My New U-Verse 6 Mbps Connection - Consistent
ly... 5.5 Mbps!
02-21-2013 06:35:23 PM
So I posted a compliment in here about the great service I got when connecting my new U-Verse account.
Since that time I have been using an ISP provider's speed test service to see just how much of my "up to 6 megabits per second speeds" I am getting. (A company called Webpass).
Having had speed issues with my wireless broadband service (from Clear), where I was consistently getting 2 to 3 Mbps on their "up to 6Mbps speed," I was skeptical of U-Verse's advertised speed (I figured all services inflate advertised speed and performance. And I was especially wary of the typical "up to" that I saw on the U-Verse order page.)
Anyway, I have been testing my connection speed probably about ten times daily over the past week. Once again I have been pleasantly surprised.
On EVERY test I have been getting 5.5Mbps +, even with the router's wireless WiFi connection.
Once again, I am most impressed with AT&T's new U-Verse service (I say "new" because my neighborhood here on Nob Hill, San Francisco, only recently got U-Verse. For a couple years when I would check to see if the service was in my locale, I would get that pop-up message "Sorry chump, no U-Verse for you!").
I really don't need a faster connection (1 Mbps is fast enough for video streaming, on sites like Netflix) and I don't download all that many files, at least not large ones. So 6Mbps is fine for me. I am curious, however, the speed connections others get on the faster plans.
FYI: A connection speed is dependent on many, many variables that will make your experience different than mine. Some things: the quality of your phone wires, the age of the wiring, the quality of the connection to your computers, how many people are sharing your wiring in the building, the distance from the AT&T "trunk" or "vault" to your residence, interference in the wiring from any number of sources, including rodents chewing the wires somewhere inside the walls or some guy jackhammering the sidewalk and weakening the wires, how many people are sharing the wires and cable, and even pirates stealing part of your bandwidth.
Bonus Tip: If you are paying for 12 or 24 Mbps but can't get higher than 6Mbps, for example, maybe you can downgrade your plan to 6Mbps and end up paying less for service.
Re: My New U-Verse 6 Mbps Connection - Consistent
ly... 5.5 Mbps!
02-21-2013 06:43:03 PM
Guess I'll see if I can attach a screen capture of a test.