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Realistic value for Cable bandwidth

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Hey Guys,

I just bought a SB5100 SURFboard Cable modem and through Rogers I should now have a bandwidth of up to 5.0 Mbps download and 800 Kbps upload. When I use various meters on the net including 2wire, cnet,  and bandwidthplace.com I get a download range from 2.1Mbps to 3.5Mbps. I was pretty much getting this with the 3Mbps modem I was using before. As for the upload bandwidth how would I check the average for that? The 800Kbps is what I was really interested in. Does anyone else use the Extreme service from Rogers, if so what are your thoughts on this?

What I would really like to know is if theres a better way for me to check my cable throughput. Also, what connections from the modem to PC do most people use, I still stick with ethernet. Should I go with the USB instead?

Thanks,

Carsten
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Ethernet would be your best choice, but for cable the bandwidth is not dedicated, so you are at the mercy of how many people are sharing the line with you.  When I want to test my upload, I VPN to my office and upload a file from my server and calculate my upload speed from that.  Most of the bandwidth test sites I see on the web all do download measurements.
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