Aster Cable (Broadband) Test


Stay Frosty!
Jan 2, 1999
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 (, 64 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 ( 48.644 ms 44.810 ms 12.488 ms
2 ( 252.146 ms 103.606 ms 36.990 ms
3 ( 31.812 ms 71.577 ms 23.220 ms
4 ( 17.953 ms 13.481 ms 12.558 ms
5 ( 107.915 ms 104.738 ms 59.672 ms
6 ( 1204.398 ms 1181.656 ms 1181.652 ms
7 ( 79.860 ms 72.409 ms 58.095 ms
8 ( 52.263 ms 571.134 ms 57.719 ms
9 ( 1482.691 ms 1407.347 ms 46.645 ms
10 ( 64.766 ms 198.073 ms 66.691 ms
11 ( 150.718 ms 75.939 ms 273.362 ms
12 ( 87.583 ms 255.367 ms 194.606 ms
13 ( 78.638 ms 79.063 ms 68.353 ms
14 ( 102.885 ms 247.029 ms 390.064 ms
15 * * *
16 ( 87.585 ms 383.133 ms 95.521 ms
17 ( 83.053 ms 129.857 ms 88.856 ms
18 ( 156.781 ms 78.682 ms 1138.637 ms
19 ( 110.134 ms 92.603 ms 116.734 ms
20 ( 91.183 ms 613.156 ms 84.744 ms
21 ( 77.580 ms 109.188 ms 85.988 ms


New member
Oct 21, 2004
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.


New member
Oct 21, 2004
For future reference: I ran a couple of test on Aster, ping latency averages 800-1000 ms.

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

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

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


New member
Apr 25, 2006
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 ?
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Mar 2, 2003
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.