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Sky DSL Speed Update

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Okay, so I tried testing the approximate speed of my SkyDSL connection last night via speakeasy speedtest. I got 543 Kbps down and 479 Kbps up. But that’s in the middle of the night, with everyone on their ZZZ’s. I was probably sharing the pipes with only a handful of other night-owls and zombies.

And I think I forgot to turn off the http proxy access on my browser.

I tried testing again just around two this afternoon, and here’s what I got. With proxy disabled, I got a download speed of 508 Kbps and upload speed of 222 Kbps.

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I then activated the Sky DSL Proxy (http://proxy.skyinet.net:3128) and got these results: 500 Kbps down and 448 Kbps up.

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So the download speed plays around 500 Kbps–pretty close to the 512 Kbps the published data rate. Understandably, upload speeds are slower, but in this case I was surprised it even surpassed the 200 Kbps mark (upload speeds are usually less than half or even less than 20% of the download speed). And with the http proxy, it’s likely that the proxy server’s upload speed is faster, hence attaining the near-500 Kbps rate for upstream transfers.

Not bad.

Of course, the speeds are only estimates, but then again, I would say such tests are a good proxy of how fast your connection really is.

I think this is something Smart WiFi (now branded Smart Bro) users should try.

Update: As of May 2007, Bayantel / Sky DSL has been reportedly really slow. I’ve experienced this myself, and I’ve published a copy of an email I sent to Bayantel CSR here:

Bayantel / Sky DSL is Really Slow These Days

Author: J. Angelo Racoma

J. Angelo Racoma is a technology and automotive journalist and blogger. See more of his work at e27. Follow him via Twitter at @jangelo.

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52 Comments

  1. HOw to be fast at my dsl 384kps?

  2. hi mr. j can u help me regarding my sky dsl plan 899 i want to know what is your trick or hack settings. to get SOD speeds even during daytime. tnx just send it to my email tnx alot

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