Telstra ADSL questions (pppoe technical)

Carl Wilson carl_wilson at
Wed Dec 12 22:44:41 EST 2001

Hi there,

I was told by a Telstra tech that there is a 15% overhead associated with my 
512Kbit bandwidth...which comes out at around 54.4 KB/sec.  I have managed 
to get 55KB/sec at some rare sites, but no more.

Carl Wilson

>From: Damien Elmes <resolve at>
>To: Eyal Lebedinsky <eyal at>
>CC: CLUG list <linux at>
>Subject: Re: Telstra ADSL questions (pppoe technical)
>Date: 12 Dec 2001 23:35:10 +1100
>Eyal Lebedinsky <eyal at> writes:
> > How? if one byte is 8 bits (well, call me crazy!) then 512,000 bits/sec
> > is 64,000 bytes/sec, right? 51000/64000= 20% missing.
> >
> > Also, I am not saying I sometimes not get more that 51KBps, but I
> > never saw anything better. In other words the line is limited to
> > this speed, which I think is lower than the reasonable expectation
> > from the plan.
>factor in pppoe frames and telstra ineptitude and your 51kB/s looks
>like a reasonable rate.
>and yes, the telstra cable users get closer to the advertised 64kB/s -
>but in my suburb telstra adsl is the only option.
>completely sucks, telstra also appear to have instituted a 'daily
>downtime' policy. if there was any other broadband service available
>in my area, i think i'd move.
>Damien Elmes
>resolve at

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