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Old 22-12-2020, 02:13 PM   #31
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if you have rapidgator premium account, download manager speed can easily hit 60MB/s which almost uses all 500Mbps bandwidth.
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Old 22-12-2020, 03:28 PM   #32
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Is the wifi speed really depend on 500mbps or 1gb or just buy top end wifi mesh router for 500 mbps will do?
It really depends on your use.. Some reasons why a higher end wireless router/mesh may be suitable:
- There is a network NAS or file sharing across devices within the home network
- There is quite a number of devices using WiFi, especially when users have multiple mobile/laptops and IoTs. Some Wifi Routers and mesh systems performance is affected when you have more than a few devices connected to it.
- Top End Mesh systems sometimes provide better range, better speeds when connected to the satellite (i.e. tri-band models dedicated wifi backhaul)
- Of course, depending on the brand, some brands have more features or their mesh capability is better.
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Old 22-12-2020, 04:53 PM   #33
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if you have rapidgator premium account, download manager speed can easily hit 60MB/s which almost uses all 500Mbps bandwidth.
I'm getting about 40+ MB/s with M1 500Mbps with premium rapidgator.

I suspect if I'm on 1Gbps plan, can hit even higher but maybe not 80MB/s. And also the filesize play a part as well. Too small cannot enjoy the speed.

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Old 27-12-2020, 10:46 PM   #34
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1GB is really useless.

1. Even AC router claiming 2xxxbps, hardly get up to 1GB for single connection. the connection speed depends on many factors. even if your devices support wifi 6, the distance also affects and may not reach 1GB speed.

2. Most of the 2.4GHz devices with Theoretical Speed at 300mbps could only work at 150mbps. Most of 5GHz devices with Theoretical Speed at 900-1.7Gbps could only work at 450mbps to 1Gbps. but how many devices using 5GHz connections?

3. Even if all of your devices works at full speed, how much data do you really need for downloading or online collaboration?

4. If you are downloading HD movie every day at full speed, you can get each movie in less than 10 mins. but you need to spend 2-3 hour to watch. how many hours you have to watch movie comparing with the time you have to download movie?

5. If you are watching youtube HD, 5Mbps connection is more than enough for 1080P streaming. if you have 10 pax watching 1080P youtube at the same time, 50Mbps is enough.

6. If you are playing online game, it does not require high bandwith, but you need to have low latency. buy an high end gaming router is more worthful than subscribe to 1GB gaming plan.

7. look at most business broadband speed. they offer much higher price for much lower bandwidth. but would the business usage lighter than home with so many people working at the same time?
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Old 28-12-2020, 07:49 AM   #35
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1GB is really useless.

1. Even AC router claiming 2xxxbps, hardly get up to 1GB for single connection. the connection speed depends on many factors. even if your devices support wifi 6, the distance also affects and may not reach 1GB speed.

2. Most of the 2.4GHz devices with Theoretical Speed at 300mbps could only work at 150mbps. Most of 5GHz devices with Theoretical Speed at 900-1.7Gbps could only work at 450mbps to 1Gbps. but how many devices using 5GHz connections?

3. Even if all of your devices works at full speed, how much data do you really need for downloading or online collaboration?

4. If you are downloading HD movie every day at full speed, you can get each movie in less than 10 mins. but you need to spend 2-3 hour to watch. how many hours you have to watch movie comparing with the time you have to download movie?

5. If you are watching youtube HD, 5Mbps connection is more than enough for 1080P streaming. if you have 10 pax watching 1080P youtube at the same time, 50Mbps is enough.

6. If you are playing online game, it does not require high bandwith, but you need to have low latency. buy an high end gaming router is more worthful than subscribe to 1GB gaming plan.

7. look at most business broadband speed. they offer much higher price for much lower bandwidth. but would the business usage lighter than home with so many people working at the same time?
It actually depends on how many devices the user have and for what use. For work use I am getting 450 Mbps download and 3000 Mbps upload speed for my internet via Office VPN. Quite fast. For homehub user there is no different in term of price for 1Gbps so may as well take 1Gbps speed.

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Old 28-12-2020, 10:46 PM   #36
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It actually depends on how many devices the user have and for what use. For work use I am getting 450 Mbps download and 3000 Mbps upload speed for my internet via Office VPN. Quite fast. For homehub user there is no different in term of price for 1Gbps so may as well take 1Gbps speed.
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Old 29-12-2020, 01:05 AM   #37
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It actually depends on how many devices the user have and for what use. For work use I am getting 450 Mbps download and 3000 Mbps upload speed for my internet via Office VPN. Quite fast. For homehub user there is no different in term of price for 1Gbps so may as well take 1Gbps speed.
For home working, what capacity does your company VPN have?
If your VPN is into an office, business internet tends to be more expensive and slower peak speeds than home use. Many offices have 100mbps or less, and that will be shared amongst all the users. Even if your company hosts infrastructure in a data centre, will it be 1gbps? 10gbps? And still shared between multiple users.
Even if their line is high capacity, how about the VPN server? What capacity can it handle?

I have a lot of colleagues home working in various countries, a lot of them are on <10mbps connections and manage to do fine. Video conferencing works fine, voice calls work fine, all their day to day activity is fine. Transferring large files takes longer, but that's not a common operation and can always be left to run in the background while you do other stuff.
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Old 29-12-2020, 09:57 AM   #38
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Depends on any heavy users

For most people, even change to 100mbps no difference
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Old 29-12-2020, 09:57 AM   #39
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For home working, what capacity does your company VPN have?
If your VPN is into an office, business internet tends to be more expensive and slower peak speeds than home use. Many offices have 100mbps or less, and that will be shared amongst all the users. Even if your company hosts infrastructure in a data centre, will it be 1gbps? 10gbps? And still shared between multiple users.
Even if their line is high capacity, how about the VPN server? What capacity can it handle?

I have a lot of colleagues home working in various countries, a lot of them are on <10mbps connections and manage to do fine. Video conferencing works fine, voice calls work fine, all their day to day activity is fine. Transferring large files takes longer, but that's not a common operation and can always be left to run in the background while you do other stuff.
I am working for an US MNC. My company VPN (using GlobalProtect) used to be pretty slow but now it is pretty fast, just did a Speedtest (Viewquest test server) when connected to the Hong Kong based VPN server, ping is 69ms, download is 165.84Mbps and upload is 115.46Mbps.

Interestingly I have faster connection at home than at work with company wifi network. Occasionally it can be a problem with dropped Microsoft Teams meeting with the company wifi network but seldom I have dropped connection this year when working from home.

But yes the VPN connections can still cause problems if too many people are using it. Then it is better to drop the VPN connection as there is no need to use it when just using Microsoft Outlook and Teams.
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Old 29-12-2020, 10:00 AM   #40
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It actually depends on how many devices the user have and for what use. For work use I am getting 450 Mbps download and 3000 Mbps upload speed for my internet via Office VPN. Quite fast.

For homehub user there is no different in term of price for 1Gbps so may as well take 1Gbps speed.
450Mbos download and 300Mbps (I think you meant to say 300Mbps and not 3000Mbps), that is impressive.
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Old 29-12-2020, 01:44 PM   #41
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I am working for an US MNC. My company VPN (using GlobalProtect) used to be pretty slow but now it is pretty fast, just did a Speedtest (Viewquest test server) when connected to the Hong Kong based VPN server, ping is 69ms, download is 165.84Mbps and upload is 115.46Mbps.

Interestingly I have faster connection at home than at work with company wifi network. Occasionally it can be a problem with dropped Microsoft Teams meeting with the company wifi network but seldom I have dropped connection this year when working from home.

But yes the VPN connections can still cause problems if too many people are using it. Then it is better to drop the VPN connection as there is no need to use it when just using Microsoft Outlook and Teams.
Yeah we have the same, no local VPN server and most of the internal resources we need to connect to are located in the US anyway.

Many companies, including ours, implement limited split tunnelling where specific destinations are whitelisted so they don't go via the VPN. The MS address space used for Teams and O365 is whitelisted for us, among some other things.

You might get better speeds from an HK based server, since your VPN terminates there. A lot of companies have also upgraded capacity recently to handle more VPN users.

Another thing to consider is casual browsing and downloading. A lot of people would use their office computer for random browsing throughout the day, whereas most people have a second machine at home that they will use for anything not work related.
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Old 29-12-2020, 09:30 PM   #42
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450Mbos download and 300Mbps (I think you meant to say 300Mbps and not 3000Mbps), that is impressive.
Download max is 500+ Mbps. For overseas server about 300 Mbps upload. Quite fast for my office VPN. Of course now many companies upgrade their network or staff will make noise.

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