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SubjectFree Netgear WIFI Router from FCC new Reply to this message
Posted byitchyNADZ
Posted on02/18/11 11:07 AM



Sign up for the FCC broadband test.

Info:
Current member will be shipped a Netgear N300 router.

What effect will this have on my monthly download cap?

Our units involved in the FCC project transfer a large amount of data, which varies according to the speed of your connection. The usage on a 10Mbps connection will be around 20GB/month, and will likely be around 60GB on a 50Mbps connection. The amount that's downloaded is speed dependant (so a slower connection will use less traffic than a faster connection).

What tests are performed?

At present we are performing the following tests:

1. Multi-threaded HTTP download speed test
2. Multi-threaded HTTP based upload speed test
3. Availability of the connection
4. Jitter
5. Latency (both ICMP and UDP)
6. Packet loss (both ICMP and UDP)
7. DNS query resolution time
8. DNS query failure rate
9. Web page loading time
10. Web page loading failure rate
11. Video streaming performance

The above tests are performed against a cluster of test servers, hosted all around the US. The web browsing test is performed against 10 real US-based websites.

The requirements we ask our volunteers to meet are as follows:

You have a fixed line broadband Internet connection to your residence.
You use a standalone device to connect to your broadband service - i.e not a USB ADSL modem.
You have a stable broadband connection (i.e. it doesn't disconnect frequently). Note that this is just referring to the connection - not the speed.
You are not a heavy downloader. Our tests can only run when your line below a certain traffic threshold, therefore we would not be able to run any tests if your line is in constant use.
You have a spare power socket near your existing router (or wherever you plan to connect the unit. Keep in mind that a network cable must run between the unit and your router though! We supply a 1m cable).
You need to be on one of the ISPs that we're measuring.

In addition to the above we ask that volunteers agree to a set of terms and conditions that are broadly summarised by the points below:

I agree:
Not to unplug the unit or your ISP's router unless I'm away for an extended period of time.
Not attempt to reverse engineer or alter the unit.
To notify Samknows if and when I choose to change ISPs.
To return the unit to Samknows should I no longer wish to be involved (Samknows to pay reasonable postage costs).
To connect the unit in the way described in the documentation.
To keep Samknows updated with valid contact details (i.e. email and postal address).







SubjectI signed up. new Reply to this message
Posted byParatech
Posted on02/18/11 11:15 AM



Other than downloading from Steam I don't download much data.



The new and improved King of Lamers 2003!


SubjectRe: I signed up. new Reply to this message
Posted byitchyNADZ
Posted on02/18/11 11:30 AM



Considering what I do on my connection, there's no way I could sign up hehe.


> Other than downloading from Steam I don't download much data.
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> The new and improved King of Lamers 2003!
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SubjectRe: Free Netgear WIFI Router from FCC new Reply to this message
Posted byVmprHntrD
Posted on02/18/11 09:06 PM



Ahh what the hell I've signed up. I got this G router that's getting bitchslapped by interference in my condo complex. Everytime it gets anywhere near one of those few N routers in the complex it kicks the fucker offline so that I got to unplug it so I can get my laptop back online and it's pissing me off. At least with this N router I can level the playing field.



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"If women are so bloody perfect at multitasking, how come they can't have a headache and sex at the same time ?"


SubjectI got an e-mail, new Reply to this message
Posted byParatech
Posted on02/22/11 08:13 PM



They asked for more information, I'll find out in 2 - 3 weeks if I'm chosen.



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SubjectI got accepted,,, new Reply to this message
Posted byParatech
Posted on02/27/11 03:10 PM



I accepted the terms and conditions, hopefully that won't be like poor Dilbert where they'll harvest my organs (they probably wouldn't pass for transplant of cat food! :p ) or try and turn my computer into a part of Skynet.

I'm supposed to receive the equipment in 2 weeks.



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SubjectRe: I got accepted,,, new Reply to this message
Posted byVmprHntrD
Posted on02/27/11 04:03 PM



Awesome, hope I get picked too. If not I'm going to have to go buy a wirless N router so I can fight back against the few in the complex I'm in have who think it's funny to cut off weaker signals.



Billy Connolly - Statement of the Century
"If women are so bloody perfect at multitasking, how come they can't have a headache and sex at the same time ?"


SubjectIt came in the mail today! Reply to this message
Posted byParatech
Posted on03/04/11 03:30 PM



When I went to connect it, something messed up my line. I tried for 2 hours to connect and had to run to staples to get a long enough cable to hook up to it.

Afterwords, I had to call Verizon and they had to talk me through resetting my modem's settings. It seems when my modem was reset, it messed up the configuration.

After that, I ran the install disk and it set my network up with a password. I have set the PC up to connect to it, and will have to set my Wii/DS to it as well.



The new and improved King of Lamers 2003!


SubjectDammit! new Reply to this message
Posted byParatech
Posted on03/04/11 03:45 PM



The PSP won't accept the new network, claiming its not compatible, but the Wii does work with it, I just had to nuke my old settings to connect to the Linksys and it found the new settings and works.



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