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Internet for a day

Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Internet for a day

Let me clarify my reply to you. 


You asked if I had data to back up my statement. I do. I researched for years to accumulate data. I think others who would like to verify the statement can do the same. The information is in here and out there, and they would benefit from doing the legwork and finding the information for themselves. 



Michael57 wrote:

That could be true, the announcement made about congestion and prioritization makes me doubt it, but it could be.  I suspect you have some actual data to back up that claim?




Re: Internet for a day

Here are three different ways to check on congestion:


1. Using the HT2000W System Control center!/diagnostics/hourly-history


Use the above link, and notice the 'RTT' line.  That is the Round Trip Time over the satellite, and it will turn to X if 2 or 3 or more 5 minutes periods averaged to over 2000ms.  A red X here without anything else being bad is a really good sign you are seeing real congestion.  Here is a picture of the 5 minute detail version:



If you have Red X's by Downlink/Uplink, this may indicate bad weather or a hardware problem -- check the State Code Monitor for details.


If you have Red X's by the 'Fair Access Policy', then buy two tokens and send a message on the Tech Support board in the morning.



2.  Become a guru of the ping utility

There are those that say they can suss out all kind of details by varying ping packet sizes etc.  Kind of like listening to a dwarf talk about strategies for slaying dragons.



3. Check the prices and plans available in the area

The higher the prices and the fewer the GB in the available plans, the more congested the beam.





Many people blame satellite beam congestion, but they really have nothing other than that they have slow speeds which can be caused by hardware problems or by the neighbors having too many WiFi routers and devices turned on in range.  The 2.4GHz WiFi range only supports *at most* three independent channels 1,6, and 11, and tends to be very crowded.  Having your channel overlap with your neighbor kills the performance, and to make matters worse, some folks believe that by plugging every WiFi router they ever owned into the wall is some how good.  Each device sending a signal also adds to the cacophony.


Think of truckers on the CB -- with only 3 channels.  Now imagine 10 truckers all wanting to sing at once....


Some folks mistake congestion on their WiFi channel with beam congestion.