to a cellphone data connection. These firms typically have a IT staff at the home office that remotely troubleshoots and repairs the system if possible. If it is a hardware issue, they call contractors like my friend who becomes the local tech [or hands] for the home office until the problem is fixed.

    At this time I am researching perhaps setting up a cellphone data connection as a fail over if I can find a pay as you go product that doesn't time expire. I haven't found one yet, but still looking.
     
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    I was kind of in the same boat. Apparantly Comcast cable has some sort of Internet monopoly in my area. The ATT uverse said they could only offer TV packages in my area. I didn't go with Comcast because they either wanted an ssi # or $200 deposit.

    So.

    I ended up going with the "unlimited" Metro PCS service for 60.00/month. Includes the Cell phone # and Internet. I USB tether computer to my phone. I also have the wireless hot spot from the phone aswell. Now the "unlimited internet" is not unlimited to the tether and the wireless. It's capped at 8gb for tethering from Metro PCS. They have these phones so locked down now.

    So right now I'm using a third party tethering solution. for real unlimited data.
    PDA net
    http://www.junefabrics.com/

    I get around 1 MB/sec on a good uncloudy day with my phone up in the window. (If I could figure out where the antenna is in the phone I could prolly solder a longer antenna). Realistically I get about 300k/sec down and about 200/k up or so. Decent for streaming youtube and web browsing.


    Down the road I'm looking at reflashing the phone with the Cyanogenmod so I can just use the built in tether with out all the crap ware that the factory installs on the phones now.
    https://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/All_About_Recovery_Images

    I don't think I need to root the phone if I have an unlocked boot loader?
    http://www.howtogeek.com/162516/how...s-or-any-other-android-device-with-a-new-rom/

    So that was going to be my primary internet solution. I have a few old dual core workstations. Thinking about turning one into the cell modem/firewall computer as the gateway to my own LAN.
     
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    I remember when cells had connections for a external antenna. They do have antenna boosters you put in your attic, they are rather pricey however.
     
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    If you do find one please DM me as I have been looking for this for months. Verison is the only hotspot that works here and the cheapest I can get it for is about $50 + tax. Not a workable solution for me.
     
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    I tslked to my son about this, he is a lineman that strings up fiber on poles. He said that the telecoms have been motivating the contractors & subcontractors to complete their contracts in 2016 b4 the new year arrives. The PDQ ordets resulted in rerouting traffic onto already overburdened networks to continue service while splicing fiber & new equiptment was installed.

    Indeed, as the push commenced into the EOY, the construction activities created network slowdowns for the consumers in various areas.

    Ah, but never fear, the diminishing network speeds were attributed to both foreign & domestic hackers & ddos attacks by the MSM & .gov officials alike. Best I can surmise is that the telecoms, etc. were deflecting blame to prevent criticism & possibly law suits for failure to provide the services & speeds that were contracted & purchased by the consumers.

    Those pesky Russian hackers are now taking the blame for the telecom industries failures. Of course theres another aspect to this as well. Namely why would .gov authorities publicly play the Russian hacking card? Who knows, maybe the deep state is knee deep in their own hacks, installing new equiptment in the build too... !!!
     
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    As I mentioned in post 14 ATT would probably slow me down because I refuse to give up my hard wired line and DSL for their VOIP and all the fluff for a lot more money. Well I've noticed a serious slowdown here lately, bad enough at times that YT's are sometimes like dial-up.
    I supposed it's the Russians.
     
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    Note as I stated above it appears that the telecoms have oversold their services & claims. They're scrambling to expand the communications infrastructure b4 the nonperformance lawsuits begin. If a consumer purchases 10g., of highspeed service on demand, the provider has a contractural commercial obligation to fulfill the contract. Today in this industry there is no "force majure," they simply overloaded the network rent seeking for greater profits rather than expand with the demand for services.

    A major problem exists in the com infrastructure, high speed fiber is terminating into low speed copper creating bottlenecks during periods of high activity. Dropped calls & net connections result in various systemic "denial of service."

    It seems (guessing) that special vested interests that control & own the copper terminals are preventing the fiber nodes from direct access to the consumer. Some of the several [e]states are building state wide independent full fiber high speed intranets to eliminate the bottlenecks, slow speeds & for security purposes. They're almost completely eliminating the "inter"-net with all of its inherent structural problems. Seems that GOOGLE is attempting to solve the "copper terminal" status quo problem by building their proprietary fiber network. We have been observing the GOOGLE build that is ongoing in Nashville, Tn.. The "copper" bloc has been obstructing the fiber node build at every corner, and I mean every conceivable corner, nook & cranny is being employed to harass & diminish the project.

    The aforementioned occurences (supra) certainly call into question the legitimacy of the legal doctrine of "PUBLIC POLICY". IMO the copper bloc monopoly is operating against the best interest of the public at large as they prevent technological progress from expanding. Is it in the best interest of the public to possess access to RELIABLE high speed communications? Yes.... ! Do the several states & their institutions possess a compelling interest that requires & needs access to high speed uninterupted communications? Yes.... ! Does general commerce require the same h.s. communication services of the several states? Yes....! The list of logical reasons to end the stranglehold of the copper bloc is great... yet our body politic has proven itself wanting one more time pandering & protecting monopoly interests to the detriment of the all general interests, .gov, commerce & the general public. Public Policy was initially erected for this very reason. Today its being used not to promote the public interest but rather to protect a small minority of special interests.... !!!
     
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    Download speeds vary, depending on ice on the string.
     
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    It has almost always been thus
     
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    Use the cable company for internet. Started having problems with multiple things recently.
    After the third technician showed up to fix the problem he added a new type of MOCA splitter.
    I asked what had changed and he mentioned something about how the signal was sent.
    Anyone having problems might want to ask around about the same issue in their area.
     
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    Great reply Bob.. But when reading it I seem to recall (what seems like ages ago) that the copper lobby 'lobbied' hard in DC for a special tax to build a fund to finance switching to end to end fiber. They needed the money up front so they would have the funds when the tech became viable. Well it seems they just pocketed the $$, and still are today.
     
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