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Is 1.5Mbps a fast Internet Speed?


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DaDude

I currently have Roadrunner high speed Cable internet and the speed is ok, but not great. I'm not sure exactly what the speed is. Anyway, RCN was advertising their cable internet for $16.99 a month, but I have to sign up for a 1 year contract. The internet speed for that service is 1.5Mbps. So, my question is: Is that a good internet speed? I just want to make sure what I'm getting myself into before I sign up for the deal.

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+StevoFC

lol, just keep what you have.

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Farstrider

Mine is 2.0 and is pretty average! Is the bandwidth shaped or not? If it is then it will be fairly ordinary. My download speeds are so so but web pages do not load fast enough for me!

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Ghostdraconi

1.5 isn't that fast but not knowing what you have may mean it's faster than what you have. Before you even think about changing your service you should see what kind of speeds you're currently getting. Try Speedtest that should give you an idea of the speeds you getting currently.

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Frank

For surfing the net I don't think you will really notice the difference between 1.5 MB and 6 MB. If you don't do a lot of downloads and want to save money go for it.

Have you ran a speed test on your current connection to see what you are getting?

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JaredFrost

If you they have to lock you into a contract to keep you as a customer, I would keep clear

In answer to your question though, 1.5Mbps is around 180KB/s, minus some overhead, so you're probably

looking at 150KB/s max, and it's an ok speed.... for 4-5 years ago, the price itself isn't bad, but if you factor

in the 1yr contract it's a pretty bad deal

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Rudy

pretty slow if you ask me

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Impact

That's quite slow. I'm getting roughly 15 Mbps on standard Comcast.

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DigitalDude

Um, I'm on roadrunner and the down is actually 7meg, at least in my area (Charlotte, NC)

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mikesingh

I'm on Cablevision's Boost package and normally score around 28-30Mbps. There are much better alternatives out there for you, try to check around... and like others have said.. the contract makes it a pretty ishy deal.

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MMaster23

That's quite slow really .. i'm on 24mbit and going to 100mbit very soon.. I'm a heavy-traffic user and consider 1.5mbps slow as hell...

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Rudy
That's quite slow really .. i'm on 24mbit and going to 100mbit very soon.. I'm a heavy-traffic user and consider 1.5mbps slow as hell...

I hate you...... heheh jk but I wish I could get 100mbit

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tsupersonic

Damn 1.5Mbps, that's still around?

I have charter, and for the longest time (till 2 years ago, their lowest service was 384kbps). My parents were happy with it because they aren't on the computer much, but for me, it really sucked. You can't do anything at 384Kbps. Now, charter has been upgrading their lowest internet packages to 5Mbps, which is amazing. They also offer 10Mbps, and 15Mbps (all down speed).

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offroadaaron

for cable 1.5Mbit is freaking slow.

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Expl0ited
That's quite slow really .. i'm on 24mbit and going to 100mbit very soon.. I'm a heavy-traffic user and consider 1.5mbps slow as hell...

lol Ill take ANYTHING, 56k here yes don't laugh. even 128k ISDN from the 90's would rock.

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ViperAFK

That's pretty slow.

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Arpit

i believe 1.5 mbps is approximately about 192 kb/s in terms of download speed at max. you can decide if you find that too slow or good enough.

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MMaster23
I hate you...... heheh jk but I wish I could get 100mbit

I prob. shouldn't tell you that's 100mbit down and UP :)

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Spartan Erik

For that price it is pretty good.

I'm paying 24.99 per month for 2.5 Mbps DSL

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DaDude
Have you ran a speed test on your current connection to see what you are getting?

I have and I'm getting several different results. But the speed test at CNet says that I'm getting about 384kbps. I don't know how reliable that test is, but I believe 384 kbps is worse than 1.5Mbps.

If you they have to lock you into a contract to keep you as a customer, I would keep clear

I agree, which is why I asked this question before going for the deal. Something does smell fishy.

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DigitalE

I have 3 Mbps ADSL service, but it's the fastest in my area aside from Mediacom cable which is really expensive :(

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IbSta

20 Mbps with Shaw Nitro :D

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MulletRobZ
20 Mbps with Shaw Nitro :D

What?!?! They have 20 Mbps in Canada? Damn you! :D The fastest I've used was the university residence's Internet, which is usually around 10 Mbps. As for off-campus residential, the fastest I've seen was 5 - 6 Mbps.

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soldier1st

1.5MB these days is slow but when cable internet first came out it was great,i would go for something higher and thats within your budget,i have a 5mbps connection and for now it is enough for me but for cable the connection is split between users in a hub wheras with dsl you get what you pay for and it's all yours.if you can get say a 10mbps for like 30 bucks or so then go for the highest speed/low price radio

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Cormier6083

Better than me. I pay $31.58 for 256k.

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Angel Blue01

My family's got 6Mbps down (AT&T), 150KBps down sounds awful but its certainly good enough for Web surfing, Google Earth and Youtube (one at a time :p )

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