We pulled the plug on Mid-Hudson Cable (MHC) for our internet service a couple of weeks ago in favor of Verizon DSL service. I have written about MHC’s terrible service and misrepresentations earlier. Most recently here.
Being fortunate enough to live less than 17,000 ft1 from the Verizon office next to the Post Office, DSL is available to me. Through acquaintances I learned of their good luck with DSL.
After the installation I ran a number of tests using the same test site, Speedtest.net, that I have used to measure the bad performance of Mid-Hudson. This showed that Verizon is very consistently delivering 5.2 MB/sec download and 750KB/sec uploads with a ping of 50 millisecond. And, my continuing tests using Speedtest.net show that the service is consistent throughout the day. No more of the slow downs so common to the party line affair of cable internet services.
Though this is hardly world beating service2 the real surprise came from the impact of the fast ping speed.3
I use Skype videoconferencing for both business and family purposes. With MHC the ping regularly measured in the hundreds of milliseconds. This caused jittery or frozen video and chronic echoes in the audio. My first Skype conference with clients revealed great audio without echoes. I even abandoned by headset. Just using the microphone on the desktop gave me great sound and the frozen video are now a memory.4
- the current maximum distance from a switch office for DSL [↩]
- the US is 13th in the world with South Korea at the top with an average 13.8MB/s download speed of [↩]
- Ping is the time between the click of a mouse and the return of a packet of information from the host server to your web browser [↩]
- Verizon logo used without permission [↩]