Taigottawanna wrote:This is just great. Around Christmas, we went to CHT to see if we could get the 50Mbit package for $999. To our surprise, it was available in our area. There was something like 4 spots left for 50Mbit, and about 10 for 20Mbit at the time. Unfortunately, we still had 3 months left in our contract with another ISP, so we decided to wait until the end of this month to switch. Now I'm told 50 and 20Mbit are no longer available, but we could get a 12Mbit connection for $100 less.
Is there really a perceivable difference when streaming HD content at 12Mbit vs 50Mbit? I am happy that the upload speed is 3Mbit, so I can get some useful cloud storage functionality (I'm only losing 2Mbit upload settling for this package, as the 50Mbit download comes with only 5Mbit upload capability). I decided to get the MOD with all the channels for $100. I'm choosing to look at it as giving up 38Mbit download and 2Mbit upload speed in exchange for free MOD.
Now, as this is fiber optic to the (building?), what should I expect compared to my present ADSL service? Should I do the fixed IP option to get faster speed/lower latency? Does that still apply?
Considering that you're losing 38Mbps at a gain of $100, it's honestly not worth it because you're paying more $ per Mbit if you get the 12M/3M plan. However, if you are not an avid gamer, downloader or webmaster, 12M/3M will do just fine. I don't know what MOD stands for though, sorry. I tried asking Uncle Google but I got nothing in return. There is a massive perceivable difference when streaming YouTube HD videos on a 12M and 50M line. Still, 5M is all that's required for 1080p YouTube HD streaming without buffering.
I doubt your ISP provides a FTTH (Fibre- to- the- Home) connection if you are living in a highrise building. Most ISPs don't cover buildings with fibre- optic cables, it's too dangerous and there is a risk of damaging the building's infrastructure. If you live in a newly- built highrise building, chances are your building is already covered with fibre- optics, so no worries there. As in my case, it's copper cable from the 4th floor of my highrise building to the a FTTB server in the ground level. If it is the same in your case, you can expect a mild increase of about 5 - 10ms ping due to the copper cables. The speeds are usually unaffected though. Getting a fixed IP is quite pointless, unless if you plan to run an internet- based business. The speeds and latency don't rise or fall depending on your IP address.