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RAIN - throttling or slow network ?

DailyTech

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The first screenshot is my CellC Sim in "RAIN router supplied by Web Africa"
the next 4 are the WA Sim in the router, same place, just swapped the Sim card.

The more I test , the slower it gets, and the ping sucks !

UPDATE : Turns out the culprit is a 2 - star rated "ISP 2/5 Stars IBURST"

UPDATE 2: it DOES get worse ! http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6675660727

UPDATE 3 : And Worser, worsest ! http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6675677643

UPDATE 4: now its down to 6Mbps and 4 !! http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6675688794

UPDATE 5: I've been testing again and again, it gets better, sporadically, then worse, but never quite gets to 40Mbps, while CellC was hitting over 60/20. Constantly !

Might as well go back to ADSL hell !!

Are RAIN throttling ? I think so, unless it is a bad network ? One of the two, Might as well cancel and go back to CellC ... :mad:

Has anybody else had/having a similar experience ?

Cellc Sim.jpg RAIN WA 1.jpg RAIN WA 2.jpg RAIN WA 3.jpg RAIN WA 4.jpg
 
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Nameite

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I dont think they use the same tower, hence difference signal strength, so not really comparable

Its like comparing ur wifi to your nextdoor neighbors...but hey I could be wrong :whistling:
 

Veck

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I dont think they use the same tower, hence difference signal strength, so not really comparable

Its like comparing ur wifi to your nextdoor neighbors...but hey I could be wrong :whistling:
You do have a point, I would just do some homework on their FUP. Maybe even call them. I highly doubt that they would just throttle without a lot of data being used by the user.
I also doubt that they would limit the bandwidth for that site specifically, as they know people use it a lot to rate ISP's
It certainly looks like the cellc tower is much closer,, which would result in a lower ping and higher speeds, as we see there.
 
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HavocXphere

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hahahahahahaha

The mybb long term members will appreciate this.

Roughly every 6 month mybroadband has a new favourite. (look at my join date). New network with massive capacity. Couple people join, bath in the excess capacity and report on social media that it's the greatest thing ever. Eleventy billion new people join. Now the network is flooded and no longer measures up to the promised land that the initial joiners witness. Many angry posts like this one follow.

Rinse and repeat.

Pretty much every major provider has had their turn at being the "hot" ISP. Mweb, AXXESS, Afrihost, WebAfrica, Crystalweb, Openweb, etc (plus another couple that I forgot, incl one very shifty one)

Scary thing is I've been on each of those waves. Feeling old now...

Anyway...about 2 months ago when Rain started being hot on here I sarcastically remarked that it's the latest and greatest thing....

Edit 2: For extra laughs look at OP's join date. wow. colour me amazed
 
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SharkBait

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I don't think RAIN will throttle speedtests... actually, they will QOS it, as I have heard everyone else does it.

Anyway, your initial speedtests look fine, except for the pings. Do you have an external antennae connected?

BTW, iburst got that shyte rating from there previous network. IMO, RAIN is a lot better than what they had.
 

eg2505

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yes guys, Iburst AKA rain throttles constantly....

previous Iburst guy here, had many dropped and nonexistent connections,
especially near the end with iburst not even following capping and download limits,

and we right next to a tower, literally less than 150Meters on top of a nearby building,
so I will wait and see.
 

envo

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yes guys, Iburst AKA rain throttles constantly....

previous Iburst guy here, had many dropped and nonexistent connections,
especially near the end with iburst not even following capping and download limits,

and we right next to a tower, literally less than 150Meters on top of a nearby building,
so I will wait and see.
Your signal might just suck still if you right next to one, they usually operate in certain degrees to optimize coverage. Think of it as an umbrella and it's raining everywhere but where the umbrella spreads the water outwards (to keep you dry, the "dry" part will be the part with ****ty coverage)
 

eg2505

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Your signal might just suck still if you right next to one, they usually operate in certain degrees to optimize coverage. Think of it as an umbrella and it's raining everywhere but where the umbrella spreads the water outwards (to keep you dry, the "dry" part will be the part with ****ty coverage)
maybe, but we never had coverage issues, just crap speeds, anywhere in our towers general area.

so lets wait and see how this goes with RAIN now,

just signed up to the afrihost deal, now to sit and wait.....
 

Nameite

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maybe, but we never had coverage issues, just crap speeds, anywhere in our towers general area.

so lets wait and see how this goes with RAIN now,

just signed up to the afrihost deal, now to sit and wait.....
All depending on how many people are utilizing that tower

From what I heard, even @ 50Mbps, that full bandwidth isnt used solely by you.

Think of it as wifi, wirelessN@450Mbps with 10 people using it at the same time watching youtube and file sharing etc, you're not gonna get anywhere near 450Mbps of throughput.

So that means Rain might only be really good where there's fibre coverage, where not many people are using or needing LTE....for those place out of fibre & ADSL coverage....it all depends on how well your signal strength & quality is to compete for the available shared bandwidth.
 

SilverNodashi

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hahahahahahaha

The mybb long term members will appreciate this.

Roughly every 6 month mybroadband has a new favourite. (look at my join date). New network with massive capacity. Couple people join, bath in the excess capacity and report on social media that it's the greatest thing ever. Eleventy billion new people join. Now the network is flooded and no longer measures up to the promised land that the initial joiners witness. Many angry posts like this one follow.

Rinse and repeat.

Pretty much every major provider has had their turn at being the "hot" ISP. Mweb, AXXESS, Afrihost, WebAfrica, Crystalweb, Openweb, etc (plus another couple that I forgot, incl one very shifty one)

Scary thing is I've been on each of those waves. Feeling old now...

Anyway...about 2 months ago when Rain started being hot on here I sarcastically remarked that it's the latest and greatest thing....

Edit 2: For extra laughs look at OP's join date. wow. colour me amazed
Damn, this brings memories of the first ADSL ISP's, who then sold uncapped, and then decided it's unprofitable, and then later had uncapped ADSL with FUP's.

Yea, the good ol' days.
 
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I ordered the RAIN LTE deal from WebAfrica to get away from using ADSL since Fibre is not in my area yet. I also have a telkom sim with the R50 for 500Gb midnight data which hovers between 17/17 to 21/18

Im curious to see what the speeds on RAIN are going to be.
 
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