Switching ISPs – changed to Telstra Ultimate Cable couldn’t wait for NBN to roll out
Last Thursday I changed ISPs from Netspace ADSL2+ to new Telstra Ultimate Cable bundle plan and the difference in speed is amazing. I went from approximate download/upload speeds of 15Mbps/0.8Mbps to 118Mbps/2.4Mbps with 5-10ms pings within Australia and best of all it’s bundled with my home phone line rental so I’m saving AUD$45/month from the switch !
I couldn’t wait for Australian National Broadboad Network to roll out in my area, it could be years before NBN comes to my area if the NBN roll out map is any indicator. The NBN Co even plotted out their roll out map on Google Maps. NBN will allow for up to 100Mbps download and up to 40Mbps upload speeds. So much higher upload speeds than my current Telstra Ultimate Cable plan.
I’d thought I’d share an interesting experience I had after the switch. Using Speedtest.net to check my Telstra Ultimate Cable speeds, I noticed my main work PC had very slow 500+ ms ping times but my other PCs had 5-10ms ping times. I google researched and it appears it’s to do with Google Chrome browser and some anti-virus software which have web/http protection features. My main work PC uses Chrome 17.0 browser but other PCs used Firefox 10.x which didn’t have slow ping times.
For me the solution was to upgrade my ESET Internet Security 4.0.x software to ESET Smart Security 5.0.x. Once I upgraded Speedtest.net reported 5-7ms pings within Google Chrome 17.0 web browser on my main work PC.
Other reports of Chrome web browser and slow ping times
Before upgrading ESET Internet Security 4.0.x software with Google Chrome 17.0 web browser:
After upgrading to ESET Smart Security 5.0.x with Google Chrome 17.0 web browser: