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Satellite capacity, video streaming and other meanderings

Distinguished Professor III

Re: Satellite capacity, video streaming and other meanderings

BirdDog,

 

Well, I do remember times when I had Gen4 where my speeds were in the in mid, single digit Mbps range, like 5 or 6Mbps, and watching a Youtube video was a challenge.  My Gen4 service was MUCH more temperamental when it came to Youtube vids.  I can't speak for streaming, as I don't do any, at least at this point, but I imagine it's similar.   

 

I think it may be that, when someone is on a beam that isn't very full, they can stream or watch youtube vids even when the speeds are quite low, like the 1-1.5Mbps range, while those on fuller beams may have a difficult time streaming or watching Youtube vids when their overall speed is two or three times that.  

 

One thing I've definitely come to see is that, even if I have around the same speed as someone else at a given time, we may not have the same experience with Youtube vids. 

 

Buffering youtube vids when I had sufficient overall speed, and the issue with the Windows updates taking forever, were two of the reasons for my decision to upgrade to Gen5. 

 

Granted, this is just my experience, and the thought about the beams is just a theory, but it seems plausible.  

 

Edit:  Or, like you suggest, maybe it has to do with the gateways.  Only the gremlins know for sure.  LOL.  

 


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Assistant Professor

Re: Satellite capacity, video streaming and other meanderings

Wish I had access to the all the engineering data like satellite/beam/gateway throughput by time line..........but then they'd have to kill me. Smiley Wink

Distinguished Professor III

Re: Satellite capacity, video streaming and other meanderings

You and me both.  It would be interesting, no doubt.  


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Professor

Re: Satellite capacity, video streaming and other meanderings

Ditto.  Smiley Happy

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Perhaps there should be rotas. Smiley Wink

 

 

 


@GabeU wrote:

And this is what those 44,000 are doing to me.  Smiley Sad  

 

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Granted, I'm still able to browse and Facebook without issue.  


 

Professor

Re: Satellite capacity, video streaming and other meanderings

"I just don't understand streaming HD on capped data."

 

Ditto. Makes no sense(well, to me).  And SD works perfectly fine, esp with Netflix  (not so much with others).

Professor

Re: Satellite capacity, video streaming and other meanderings

"That kinda makes me wish I would have stuck with what I had.  SMH.  "

 

I'm having lots of issues with speed, but I'm still happy to have gone to Gen 5.  I keep a positive (naive???) outlook: it'll grow out of its growing pains and it'll be just fine.

Distinguished Professor III

Re: Satellite capacity, video streaming and other meanderings


@maratsade wrote:

 

I'm having lots of issues with speed, but I'm still happy to have gone to Gen 5.  I keep a positive (naive???) outlook: it'll grow out of its growing pains and it'll be just fine.


I'm hoping just that.  Overall I've been quite happy with Gen5, and for the most part it's been better than Gen4.  I just got a little jealous when I saw BirdDog's speed at that time of night.  I used to see that, even in the highest usage times, but not very much anymore.  With that said, though, I knew that what I was experiencing at the beginning would change as more people got on the satellite, my gateway and my beam.  I just didn't expect it so quickly. 

 

But, like I said, it's still enough for me to do most of what I normally do without any real issue.  A few of the more graphics intensive websites load a bit slower, but if I didn't have to spare the extra few seconds it takes for them to load I'd have more of a problem than just the internet slowing down for a couple of hours. Smiley Tongue  LOL.       


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Professor

Re: Satellite capacity, video streaming and other meanderings

Yes, BirdDog is getting too much fast data. Unfair! LOL

 

I've only had moderate speeds since the beginning (17 to 20 Mbps average), and now the speed is slower in general.  I did have a period with higher speeds during the day, sometimes higher than 40 Mbps, but that's no longer the case.

 

I have some issues with Youtube and Netflix if the speed goes under 6 Mbps. I also have noticed that https pages are once again loading very slowly (they hadn't there for a while).  The upside is the company's responsive, more than others from what I've seen in my lurkings.  They're working on this, it'll take time, but things will improve.

Professor

Re: Satellite capacity, video streaming and other meanderings

" A few of the more graphics intensive websites load a bit slower, but if I didn't have to spare the extra few seconds it takes for them to load I'd have more of a problem than just the internet slowing down for a couple of hours."

 

As they load, you have time to go get yourself a sandwich. Smiley Happy

Assistant Professor

Re: Satellite capacity, video streaming and other meanderings

I'm fine with 10 mbps speed, anything above that is gravy to me. Maybe because I have never had cable internet. Went from dial-up to satellite, thought I was in heaven. Admit downloading a file at 20-30 mbps is nice but not that big of a deal. I do get a lot of 20-30 mbps speed, especially early morning.

 

As far as page loading, I've been on high latency satellite for so long I'm used to it and don't expect anything else. I do notice much quicker page loads the few times I use my cell hot spot but truthfully not that big of a deal to me. So old I remember text painting a line at a time on a monochrome green screen over dialup. Took several seconds for a single line.

 

This here satellite stuff is dang sure awsome if'in ya ask me! Smiley Happy