Leo Valiant wrote:
No, I don't think Comcast is throttling.
They just started throttling trails today.
"Comcast will run the first trial of this network management technique in the Chambersburg, PA and Warrenton, VA areas. The company currently expects to start the trial on June 5th and run it for 30 days."http://www6.comcast.net/terms/network/
A 250GB cap from Comcast wouldn't be that bad, but being that Time Warner confirmed plans to test 40 GB caps, I'd find it hard to believe that Comcast would be more than 6 times as generous.
Well, depending on how it works, that may not have a big affect on the way our player works.
Figure the box is downloading at an average of 2.2Mbps for the current highest bandwidth. If you have a 16Mbps service from Comcast, you're only using about 1/8 your bandwidth, and Comcast shouldn't
consider you the problem causing congestion.
Also once the buffer is full, it generally will download in chunks at maximum bandwidth each time it tops off the buffer.
So it would look like 16mbps for 1, second, then 0mbps for 7 seconds, then 16mbps, then 0. Etc. Maybe not 1 second but it would look like a 1 on 7 off duty cycle in this case. For 4.4Mbps, it would be a 1 on 1 off duty cycle.
I suspect this type of usage wouldn't be considered the 'bad guy' on the network. At least I hope that's how it pans out.