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    Default Aster Cable (Broadband) Test

    I'm sitting here testing a 128K Aster connection and it appears to be better DNS wise than the 1.5MB Codetel DSL I have in the office.

    The Aster connection is 128K down, but I have no idea what the up is?
    On their site they do not say as far as I can tell.

    *aster - Santo Domingo Metro

    Various speed tests:





    My guess it would be a little quicker in the day time.
    8pm is peak time and cable speed drops as more people get on the loop
    unlike DSL.

    I can pull up the Codetel home page, something I cannot do on my Codetel DSL connection.

    Google, Hotmail, MSN, email etc appear to be fine, no problems.

    Going by the trace route (below), they still use Codetel as their connection.

    traceroute to dr1.com (65.254.48.180), 64 hops max, 40 byte packets
    1 10.10.0.1 (10.10.0.1) 48.644 ms 44.810 ms 12.488 ms
    2 10.100.1.25 (10.100.1.25) 252.146 ms 103.606 ms 36.990 ms
    3 172.23.4.9 (172.23.4.9) 31.812 ms 71.577 ms 23.220 ms
    4 172.22.0.98 (172.22.0.98) 17.953 ms 13.481 ms 12.558 ms
    5 172.22.0.190 (172.22.0.190) 107.915 ms 104.738 ms 59.672 ms
    6 tdev255-242.codetel.net.do (200.88.255.242) 1204.398 ms 1181.656 ms 1181.652 ms
    7 ge-9-16.r02.miamfl02.us.ce.gin.ntt.net (130.94.195.222) 79.860 ms 72.409 ms 58.095 ms
    8 ge-9-16.r02.miamfl02.us.bb.gin.ntt.net (130.94.195.221) 52.263 ms 571.134 ms 57.719 ms
    9 xe-0-2-0.r21.miamfl02.us.bb.gin.ntt.net (129.250.2.176) 1482.691 ms 1407.347 ms 46.645 ms
    10 xe-0-1-0.r20.miamfl02.us.bb.gin.ntt.net (129.250.2.161) 64.766 ms 198.073 ms 66.691 ms
    11 as-2.r20.asbnva01.us.bb.gin.ntt.net (129.250.3.8) 150.718 ms 75.939 ms 273.362 ms
    12 cpr2-pos-14-1.virginiaequinix.savvis.net (208.173.50.249) 87.583 ms 255.367 ms 194.606 ms
    13 er2-tengig2-1.virginiaequinix.savvis.net (204.70.193.102) 78.638 ms 79.063 ms 68.353 ms
    14 hr1-tengig8-1.sterling2dc3.savvis.net (204.70.197.81) 102.885 ms 247.029 ms 390.064 ms
    15 * * *
    16 cr1-loopback.ald.savvis.net (208.172.66.70) 87.585 ms 383.133 ms 95.521 ms
    17 bpr1-so-0-0-0.atlantapaix.savvis.net (208.172.75.110) 83.053 ms 129.857 ms 88.856 ms
    18 bpr1-so-1-2-0.atlantapaix.savvis.net (204.70.200.42) 156.781 ms 78.682 ms 1138.637 ms
    19 216.89.82.82 (216.89.82.82) 110.134 ms 92.603 ms 116.734 ms
    20 l3-atl-3-g0-2.gnax.net (63.247.77.25) 91.183 ms 613.156 ms 84.744 ms
    21 server.dr1.com (65.254.48.180) 77.580 ms 109.188 ms 85.988 ms

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    I have been with Aster for over a year in SD and their speed has been reliable. 512 down, 384 up in my case.

    The line does go down on average once every 2-3 months and may take a few days to get fixed.... But that has less to do with their internet department then with the street cable lines in general.

    Also, I find it is not fast enough for VOIP/Skype. I believe this is due to cable in general having higher "ping-times". Downloads and speed-tests give me the advertised speed tho.

    Gave OneMax a call today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlantaFULL View Post

    Also, I find it is not fast enough for VOIP/Skype. I believe this is due to cable in general having higher "ping-times". Downloads and speed-tests give me the advertised speed tho.
    I noticed the latency very high on Aster. As you said, not very good for VOIP.

    Quote Originally Posted by PlantaFULL View Post
    Gave OneMax a call today.
    What did they say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    What did they say?
    Woman on the phone had the patented "just work here and give a ****" DR-service-attitude. A sales rep is supposed to call me back with coverage and other info

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    For future reference: I ran a couple of test on Aster, ping latency averages 800-1000 ms.


    Reply from 205.252.249.58: bytes=32 time=664ms TTL=50
    Reply from 205.252.249.58: bytes=32 time=264ms TTL=50
    Reply from 205.252.249.58: bytes=32 time=724ms TTL=50
    Reply from 205.252.249.58: bytes=32 time=733ms TTL=50

    Reply from 64.111.105.247: bytes=32 time=595ms TTL=48
    Reply from 64.111.105.247: bytes=32 time=1062ms TTL=48
    Reply from 64.111.105.247: bytes=32 time=971ms TTL=48
    Reply from 64.111.105.247: bytes=32 time=529ms TTL=48

    Reply from 67.15.104.39: bytes=32 time=470ms TTL=45
    Reply from 67.15.104.39: bytes=32 time=993ms TTL=45
    Reply from 67.15.104.39: bytes=32 time=984ms TTL=45
    Reply from 67.15.104.39: bytes=32 time=1127ms TTL=45

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    Default Cable Broadband and Vonage

    We recently installed Broadband cable ( on the North Coast). Comcast-SA using DeLancer Cable. This was a HUGE improvement over the Wireless provider we were using, but we seem to have hit a snag with Voip - specifically Vonage. Previously, VOIP was pretty much impossible, as speeds were SO bad, and so many outages.

    Now, Vonage connection seems to be a problem - once the connection is made, the phone quality is great, but only about 1 in 10 calls go through or connect. Doesn't seem to be a problem with SKYPE however. We've been in touch with Vonage techs, and Comcast. No one seems to be able to figure it out. We've run TRACERT's and Speed tests - nothing seems obvious, but I'm no techie.

    Anyone had similar problems, or have any ideas ?

    Sorry - I didn't mean to hijack this thread. Should I start a new one ?
    Last edited by Spicedwine; 10-11-2007 at 01:45 PM. Reason: hijack?

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    In my experience VOIP is going to suck whenever pings to the server are higher than 200ms, though many people will not tolerate the degradation in quality that comes with higher latency than 100ms.

    In Santiago my pings to various voip service providers using Codetel are generally in the "just tolerable" range, (180-250ms) good enough to run a 35 seat call center from, though productivity would almost certainly increase if the quality was better.

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