Those of you whole live in or around Houston know that Comcast has been taking over the cable services, including broadband Internet, previously operated by Time Warner. While we were on vacation last week, Comcast began switching its Road Runner customers over to the new network; Road Runner customers are also being forced to switch email accounts, a sore point for many of them. According to early reports, the switchover was going “without a hitch“. Later reports note that some people are seeing problems.
For those of us using Earthlink broadband, which uses Comcast’s pipes, the switch meant a new network, but not an email switch. One advantage of the switch is that Comcast is upping the network speed from a 5 megabit maximum to 6 megabit and is introducing something called PowerBoost that allows download bandwidths to go even higher when spare network capacity is available.
We were warned, both by email and phone messages, that the switch was coming. Comcast said I might have to reset my cable modem in order to pick up its IP address on the Comcast network. As it turned out my modem switched on its own, which is good because I was 800 miles away when the time came.
Today I finally got around to checking the speed of the new Comcast network. I’m happy to report that we’re seeing consistent download speeds in excess of 6 megabits here at Pine Gulch. That’s not quite as fast as what Dwight gets at his place, but it’s still better than I expected. The down side is that our upload speeds are still quite slow, at around 240 kilobits. That’s a shame, because I’ve been seriously thinking of using Amazon’s S3 data storage services in my offsite backup strategy.
Test result from speedtest.net:
Test result from Speakeasy: