ISP Recommendations - [Review of RapidWave Net Performance]

Ryan Simpkins plug at
Mon Feb 8 17:07:22 MST 2010

On Fri, February 5, 2010 23:48, Ryan Simpkins wrote:
>From my node it is even worse. So, RapidWave beats digis to plug because they
> are both in C7. It is a ~10ms round-trip. That, and the fact that Sterling
> Jacobson used to frequent the list, has me leaning that way.
> I can't find Sterling on the list any more, maybe he's moved on? He's still
> listed as a principal owner. Is anyone else from RapidWave on the list?

Okay, rapidwave installed. Since PLUG is in the same data center as RapidWave
we are in a unique situation from a testing standpoint. I ran several pings
just to kind of play with the link a bit:

PLUG to remote host:
250 packets transmitted, 249 received, 0% packet loss, time 249119ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 4.966/19.857/216.240/23.845 ms

PLUG to remote host, stress test (ping -f):
1816 packets transmitted, 1776 received, 2% packet loss, time 24229ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 39.451/49.585/145.304/10.129 ms, pipe 11, ipg/ewma
13.349/46.902 ms

PLUG to rapidwave front-end (so you can see PDV/jitter inside DC):
250 packets transmitted, 250 received, 0% packet loss, time 249129ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.328/1.135/2.518/0.552 ms

Qwest DS3 to remote host (local, qwest peered):
250 packets transmitted, 250 received, 0% packet loss, time 249076ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 11.592/35.908/173.784/24.823 ms

>From what I understand from the install tech, our house is seeing lower than
usual signal strength. Not sure why, as apparently we have good line-of-site.
My guess is there may be some RF interference from something. I don't have
signal specs yet, but I will try and track that down. With a better signal,
this provider has every indication of being able to deliver excellent network

Average performance is acceptable, and much better than Comcast. However,
those 'wild' packets that take 200ms+ to return may be slightly problematic
for certain applications.

Has anyone on rapidwave figure out how to access the Canopy "subscriber
module" stats?

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