Today is my first day on Afrihost uncapped 4Mbps. Previously with Mweb I noticed heavy shaping when I downloaded from one of our FTP sites - the site would hover at top speed for 30 seconds then drop right down to 9kBps for the remainder of the download. I am about to test that on Afrihost in a minute, but speedtest.net has never been as good as it is now on Afrihost...
In fact, I have to ask, how is it possible to get 5.4Mbps on a 4Mbps line?
And as for the upload, I never got more than 300 odd Kbps on MWEB so needless to say I am BAIE GELUKKIG!
To be fair to Mweb, it has to be said that they include 3Gb of hotspot wifi access with their standard 4Gb uncapped ADSL product. At Afrihost it's and extra R40 per month per gig. That said, I don't need the wifi and will rather buy as required at the hotspot, but I thought it's worth a mention if you are already using it.
The only thing about this deal that makes me nervous is the 'Internet Solutions' bit. I have memories of international latency on Sat links over IS. Hopefully it has changed?
seems Afrihost's throttling is similar to Mwebs. My FTP from my own site comes down at a decent pace for 30 seconds then is brought down to 20kbps. Afriman, can you confirm - is this normal? Why would an international FTP transfer be limited like this? It starts off at 200kbps then after 30 seconds drops right down to 20... literally falls off the cliff... I can send you details to test if you like. I did test this on a capped account recently and never saw this issue. I assume it's Afrihost's shaping coming into play? Didn't think shaping applied to FTP though.