Which is to say, 50,000,000 bits per second to our home. It feels great.
I was one of Vancouver’s earliest broadband adopters, back in 1997 when it was still called “ADSL”; one big megabit per second and hot damn was that fast after years of dial-up. We’ve upgraded modems a couple of times but it’s still been DSL via the telco. The current plan had us at 3M down (we didn’t get anything like that) and some pitiful trickle upstream.
Shaw is a local cable company; they just upgraded their network and have some nice-looking plans. We signed up for “Broadband 50” ($49/month); they also offer a “Broadband 100” which I’d spring for if I believed there were sites out there that could get me data that fast. I suppose it’s for people who want lots of aggregate bandwidth, i.e. they’re running dozens of torrents.
The installation was snappy, everything Just Worked, and the modem came with four RJ45 sockets so we even managed to simplify the home network a bit. A visit to Speedtest.net showed as much as 51M down. (Speedtest is apparently supported mostly by Chrome ads from my employer (snicker).)
Of course, as soon as you get on WiFi, your throughput drops to 40M or so; the notion that the pipe coming into the house is fatter than the internal WiFi is a little mind-boggling to an old fart like me. Ping times are as low as 11ms on a beefy hardwired PC, never faster than about 17ms on my MacBook, and upwards of 30ms on WiFi. I’m wondering if the difference between 11 and 30 ms of ping time is going to be observable in any real-world application.
Upstream speed is 2.85M regardless of what’s plugged into what. That sounds lame compared to downstream, but we’re not planning to serve any public web sites out of the basement, and my pictures upload insanely faster than on the DSL.
The modem is an SMC SMCD3GN. I wonder if it can be usefully hacked?
I suppose that DSL is dead? Mind you, we’re sharing the cable with others, so it’s possible that if we get five torrent fiends on the same loop, this goodness could leech away. But for now, color me happy.