Internet Redux

Ok…this might not be a big deal to any of you out there, but I wanted to write about it.

Have a look at this graph:


What is it?  That is a screenshot of the WAN bandwidth going through our strongvpn router set-up.  What does this let us do?  It makes any device connected to this router look like it is in the US.  But, for the past few months, we’ve been fighting slow speeds…really slow speeds.  HOWEVER, yesterday, I made some changes and, once the internet settled down, it looks like the problem is resolved.  We went from getting < 1Mbit/sec to this.  And look how constant it is….no big bursts…no slowdowns…just plain old good data transfer.  Now this is pretty good considering that we get about 8Mbit/sec off the VPN.

What’s the big deal you ask?  Well, we went with Virgin Media (and are paying them 30 quid per month instead of 7.50 with Sky) because they were the only ones who would offer us unlimited unshaped internet where we live.  This is what I’m paying for…not the performance we were getting.  Hopefully it stays!

[Update 2012-06-19 19:08:27] Ran a speed test this evening.  Here are the results:


[Update 2013-10-02 13:33:47] We are getting FIBER!

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