ISP Recommendations - [Review of RapidWave Net Performance]

Robert Jackson robertj at
Mon Feb 8 21:11:50 MST 2010

I am on RapidWave, and have been for about 6 months or so.  Beats the crap
out of Comcast.  When I first moved out to Saratoga, I ran a wifi from
Pleasant Grove to Saratoga for about a month.  The wifi link only added
about 3-4ms and I got pretty close to 22Mb/s throughput(half duplex).  I
went ahead and hooked up RapidWave just to try them out since I was very
skeptical about a wireless provider.  I ran both networks for about 3 months
and RapdiWave ALWAYS came out on top.

I saw outages from comcast about twice a week and RapidWave none.

I also play FPS games(latest COD6) and always have excellent ping times.

I am only a few miles from the tower which probably helps, but so far it has
served me very well.

I do no know how to get to the module stats though.


On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 5:07 PM, Ryan Simpkins <plug at> wrote:

> 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
> performance.
> 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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