So about a week 1/2 ago my family's usual internet got cut off (couldn't pay) and we ended up falling back onto our recently installed backup internet option.
It's cheap (Got cheap rate with EBT I believe. Like $5 a month) but also dirt slow as you'd expect... It was my first time using such speeds. Also first time having a data cap over my head. It was 1TB though which I think is rather generous considering that seems like a pipe dream to actually hit with such slow speeds... I would've figured a few hundred GB or so.
Paid for speed is 768 Kbps or about 96 KB/s. Didn't get much overhead in use on ethernet. Maybe like 110 KB/s at most. Upload is untold but what I got there is 38.75 KB/s albeit I never actually saw that speed in my real world usage.
All in all, it wasn't as bad as I was expecting going in. Sites weren't exactly instantaneous but loading like GameFAQs wasn't bad at all (Although I enabled AdBlock to help), it was primarily sites with alot of images/icons and such. Also couldn't do my usual 1080p video consumption, had to settle for 360-480p.
Seeing the 'Slower than 96% of the US' kinda made me curious what's the slowest some of you have used? Used something slower?
Back on a 14.4 modem, my dad was such a fucking cheapskate that he wouldn't pay for the internet, because he heard you could get a free connection through shitty providers.
For a week I had to reconnect every 15 minutes because that was the login time limit, with a massive 1/4 on my screen banner at all times, and of course, bullshit speeds. Got the old "It's not so bad!" crap from him until he lost his shit trying to use it.
Then he shelled out for the shittiest normal provider, so it got marginally better.
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Worst internet speed (like actually browsing the web) I ever used was 9600 bps on a 28.8Kbps modem. I had to use 9600bps because the computer I was on at the time (Amiga 1000) wasn't able to go any faster. I didn't have an actual web browser on the machine so I dialed up to a mom & pop ISP to a Unix shell account, and from there I used lynx to browse gamefaqs (since most of what I was interested in was text it didn't matter).
9600 bps with all text still moves pretty fast though. You bypass all the stupid graphics and ads and most pages would load in 1-2 seconds. I think I was the only one who actually used lynx to access gamefaqs at the time. That period of my life lasted maybe 6 months?
Most websites didn't work very well with lynx. Gamefaqs was one of the few. This would be back in 1996 btw.
I first got the internet in 1993 on an NEC with a 14.4 baud faxmodem. I remember when you'd start loading up a porn pic while you did something else, then came back later to do the deed. >__> <__< >__>
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