At one time or another you have had yourself struggling with slow internet connection. You either gave up what you were doing on the internet or decided to complain to your internet service provider, ISP. One thing is that you are likely to have never gone to the limits that this Comcast subscriber did.
AlekseyP was so frustrated by the slow download speeds of his internet. He was therefore forced to set up a Twitter bot to help him out of the problem. What the bot does is that it signals Comcast via a tweet anytime his internet speeds go lower than given threshold.
The question that is probably running in your mind is how he manages to do it. He uses Raspberry Pi, a small computer that consumes low power and is common to the hobbyists. That monitors the bandwidth of his home.
AlekseyP makes payment for 150 Mbps. However, he gets only 10 to 30 Mbps which is far much lower than what the ISP advertises. Thus, anytime his internet speeds drops to below 50Mbps, he sends a complaint message to Comcast using Raspberry Pi.
Here is an example of the tweet: “Hey @Comcast why is internet speed below 29down\8up when I pay for 150down\10up in Washington DC?”
He began doing so last year October but recently it got known. People have thus been asking him to show them how he does it.
AlekseyP said that whenever people are not at home or each person is asleep, the results of Raspberry vary. He says that ever since he began doing so, his speeds have improved but maintains that the slow speeds that he is experiencing are not his fault.
Comcast opted not to comment on the matter. Top engineer at Comcast, Jason Livingood, reached out to AlekseyP on reddit and Twitter. He offered to provide a personal assistance. Livingood questioned Aleksey’s modem and stated that it may not be able to support faster internet speeds.
AlekseyP on the other hand acknowledges that the internet habits that he has may in one way be affecting the results of the Pi. As mentioned above, he still gets drops in service when people are asleep or no one is at home.
He maintains the stand the problem is not on his side because at times he can be able to stream Netflix at 1080p while the speed test registers are still showing a maximum of 90Mbps down. Thus, each time he gets internet speeds that take the order of 10mps down, he is sure that they are not the ones to blame.
Well, there you have it. To what extent would you go to deal with slow internet speed?
@The Washington Post