Are you getting the internet you pay for?

ISP’s have been shortchanging their customers for years, not delivering the internet speed they pay for, or throttling connection speeds to their own end when dealing with congestion and other issues. Often, over the years, I have seen businesses and domestic customers getting sometimes 1 or 2mbps because, among other reasons, they are too far from the exchange. But then why do they pay for premium speeds the connection can never even get close to? It is a good question and a fair question.

Australia’s average broadband speed was rated 56th in the world according to this report at the Sydney Morning Herald and the ACCC launched an enquiry. IT guys have known about this since the beginning of the internet post dialup. It’s been a gravy train for ISP’s who promise something most often different to the reality. If you are paying for say, 10mbps, why should you be paying the same amount for 1mbps?

Recently, some of the larger tech news websites and newspapers online have been presenting internet health checks purporting to do all kinds of magic tests, cashing in on the movement, but you will find many of these tests do little more than run average speed checks.

If you want to test your connection with industry standard testing protocols use the m-test labs Network Diagnostic Test which attempts to determine what problems limit speed, such as congestion. The results are easy to understand for network newbs.

No duplex mismatch condition was detected.
The test did not detect a cable fault.
No network congestion was detected.

Another part of the gravy train slash maximise profits business models is data allowance. Bigpond has been one of the biggest offenders of gouging customers with premium type plans and restricting how much they can download each month. You can get unlimited data plans under fair use policy at many Australian ISP’s such as Amnet in SA and WA, and many others. Do your research. I switched to an ISP who charges $50 a month for unlimited internet, and I switched my phone to an Australian firm who charges me $25 a month for exactly what I was paying $79 a month for at Telstra.

These days the updates coming out from Microsoft for Windows can be almost half the monthly data allowance for some users in lower level plans. Use the test above as a starting point to be aware of what you are paying for. If you are not getting anywhere near what you are paying for contact your ISP. But keep in mind other reasons for internet speed issues may be:

  • a faulty or outdated router
  • misconfigured wifi where wireless is your local network
  • wifi signal interferencence from neighbours can dramatically affect internet performance
  • malware installed on your router or computer

First of all, ask your ISP what speed you should be getting, what speed they see you as receiving before it hits your router. If the speed does match the test result it may be available to you after looking at the issues shown above.

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