Hello. I am curious about the internetworking industry. When a company tells you they can drop fiber into your shop and give you 10Mbps speed, what does this mean? 5Mb up and 5Mb down? 10MB at any given time including up and down?
How do you know you are getting the speeds promised? Bandwidth testers are reliable and unreliable. The support techs seem to just want to get close to what was promised and quit.
What about the promise of instant bandwidth increases by "turning the knob"? If you have equipment that can support it, can ISPs provide that type of instant access?
Finally, why do I have to tune my Windows PC (RFC 1323) to get speeds higher than 6Mbps?
I could really use some answer. Our ISP is feeding me too many lines and we are not even near what was promised.
In Australia (and I dare say most other countries) the connections unless specified otherwise, are full-duplex so it should be 10Mbps down and 10Mbps up.
As for increasing the bandwidth, it usually only requires a few commands to be entered on the router terminating your service. However alot of ISP's usually have a long turn-around time on actually getting this done (contracts etc can drag out the process).
And as for Windows, that is correct as well. By default it doesnt handle large amounts of bandwidth very well, its TCP windowing by default is very small/limited etc.