Follows on from my previous post which covers my new ROL connection…
been wanting to test out netflix from Maldives for a while but i was hesitant to pay for an account before i knew it would work.. as luck would have it Fizan (@fizaen) was wanting to see if it work out as well and was kind enough to let me test out on his account. thanks for that!
points of note:
1- you do need to have VPN access to a US server or another country where netflix has services..otherwise it wont work. .. i used a US account.
2- could not try out HD.. as HD requires a higher bandwidth than what i have… i could only test out SD.
as you can see it works generally good, i did a lot of intentional seeking and that does require some buffer time but once it starts its smooth and does not stop for buffering… Netflix is decent enough to use here. sorry about no audio and not so awesome quality video.. was in a rush and didn’t have time to get a good capture software.. but i’m sure you get the idea…
Bandwidth requirement generally hovered around 1.3mbps to 1.9mbps for SD video’s…. but i’m not sure u can manage with a fixed 1mbps package.. the bursting on this package sure does help.
I recently signed up for the new 1mbps limited package offered by ROL. this package will set you back 950/- per month and gives an allowance of 60GB international traffic… they also offer a 2mbps package with 80GB international allowance for 1450/-. oh yeah.. it works over your cable modem.. fiber not required.
I’ve been testing it for a bit an i’m really impressed with the package…
Previously i was on their home Mega Pipe 1M home package which is basically a 1mbps unlimited package for 1200/-. now this package usually gave me around 80% of the promised bandwidth most of the time which isnt really bad for a shared connection… but what made me switch, especially with the limited allowances ?
- I’ve been told this package has a contention of 1:2 which although basically means i usually get the promised speeds almost all the time. and in my testing it has never gone below 1mbps.
- Local bandwidth is free, and by local i mean ROL and by ROL i mean video2home. it’s not counted against the package quota and if you do use it.. well that’s great news for you. sorry.. dhiraagu traffic is still considered international traffic (where’s the darn interconnect??)
- My imagination or just feel latency is better… 110ms to google.. but for most sites i get around 200-320 i’m undecided on this one.
- The kicker… it bursts… all the way to 2mbps down… i’m assuming the extra 1mbps isn’t guaranteed by any means but i do get it consistently for now and im also assuming its kinda gonna be consistent at least for video2home. this is HUGE considering that you are getting more bandwidth which is always good! one can never have enough bandwidth.
i do monitor my internet connectivity, and so i know i burn through 50-70 gigs a month including any video2home. so i will be able to get away with 60 gigs of international bandwidth. i know there are higher speed packages out there but the allowances on those are so flimsy… this seemed to be a good deal. Dhiraagu’s 50GB and 75GB package does not include video2home and goodness of bursty-ness…
Although as of today they have a strange policy for these packages when u reach the limit.. they apparently disconnect you for the rest of the month???
for now they don’t even offer the option of topping up or squeezing ur pipe like dhiraagu does… strange…. if you are the type to accidentally go over your limit i’d advice you to hold off upgrading till they figure something out for that problem.. which is in my opinion a major issue for most ppl. as they wont login to dashboard that often..
Dear ROL, why not just squeeze to 128kbps or 64kbps till end of the month? i’m sure it would be better than a customer getting pissed that they can’t even pay their way to connectivity?
But hey…since the package is still not announced publicly they might even do something about it before they announce it properly.. i would suggest they do so… it’s gonna be a question on everyone’s mind.. but if you really want it now you can sign up for it at their counters…but be aware of this… or ask.. if it has changed?
to the test stuff.. keep in mind.. this is just my experience.. not a controlled environment and not a benchmark.. just plain old daadi’s thoughts…
Speedtest.net to ROL Servers
Speedtest.net to a UK Server
Video2home.net download speeds
youtube 720p and 480p tests… 480p has no issues can stream without any hiccups… 720p does stutter occasionally so buffering is required.
As you can see it does perform consistently as promised.. and more… if it’s worth for you?.. i can’t tell you that 🙂
apperantly you can buy extra allowance if you exceed your limits… multiple blocks from 2GB all the way upto 50GB.. that makes so much more sense.