Querstions about COGENT and their services...

Michael J McCafferty mike at m5computersecurity.com
Tue Jun 3 22:52:39 UTC 2008

	I once had that same question. I bought FastE from Cogent almost a year
ago for out of band management of our production gear. But, I put up a
couple of old Celerons running Smokeping up, pinging the same 37 remote
networks. One server on Cogent, and one on our colo providers
super-wicked-premium-route-science network.
	Before I started this experiment, I had a very low opinion of Cogent.
Since then I have been absolutely happy with them. You will note that if
you look at the same graphs between on the two, the
super-jam-route-science network is only a very slight bit faster and in
some cases it is not.
	Cogent support is surprisingly good. A person who can resolve you issue
is the person who answers the phone. You are not transferred 9 times to
get the the right person. There is no eternal hold.
	I can't answer any questions regarding BGP with them as we are not
doing BGP with them yet. This is scheduled, however. Ask me again in a
few months. If you question is regarding ping times, then here is the

Smoke1 is on the Colo's "blended" network:

Smoke2 is single FastE to Cogent only. No redundancy:

	 Can't use them as a single provider though. They have those peering
fights and periodic maintenance. If you need 99.999% then you need to
have more than one carrier anyway.


On Tue, 2008-06-03 at 09:06 -0700, TS Glassey wrote:
> So at one time Cogent was one of the lowest performing bandwidth providers. 
> Anyone have any responses to their current operations?
> regards,
> Todd Glassey CISM CIFI
> Chief Scientist/Founder - Certichron Inc
> TGlassey at Wireless-Time.COM
> 650-796-8178 
Michael J. McCafferty
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