Questions from a future Airtel user

real_india

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Hello to all. I am from Noida. Although this is my first post as a member i have been visiting this site for a long time.I have a few queries regarding Airtel broadband connection( 256k Rs 999 unlimited Package). Currently i have a connection from a local cable ISP. He is charging me Rs 1000 for 256k unlimited connection. Although the speeds i am getting are just about ok(8-16 KBPS) but he is blocking all the ports except port 25 and 80.Since Airtel has started wiring my apartment building i wanted to shift to the 256k Rs 999 unlimited package.From what i have read here and at other sites Airtel is giving speed between 20-26 KBPS. I am not sure what the upload speed is because many users have said that it is between 8-10 KBPS and many say it can go upto 16 KBPS.It would be very helpfull for me if the Airtel users can answer a few of my queries!1> What is the AVG, MIN and MAX download speeds that i can expect ?? 2> What is the AVG upload speed ?3> What type of wire Airtel uses for the connection between the junction box and the house ? ( I am asking this question becasue depending on the the thickness of the wire used i may have to reconfigure the internal wiring of my house since i live in a multistorey apartment !)4> Which ethernt modem/router should i go for ? (it must have port forwarding options either via telnet or hhtp)5> Does Airtel block Ports ? If any which ones?
 

prathapml

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Airtel is very straightforward.1> I have a 256k connection, & get these downstream speeds : min - 25 kBps, max - 35 kBps, & AVG=26 kBps.2> The upload speeds are same as download - AVG=26kBps.3> No idea, never bothered about it!4> Go for the LAN modem, otherwise USB modem will give you a lot of shit. And with LAN modem, you can even change it from normal to RFC-1483-bridged mode, & login to airtel server thru PPPoE - its very easy & will give you access to all ports, with no need for port-forwarding. (but then, remember to install a firewall)5> They dont block ANY ports, they claim. My only problem is, that IRC has been blocked (ports 6661-6668). But nobody else on Airtel has this problem, so I dunno what to make of it.
 

sachin214

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1. Speeds download vary b/w 25-35 kbps on most networks,using some download manager i get avg 32kbps ,on P2p avg speed 26 kbps.

2.Upload same as downlaod .

3.They use 2 pair telephone wire ,although it uses only 1 pair at a time 2nd pair is for emergency stuff if something happens with 1st pair.Size same as 2 pair cable net wire.

4.Yes go for LAN modem ,if possible get Dlink one

5. No ports blocked in vaishali/noida region.not even 6881 or IRC posts.
Although the speeds i am getting are just about ok(8-16 KBPS) but he is blocking all the ports except port 25 and 80.Since Airtel has started wiring my apartment building i wanted to shift to the 256k Rs 999 unlimited package.[/b]

Your ISp is cheating on you by giving such low speeds (64 kbps-128 kbps)
 


max

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real_india, my advice is that you should go in for it! Airtel, is in my area and I am dying to get a connection but they have to yet wire up the street before they will enter here! :(
 

boygr8

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okay i have a questionOn sify if i use a download manager(i.e multiple connections ) on a 32 KBPS connection, i get pure 32 KBPS.....but if i download normally or view streaming audio or video....speeds fluctuate widely.....i can even view a 150 kbps live broadcastOn Airtel wat's the ituation.......do speeds fluctuate without download manager....or stay constantI would not complain even if they give 25 KBPS constant.,.....but on sify u get average 24 KBPS with speed on one instant 32 KBPS and one next 12 KBPS and 3rd instant 0 KBPS and then back to 32 KBPS
 

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Originally posted by boygr8@Nov 30 2005, 08:50 PM
okay i have a question

On sify if i use a download manager(i.e multiple connections ) on a 32 KBPS connection, i get pure 32 KBPS.....but if i download normally or view streaming audio or video....speeds fluctuate widely.....i can even view a 150 kbps live broadcast

On Airtel wat's the ituation.......do speeds fluctuate without download manager....or stay constant

I would not complain even if they give 25 KBPS constant.,.....but on sify u get average 24 KBPS with speed on one instant 32 KBPS and one next 12 KBPS and 3rd instant 0 KBPS and then back to 32 KBPS
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this fluctuation is managed by sify itself. actual speed will be much lower.
they buffer and send it. you can see the trick by using the pause button in any download manager. when the pause is released first few seconds the download
speed may touch many folds. it is similar to opening the tap, allow the water to run and temporarily hold the outflow. the water accumulated in the line for the time being, along with regular pressure, will burst out when opened.

one isp staff literally confessed they have to do that to show higher speeds.
for normal browsing this will not affect. only when you are using streaming audio or video you can witness the break. :angry:

in airtel such a thing is not there. for 256kbps connection the actual speed will be 220 plus or minus 5. all isps other than airtel/vsnl buy bandwidth from barathi telecom.

i have tried sify,hathway,bsnl. i found airtel is best at the present and their service is good. :rolleyes:
 


boygr8

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ThanksU r bang on spot....u r right....regarding fluctuation....when my cable wallah came to collect his service charges i told him bout flutuation and i said that i will not give him Rs 100 until he sorts it out......after 2-3 days i was getting 32 KBPS constant.....only to get back to fluctuations after a few days again.......the problem gets corrected if a i send repeated emails to customercare .....but again they put u back in that fluctuation circle.......sify always plays dirty games....
 

SolidSnake

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Originally posted by real_india@Nov 30 2005, 02:02 AM
Hello to all. I am from Noida. Although this is my first post as a member i have been visiting this site for a long time.

I have a few queries regarding Airtel broadband connection( 256k Rs 999 unlimited Package). Currently i have a connection from a local cable ISP. He is charging me Rs 1000 for 256k unlimited connection. Although the speeds i am getting are just about ok(8-16 KBPS) but he is blocking all the ports except port 25 and 80.Since Airtel has started wiring my apartment building i wanted to shift to the 256k Rs 999 unlimited package.

From what i have read here and at other sites Airtel is giving speed between 20-26 KBPS. I am not sure what the upload speed is because many users have said that it is between 8-10 KBPS and many say it can go upto 16 KBPS.

It would be very helpfull for me if the Airtel users can answer a few of my queries!

1> What is the AVG, MIN and MAX download speeds that i can expect ??

2> What is the AVG upload speed ?

3> What type of wire Airtel uses for the connection between the junction box and the house ? ( I am asking this question becasue depending on the the thickness of the wire used i may have to reconfigure the internal wiring of my house since i live in a multistorey apartment !)

4> Which ethernt modem/router should i go for ? (it must have port forwarding options either via telnet or hhtp)

5> Does Airtel block Ports ? If any which ones?
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Hi, I live in Vasundhara Enclave near Noida Sec 7.

1. All I can say is while downloading using Flashget, I get 30-40 KBps.
2. No idea, I don't upload anything as such.
3. I think they are the same normal telephone wires (twisted pair?)
4. Go for Ethernet.
5. No idea
 

tumtays

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You can use any wire from the junction box to the point of termination (twisted pair). And yes they do block IRC connections, not just on ports mentioned by someone already but on the full sweep. Never had a problems otherwise.
 

i_love_you

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Originally posted by tumtays@Dec 8 2005, 03:13 AM
You can use any wire from the junction box to the point of termination (twisted pair). And yes they do block IRC connections, not just on ports mentioned by someone already but on the full sweep. Never had a problems otherwise.
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From where did u get this information?
THere are no IRC port blocks on AIrtel in Hyderabad.
 

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