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Old 09-03-2004, 21:32   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, just need some advice on internet connections and the such.

I'm currently using a 56K modem and I was considering updating to ADSL 256/64K. Just wanna know if this is a worthwhile update and if I can actually feel the difference. What's the average download speed using ADSL (currently I get around 4-5 kbps). I also wanna know if this is enough speed to play online gaming (PS2) without any dramas.
Don't know much about this kind of stuff, would love some advice.

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PS. I can't get Cable in my street which is a shame, and I know 512/128K ADSL will be faster, but costs a fair bit more.
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Old 09-03-2004, 21:50   #2 (permalink)
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I have adsl with internode at the moment.

www.internode.on.net

The change to adsl on the connection you want - i have the same - is definately worth it. Dial up sucks.

These guys here are also really good apparently.

www.netspace.com.au

I can't confidently answer how it'd be for online gaming. I'd think you'd prob want to go a higher speed(or have a really good pc) and make sure you found a local server to play on otherwise it may not be that good.

I might try on quake 3 with my connection at home and see how it goes.

As far as overall speed is concerned its def worth it. I'm in the same boat and can't get cable here either but ADSL sure as hell makes up for it.

Do it.
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Old 09-03-2004, 21:55   #3 (permalink)
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yeah go for it dial up bite big time, im thinking about going for the upgrade, just have to check me funds
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Old 09-03-2004, 21:57   #4 (permalink)
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Ive got ADSL 256/64 with Ozemail... Usually d/l speeds are in the regionof 24-26 kbps... You can definatly feel the difference between DialCrap(tm) and ADSL..

Jus be careful of some plans like telstras basic plan that only gives you 200 or 300 MB d/l a month and then charge you massive amounts if you go over it.

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Old 09-03-2004, 22:11   #5 (permalink)
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The entry level plans for 29.95 a month aren't worth it. You normally need to move up to about the 49.95 mark.

Currently I get

$49.95 256k / 64k 16 GB

a month. I've never ever used the whole limit up.

Watch out for plans with peak and off peak limits - only if you're say online at a certain time only.

Its generally pretty reliable adsl. The modems the only main cost. Some are better than others due to not requiring any drivers etc.
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That sounds similar to what ive got $49.95 256k / 64k 12 GB d/l free u/l, may be shaped afer 12GB in peak times etc.
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Old 09-03-2004, 22:23   #7 (permalink)
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Its not a bad alternative(well i guess its the only alternative) to cable.

Actually now that I mention that....there is another alternative. You can get wireless broadband from a company that sends flyers out. I don't have a link tho.

Its not really better in price but it may be a second option for you.

The best connection I ever had was with Foxtel cable. That flew.
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Im with Netspace, pretty good, very reliable. Its 256/64K, and its great. Not too sure about limits, but ive never hit it.

The ONLY drawback of having ADSL is that if you go to your mates house or whatever and they've got dialup everything is so s.. l.. o.. w..

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Re: Some advice needed

thanks for that guys, i'm leaning a lot towards getting ADSL and ditching this crappy 56k. The deal I was thinking of was with I Primus (Been connected with them for 2 years with 56K and not a problem) going 256/64K for 49.95 a month with unlimited usage and 12 gig download limit, after which the speed slows to dial up speed (doubt i'll use up all 12 gig per month). I just wanna know if anyone has used ADSL 256/64K to play online games with consoles such as PS2, etc. and how their experience has been with it. I can go for the 512/128K but the price jumps to 79.95 per month.

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I got dodo ADSL 256K unlimited it's something like $29.95 for the first 3 months then $49.95 for the rest, its unlimited and they don't cap your speed at a certain download limit, I would recommend it.
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