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  1. grandma77

    grandma77 Thread Starter

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    A couple of months ago we got cable internet through comcast.

    My download speeds are around 4375 kbps and upload speeds are 368 kbps. I was reading an article today that said the two speeds should be about the same...but mine have never been near the same in the couple of months we have had comcast. Do I have a problem or is this ok? Also, are my speeds high enough for cable internet?
     
  2. Squashman

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    No! Your speeds are not symmetrical. That is what most people get for upload on cable.
     
  3. JohnWill

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    Sounds normal to me. :) What are your contracted speeds from Comcast? Their normal upload speed is either 384 or 768, and download speeds are 3mbit to 6mbit, depending on your location.
     
  4. grandma77

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    When we ordered the special the brochure says up to 6Mbps. I have just reread all the literature they gave me at the time of setup and there is nothing mentioned about upload speeds. At the time I didn't know enough to even ask the guys about this stuff. So am I ok or is it slow? I am not having any problems except sometimes it slows down a little but nothing like dial up was. I had also heard that the more traffic there is in the neighborhood the slower I speeds would be...is this true? Thanks alot guys.
     
  5. Squashman

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    Certain times of the day you will probably experience slow downs because you do share bandwidth within your neighborhood. Your upload speed really shouldn't affect anything. 90% of your web surfing is downloading.
     
  6. Frank4d

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    Also note when you are downloading a file Windows usually will show the speed as "368KB/Sec". 368 kilobytes per second is 2944Kbps (not accounting for network overhead).
     
  7. grandma77

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    Thanks guys...I am very thankful for the download speeds compared to dial up...updates are so fast. Thanks again for all your help.
     
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