ADSL speed

By logitech
Dec 30, 2010
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  1. Where is ADSL speed based at?

    Is it at the 'account' level [user/pass].. at the line level [specific phone line] or the modem leve [specific settings in the modem] ??
  2. Inforanop

    Inforanop TS Rookie

    Haha good question.The 'speed' you buy from your ISP or cable company is the bandwidth from the local exchange/depot to your address.
    It`s the width of that 'pipe' you`re paying for.Measured in Megabits per second (Mbit/s).

    The speed you measure when using one of those internet speed tests ( is the actual speed you get from a server on the wider internet to your computer.
    That will be affected by distance and general web conditions between you and there.
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,433   +143

    Imo don't put too much stock.
  4. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,971   +10

    The account subscribed to, and the phone line (regular/fibre optic).
  5. logitech

    logitech TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    So your saying...:
    If a friend on the same ISP with a faster connection, came to my house; he would NOT be able to use HIS connection there??
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,964   +355

    That is correct. His faster connection remains at his house.
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,143   +597

    fyi: adsl typically max's out at 756kbs

    Cable can go much faster and

    the Verizon FiOS service is optical end-to-end and theoretically can be better than a T1 connection.
  8. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,971   +10

    I get 2 mbps on my five year old adsl.

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