I feel the need, the need for speed. Facts and considerations for a fiber network.
Thursday, December 22, 2011

I'll be rambling on. But there's a point to this, I swear. 

After that craze about the SSD, I've finally manage to settle down and reap the real benefits of it. Still, there are some kinks that I had to work out.

Firstly, I've made the switch from Google Chrome, to Mozilla Firefox.

It pains me to say that because I've been a big fan of chrome ever since day one. Literally, when Chrome was in beta (and we were still using our n00b XP computers), I was one of the few people who jumped on the bandwagon.

It's a great piece of software, but sadly, it got more bloated over the years. And there really isn't much settings that I can really dive into without going too deep.

The main problem is due to the cache settings. You cannot tweak the size that it uses, nor can you view the size of it easily. (if you want to, use CCleaner to analyze the size). It's huge, it could go up to 1GB++ Of course I can't let that happen when I only have 67GB left in my tiny little drive.

Firefox basically allows me to change more of the settings and set it the way I want it to. (and I loved Firefox before I switched)

p.s. the reason why I didn't use Firefox before was because it felt slightly sluggish in comparison. But it's not a factor anymore (:

Anyway, if you read my previous post,
I mentioned that the temperature of your computer will go up when using tweaks based on the HM55/PM55 motherboards. Here's the evidence.

Software is called HWmonitor
That's how hot it went when I was stressing it pretty hard. I've already disabled one of the tweaks so that it'll be safer.

Alright, so here's the other part of the story. Something that you will probably learn. I just got the fiber optic network installed (OpenNet) it's a Singapore thing, Google it if you're not local.

I have written a rather comprehensive guide on whether you should upgrade or not. Read more to find out!

I know that many of my friends have already had their houses wired up as well, and I'm pretty sure all of you are wondering if you should make that switch to the fiber network. I am thinking about that as well. I feel like doing it, but I'm wondering if the extra $17/month will justify the speed I'll get.

I'm using Starhub btw, if you're using Singtel, then screw you, no matter what you upgrade to you're still going to get fucked by them.

Here are some things you need to know.

The most important thing:
The download speeds that they're boasting isn't exactly the "true" speed.

This is a little complicated to explain so bear with me.
Look at the price plans


You'll notice something called International Bandwidth. That's the actual speed you're getting. I'm serious. The download speed to my knowledge, is the speed you get if you're connected to servers based within Singapore or servers affiliated with your ISP. So for example, downloading Maple will be very fast, or Microsoft products, or your friends.

Or streaming shows from the cable channel through the internet. That will get you 50Mbps.

But if you're downloading online, nope, you're probably still stuck with your current speed. Of course, if you're using a lower tiered plan before then this would be a big boost anyway. I'm currently using the 16Mbps plan for cable, so I would lose 1mbps (in theory) if I switch.

The good thing is, most of the official content online will probably be available to you at more than 15Mbps. It will definitely be faster than that, but it would not be anywhere near 50Mbps. Have you ever seen the people using Fiber downloading at 5MB/s? No? There's your answer.

Now for the advantages.

LAG.
Or latency as IT savvy people would call it.

It will improve your lag timings by leaps and bounds. Literally, because you would've leaped ahead of your enemies when they lag. Nah I'm just kidding. But you will most definitely see an improvement in your games.
(no more noob hosts!)

It would also improve your web browsing experience in general. In short you'll feel that the web is a lot more responsive to your touch and keystrokes.

HOWEVER! That will depend greatly on your residential gateway, or routers as the n00bs call it. I don't know how good the one they provide would be (or if they would even provide 1 at all). But if you're using your own, make sure you get a good enough "router" so that it wouldn't bottleneck your network.

I will write another post about what kind of "routers" to get. So if you're unsure, wait for that. If you know what you're doing, heed my advice, don't slap a $50 router on a $60/month network. It's not worth it.

In conclusion,
If you play games. Change.
If you download media. Depends on your needs.
If your web browsing is slow. Change.
If you're poor. Don't change
If you expect ridiculous improvement. Don't change
If you have too much money. Fuck you, give me some.

So there you have it. A rather conclusive guide on the fiber networks (in Singapore).

Make the right choice, and as usual,
Farewell my minions!

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