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Old 04.01.2012, 17:50
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Re: Does cablecom throttle P2P aplications?

Dont forget, those speed tests are done using local servers dedicated to this kind of service. The value will almost always indicate your speed over a short distance with minimal routing.

The internet still has a lot of bottlenecks at the moment from time taken for DNS servers to respond, to backhaul services being over capacity and therefore throttled. The speed tests are almost never a true reflection of the speeds you will get on the internet.

Cheaper ISPs use cheaper and overloaded backhaul providers meaning that while your speeds locally are fine, they suck over larger distances. There is a good reason expensive Internet provider charge more - they dont just charge more for fun.

In addition, many ISPs will cache content. What this means is that stuff that is looked up a lot will be copied and stored locally so that the next user doesnt have to fetch it across the distance of the original source. Importantly to this thread here, P2P content is not really cached. So the speeds you get are totally dependant on your ISP's backhaul service (especially trans atlantic and asian links). Keep that in mind when choosing your ISP. There is a good chance you will get better P2P speeds with more expensive providers.
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