Broadband Internet performance: A view from the gateway

Srikanth Sundaresan, Walter De Donato, Nick Feamster, Renata Teixeira, Sam Crawford, Antonio Pescapè

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Abstract

We present the first study of network access link performance measured directly from home gateway devices. Policymakers, ISPs, and users are increasingly interested in studying the performance of Internet access links. Because of many confounding factors in a home network or on end hosts, however, thoroughly understanding access network performance requires deploying measurement infrastructure in users' homes as gateway devices. In conjunction with the Federal Communication Commission's study of broadband Internet access in the United States, we study the throughput and latency of network access links using longitudinal measurements from nearly 4,000 gateway devices across 8 ISPs from a deployment of over 4,200 devices. We study the performance users achieve and how various factors ranging from the user's choice of modem to the ISP's traffic shaping policies can affect performance. Our study yields many important findings about the characteristics of existing access networks. Our findings also provide insights into the ways that access network performance should be measured and presented to users, which can help inform ongoing broader efforts to benchmark the performance of access networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM 2011 Conference, SIGCOMM'11
Pages134-145
Number of pages12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
EventACM SIGCOMM 2011 Conference, SIGCOMM'11 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Aug 15 2011Aug 19 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM 2011 Conference, SIGCOMM'11

Other

OtherACM SIGCOMM 2011 Conference, SIGCOMM'11
CountryCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period8/15/118/19/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

Keywords

  • Access networks
  • BISMark
  • Benchmarking
  • Broadband networks

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    Sundaresan, S., De Donato, W., Feamster, N., Teixeira, R., Crawford, S., & Pescapè, A. (2011). Broadband Internet performance: A view from the gateway. In Proceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM 2011 Conference, SIGCOMM'11 (pp. 134-145). (Proceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM 2011 Conference, SIGCOMM'11). https://doi.org/10.1145/2018436.2018452