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I just upgraded my Internet from 60 GB @ 35 Mb down & 2 up to 320 GB @ 60/10 and my bill went from $52.99 to $53.99, effective Aug. 11.
I checked this morning and got 68.03 Mb down and 10.65 up. This was while I was doing some other things over the Internet, including streaming audio and some file downloads.
 

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Bit the bullet, and upgraded from 30/5 to 60/10.

For me, since I had the CGN3 with the 30/5, It was only a $5 increase.. to DOUBLE.

Ran a few speedtests, between rogers and speedtest.net.

77-90 download, 10.4-11.1 upload. Cant complain.
 

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It was only a $5 increase.. to DOUBLE
It cost me $1 /month more to upgrade to 60/10 from 30/1 (IIRC) and 320 GB from 80. I generally get mid 70's for download from speedtest.net, but have seen 84. Upload is almost always 10 Mb +- <1%.
 

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Time for price reduction?

I just did some shopping around for high-speed internet for my daughter who's moving to Peterborough, and was rather shocked at some of the better deals available when I checked canadianisp.ca.

My pre-discount price for Ignite 100 is $87 from Rogers, which I signed up for mostly to have no download caps. At most, we might have a couple of devices streaming Netflix. It seems, though, that with Rogers you're forced to pay to get capacity, vs speed.

Can someone convince me why I should keep Ignite 100 (I get a $20 discount, bringing the price down to $67), when lots of cable providers have a 30 Mbs speed and 200-300Gb capacity for about $44?
 

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Can someone convince me why I should keep Ignite 100 (I get a $20 discount, bringing the price down to $67), when lots of cable providers have a 30 Mbs speed and 200-300Gb capacity for about $44?
Because 100Mbps >> 30 Mbps and if you stream lots of video content then you can easily go over 300GB and get hit with overage fees.
 

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My kids watch a lot of Netflix. Don't think we've ever exceeded about 250Gb in a month. Usually ~200Gb.

Rogers keeps upping the speed, but honestly, I don't think we've noticed much of a difference beyond 30 Mb/s.
 

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As an example a Netflix HD show streams at around 4 Mbps. If your available bandwidth is 30 Mbps, you could stream about 6 or 7 shows simultaneously without any loss. Your bandwidth cap is more relevant for the typical residential customer.

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Exactly - rates tied more to cap than speed

As an example a Netflix HD show streams at around 4 Mbps. If your available bandwidth is 30 Mbps, you could stream about 6 or 7 shows simultaneously without any loss. Your bandwidth cap is more relevant for the typical residential customer.
I used to work in the telecomm sector, and remember being told that full HD required something like 20 Mbit/s with some basic compression scheme, but I've also seen people refer to Netflix requiring only 5 Mbit/s. I think the true requirement falls somewhere in the middle.

So, Rogers keeps pushing higher and higher rates - and charging for them - but I'm starting to think that less (bandwidth and price) might be better.
 

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With netflix, it all depends on what you are watching.. and via what.

Some things like most browswers.. even for HD content, will max out at 3mbps.
When you get into a full HD capable device (and content) your looking at between 5-8mbps.
(4k, is up to 15mpbs?)

So a super high package, is not necessarily always needed.

But can be nice.. depending on who/what your doing.
If you are a multi usage household, like mine, where someone could be streaming in HD, someone else playing a game, 1-2 others playing on mobile stuff from facebook to games there.
All of them add up. And the closer you get to maxing out the connection.. can cause it to choke.

This isnt going back too far.. but even back to the 25-30 mbps timeframe.. a HD stream, a torrent, an online game, all at the same time? Not really.
But when i went up to the 60mbps (and now 100), i am able to do all of them at the same time.
 

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Very good points, gdkitty.

Before I upgraded to Ignite 100, I had 30/3, 300GB plan, and while I was, for the most part, happy with it, the AirPlay streaming from the Mac computer to Apple TV was choppy. At the same time, AirPlay from iPad worked perfect. I thought, as many do, this was only the result of different operating systems.

However, once I got Ignite 100, AirPlay from Mac is as good as it can be. I guess it wasn't only the difference in operating systems, but also, if not exclusively, a matter of bandwidth.
 

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However, once I got Ignite 100, AirPlay from Mac is as good as it can be. I guess it wasn't only the difference in operating systems, but also, if not exclusively, a matter of bandwidth.
Computer<-->Router<-->TV/stereo is independent of your WAN (to Rogers) speed. Actually, if you have an 802.n router the over-the-air speed can be 300 Mbit/s, if I'm not mistaken.

I wonder how low the WAN speed can go before Netflix starts buffering and pauses. This doesn't happen for me at 100 Mbit/s, nor did at @ 60 Mbit/s. If it doesn't happen @ 30Mbit/s, I can easily drop my internet bill by $20 **and** get unlimited.
 

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Computer<-->Router<-->TV/stereo is independent of your WAN (to Rogers) speed. Actually, if you have an 802.n router the over-the-air speed can be 300 Mbit/s, if I'm not mistaken.
You may be right there, but trust me, before I switched to Ignite 100, I had to AirPlay stream from iPad to Apple TV, in order to get a smooth stream. Streaming from my Mac would always be choppy, still watchable, but definitely not as smooth.

Now, and I really don't know the reason why, AirPlay from Mac to ATV is free of any hiccups. The only thing that has changed is my Internet plan.
 

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You may be right there, but trust me, before I switched to Ignite 100, I had to AirPlay stream from iPad to Apple TV, in order to get a smooth stream. Streaming from my Mac would always be choppy, still watchable, but definitely not as smooth.

Now, and I really don't know the reason why, AirPlay from Mac to ATV is free of any hiccups. The only thing that has changed is my Internet plan.
Did you have to switch from the swiss-cheese (outside) Rogers WiFi router to the newer book-style one? It could just be the newer router has better WiFi coverage.
 

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I did get a new router (Hitron CGN3ACSMR), so that was an upgrade from the old Hitron CGN2, the swiss-cheese one, lol.

However, there is one more thing that I forgot to mention, and that may have been the root cause. With the old setup, I also had a Cisco Linksys E2500 N600 router, so I was running in bridge mode.

Now, with the new router, I left it in gateway (tried running it in bridge, but my E2500 was for some reason cutting down my download speeds to about 25-30 Mbps, instead of 120-130 Mbps that I get with CGN3 in gateway).

With regards to WiFi coverage, in both cases, my Mac was only about 3m away from Apple TV (and the router), so that shouldn't have been an issue. But that old bridged setup may have been the cause of choppy AirPlay playback, probably because of E2500 acting up.

Anyway, long story short, I'm good now. Taking E2500 out of the equation is what most likely fixed the choppy playback, and probably nothing to do with increased speed and bandwidth.
 

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A friend has/had one of those 2500 routers and they are slow by modern standards. She replaced it with a TPLink Archer C7. I have a Dlink 868 which is a couple of years old and certainly not state of the art anymore but it still keeps up with Ignite 100 with the Rogers modem in bridge mode. On a wired PC to 868 to CGN3ACM all on Cat 6 cables it shows the OOKLA speed test averaging 135 Mbps


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I was thinking of getting a new router so that I could put my CGN3ACSMR in bridge mode, but the fact that for now it works perfectly fine in gateway is one of the reasons I'm still hesitant to go that way. The other reason, of course, saving a $100, or so, seems like a good idea too.

Also, I should have used Mbps, instead of MBps, when referring to download speeds, in my previous post. ;)
 

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Rogers offered me even BETTER deal

Well, I called Rogers again today and explained that, since I only had a discount on my internet service and not VIP cable, there's nothing stopping me from switching to another ISP, as there are many now in the $40 price range, and I don't really need 100 Mbit/s.

The first person said that she could reduce my *all-in* current bill of $197 by a grand total of about $4. I said no thanks, so she put me through to retentions.

The next guy I spoke to didn't fool around. I told him the same thing: paying the full rack rate for VIP and have only a discount on internet, and Rogers needed to do better.

The CSR told me that I'd have to sign up for 2 years (with $400/$200 max penalties for cancelling), but my new *all-in* price for TV/internet would be more like $150.

I said, "*sign me up*".

Still waiting to see my first bill to make sure there are no surprises, but looking good!
 
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