May 4 2015

Optus Cable Premium Speed Pack testing…

In the last few years, Optus has upgraded its has upgraded its HFC (cable internet) network in Melbourne to the DOCSIS 3.0 standard.  I decided it was time to take advantage of this and upgrade to the “Optus Cable Premium Speed Pack”. The first thing I required was a new cable modem, so Optus sent me a Netgear cg3000v2. I did some before and after speed tests – tests were done via Ookla Speedtest ( and used the ‘Yes’ Optus Melbourne server.  Multiple tests were done as each point however I have picked the “average” test screenshot to use below.

“Normal” Optus cable with old Motarola “surfboard” modem. As expected, the normal cable download speed was about 18Mbps, 500Kbps upload speed and ping is 14ms.

Optus cable "standard" speed
Optus cable “standard” speed

I then tested with the new Netgear modem while still on the “Normal” Optus cable plan.  Similar results to before – 19Mbps download, 500Kbps upload and 11ms ping.

Optus cable "standard" speed
Optus cable “standard” speed with Netgear cg3000v2 modem

Once the “Premium Speed Pack” plan was applied to my account I retested.  Almost 100Mbps download, 900Kbps upload and 11ms ping.

Optus cable speed after adding the "Premium Speed Pack"
Optus cable speed after adding the “Premium Speed Pack”

I’m pretty happy with this and have constantly been getting download rates in the range of 75-100Mbps depending on the time of day.

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Posted May 4, 2015 by danovich in category "Geek

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