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  1. If I understand you correctly, the chromebooks are speed limited...which is understandable, very cost driven...they would be the bottleneck....but if you are trying to test your Ilox boundary, you always want to test with nperf, and maybe fast (provided they connect you to the Sahuayo server); those are the only ones guaranteed not to have a bottleneck. Bottom line: If your Ilox is working well on say Youtube or MX Netflix, speed testing is only going to show you the problems beyond Ilox. Maybe some of those they can influence, some not. But everyone is going to blame them. I'm glad I'm not in that business.
  2. There are several flavors of Wifi. First you have 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz, then you have the wifi protocol, like 802.11g, or n, then you have MIMO on top of all that. Multiple wifi users have to allocate the max available bandwidth among them, although not equally. In all cases, you'll never go faster out to the Internet than the slowest link in the chain. So if you have a 400 Mbps 5 Ghz MIMO wifi and a 20 Mbps Telmex connection, your speed test will never be faster than 20 Mbps. Early PC's and Ethernet cables maxxed out at 100 Mbps...If your trying to speed test your 300 Mbps Ilox with an older PC or Internet cable, it'll max out at 100 Mbs. Ilox is all fiber to their boundaries and rarely will a proper speed test not give you what your service says. Proper means, hard wired cable, preferably Gb Ethernet, good windows PC, and speed test to a boundary server, i.e. nperf and that Cananea Michoacan server. If you get within 10% of your contract speed, any other speed test, if slower, will only confirm the bottleneck is elsewhere. And it could be at your cheapo or free streamer. There, you might be getting what you pay for. I'm not saying Ilox or their connections may not have problems or be at fault. My paid streaming services that were buffering on Ilox are now working better. I don't know why. Maybe Ilox changed something because a lot of people were complaining. Imagine a chain between you and your provider than might have links of steel, spaghetti, thread, and rubber bands. The only link you can really verify is the one to your ISP's boundary...If you select another server and get a good speed, then the other links are good. If you don't it can be very hard to figure out which upstream is the spaghetti, thread, or rubber band that is choking. Google, Netflix, Youtube are services that have guaranteed strong links to the boundary.. they use CDN's (Content Delivery Networks) to guarantee transmission. Which is why you rarely have problems with those.
  3. I have yet to see an Ilox speed test, when done properly, that didn't pass. You can't test over wifi, you should have a reasonably recent PC with a good cable connected to your router, nothing else connected, then go to nperf.com and use the default server that comes up. If your speed is slow on that, then you may have a problem...otherwise the problem is elsewhere.
  4. I agree with you. I had a trial and no buffering and am about to activate my account. Ilox doesn't control streaming bandwidth available outside their boundary. If you pay for some service out of Timbuktu with a weak link, you can get buffering. Google, FB, YouTube, and Netflix all peer directly to the Ilox boundary through a special server network, called a CDN. Apparently Lakeside system uses the same CDN. If your Netflix, Youtube, etc aren't buffering now, then Lakeside won't either. I have no relationship with Lakeside either. In fact, one of my other IPTV services has started buffering less with Ilox, so its all over the map. A CDN based service would seem to be more reliable.
  5. In case anyone is interested, due to special requests, the fellows at the Tuesday Market who make the great Italian Sausage, Berlin Productos Alimenticios, are going to do a special run of Polish Sausage. Will be packs of 3 for $90 MXN each, no preservatives. Product will be ready for pickup at next Tuesday Market on 7/28 or you can make alternate delivery arrangements with Demetrio @ 3353056957. Please contact him to reserve your quantity..
  6. They probably upgraded your service area to VDSL and your old ADSL modem can't work at the higher speed. You might be able to leave it at the Telmex office, toss it, sell it, or keep as an inferior but functional backup. . No one seems to care .
  7. The 1.8 reading is your net consumption from CFE when you are using more than you generate. The 2.8 is the opposite. 2.8 reading - 1.8 reading is the running difference of your shortage or excess. If your 1.8 is more than your 2.8 at the end of the bimester, they'll bill you.
  8. The Enphase IQ8 microverter, releasing later this year, is going to be a major game changer. Seamless on-grid/off grid transition, use from CFE only whatever storage you have doesn't give you. Places like the Carribean and Africa, already with batteries and inverters, and everywhere else, can get rid of the transfer switch.
  9. I have a Grandstream VOIP phone, new, that is locked to Vonage...If you are interested pm me...
  10. Unfortunately the problem is in the greater Internet beyond Ilox and/or Telmex. The pandemic has caused a big traffic increase on the internet backbone, the free and a lot of the paid streamers don't service through content delivery networks like Netflix and Google, they depend upon the shared bandwidth in the backbone, which isn't optimized for streaming. . So those services choke. Ilox has a strong backbone up through McAllen to Dallas. I've had succes with VPN connections and streaming from there. I've heard of a couple of new streaming services using CDN's that don't have the problem..Does cost a bit more since they have to pay for bandwidth to Ilox or Telmex boundary. If your connection is giving you 80 to fast.com there are probably no problems with your router. But its good advice to make sure your apps are updated, good cables, you're not double natting, all of that.
  11. My wife bought a refurblished commercial gym one and decided she preferred a different unit where the pedals moved differently. About 8000 MXN. PM me if you want to talk me.
  12. Yesterday I signed up for StrongVPN and installed it on my Dell notebook. Connected the notebook to my TV. Connected to Houston, then to a well known US video streaming service. Worked perfectly. No buffering, ever. Saw all the content as if I were in the US. Tried connecting to some other cities around the world, didn't work as well. US cities worked well. Then I did the same on my android box. A good one, 16 gb memory, 4 processors. The Strong VPN client connected fine, apparently. When I logged into the streaming service, it choked, buffered, worthless. The box seemingly doesn't have enough horsepower to support encrypted VPN and quality video streaming. If I hadn't made the comparison, I would have been bitching about Ilox all day long. This just reinforces the thesis that if you want to stream decent content, Ilox will work for you . If you have a good VPN, you don't even need a public IP address. Ilox has a strong backbone up to the US. You just need to make sure your hardware is capable and configured right, and you're using services that aren't depending upon rationed bandwidth beyond that backbone. The same might be true for Telmex, especially if you have a decent speed. Need to do some more experiments. .
  13. Lcscats: Every billing case I've seen, about 20, a mail to noc@mail.ilox.mx resolved the problem. The consumer agency, Profeco, publishes complaint data http://www.ift.org.mx/usuarios-y-audiencias/informes-estadisticos-soy-usuario . The data is similar every quarter. Couple thousand. Cellphone service biggest category. about 60%. Internet next, about 15%, then landline, TV, etc. AT&T and Telmex biggest offenders. Charges and billing errors are about 20% of all. They say about 90% of those resolved satisfactory. You can get every last entry if you want. .I've never seen a complaint against TVRey, ever. Plenty of onesie's and twosie's against other small carriers. But I have to agree, Ilox are not the greatest communicators. Maybe thats a Mexican thing. But I've never seen a cordial exchange with the NOC end poorly. One month charges can't be that big a deal. Buffering for streamers is clearly becoming the biggest issue. If you've addressed things like public IP, got decent wifi access points, checked your configs and cables, then unfortunately the problem is elsewhere in the Internet. Unless your service is going out their way to make sure their bandwidth to you is good, (eg. Netflix, Google, FB) you're sharing the highways beyond Ilox with the masses. Telmex has other routes that may work better in other cases. So keep your Telmex if you want but they'll likely buffer on something else. A good VPN may get you to a POP that has better connectivity. I just signed up for the trial on USTVNOW, a completely legal service for Americans overseas...No buffering there at all.
  14. Residential internet service is designed for low tariffs; beyond the ISP's own network, there is a certain amount of capacity that everyone competes for. Netflix realized a long time ago there was no way customers were going to pay for their service if the quality was poor. Ditto FB and Google. These companies pay for their own high capacity connections to the ISP's boundary. Is that throttling competition or acting competitively? When is the last time you saw a slow Netflix or Youtube video on your Ilox or Telmex connection? Unfortunately all the streaming services that don't do that don't have their service guaranteed. Ilox is still on IPV4 and they don't have enough addresses to give to everyone by default. They give you a private one and if you need a public one you must ask for it. No conspiracies here, Nor is it my intent to mock anyone.
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