Internet speed question (Hulu) (in Off-topic)


Demigod October 5 2009 3:28 PM EDT

It seems I don't watch TV anymore unless it's news or college football. I'm thinking of ditching my cable bundle and dropping down to just $25/month internet. My concern is that I'm currently using 6Mb/s speed, and the cheapo internet will be throttled to 2Mb/s.

Will I suffer at 2Mb/s? I'll likely rely more on Hulu, so I don't want to get stuck waiting on streaming video to buffer.

Also, is there an easy way for me to throttle my internet down to 2Mb/s to test it? I tried a program called NetLimiter, but that was a failure.

Adios Muchachos October 5 2009 3:31 PM EDT

I use Hulu often, and im on a 230kb/s connection, hardly any wait time... if you have to wait using 2mb/s then something is wrong

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] October 5 2009 3:37 PM EDT

Bam, Internet speed simulator proxy

QBRanger October 5 2009 3:55 PM EDT

I have comcast cable internet at 6MB/s as well as AT&T DSL at 1.5MB/s.

I notice almost no difference between the 2 and both are on wireless networks.

The speed is quite fast without any real problems watching videos or downloading programs.

You will be just fine at 2MB/s.

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] October 5 2009 4:18 PM EDT

I could watch live streaming video at 2Mbps, you should be fine.

Brakke Bres [Ow man] October 5 2009 4:23 PM EDT

as long as you don't have to stream HD content you'll be fine.

Flamey October 5 2009 6:58 PM EDT

2Mb/S is top of the line in Australia. Unless you're watching really HD videos I don't understand how you'd have to possibly wait. Regular downloaded movies are at a rate of 10MB per minute, so anything on the net would be less.

QBsutekh137 October 5 2009 7:04 PM EDT

Watched a lot of Hulu and Netflix at 2-3 Mb/s in St. Louis, worked fine. Upgraded here in Madison to the 5 Mb/s or so. (Both phone line DSL, I haven't had cable in about 15 years). I can tell things load faster on the higher DSL speed, but lag/chop? Don't worry about it. Hulu especially, that signal is very, very low bandwidth, you can tell just by looking. Netflix instant queue, where it is "high quality" (but not HD) might take a bit longer to queue, but I wouldn't worry about it.

Demigod October 5 2009 9:44 PM EDT

Thanks, guys. I tried Fex's link, but the program only throttles to 1Mb/s and slower (and I certainly noticed a difference between 6 and 1). But I also couldn't get Hulu to run through that proxy service. I could get to most pages, but the actual videos never worked with it.

Seeing as how everyone agrees, I'll just have to take your words. Thanks again.
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