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    Mediacom Internet Question?

    My one-year deal of Mediacom Online 12Mbps expires this month. Will I be able to tell a big difference in Internet speed if I save an extra $20 per month and downgrade to 3Mbps?



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    Re: Mediacom Internet Question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tpups21 View Post
    My one-year deal of Mediacom Online 12Mbps expires this month. Will I be able to tell a big difference in Internet speed if I save an extra $20 per month and downgrade to 3Mbps?
    Yeah, in terms of download speed and streaming capability you'll notice it. For browsing and what not you won't.



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    Re: Mediacom Internet Question?

    Will YouTube videos stop and buffer all the time using 3Mbps?


    Last edited by Tpups21; 04-04-2011 at 08:14 AM.

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    Re: Mediacom Internet Question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tpups21 View Post
    Will YouTube videos stop and buffer all the time using 3Mbps?
    If you're trying to watch them in HD (720p or 1080p) then yeah, they could.



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    Re: Mediacom Internet Question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tpups21 View Post
    Will YouTube videos stop and buffer all the time using 3Mbps?
    This may help: How much bandwidth is required to play online YouTube videos ?

    Which category your Internet Speed falls in ?
    Category A: 10Kbps – 128Kbps [Kilobits and not KiloBytes (KB)]
    Category B: 129Kbps – 256Kbps
    Category C: 129Kbps – 256Kbps
    Category D: 257Kbps – 384Kbps
    Category E: 385Kbps – 512Kbps
    Category F: 513Kbps – 1Mbps
    Category G: 1Mbps +


    We’ve done some experiments with YouTube videos. There’s no specific bit rate that YouTube videos are encoded with. It can be as low as 140Kbps and as high as 1024Kbps for HD videos (even more). HomeVideo101 has also done comprehensive research to create YouTube videos that you may be interested in.


    If you are in Category lower than D then you have to first wait for the video to buffer for sometime and then play as most of the YouTube videos are encoded with more than 256Kbps bit rate.


    As per our experiment, Category D is the threshold. If your Internet speed falls in this category then you may or may not need to buffer the video before playing. We’ve tried playing YouTube videos with 384Kbps connection and almost 75% of the videos play without buffering (Of course that doesn’t include HD videos)
    Category E has the minimum Bandwidth speed range to have a good YouTube video viewing experience.


    If you can afford Bandwidth, then Category F is an optimal speed where most of the online video service like cracked.com, Facebook, Google Videos, Break.com, Vimeo etc will work perfectly.


    More than that Category G will also enjoy good HD viewing experience on YouTube.
    According to some survey, in 2007, YouTube consumed bandwidth that was used in the year 2000 for whole internet and operating cost of YouTube was quoted to be around 1 million US dollar per day. Now that’s interesting!


    In some developing nations where the Broadband speed is very slow, you can use this YouTube trick to play videos on a low bitrate that requires no buffering at all.
    Also, if you are hosting a Linux server running on Squid proxy server then you should have a look at open source cachevideo plugin which will help you to cache your videos on the local storage to save a lot of bandwidth on your network. Apart from YouTube it supports many other online video websites like Soapbox, Break.com, DailyMotion, Vimeo etc.
    From this site, it looks as if 3 Mbps would be fine for YouTube. I have 1 Mbps at home and while it does have to buffer HD stuff, it doesn't take too long and I'm to cheap to consider the upgrade cost worthwhile. Regular-definition content streams just fine.

    I'll back-up 3TrueFans in saying that for regular browsing/email 3 Mbps is plenty. Streaming content is where you'll notice a difference. If you're a gamer, though, I don't know what sort of connection speed would be required (I'm not a gamer).


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    Re: Mediacom Internet Question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tpups21 View Post
    My one-year deal of Mediacom Online 12Mbps expires this month. Will I be able to tell a big difference in Internet speed if I save an extra $20 per month and downgrade to 3Mbps?

    I'd point you in the opposite direction. Live a little. Go with their fastest service, Online Max or whatever they call it. You pay for 20 Mbps but almost always get 25 to 30. I just ran a speed test and I'm at 26 Mbps. It costs more, but you get a lot more for your dollar.



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    Re: Mediacom Internet Question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tpups21 View Post
    My one-year deal of Mediacom Online 12Mbps expires this month. Will I be able to tell a big difference in Internet speed if I save an extra $20 per month and downgrade to 3Mbps?
    As someone else pointed out, if you're not streaming video and only using for web surfing you will not notice a difference. We initially had their 3mbps service when we switched to satellite so we could keep the same price for internet as non-TV subscribers. At that time their standard service was 7mbps, but when they upped it to 10mbps I figured that was worth upgrading for.

    This was before Netflix streaming and all that. If you plan to stream any video I'd stay where you're at but if not you'll be just fine with 3mbps. It's still twice as fast as DSL basic.



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    Re: Mediacom Internet Question?

    Call them and tell them you will only stay with their service if they keep you at the reduced rate. It worked for me.



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    Re: Mediacom Internet Question?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    Call them and tell them you will only stay with their service if they keep you at the reduced rate. It worked for me.
    Seriously?



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    Re: Mediacom Internet Question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tpups21 View Post
    Seriously?
    Or they'll say see ya later.



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    Re: Mediacom Internet Question?

    Are you in an apartment and do you have a roommate? Switch the internet over to their name and get whatever 1 year deal they are offering.



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    Re: Mediacom Internet Question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tpups21 View Post
    Seriously?
    Yep. I was all set to switch to dish and qwest. The service obviously isn't as good, but I wasn't going to pay that much with Mediacom. I told them as much and they kept me at the reduced rate.



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    Re: Mediacom Internet Question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trainer View Post
    Are you in an apartment and do you have a roommate? Switch the internet over to their name and get whatever 1 year deal they are offering.
    I live in an apartment by myself.



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    Re: Mediacom Internet Question?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    Yep. I was all set to switch to dish and qwest. The service obviously isn't as good, but I wasn't going to pay that much with Mediacom. I told them as much and they kept me at the reduced rate.
    It's true. Their business model is set up for the majority of people, just like those in this thread that think Mediacom can just say what the price is and you have no recourse.

    If you call and threaten to switch and ask them to disconnect, you get transferred to another person who offers you reduced rate deals. This works because most people don't do that. They just suck it up and pay the high rate. I'm on my second cycle of "special" customer loyalty crap or whatever they're calling it.



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    Re: Mediacom Internet Question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tpups21 View Post
    I live in an apartment by myself.
    1. Change your name.
    2. Add "new" service with new name.
    3. Repeat in 1 year.



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