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#264746 01/28/08 01:19 PM
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 32
CindyF Offline OP
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Hello All,

Is anyone out there currently subscribing to BTL or Coral Cable's highest level of Residential DSL (advertised by BTL as the "Ultima" plan - 512K up / 1mb down)?

I know the quality of service can vary wildly from day to day (or even minute to minute), I'm just trying to determine (on a good day) the approximate actual vs. advertised bandwidth and what kind of latency there is. I'm also curious to know if there are significant differences in the results depending on location (in town vs. north of the bridge vs. south of town).

If you are on the island and subscribing to one of the top 2 DSL plans (256K/512K or 512K/1mb) could you please go to and then record your up/down and ping rates along with which DSL plan you have and if you are north, south or in town? I really appreciate it.

For the record, I know there was a another post a while back where folks from all over were giving their results. I just need to hear from folks that are currently on the island using DSL.

Thanks a bunch,

CindyF #264748 01/28/08 01:54 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 211
4 miles North of town. We pay for 128K service through Coral Cable. Noon today - 68K down / 110K up Our serice has been upside down for the last few months. We should be getting faster downloads than uploads. All of it goes through BTL at some point.

"Just another Day in Paradise"
Coral Cable have had some serious software issues and I had no internet at all later last week. They supposedly upgraded their software on Saturday and assured me that performance should be both better and more stable. Yet yesterday evening I again lost it for about 5 minutes.

I'm using their 128mb service, and most of the time use a wireless router. I've just run the Speedtest ping test and have a rather strange result - 93kbps download, 320 kbps upload! I selected a server in Mexico City as being close to Belize (I'm told distance can make a big difference).

Probably the odd result is because I'm using a VPN, which incidentally appears to be located in Chicago. I'll disable it and run the test again..... This time it selected a server in the Yucatan, and delivered 133/107. Equally odd for a 128kbps service, but at least it's the right way round. And quite respectable. Now if they can resolve the inconsistency.....

I am (of course, Cindy) near to Pedro's Inn.

Just re-enabled the VPN and ran the test again. It again chose the Yucatan server. Result 88/258. I don't understand - I just confirmed that I AM on the 128kbps service.

#264759 01/28/08 03:35 PM
Joined: Feb 2007
Posts: 192
Yep distance is a biggie with this test, and of course you have no way of knowing where the bottle-neck is, it might be your home line to the central office, or the link to the mainland, or from the country to wherever. I use the site all the time for work (day job is a network eng) and even here, we see much faster downloads usually from closer proximity. Why the downloads are faster than the uploads tells me that somewhere the ISP is over-subscribed, much more BW is used to download unless you are a server or some sort of exchange(music, video,etc )service provider.

Does anyone know how the island is fed for voice/internet? Are their microwave links or under-water fiber?


M. Sjulstad
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6string #264760 01/28/08 03:36 PM
Joined: Feb 2007
Posts: 192
Ooops, I meant to question the uploads being tauted as faster than the downloads... that is usually not the case, and shouldn't be... sorry my bad, I didn't proof my response!


M. Sjulstad
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6string #264781 01/28/08 06:28 PM
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 477
My BTL Service:

Advertised 512kbps down / 256kbps up

Actual to Miami, FL using

415kbps down / 201kbps up

And to be sure you are getting a decent speed test result - everyone should know that ALL BTL traffic goes directly through Miami using multiple high-speed links via the Arcos submarine fiber ring. This means that if you run the test to Mexico city, you are not going by land...

You can also check your route to any destination on the internet using the *traceroute* tool from Window command prompt:

Start->Run - Type "cmd"

Then type at prompt:

<<prompt:/>> tracert <<>>

For example:

Typing *tracert*

Gives you:

traceroute to (, 64 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 ( 2.352 ms 2.119 ms 2.066 ms
2 ( 3.856 ms 3.599 ms 3.620 ms
3 ( 4.976 ms 5.216 ms 5.095 ms
4 * ( 478.837 ms 289.541 ms
5 ( 318.163 ms 507.546 ms 591.678 ms
6 ( 604.017 ms 591.546 ms 606.996 ms
7 ( 627.453 ms 629.200 ms 582.051 ms
8 ( 604.395 ms 386.343 ms 508.395 ms
9 ( 390.268 ms 436.436 ms 434.164 ms
10 ( 436.646 ms 411.127 ms 434.935 ms
11 ( 1177.219 ms ( 1040.744 ms 1137.605 ms
12 ( 339.830 ms 370.292 ms 414.347 ms
13 ( 1142.983 ms 1161.031 ms 919.624 ms
14 ( 291.606 ms 386.321 ms 366.577 ms
15 ( 1209.156 ms 1139.665 ms 984.066 ms
16 ( 123.859 ms 125.601 ms 125.198 ms
17 ( 972.731 ms 969.033 ms 1010.515 ms
18 ( 1039.837 ms 1070.749 ms 1007.906 ms
19 ( 388.936 ms 122.927 ms 127.927 ms
20 ( 1225.340 ms 1049.407 ms 1071.755 ms
21 ( 1201.226 ms * 1046.413 ms
22 ( 1658.979 ms 1764.947 ms 1011.663 ms
23 ( 163.712 ms 149.619 ms 149.598 ms

Joined: Jan 2003
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Add in an anonymizer so you can send e-mails to services that have blacklisted BTL and your upload time doubles.

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