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Do you know how fast your internet connection really is? Many of us signup and pay for a broadband connection expecting to get exactly what we?ve been promised – a fast internet connection.

What we?re not told though is that you will almost never get the true speed you were promised. This is mainly due to your location to the exchange where the connection comes from. It?s also a combination of other users in your area who also share the same connection/exchange. This alone puts a lot of stress on the connection quality.

What you will find is that there are peaks and troughs to your connection speed and quality. This usually depends on the time of day or day of the week you?re using the internet connection.

For example, during the weekend the connection may be very slow with internet pages taking much longer to load than usual. You may have a slower connection around the early evenings too. Kids come home from school, people come home from work, and they all want to use the internet to check their email, Facebook You Tube etc.

This simultaneous activity (known as traffic) puts a strain on the exchange and the quality of the connection is affected.

Unfortunately there really isn?t very much you can do about it. You could switch to a different Internet Service Provider (ISP) – one whom is known for their connection quality. Or you could move house, right next door to the local exchange. Again it really depends on the traffic through the connection. While you can?t really control the connection speed, you can get an idea of how fast your connection is. If you are having problems you can check your connection speed and then talk to your ISP if you see a pattern developing.

I use a site called to check my client?s broadband connections. If I do find the connection speed is much slower than originally promised by ISP I then talk to the ISP. They will investigate and if possible fix any problems they find. is very easy to use and can also give you a good indication of preferred ISP, by country region and city all over the world.

To use got to and do the following:

Select your region/country from map in the lower right hand side of the screen.

Next you need to select an orange triangle from the map of your area – this will provide you with the most accurate speed test for your connection.

When you click on the orange triangle the test will begin. Both the upload and download speeds are tested.

When the test completes you will see the results displayed on a new screen. Upload and download speeds are displayed in kbps. So for example if you have signed up to a 2mb (2000kpbs) line your results should be somewhere between 1600-2000kbps for the download speed. The upload speed is always going to be less than download speed.

Remember though, the speed promised by your ISP is almost never available. If you?re not happy with the speedtest result then you may want to contact your ISP, after all – you are paying for this service and do deserve to be getting your money?s worth.

Michael Cina provides practical computer help and advice. His jargon free no-nonsense approach to computer problem solving has gained him great respect throughout the internet computing community. Visit Michael’s site at

Contrary to what you see on their ads, sites are bound to suffer some downtime every now and then. You should not be alarmed since this is only normal. However, there is a time limit. Normally the longest would be an hour unless something tragic has struck.

Once this happens, you can more or less measure the competency of your service provider. If simple hosting cannot be handled by their servers, chances are you should look for another one. Hosting is quite simple and if the hardware they have cannot accommodate your needs, then don?t be surprised to see them fold up in the end.

As far as technical support is concerned, you can use this as well as a gauge to see how competent your ISP is. Some offer a round the clock assistance since they know how valuable the Internet is to people today.

Some would follow a certain period of time like the usual 9 to 6 and only on Mondays to Fridays schedule. These are normally the companies that feel that they have lesser problems to be incurred. While some are this confident, you just have to make sure that nothing goes wrong. And for it is worth, anything can hit, even the big providers we know in our area today.

While we all want to have our own dedicated servers for our site files and applications, we can always make do of shared hosting since bandwidths may vary or may be under-utilized. This is especially true for start-up sites. It takes time to build web traffic and chances are you can wisely save up for now while you are in the process of building.

It may sound like additional work. But in the end you will see that a cost-conscious approach will reap you dividends in the end. Establishing your site is the hardest part of it all. After a few months you will find yourself relaxing and watching traffic simply go by.

Before you sign on the dotted line, take a while to study what certain providers have to offer. They may con you into their usual press releases and advertising campaign leaflets but nothing beats really seeing what they have to offer as far as supportive hardware to what they want to accomplish is concerned.

It is easy to create a written or verbal claim. But actions are different especially once you are tied up with them. Remember, most providers would normally want you to be under contract with them for about a year or two and should you find their services below average, you will end up losing on both counts; money and technology service.

Promotional and misleading schemes are the common things you can expect from new ISP providers today. They will offer your free trials but you will have to give something in return. Normally this would be safety deposits or even credit card information that they will keep after the trial period is over.

Now the real cheat comes in when if you fail to reply or even inform them of your intent to discontinue, they will assume you are satisfied and start charging you. Whether it is for a full amount or not, you can be sure that they will not lose anything as far as their marketing strategy for their services is concerned.

Jon Caldwell is a professional content manager. Much of his articles can be found at

CARLSBAD, Calif. (Business Wire EON) July 16, 2008 — The C-130 satcom system is built around the advanced ArcLight modem and networking technology using a spread spectrum waveform to enable the use of mobile satellite antennas as small as 29 centimeters in diameter. The antenna is enclosed in a radome attached to a redesigned emergency escape hatch. In a few minutes, operators can configure an aircraft for their specific mission without any permanent aircraft alterations, then quickly return the aircraft to its normal configuration when the mission is complete, while maintaining safety-of-flight integrity. The U.S. Air Force-certified hatch-mount terminal enables secure access to Department of Defense wide area networks at raw data rates up to 10 Mbps inbound and 512 kbps outbound while airborne.

 "This system was first demonstrated by the U.S. Joint Forces Command, was JITC Certified, declared ready for network-centric operations, and now is operational on these USSOCOM aircraft," said Larry Taylor, ViaSat Government Satcom director of business development. "This new broadband service provides a much greater level of real-time situational awareness while leveraging commercial satcom technology to greatly reduce operational and support costs compared to other systems."

 The ArcLight spread spectrum technology assures regulatory compliance with FCC and ITU rules governing adjacent satellite interference. Licensed in over 25 countries, the system delivers a terrestrial broadband experience to aircraft, small maritime vessels, European trains, and ground on-the-move vehicles using commercial Ku-band satellites. It can also easily adapt to other frequency bands.

 For additional information, contact Larry Taylor, ViaSat Government Satcom Systems, at 760-476-2432 or email About ViaSat (

 ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies to the U.S. government; and is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services. The company owns five subsidiaries: US Monolithics, Efficient Channel Coding, Enerdyne Technologies, Intelligent Compression Technologies, and JAST. These companies design and produce complementary products such as monolithic microwave integrated circuits, DVB-S2 satellite communication components, video data link systems, data acceleration and compression products, and mobile satellite antenna systems. ViaSat has locations in Carlsbad, CA, and Duluth, GA, along with its Comsat Laboratories division in Germantown, MD. Additional field offices are located in Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, Australia, China, India, Italy, and Spain.

 Safe Harbor Statement

 Portions of this release, particularly statements about the performance and deliveries of ViaSat products and technology, may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. ViaSat wishes to caution you that there are some factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the telecommunications industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat’s SEC filings available at, including without limitation, ViaSat’s annual reports on Form 10-K and ViaSat’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

 Comsat Labs and Comsat Laboratories are tradenames of ViaSat, Inc. Neither Comsat Labs nor Comsat Laboratories is affiliated with COMSAT Corporation. "Comsat" is a registered trademark of COMSAT Corporation.


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