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November 10, 2006 11:54:12 AM

I currently have DSL conection at 4mbp/sec for residential use. I want to upgrade to higher speed because I share internet connection with 2home PC. My ISP told me that I have to upgrade to commercial plan which has 6MB/sec and 3MB /sec.

Are those commercial speed fast enough? How is it translated to Mbp/sec speed?
November 10, 2006 1:38:23 PM

Are the commercial speeds fast enough for what?

What do you use your internet connection for and what isn't working with your current speeds?

Internet speed requirements are based on the users/houses/organizations needs (does anyone really NEED faster internet access? :p  ).

Let us know what you use your connection for and we may be able to provide some more insight. What it will really come down to however is are you willing to pay for the increase in speeds from residential to business pricing.
November 10, 2006 2:19:50 PM

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I currently have DSL conection at 4mbp/sec for residential use. I want to upgrade to higher speed because I share internet connection with 2home PC. My ISP told me that I have to upgrade to commercial plan which has 6MB/sec and 3MB /sec.

Are those commercial speed fast enough? How is it translated to Mbp/sec speed?
4Mbps should be plenty fast enough for 2 PCs unless you are both going to be doing on-line gaming or massive file bitTorrent downloads at the same time. I wouldn't upgrade until I tried the 2 PCs with your current service. If you need to upgrade, you can always do it later.

The conversion from MB/sec to Mbps is x8. So your current 4Mbps is 0.5MB/sec. The 6MB/sec you mention would be 48Mbps. Surely your ISP offers something in between 4Mbps and 48Mbps!
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November 10, 2006 2:52:38 PM

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Surely your ISP offers something in between 4Mbps and 48Mbps!


I'm sure they do, it was probably a typo :p  it is most likely 6Mbps down/3Mbps up that the ISP is offering.
November 10, 2006 3:58:46 PM

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... it was probably a typo :p  it is most likely 6Mbps down/3Mbps up that the ISP is offering.
I would of thought the same thing, since speeds upwards of 7Mbps in DSL is pretty uncommon ... it is out there, but the distance limitations are significant. However, the OP did specifically ask for the difference between Mbps and MB/sec, so I thought I'd at least answer that question.
November 11, 2006 9:13:18 AM

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Surely your ISP offers something in between 4Mbps and 48Mbps!


I'm sure they do, it was probably a typo :p  it is most likely 6Mbps down/3Mbps up that the ISP is offering.


the commercial service offers 2 rate plans: 6MB/s and 4MB/s.
I do alot of torrent download. I have to search for movies, games, software. ISP told me that I have to switch to a commercial modem. Is there vast difference in residential and commercial modem at all? They look the identical to me. :roll: Whenever I use torrent for prolong period, I can't use my browser at all. The browser takes forever to load yahoo homepage. I have to reboot my modem for the speed to stabilize(guessing here) for browser to load a page.
November 11, 2006 11:46:12 AM

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Surely your ISP offers something in between 4Mbps and 48Mbps!


I'm sure they do, it was probably a typo :p  it is most likely 6Mbps down/3Mbps up that the ISP is offering.


the commercial service offers 2 rate plans: 6MB/s and 4MB/s.
I do alot of torrent download. I have to search for movies, games, software. ISP told me that I have to switch to a commercial modem. Is there vast difference in residential and commercial modem at all? They look the identical to me. :roll: Whenever I use torrent for prolong period, I can't use my browser at all. The browser takes forever to load yahoo homepage. I have to reboot my modem for the speed to stabilize(guessing here) for browser to load a page.That's pretty darn fast for DSL. This is the telephone company, isn't it? Are they using copper twisted pair, or have they run optical fiber throughout their system? What are the distance specs? I'd guess you'd have to be within a mile or so of their switch for that speed over copper twisted pair.

Anyway, to answer your question, yes, there would be asignificant difference in the internal electronics of a 4Mbps residential DSL modem and a 48Mbps commercial DSL modem. They may put them both in the same case design, but that does not mean the internals are the same.
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