ADSL speed slower than advertised by BSNL ISP

August 19, 2010 at 01:04:43
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, I have a ADSL broadband connection from BSNL in Bangalore, India. The telephone cable that runs from the NID to my splitter (voice and data) is more than 100 feet. I think my internet speeds are getting slower because of this. A friend of mine has the same usage-plan from the same ISP and it's way faster. e.g. When I use torrents to dl a video the max speed I get is 60kbps where as my friend gets around 150kbps for the same torrent dl.. Is my assumption correct about the problem being caused by the length of the cable? Any suggestions/solutions will be helpful. Thanks.

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#1
August 19, 2010 at 05:00:32
When I use torrents to dl a video the max speed I get is 60kbps where as my friend gets around 150kbps for the same torrent dl..

That's not the way to test your bandwidth since the server you're downloading from could be the problem. Try googling "bandwidth test" and go to a couple of those sites and run their tests and compare to what you're supposed to be getting.

Is my assumption correct about the problem being caused by the length of the cable?

Not likely. Phone cables don't have the same restriction as a network cable....and a network cable can be up to 100 metres long.

Any suggestions/solutions will be helpful. Thanks.

Well, one comes to mind. If you stopped stealing movies/music/software it wouldn't matter all that much as I feel confident you have more than enough bandwidth to surf.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
August 19, 2010 at 05:48:54
There is a restriction on the length of telephone cable with ADSL, It is the distance from your Modem to the telephone companies premises. Once you get beyond 2.5 Kms the available bandwidth begins to fall of quite dramatically. Over 4kms and you are really pushing it.

Also to be considered is the state of the telephone cable. If it is an old cable that has broken and been repaired that will slow things down as it increases signal to noise ratio.

If there are any other electrical equipment near that 100 m of telephone cable that to can degrade the SNR.

I don't know how things work in India but in the UK if the cable appears to be at fault the telephone company can bounce signals from their exchange and your main junction box and measure the SNR and the autenation and come of with a definitive answer.

You might try speaking to them and seeing what they can do.

Stuart


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#3
August 19, 2010 at 07:23:26
Coincidentally speaking - yesterday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) posted a report that says Consumers get half of advertised broadband speed. I guess the problem is epidemic, not just in India.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#4
August 19, 2010 at 08:12:08
It is a drawback of ADSL. Unless you are out in the country living right next to a telephone exchange you are never going to get the advertised rate.

As most telephone exchanges are in cities you have the electrical noise that generates to contend with and the aforementioned distance.

BTW XPUser. I think the word you are looking for is endemic, not epidemic.

Stuart


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#5
April 2, 2011 at 01:42:46
You can always check your adsl speed and see how fast it performs using various related websites.
Then ask your friends to do the same and compare results.

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