[nSLUG] Bell Aliant vs. Eastlink

Rory rory at unixism.org
Sat Jan 2 19:48:25 AST 2010

I'll preface this by saying that I'm in NB and Aliant service here may
differ slightly, but not as much as in the past.

I've heard many complaints on this list over the years re: Aliant
service. My experience here, having had Aliant PPPoE in 3 different
locations, is that the connection has always been solid, I get my full
bandwidth at all times and connection drops are incredibly rare.
Currently I'm in the sticks (relatively) and I still get solid 6MB down
and keep the same connection/IP for up to a month at a time.

I wonder why service in NS seems so miserable by comparison?

- R

Herb wrote:
> For about a year, I was seeing the 600k throttle between 7pm ish and 1
> or 2am. It seems to have gone away, replaced with an oddly
> inconsistent  two hour, 5-7pm 800k throttle. In that time, I moved to
> another part of the city, which makes me wonder if they only shape
> areas that are noticeably heavy in traffic, slowing down everyone on
> the affected nodes.
> -Herb
> On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 5:19 PM, Devan Goodwin <dgoodwin at rm-rf.ca> wrote:
>> Anyone else on Eastlink find non-http non-ftp traffic throttled to
>> about 600Kb/s down and 40Kb/s up? My bandwidth tests are always fine
>> (15/1), http/ftp download and upload is fine but anything like
>> ssh/vpn/bittorrent all gets throttled.
>> Tested with scp and ftp to the same server, the former gets throttled,
>> the latter goes around 110Kb/s. Doesn't seem to affect others I know
>> on Eastlink. Occasionally I find it's not happening but it always
>> returns. Nobody I can reach on the phone can provide any clarity, get
>> a bunch of different stories but the result is always "not sure why"
>> and "nothing we can do".
>> It's tolerable, but irritating if you stop and think about it. Has me
>> seriously considering changing to Bell after more than 10 years with
>> Eastlink. Started at the beginning of 2009 now that I think about it.
>> --
>> Devan Goodwin <dgoodwin at rm-rf.ca>
>> http://rm-rf.ca
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