My Broadband Ping
I've been using the broadband monitor tool here for a couple of days now after trying to track down the cause of the routine buffering problems and intermittent drops in service that I'm having with Virgin Media. I'm hardly unique here but I'm wondering if the monitoring is showing up a specific issue that is more than Virgin's persistant peering woes.
You will see that every 3 hours, more or less on the nose, I am seeing a brief but near complete spike in packet loss. Unsurprisingly if I am mucking about on my xbox these result in dropping suddenly off the service and if I am browsing/streaming via my PC everything stops.
Inbetween the periods where these spikes occur the service continues to be intermittent, with the common virgin streaming iplayer/youtube woes and, interestingly this morning and last night at around 10:30-12:00 (and beyond, I had to get some kip) no internet access at all, which I note does not show up on this graph as I'd expect.
I've snapshot the last day specifically because unusually nobody was using the internet and no PC/Xbox has been switched on during the day, which at least eliminates malware I guess, but the last couple of days have not shown up anything radically different.
Any ideas? Are Virgin likely to be the culprits or is my cable box knackered?