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MetroCast High Speed Internet Delivering 190Mbps On My 150Mbps Service, In New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE.


The above actual screenshots from (Netflix) Fast.com was on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, on what was my 150Mbps Metrocast Internet service.

I check my Metrocast Internet speed, every morning, with Fast.com, before I start doing any work on my PC. I just want to make sure everything is copacetic.

So, I do my test, hoping to see 140 to 150Mbps, I get 190Mbps! Try again. It even flirts with 200Mbps, then falls back to 190Mbps,

I am impressed. I am happy.

I am NO stranger to Metrocast bumping up the Internet speed with no warning and more importantly, NO INCREASE in price.

In 2015 it was 75Mbps, and I was thrilled to get that speed.

In January 2016, with no fanfare, they increased the speed to 105 – 110Mbps. I was over the moon.

In January 2017, again with no notice, they hiked the speed up to 150 – 160Mbps.

OK. I waited and waited in January 2018 for another hike. Nada. I was crushed. I wrote about it.

Then, in mid-April, this.

Not complaining. All good. I am happy.


I do have a TDS 45 Mbps service IN ADDITION to my ‘190 Mbps’ Metrocast — as a backup. I use it to drive my Roku 3 streaming.


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by Anura Guruge


MetroCast: Getting 150 Mbps Downloads On My 105 Mbps Service; Game On With TDS.

by Anura Guruge


Actual screenshots from (Netflix) Fast.com & Speedtest.net
on my 105 Mbps Metrocast service
between 1:00 to 1:45 pm Sunday, December 18, 2016.

With TDS now offering 1,000 Mbps in Alton
I knew that Metrocast would bump-up their
speeds — as they did January 2016 & 2015.

Click to ENLARGE and admire.

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fast160

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I do have a TDS 15 Mbps service IN ADDITION to my ‘105 Mbps’ Metrocast — as a backup.

Right now I do not plan to upgrade to the TDS 1 Gigabit. I will wait to see how others fare. I am happy with the MetroCast service — especially if it will be at 150/160 Mbps.


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by Anura Guruge


Another MetrcoCast Internet (105 Mbps) Outage April 8, 2016, in Alton, New Hampshire, Around 8:45pm.

by Anura Guruge


MetroCast Internet outage Anura Guruge

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It was pretty short. At most 20 minutes. BUT it is worrying. MetroCast used to be so rock solid.

Plus I am seeing (on Facebook) and hearing folks from Alton and Barnstead complaining, often, of late, that MetroCast is ‘ALWAYS’ going down.

Strange?

Also strange that this has ONLY started to happen since TDS started its HUGE push around here to promote is 1 Gigabit TDS TV (a.k.a TDS FiberVille) program.

Coincidence?

Is MetroCast checking …?

I actually asked MetroCast! They were taken back that I could be so cynical. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

MetrcoCast Internet (105 Mbps) Outage April 1, 2016, in Alton, New Hampshire, Around 4pm.

by Anura Guruge


metrocastlogo2016About a 30 to 40 minute outage Friday, April 1, 2016 (yes, April Fool’s Day) around Alton & Barnstead, New Hampshire. Started getting jerky response and page load failures BEFORE the service completely went down. From my experience it last approximately from 4pm to 4:40pm. Put a call through to MetroCast. By the time they called back (per their callback feature) Internet service, at a full 110 Mbps, per gstnetworks.net, was up and running. They admitted that there had been a problem and that they had been unaware of it for 20 minutes.

Just documenting it here (now) for the record (so that I can just search this blog for outages). There is (and has always been) method to my apparent madness.

Coincidentally or otherwise TDS was holding their “TDS TV” open house in Alton at the same time. Strange? 

Smile.


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by Anura Guruge

TDS, Upfront For ONCE, Holds Alton, NH, ‘TDS TV’ Open House On April Fool’s Day.

by Anura Guruge


As some of us are PAINFULLY aware Internet service by TDS in the Alton, New Hampshire area has been a JOKE for the last year or more.

Yes, they have been promising 1 Gigabit Internet for over a year but I have yet to see it.

As far as I am concerned TDS is but a poor and very bad JOKE. I am staying with MetroCast 105 Mbps Broadband Internet service. It might be 10x times slower than 1 Gigabit BUT it is stable, up 98% of the time and the bandwidth rarely if ever fluctuates. I think we all know that that will not be the case with TDS. I would hate to rely on Internet, TV and voice on TDS.


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From: http://www.tdsfiber.com/whatsnew/. Check it out. Click image to ENLARGE and have a giggle here. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

TP-Link’s Latest Range Extenders, AC1200 & AC1750, Look Very Competent & Compelling.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the Amazon product page for the TP-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE355).


I do not really need a new super-duper Range Extender this very minute. With two separate Broadband Internet feeds into the house, 105 Mbps from MetroCast and 15 Mbps (when I am lucky) from TDS, each with its Wi-Fi network, we have decent Wi-Fi coverage in the house and our Roku 3 is Ethernet connected to the 15Mbps TDS feed.

I do have a 18-month old TP-LINK TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender in place and that seems to do provide enough of a boost. But when I got an e-mail from Amazon about these two new Range Extenders I was intrigued.

The house is nearly all TP-Link. I like and trust TP-Link. Huge improvement over LinkSys. So I thought I would share.


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by Anura Guruge

TDS Telecom, As I Knew They Would, Has Pushed Back 1 Gigabit Availability.

by Anura Guruge


I was first told that I could be one of the first to try it out, in the area, in October 2015. That was told to me in January 2015. TDS did not want me switching to MetroCast 75Mbps. I didn’t believe TDS and dig go and get 75Mbps from MetroCast.

Then I was told I would definitely have it in Spring of 2016. In December 2015, when I was in a protracted ‘battle’ with them about reduced bandwidth (since I still kept one TDS drop as a backup), I was told Gigabit, coming in the next ‘few months’, would solve all my problems. Well pigs would fly.

I just happened to check. They are now saying AUGUST 2016. That is neither Spring 2016 or really a ‘few months’ from December (though I appreciate that there are no defined limits as to how far ‘few months’ extends).

I no longer trust TDS. They have abused me for way too long. I probably will NOT sign up for 1 Gig though I realize that I might be spiting myself. I am going to continue with MetroCast 105 Mbps till at least year end to see how others fair with TDS. I know this for a fact; 15% of THIS neighbourhood will NOT signup for 1 Gig. That is a given.

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Latest TDS 1 Gig in Alton availability map — with different areas ‘pinned’ as A, B, C etc. I am ‘G’. Click to ENLARGE. Use this link to access original: http://www.tdsfiber.com/where/Alton/


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Click to ENLARGE. My neighborhood. Yep, pigs will fly.


I have invented a new game to while away few minutes of my near daily run. I try to come up with new phrases to fit the TDS acronym. Example: Too Damn Slow.

My latest.

TDS = Totally Despicable Scoundrels.

You can join too. It is fun and therapeutic.


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by Anura Guruge


MetroCast Maintains 105 Mbps In Alton (N.H.) During Saturday Night.

by Anura Guruge


With any cable-based Internet access system the crucial question is whether they can maintain the promised bandwidth during peak usage on the cable — Saturday nights invariably considered the busiest time on cable.

Last year, when I first got 75 Mpbs from Metrocast, I was anxious to see how MetroCast would come the first Saturday night. They passed with flying colors.

Ditto this year with 105 Mbps. Typically, as is Metrocast wont, I would get 107 Mbps. But 105 Mbps at 11:30pm on a Saturday night is not bad at all since I am also sharing the bandwidth, as I write, with Deanna and Devanee both using the Internet. So MC is probably still delivering close to 107 Mbps. This is good. Very impressed with MetroCast. They have come a long way.

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Click to ENLARGE. Using ‘gstnetworks.net’ which is my ‘goto’ speedtest. 105.78 Mbps download, 12.19 Mbps upload. That is GREAT.


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by Anura Guruge


MetroCast Delivers 105 Mbps To Alton (N.H.); TDS Falters Then Goes Down!

by Anura Guruge


dahI would be able to appreciate the irony if it was not so frustrating and sad. I pay and get BOTH MetroCast and TDS Internet feeds to the house — mainly for redundancy but also to keep the Internet bandwidth we use for media streaming (read Roku) separate from that I use for ‘work’ (read ‘this’).

So today, for the first time, I have 105 Mbps, actually 107 Mbps, on my MetroCast feed — and I am delighted.

I am trying to watch the Australia vs. India 3rd ODI (on Sling via my Roku 3) when bloody TDS gives up the ghost. The bandwidth fluctuated like crazy for 10 minutes and then it went down for about 3 minutes.

MetroCast rocks, TDS sucks.

That sums it up. TDS has been REALLY bad in Alton over the last 4 months. 80% due to the guy in charge of TDS service in this area. To call him a dozer would be an insult to other dozers. He is that bad. I am THINKING of getting two MetroCast drops — i.e., feeds. It might be worth it.

TDS == Too Damn Slow!


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by Anura Guruge


I Already Have 105 Mbps (+) With MetroCast. Thank YOU MetroCast. MetroCast Rocks.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and admire.

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With ‘speedtest.net’.

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With ‘gstnetworks.net’, same technology as ‘speedtest.net’ BUT quicker and easier to run.


I being who I am started checking yesterday to see IF Metrocast has bumped up my speed from 75 Mbps to 105 Mbps.

Today it has. Getting close to 107 Mbps and 12 Mbps UPLOAD. I am delighted. This is great. WOW.

I am SO happy. The UPLOAD. 50% increase and that is wonderful for I since I do so many uploads — photos, images and documents (i.e., read ‘books‘).


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by Anura Guruge