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iinet cable broadband speed test 100Mbps+ download- the fastest internet in Ballarat, Victoria, or even Australia for homes! Better than NBN!

Question- How fast is iiNet cable broadband, delivered over the old neighborhood cable pay tv coaxial cable network in Ballarat, Mildura and Geelong?

Answer: You wouldn’t believe how damn fast and good this service is! We tested it out in Ballarat, and it definitely more than delivers on the marketing hype on TV and the billboard scattered around town! In fact, the “80-100Mbps” marketing claim is absolute RUBBISH. In reality, it’s up to 300% BETTER.

Now, that’s not something that can be said lightly, but the evidence on how good it is is quite compelling.

Not only that, but its CHEAP, especially for what you get. (they currently have a special on, for 12 the first months at $40/month with a free netphone, modem, and $70 installation)

We reviewed the service through conducting independent tests of our own, and iinet cable broadband in Ballarat delivers surprisingly,  rocketfast speeds of up to 330 Mbit downloads and around 5ombit uploads.

iiNet Cable Ballarat Speed test results verdict:

Downloads: 150 Mbps to 330 Mbps

Uploads: 40 Mbps – 50 Mbps

Ping / Latency: 9ms – 49ms

Effective file download capability of a massive 100GB per hour!

In brief, we tested the Victorian cable broadband on a number of independent internet speed testing sites recommended by the famous Australian internet and tech forum whirlpool

iiNet cable broadband consistently blew the expensive NBN service out of the water on every test we tried out.

Eventually the tests got boring. We got the picture. Cable broadband in Ballarat is probably the fastest and best value residential internet in Victoria, perhaps Australia.

For the gamers, though the connection is not absolutely stable, the ping values seen in our tests are excellent, and will deliver a premium gaming experience.

Even at full price, at $80/month…. the quality of the service seems worth it. Why would you want to pay $60-$70 a month for woefully average, unstable and unreliable NBN, when for just a few dollars more, you can have the best?

iiNet Cable internet Ballarat speed test results in detail:

Test Setup: wired CAT-5 Ethernet connection over a 5m cable directly to a Technicolor Cable Gateway Pro Model EPC3940L, which is standard equipment supplied by iiNet.  (Results on a wireless Connection will naturally be much poorer)

First test: Google internet speed test. (just type in “internet speed test” into your browser, and a button will appear in the search results that connects you to the Measurement Lab service

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We did the speed test again, directly through the Mlab site a couple hours later, and the results were fairly comparable.

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Using the independent service https://speedof.me/

This returned an excellent, but less impressive result of 157.25 Mbps download on the first try, but subsequent tests returned in excess of  an eye popping 320 Mbps !

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Next, we tried out good old telstra’s website to test out their competition. Even using a Perth server location, iinet’s Ballarat cable delivered in excess of 300 Mbps download speeds!

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Pitching the speed of cable against the Exetel online speed test engine, our cable again burned away at ridiculous speed to log a 300 Mbps download speed, with 50 Mb/ps uploads.

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Exetel’s speed test also had some more juicy information which told us what the speed measure actually meant in real download performance.

As you can see below, download transfers really moved along the line at 37Mb per second, and uploads at 6.4Mb per second.

meaning, that on iinet’s cable broadband in Ballarat, you cloud theoretically download over 133GB in a single hour, and upload 22Gb of movies to Utube.

iinet cable broadband best intenet in ballaratat and australia victoria high mb per second upload and download exetel test

Last of all, we put the connection up against https://testmy.net/

Again, insane internet speed, way better than the crippled, expensive and unreliable NBN could ever hope to deliver.

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The only disturbing result form tessymy.net was that the test we conducted appeared to be a severe outlier for all iinet tests conducted by them to date.

That said, we are not comparing apples with apples here- most of the iinet tests on this site were probably done with NBN or ADSL plans, which would have no hope of competing with the sheer raw excellence that cable can deliver in our town.

It’s great to see that Ballarat has one amazing service that is far superior to what can be obtained in Melbourne!

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I think that’s more than enough speed tests for one day now.

You get the idea. Those ratty old coaxial cables which hang from the power poles around downtown Ballarat are quite a surprising little gem, and we are lucky to have access to them.

Here in Ballarat, we can obtain internet speeds that most people in the Australia can only dream about, (100-350 mbps ) and its only $40 a month at the moment for limitless, unmetered internet.

A piece of advice-

Get onto this discounted deal before iiNet discontinues it.

Its fantastic value :)

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Nokia Lumia Windows Device recovery tool Microsoft official download location

If your Nokia Lumia phone, including Nokia 830 and 930 have stopped working properly after a windows 10 mobile update, you will need the Windows Device recover tool from Microsoft to roll back the operating windows 10 mobile operating system back to windows 8.1.

In Australia, on the Nokia 930 the Telstra branded update can break, resulting in microsoft edge not being installed, and you being unable to sign into your microsoft account login.

The store will also be broken, because without being able to log in, you cannot install edge again, but on a cruel catch 22, you cannot log in witout installing the correct app… which require a successful Microsoft account login.

Anyhow, the official Microsoft download link to the Microsoft device recovery tool for Nokia Lumia phones can be found below:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12379/windows-10-mobile-device-recovery-tool-faq

The link is just to a package installer, of 2.3Mb. An obnoxious and convoluted download process may begin after installation of the initial installer from Microsoft.

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annnnnd.. an error 0x00000067 (thor2NotResponding) is thrown on my Nokia Lumia 930

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eventually, after some trial and error, and at the prompt, hitting power + volume down till the phone vibrated the following screen pops up, offering a download of a suitable windows mobile OS version from the server.

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Upon clicking “install software, Microsoft asks you why you are ditching windows 10- performance issues, apps nor working as expected etc etc.. I basically clicked EVERYTHING! and moved on!

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The file size for the OS flash of windows 10 / 8.1 mobile is a whopping 1.78BG in size. Quite a chew on my data allocation for the month!

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After about half an hour chewing my expensive mobile data, the download finally finished.

The only nice thing about this is that it stores away these installer files on your C: root drive for later use if you need them, or if the download fails halfway though, saving you time, instead of restarting the whole process again.

When complete,the program switches over to trying to get the windows Nokia Lumia phone to switch to flashing mode so the new OS or reinstall will be accepted.

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After spinning away for aeons, my first attempt to reinstall windows mobile on my nokia lumia ended in utter failure, and the program crashed badly not long afterwards, requiring the task manager to put it out of its misery.

On research on the net, a lot of people have problems with a nokia lumia phone switching into flashing mode and it just hangs. In my case, I think the problem was that the phone was running, with its OS active at the time, as indicated by its start screen covering the screen. I think it needs to be in an early boot mode to switch successfully.

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On a second attempt however, I rebooted the phone with the power+downvolume hold technique, THEN, quickly plugged in the phone immediately when when the screen showed the NOKIA logo, on a black background.

This met with significantly more success, and the windows mobile flashing operation on the Nokia Lumia phone began working.

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On the phone side, the Nokia lumia 930 phone screen turned a disturbing BLOOD red colour, with a progress bar that mirrored what was going on on the computer.

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As the progress bar came to the end, the Nokia Lumia Microsoft windows device recovery tool displayed a successful flash had been executed.!

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Folding@Home FAHclient.exe access denied; FahCore_21.exe bug fix (Windows 10)

For those that don’t know folding at home is a distributed processing computer network which provides computing power for health research projects in the field of protein science, and is run by Stanford university.

http://folding.stanford.edu/

Applications for this science range from cancer research, to alzheimers, and debilitating, terminal genetic diseases such as Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and even mad cow disease.

People all over the world for the last 15 years or so have donated their spare computing power, available on home computers, corporate servers and even gaming devices  in some cases.

These generous donations from the general public amount to an incredible amount of money in terms of hardware costs, internet bandwidth, and power consumption costs, plus time and effort of donors to configure and maintain their computers to run the folding at home software in a stable fashion, and make charitable contributions.

Folding at home currently supports both CPU and GPU (graphics card- AMD and NVIDIA) processing of scientific research.

Shortly after installing folding at home, and beginning to compete work units, I noticed a problem with the GPU- the required core file (the application that runs the GPU as a processing unit for folding at home) FahCore_21.exe and FahCore_a4.exe were having an issue shortly after downloading from the Stanford university website. : access is denied.

How to fix??

FahCore_21 access is denied failing

FIrstly, I looked at the firewall issues that could be stopping the FahClient program communicating with the outside world.

The following list of applications need to be enabled as authorized in the windows 10 firewall to ensure folding at home can run properly: fahclient.exe, FAHCoreWrapper.exe, FAHViewer.exe, FAHControl.exe, Core_21.exe

Its also a good idea to pin these apps to the start menu for easy access too- it doesnt happen by default when undertaking the standard install!

The core file may be different, depending on the age of your system and GPU / graphics card- (mine is an ancient dinosaur by comparison to modern gaming beast rigs) core i5 CPU + NVIDIA fermi GT 430 graphics GPU.

Fahclient folding@home windows firewall settings

Some of these folding at home client and core files can be a little tricky to find- their default direcotry locations are hidden in the rather hotchpotch file structure of windows 10 or windows 7

The main client and other key applications default file path is fairly easy to find on windows 10:

  • fahclient.exe default file path: C:\Program Files (x86)\FAHClient
    • This program controls the CPU calculations (folds proteins)
  • FAHCoreWrapper.exe default file path: C:\Program Files (x86)\FAHClient
    • This program allows GPU to be used for calculations too.
  • FAHViewer.exe default file path: C:\Program Files (x86)\FAHClient
    • This app visualises the protein folding itself you are undertaking, and renders a map showing the worldwide distribution of donors
  • FAHControl.exe default file path: C:\Program Files (x86)\FAHClient
    • Instead of using the web control to configure your client’s behaviur, login etc, (http://folding.stanford.edu/client/) you can use a local program instead.

The core files for the GPU processor are in a couple different possible locations:

Typically only under windows 7 – program data

C:\ProgramData\FAHClient\cores\fahwebx.stanford.edu\cores\Win32\AMD64\NVIDIA\Fermi\Core_21.fah\Core_21.exe

on WINDOWS 10 – the appdata roaming folder under your user account
C:\Users\insertyourwindowsusernamehere\AppData\Roaming\FAHClient\cores\fahwebx.stanford.edu\cores\Win32\AMD64\NVIDIA\Fermi\Core_21.fah\Core_21.exe

 

win 10 location of FahCore_21_exe for firewall allow

The last possible problem stopping the folding at home client from running properly is administrative privileges. Though your account might have administrative privileges, you may need to specify to use them when the F@H client is started- this can be set via the peoperties of the application file.

FahClient run as administrator settings

You will need to navigate to the file’s location in the file system and right click on it to change the default running preferences.

Check the box “run this program as administrator” and hit apply.

After all this is done, the access denied error on folding at home should be fixed.

 

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