Comcast – Slow Internet Connection

I thought I would post this on our blog to see if anyone else has been having a similar problem, or going through similar situation with their Internet connection. 

We’re a web company, we use the Internet, a solid connection is the most important thing in our business, without it, almost no work can be done. It is very important. But, lately I’ve noticed something on my home connection and was curious how many other people out there have experienced the same thing. During the day my connection is great – roughly from the hours of 7am – 7pm. But after that, I’ve noticed during the last couple of weeks, the connection almost completely dies. Sure, I can surf, read text, but when it comes to anything else – it’s just impossible. No video, no audio, no HULU!!!!! – it’s just too slow.

I’ve done some speed tests on the connect and during the day I get an average of: 

  • 11.5 mb/s down (not too shabby)
  • 2.5 mb/s up (this is fantastic)

But in the evenings that drops to: 

  • 0.25 mb/s down
  • 1.25 mb/s up

A 98% DROP IN SPEED!!!

I’ve checked to make sure no one is on the connection, nope, my router is completely secure with multiple levels of protection. The only thing I think of is a) comcast throttles back the line drastically in the evening or b) it has to do with the “shared” nature of cable. In regards to the second one, I’ve had cable based broadband for roughly 10 years, and always thought this was a marketing myth made up by the suppliers of DSL. 

Has any one of you experienced this kind of problem with Cable or Comcast before?

Zach Katkin
Zach Katkin
Zach Katkin is the co-founder & CEO of Atilus. He is a Certified Google Professional, author, and lover of technology. He helps Atilus stay out ahead of online marketing trends and loves driving results for Atilus' clients.

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  • Michael
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    I have been seeing the same behavior recently as well.  I guess I’ll just have to spend the money and get DSL.

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