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I'm on TOT ADSL 512 and live out by CM City Hall/TOT Office. On the TV Bandwidth Meter I get results between 33-56 kbps. Testing on the speedtest.csloxinfo.com site mentioned, results are about 400 kbps...a big disparity, not sure why. Tried some other test sites and got results closer to TV...about 46 kbps.

The past week i've been back in town it feels a lot slower...like a 56kbps dial-up. Painful.

Ihop - read my last post. 33-56K DOWNLOAD is normal for a 512K CONNECTION

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What about TT&T, is it any better?

Note: Due to popular request, I've retitled this topic to make it more clear that it's Chiang Mai-related, and moved it back to the Chiang Mai forum (with a link still in the Internet forum).

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A 55 Kbt/sec dowload speed would be about right for a 1024K connection. I average about 20k with my 500k connection. Don't confuse connection speeds with download speeds. A common mistake.

Getting confused here my bandwith is averaging 55 kbps. I've just checked at around 12.30 am and the bandwith is 38.5 kbps with a download speed of 4.8 kb/sec. If I was getting 20kb/sec I would be very happy indeed :o .

ihop I think the difference in speeds on testing is that the lower one is an international speed and the higher one is showing up speeds on sites within Thailand. The speeds noted above on my connection are international.

Now anybody got any advice on how to tackle TOT on this?

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TT & T Maxnet, Chang Kian area:

definitely poorer in recent months, often unusable in the mornings.

FYI I was told today a friend was told by a Thai computer repairer that if you have the wrong type of ?????? box in your area, analogue instead of digital or vice versa, it makes NO difference which package you are on, as none of them will fulfil even the lowest speed, so you may as well be on the 500 baht package these places. That's all know about it. Anyone more expert?

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Interesting that the overall experience of people with ToT seems to be poor.

Mine's been fine for about 6 months, daytime international speeds reasonable, never the 1mbit I pay for but acceptable, and faster than the 512k package they gave me by accident at installation.

The propblem I am having now, and for the last week, happened over night, speeds in the day are totally unacceptable, sometimes less than 1 byte per second....

That is when I can actually log on.

It's now 2:40am and I'm getting 883kpbs here SpeedTest

I think the most likely explanation is that a peice of equipment has gone down at the exchange (or whereever) and they just haven't replaced it yet... I hope so anyway.

Someone asked if TT&T was any better...

I have a friend with TT&T, he's had it for 2-3 weeks, when it was first installed it was crap, my connection was fine, I think he wished he'd gone for ToT, until now of course when mine is unusable and his is fine.

PS There also seems to be some confusion with some guys about speeds.

Someone said this which is incorrect...

A 55 Kbt/sec dowload speed would be about right for a 1024K connection.

A 1 Megabit (1024k) connection transfers data at 1 million bits per second (roughly), this equates to 100,000 bytes per second (roughly)

So for example Goldcyber 1mbit package should download at 100kbytes/S maximum

I use a download manager that can source file downloads from multiple sources, it is actually possible to get just over 100k bytes per second from the Goldcyber package.

Hope that clears up any confusion :o

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TT&T is also very yoyo-like. I think we'll have to wait a few more years before we get anything approaching reliability with the Internet situation in Muang Thai. Small line in and greedy CAT officials does not a good situation make.

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As likite asked, does anyone have a suggestion on how to get TOT to do something? I've been to their Head Office and had the same result as others: Blank Stares.

Does anyone have suggestions on what phone number would be the best for all of us to call?

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A 55 Kbt/sec dowload speed would be about right for a 1024K connection. I average about 20k with my 500k connection. Don't confuse connection speeds with download speeds. A common mistake.

A popular misconception, don't confuse bits with bytes 8 bits=1 byte

If you are getting 80% efficiency or above, you are doing well. My speed seems to have picked up a little this morning, and I'm running around 82% or Download Speed: 214 kbps (26.8 KB/sec transfer rate) which I can't complain about on a 256/128 connection. It occasionally peaks at 90% plus but not too often.

You have to bear in mind here that you will never achieve 100% download speeds as there are other functions that utilise part of that bandwidth. Anything over 80% in my estimation is acceptable. i.e. 80% figures

256 connection 205 kbps 25.6 KB/sec transfer rate

512 connection 410 kbps 51.2 KB/sec transfer rate

1024 connection 820 kbps 128 KB/sec transfer rate

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What about TT&T, is it any better?

No. I've had a CS-Loxinfo package over my TT&T line since last August. Some days are better than others, mornings are generally better than later in the day, and I agree with the consensus here that the past week has been particularly bad all around.

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A 55 Kbt/sec dowload speed would be about right for a 1024K connection. I average about 20k with my 500k connection. Don't confuse connection speeds with download speeds. A common mistake.

A popular misconception, don't confuse bits with bytes 8 bits=1 byte

If you are getting 80% efficiency or above, you are doing well. My speed seems to have picked up a little this morning, and I'm running around 82% or Download Speed: 214 kbps (26.8 KB/sec transfer rate) which I can't complain about on a 256/128 connection. It occasionally peaks at 90% plus but not too often.

You have to bear in mind here that you will never achieve 100% download speeds as there are other functions that utilise part of that bandwidth. Anything over 80% in my estimation is acceptable. i.e. 80% figures

256 connection 205 kbps 25.6 KB/sec transfer rate

512 connection 410 kbps 51.2 KB/sec transfer rate

1024 connection 820 kbps 128 KB/sec transfer rate

Small correction..oops

1024 connection 820 kbps 128 KB/sec transfer rate. of course that should read 102.5 and not 128

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As likite asked, does anyone have a suggestion on how to get TOT to do something? I've been to their Head Office and had the same result as others: Blank Stares.

Does anyone have suggestions on what phone number would be the best for all of us to call?

Indeed... we have drifted opff topic slightly... is there ANYTHING that we can do?

The problem is almost certainly outdated/poorly maintained/over subscribed equipment which will require lots of Baht spent to make it work as we'd all like.

I simply won't pay them if the service does not return to "normal"

An engineer is supposed to be coming to the house tomorrow or Thursday, this of course won't help 'cos the problem is their end not mine.

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Maybe a signed petition to both TT&T and TOT might carry some clout if there were enough people. Although they have you by the short and curlies really, as there is no satisfactory alternative.

Even if you went to IP Star it's more costly, and still has speed problems, which theoretically it shouldn't.

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Well, trying to be hopeful, if we look back just 3 years, broadband internet was a pipe dream for most of us, as it would cost over 5000 baht per month back then. Then suddenly the competition started, and it became available, albeit not the standard one would like.

Another such fit, perhaps precipitated by the gradual loosening of CAT's international bandwidth monopoly, might have a similar effect... hopefully...

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What about TT&T, is it any better?

No. I've had a CS-Loxinfo package over my TT&T line since last August. Some days are better than others, mornings are generally better than later in the day, and I agree with the consensus here that the past week has been particularly bad all around.

I have the same setup, and same experiences ...

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