Dont know if this will give anyone who has a good technical knowledge of pings and trace routes any ideas ?, but i was thinking why dont we start pinging the virgin servers and do visual traceroute tests, maybe it would shed some light on where in the virgin systems we are getting slowed down if in fact it is the case, now ive only just started tinkering with it and ive found that pinging my imediate server.
I decided to (and i will do many more destinations) do a random traceroute a usa server to see if there is a slow down before it leaves the virgin networks and i did notice some blips where the ms jumped during the hops through the various virgin servers, maybe others could run some tests and post a few results, because if its going through a particular hub where the pings spike it may show virgin where to take a look, what do others think ? is it worth looking into ?
first i goto http://visualroute.visualware.co.uk/ and run a trace route and run cmd and ping whatever server with -t on the end for continuous pings and do this for each stage in the route to see where the spikes occur.
so 1st hop is me to base server @ basildon on 184.108.40.206 i get <1ms but i had about 6 times in a 100 jump up to 87ms
next which is still in the basildon hub on 220.127.116.11 i get between 4-8ms with spikes upto 79ms every 10-20 seconds. so i now know in on the basl-cmts-09 server (Thanks to ignition on this point)
next (still inside the basildon hub basi-pc200 on 18.104.22.168) i get 4-8 ms but get spikes every 10-20 seconds upto 238ms but most spikes average 50-70ms.
next 22.214.171.124 which is now on the manchester hub i get 6-8ms but loads more spikes every 2-3 seconds where it mostly jumps 30-75ms. (this ip being the jumpiest so far)
still in the manchester hub on 126.96.36.199 the pings are 14-15ms but again with much more spikes than the basildon hub.
now intrestingly it hops over to washington usa on 188.8.131.52 and im getting mostly 14-15 ms again but i did two ping tests side by side manchester and usa and when manchester hub spiked it had a knock on effect to the usa but the usa spicked slightly lower ms.
so should some of us gather a bit of data and see if a pattern emerges, cos if there is a pattern we could at least get VM to check it out.
nope im not on wireless, everything is hard wired.
not my kit, as virgin say its their kit so their problem.
maybe the kit they supply is not up to the job then.
but the spikes are showning serverside mostly, and a lot of it from the manchester hub.
I only get a couple of spikes on 184.108.40.206, but it rises expedentially as it travels through their networks.
It wouldnt suprise me if its the modems and routers not upto the job though, ive had both replaced but when techs visit they dont run any thorough tests apart from check power levels, plus the modems and the routers are the cheaper end of the scale.
(dont forget they upgraded me to 50Mb/s while i was still on my surfboard 5100 modem & the speeds worked perfectly until they installed the black modems)
They are currently keeping checks on my line to see if its a "server fault or a configuration fault" they said looking at my monthly speeds on the surface the speeds look ok but looking day by day the speeds are down, so that just makes no sense cos the day by day makes up the monthly average speeds.
Im more bothered about the lack of stability over speeds, i want a line the stays on not one that goes offline several times a day.
im also on the sam-knows project so it records the data so i can back up what i say to them.
Some routers will occasionally show poor response times. This is because if a router is busy doing things such as routing traffic, or updating its routing data, it will put preference to this rather than respond to non-critical network tests.
You are about to request a traceroute that may be interpreted as an 'attack' from www.thinkbroadband.com by a firewall on your computer. Proceed # Host Sent Recvd Best Avg Worst 1 thinkbroadband-gw2.core-rs3.thdo.ncuk.net 15 15 0ms 0ms 1ms 2 gi0-2-10-star1.bdr-rt2.thdo.ncuk.net 15 15 0ms 0ms 0ms 3 linx-gw2.router.ntli.net 15 15 0ms 1ms 6ms 4 bre-bb-b-as0-0.network.virginmedia.net 15 15 1ms 1ms 5ms 5 pop-bb-a-as7-0.network.virginmedia.net 15 15 1ms 18ms 123ms 6 lutn-t3core-1a-as0-0.network.virginmedia.net 15 15 2ms 2ms 3ms 7 heme-cmts-09-gigaether-150.network.virginmedia.net 15 15 3ms 4ms 7ms
There you go,no USA traces but I ain`t complaining with pings like that,and no drops for the last 5 days,and only 1 T3 error in my modem log file.
Well wherever the problem lays i hope they manage to get it sorted soon cos it is ridiculus to have so many offline and speed issues from the day the 50mb modems were installed. ive had one good week of top speeds and no offline times and thats as i said before on the old motorola surfboard5100 modem when they sent the signal through to my modem for the upgrade a week before the tech arrived with the new modem.
Tracing route to www.bbc.net.uk [220.127.116.11] over a maximum of 30 hops:
1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms 192.168.*.* 2 5 ms 7 ms 7 ms heme-cmts-09-lback-20.network.virginmedia.net [8 18.104.22.168] 3 7 ms 7 ms 9 ms lutn-t3core-1a-ge-300-2545.network.virginmedia.n et [22.214.171.124] 4 7 ms 9 ms 6 ms pop-bb-a-as5-0.network.virginmedia.net [213.105. 175.149] 5 12 ms 11 ms 7 ms nth-bb-b-as3-0.network.virginmedia.net [213.105. 172.13] 6 13 ms 11 ms 13 ms tele-ic-1-as0-0.network.virginmedia.net [62.253. 184.2] 7 10 ms 13 ms 11 ms pos6-1.rt0.thdo.bbc.co.uk [126.96.36.199] 8 13 ms 14 ms 15 ms 188.8.131.52 9 13 ms 11 ms 11 ms 184.108.40.206 10 12 ms 11 ms 11 ms www-nonuk-vip.telhc.bbc.co.uk [220.127.116.11]
Adding them up the whole distance comes to 100ms approx.
I use OpenDNS,gigabit ethernet adapters,cat 5e,and use a Belkin N1 Vision router with gigabit WAN and 4 LAN ports also gigabit.
It has an LCD display that gives a lot of info screens and a clock with day & date.