Speedify can help you with slow or flaky internet

As mobile data plans become more and more generous, wouldn’t it be great if you could actually use your quota in truly beneficial way towards the end of the month? I came across Speedify a few months ago, and in short… it permits you to ‘bond’ multiple internet connections together for either a speed boost, or added redundancy.

Some use cases where Speedify may be useful that I have can think of include:

  • If you have flaky internet; your ADSL drops out, your provider over-sells and you get slow speeds during peak, and so on!
  • If you have multiple internet connections available (such as mobile, WiFi hotspots, wired, ADSL, NBN and so on) and you want to blend them together to maximise your speed.
  • If you want to make the most of your mobile internet data plan.

Speedify allows you to selectively use additional internet connections to supplement your main connection in any of the above scenarios. Speedify also includes plenty of customisation, for example you can set priority of connections, only use a connection (such as your mobile) as a backup connection for redundancy, and set a monthly or daily limit to the data usage.

View of Speedify Options GUI for a Network LinkSpeedify Overall Options GUI

For the geeks in you some extra tech details:

  • Bonding is true bonding not a simple round robin, that means packets can be sent out independently on different connections and will be put back together once they reach Speedify before they hit the greater interwebs.
  • You can opt to have redundancy in two forms on Speedify, either fallback connection (passive) or true redundancy (active) where packets are sent out in duplicate and parallel across two separate connections, so if one drops out, you should not suffer packet loss (great for low latency applications such as gaming but will use up to double the data).
  • Speedify has a range of exit points around the world you can check out on their site, and yes, they have an Australian presence as well which is GREAT for reducing latency.


  • Ultra-reliable
  • True speed increase, with only minimal overheads so I have managed to see a total of about 90% combined usage across two or more connections on average (your mileage may vary, so good to test).
  • The new version of the app can be tested without having to sign up, this is FANTASTIC to let you test it out, something I pointed out to Speedify early on as necessary.
  • Being that Speedify acts as a VPN, hiding all your traffic from your ISP, you may have benefits in getting around any ISP traffic shaping as everything you do is tunneled from your comptuer, to the Speedify servers over an encrypted connection.


  • Only usable on a single device at one time (such as one laptop).
  • No router or network sharing unit available (yet), so only one device on your home network will be lucky enough to get the speed boost.

I would highly recommend you give it a try if you have one of the above scenarios, all the links here to Speedify use my personal affiliate link (it helps me keep my blog and server running) but in no way have I been paid to write this article. I only write about things that I truly find useful in my day to day life (or when I have something I would advise you steer clear of). However, long story short, if you would like a direct link, that is cool as well you can visit http://www.speedify.com.


Telstra meets Kitty Smalls! – Social media done right!

Picture this, I am sitting at home, in need of some laughs and I begin to see an exchange between one of my great friends and Telstra’s social media team. I first met Laura as the owner of the Woo! social club and have since had many an opportunity to get to know her. What I can say is… this exchange between her and Renee from the Telstra social media team really does just show her personality perfectly and had me in stitches. Most of all, aside from being amazingly hilarious, it really does show how a company can engage with customers by social media and let their staff members personality shine through to truly engage with the customer.

Kudos to Laura and I hope Renee can get it fixed for you in the near future!

[Updated: June 5, 2016 9:41 PM – More fun content added! The saga continues (much to our dismay and entertainment).]

Kitty Smalls Vs Telstra Part 1 - Kitty Smalls plays Poker

Kitty Smalls Vs Telstra Part 2 - Vino for Kitty

Kitty Smalls Vs Telstra Part 3 - Kitty Smalls Gets Lei'd

Kitty Smalls Vs Telstra Part 1 - Kitty Smalls goes for a walk

Kitty Smalls Vs Telstra Part 5 - Kitty Smalls has had enough

Kitty Smalls Vs Telstra Part 6 - Kitty Smalls has had enough

Kitty Smalls Vs Telstra Part 7 - Kitty Smalls just wants no error message

Kitty Smalls Vs Telstra Part 8 - Kitty Smalls resorts to pictionary

Kitty Smalls Vs Telstra Part 9 - Kitty Smalls stalks Laura

Kitty Smalls Vs Telstra Part 10 - Kitty Smalls gets a interwebs dongle

Kitty Smalls Vs Telstra Part 11 - Kitty Smalls is out of data

Kitty Smalls Vs Telstra Part 12 - Kitty Smalls is sad

Kitty Smalls Vs Telstra Part 13 - Kitty Smalls Poses with Laura

Kitty Smalls Vs Telstra Part 14 - Kitty Smalls does YOGA

Kitty Smalls Vs Telstra Part 15 - Kitty Smalls battens down the hatches

Speed Tests of VividWireless’ new network offering

Recently I got my hands on a juicy new device from VividWireless and as promised I have now done some testing so that you might get a better idea. These tests were all done from Concord NSW and are obviously indicative only. If there is anything you would like me to test please let me know!

In the coming weeks I will try to get some tests from other locations closer to the CBD. The modem’s are not designed to be ultra portable (i.e. for on-the-go use) but as long as you have a power point and are in coverage, you can move them around.
Speed Tests:
All around a solid 9.5+ Mbits down 1.2+ Mbits up (which is better than my ADSL). That was at 7:30pm (i.e. during peak) which is REALLY impressive, and the great thing is, being on Optus’ network, if the capacity starts to drop, they will have to increase backhaul as it will affect everyone.

Oh latency was minimum 25ms to Sydney servers, max 40ms which (for a wireless connection) is pretty good as well.

Ping to Google:
PING google.com.au ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=57 time=43.034 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=57 time=36.329 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=57 time=36.929 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=57 time=95.825 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=57 time=48.156 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=5 ttl=57 time=46.453 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6 ttl=57 time=46.295 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=7 ttl=57 time=86.664 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=8 ttl=57 time=38.985 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=9 ttl=57 time=90.676 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=10 ttl=57 time=41.184 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=11 ttl=57 time=51.356 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=12 ttl=57 time=51.094 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=13 ttl=57 time=45.356 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=14 ttl=57 time=45.770 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=15 ttl=57 time=42.470 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=16 ttl=57 time=46.336 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=17 ttl=57 time=82.122 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=18 ttl=57 time=51.616 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=19 ttl=57 time=89.515 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=20 ttl=57 time=56.448 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=21 ttl=57 time=78.328 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=22 ttl=57 time=87.604 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=23 ttl=57 time=85.792 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=24 ttl=57 time=41.673 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=25 ttl=57 time=57.311 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=26 ttl=57 time=77.987 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=27 ttl=57 time=71.153 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=28 ttl=57 time=37.018 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=29 ttl=57 time=36.622 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=30 ttl=57 time=55.370 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=31 ttl=57 time=50.308 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=32 ttl=57 time=49.839 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=33 ttl=57 time=53.784 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=34 ttl=57 time=39.506 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=35 ttl=57 time=43.988 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=36 ttl=57 time=66.147 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=37 ttl=57 time=67.601 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=38 ttl=57 time=53.858 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=39 ttl=57 time=44.125 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=40 ttl=57 time=62.543 ms
google.com.au ping statistics —
41 packets transmitted, 41 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 36.329/56.907/95.825/17.595 ms

If you have something you would specifically like me to test please let me know.