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Old 8th January, 2009, 04:41 PM
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When you have technology that has an inverse relationship between speed and distance (ADSL), how do you advertise it? How also, do you handle the difference between line speed and available speed to a server on the internet?

For example, someone I know lives pretty much at the edge of what is possible with ADSL - their line can't support more than 512Kbit/sec simply because it's pretty much beyond the 5KM mark. How do you advertise to someone like that, as well as someone who's in the middle of a town?
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The trend seems to be using the words "up to xxx", but with little obvious explanation of what that means, and average or minimum speed specified.

Is it possible to find out what speed you're likely to see before signing-up, I wonder?
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You can find out an indicative line speed, but it's not 100% accurate by any stretch of the imagination, as there are a number of factors that can cause it to vary from a predicted speed. For DSL, the internal wiring in your house can make a big difference to the line speed obtained, but is completely beyond the control of an ISP.
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Comcast just informed me that My speed has doubled or will any day now.......what interesting is that I have now lived in three houses with MS and Linux and have yet to get more than half the speed promised. Now I'm suppose to get 15, for the first time I get a full 7... so it goes...":O}
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