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2Host – $4.04 128MB Xen VPS with 2nd Month Free

Tags: , , , Date/Time: August 11, 2010 @ 1:06 am, by LowEndAdmin

2Host Tom from 2Host emailed me to about their current special promo on WHT, as well as their previous exclusive offer for LowEndBox readers. Same deal — use promo code LEB10TB to get 10% off recurring discount on their Xen SATA VPS. You can get their A-Class (ordering link) for $4.04/month after the discount, and you get

  • 128MB memory/256MB swap
  • 5GB storage
  • 10TB/month data transfer on Gbit
  • Xen/SolusVM

Asheville NC servers as usual. And read our previous post for discussions on what you can do with this stupid large amount of data transfer quota. Moreover, Tom is willing to offer LowEndBox readers 2nd month free — just contact them via support ticket, and mention their promotion here.

My Xen VPS with 2Host from their old offer must have been the low end box that I have kept for the longest time (since May 2009), and currently generating all the screenshots you see here (via a modified version of PyWebShot) and a few other things. Uptime 115 days. Maybe I am just lucky :)

36 Comments

  1. Yet another amazing XEN deal. I have a XEN from 2host from the last deal and its great.

    August 11, 2010 @ 6:15 am | Reply
  2. lsylsy2:

    paid yearly,it can be $35.4/year,or $2.95/mon
    with WHT2HOST

    August 11, 2010 @ 7:43 am | Reply
  3. skomes:

    It isn’t their best price for this VPS.

    They had a 128mb VPS for $3.50 half a year ago.

    This deal isn’t as good.

    They seem to like to increase the bandwidth knowing that nobody will use it and use that as an excuse to jack their prices.

    Also, none of their IPs resolve to Asheville anymore. They started resolving to St Louis or Netherlands a couple of months ago. They say their servers are still in Asheville but haven’t explained why the IPs won’t resolve to Asheville anymore.

    August 11, 2010 @ 8:32 am | Reply
  4. safitri:

    The network and support is bad….

    August 11, 2010 @ 12:13 pm | Reply
  5. Dirk:

    @Safitri: what do you mean with the network is bad? Do you have a VPS with them?

    August 11, 2010 @ 1:31 pm | Reply
  6. @safitri Yes, I have the same question

    August 11, 2010 @ 1:50 pm | Reply
  7. Bear:

    10tb transfer with 5gb of storage? :P

    August 11, 2010 @ 7:52 pm | Reply
  8. FormerUser:

    Just dropped my account because of weird things happening with my Debian server – Midnight Commander commands functioned inconsistently, could not run orphaner. Now with newly launched VPS plans from IGXHost.com, another Asheville “ubercenter” provider.

    August 12, 2010 @ 12:27 am | Reply
  9. FormerUser:

    Re: 8 – Clarification – IGXHost.com’s servers were moved to Illinois this month. Anybody know a VPS provider still in Asheville, NC? I’m also in NC.

    August 12, 2010 @ 12:38 am | Reply
  10. Dirk:

    onenode.net is in Asheville, NC

    August 12, 2010 @ 6:47 am | Reply
  11. >Anybody know a VPS provider still in Asheville, NC? I’m also in NC.

    Netriplex as well

    August 12, 2010 @ 6:54 am | Reply
  12. JIm snow:

    I had recently a VPS hoster in Asheville,NC but i dropped it because the Support/Network/hostnod_overused was pretty bad and i can recall the name

    August 12, 2010 @ 6:58 am | Reply
  13. safitri:

    yes..i have use them….there for i said network is bad…some time good…some time bad…

    August 12, 2010 @ 8:27 am | Reply
  14. Matt:

    Been using 2Host for several months now and while the uptime is great, the network fluctuates too much for my liking. Its very annoying to SSH in because commands lag up to several minutes every so often. I have another box in Chicago which is further from my location that is a lot more stable.
    Not sure if the poor network is a result from their insane bandwidth overselling or netriplex just simply sucks. Any other Xen providers for $10 ? =D

    August 12, 2010 @ 10:11 am | Reply
  15. That’s a lot of data transfer!

    August 12, 2010 @ 4:11 pm | Reply
  16. A.:

    They’d probably find an excuse to cut you off/slow you down if you used anywhere near 10TB, regardless of how legitimate it may be. I’d rather a provider be honest with their allowances rather than exaggerate or, at times, outright lie about them.

    But that’s just MY opinion. I could be wrong.

    August 12, 2010 @ 9:45 pm | Reply
  17. DVSide:

    @ A.

    Have you tried them?? You can reach 400Mbps easily!

    You can try their cheapest package @ $4 to test it out and use all the 10TB and post your review.

    I’ve used up over 8TB traffic last month (private torrents) without issues!

    I’m already a client for a long time.. Tim & John are great people to deal with!

    August 12, 2010 @ 11:57 pm | Reply
  18. Jack:

    I signed up about a month ago for the $4.04 deal, my first VPS, and I’m very happy so far.

    They really need to work on the website and the initial signup process though. After I ordered, I was kind of “OK, now what”. Until I checked my email, and all the details are in there – but there’s nothing to indicate that is the case, and nothing on the website to tell you what the process is going to be before the fact. Even so, my VPS was ready just a minute or two after completing the purchase.

    Also the whole payment thing could be smoother. It goes month by month, and you get an invoice in advance which you have to pay, though I’m not quite sure how yet, as I haven’t paid one yet. It would be better to have a paypal subscription or something.

    I haven’t needed support yet, so can’t comment on that.

    One question I might bother them with, but perhaps people here know; If I get a VPS with double the RAM, is this likely to mean double the CPU as well? Indeed, how do I measure current CPU utilization, since ‘top’ just shows 0% for everything. And how to I measure absolute performance, to compare difference sized VPS?

    August 16, 2010 @ 11:36 am | Reply
  19. Jack, 99% of the web hosts utilize WHMCS, a web hosting management software. Hence its not 2Host’s fault but the software itself.

    The only point of measuring performance I have is unix-benchmark
    Here is a tutorial I wrote on how to do that. But remember, your VPS should have no additional software installed to measure performance.
    http://www.asim.pk/2010/07/23/how-to-install-byte-unixbench-on-ubuntu/

    August 16, 2010 @ 11:47 am | Reply
  20. Jack:

    Thanks Asim, your tutorial looks very useful.
    I’m also interested in measuring my current utilization, ie is my app cpu-bound at the moment, and would it benefit from a bigger VPS (even though I don’t need any more memory of disk space). ‘top’ shows 0% for everything.

    August 16, 2010 @ 12:39 pm | Reply
  21. Jack:

    On closer inspection, ‘top’ shows 100% idle, by a combination of my crap testing and assumtions, and my app being much more efficient than I credited. I’m guessing you get the full crack at the cpu if no-one else is using it.
    So, another gold star for 2host, as my machine seems much faster than I would expect a 128mb system to be.

    August 16, 2010 @ 1:43 pm | Reply
  22. Rous:

    Been with them for a couple months now since the last promo was offered. Support has been pretty good considering the price of the VPS, but there have been a couple outages both of which were due to a hardware failure on my box. The outage that was due to a failed network card lasted nearly 6 hours and it was only after opening a ticket that I knew what had happened. Tom is pretty good about answering all tickets (3 in my case so far) quickly. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the network quality sorta sucks. ssh can be very unresponsive at times and latency is all over the place. And no, it is not my side. For what I am paying it is a so-so deal since I don’t even begin to scratch the 10TB bandwidth allowance.

    August 17, 2010 @ 6:33 pm | Reply
  23. 1. Price: best, considering the config of my VPS

    2. Network: high latency in some places with high packet loss. It really depends on the location and your network provider.

    3. Support: excellent. They reply my tickets within a few hours.

    4. Complaint: 2host charge me about $2 for simply requesting to change payment interval from monthly to quarterly.

    Summery: Good and recommendable. Would be divine if it can improve its network speed and stability.

    August 22, 2010 @ 3:29 pm | Reply
  24. superbarney:

    They hardly have any 32 bit distributions available and the one that is available — Debian 32 bit, won’t let me log in after the rebuild. I have no such issues when using the Debian 64 or Ubuntu 64 bit.

    After I created a ticket to resolve this issue, I was ultimately ‘forced’ to choose 64 bit as they keep telling me 32 bit distributions have ‘compatibility issues’.

    August 26, 2010 @ 3:25 pm | Reply
  25. superbarney:

    Correction: I should have said hardly have any 32 bit images for Debian or Debian-based distributions.

    August 26, 2010 @ 3:47 pm | Reply
  26. The price is best, but support…is not very good~ WTB or not?

    August 29, 2010 @ 1:10 pm | Reply
  27. e:

    this host is GARBAGE, their network sucks, downtime EVERY SINGLE DAY.

    September 18, 2010 @ 9:35 pm | Reply
  28. wilson:

    slow support… :(

    September 19, 2010 @ 4:19 am | Reply
  29. wilson:

    very bad support.

    September 20, 2010 @ 4:04 pm | Reply
  30. 3 small words only works if you’re Josie and the Pussycats. Care to explain?

    September 20, 2010 @ 6:59 pm | Reply
  31. DO NOT sign up with that company.
    the networks maximum speed is 100-300K/s (4mbps) really slow.
    Support is horrible.
    I cant even run a backup or move to another server cause network is so slow.
    the technical support dont know anything, they are not linux experts.

    Right now as I type this my server is down. waiting for the ticket reply.

    my biggest mistake signing up with them.

    really regret.

    October 4, 2010 @ 4:53 am | Reply
  32. yes, they reply quick to ticket support, but have no clue and no idea. cannot help at all.
    so many ignorants there.

    October 4, 2010 @ 4:55 am | Reply
  33. just recently order a vps at uhost 178.18.17.243, buy and setup quick in 3 mins, however i still cant reach the server at 178.18.17.243, cant connect trought ssh,ping fail to the ip, the only thing posible its to login on a web page vps control panel and try to use the serial console ssh but the vps cant connect to any location … support??????????? im wayting..

    October 21, 2010 @ 3:47 pm | Reply
  34. Do you offer xen hvm right now?

    January 12, 2011 @ 5:44 am | Reply
  35. robert:

    Support: …is not very good. They reply my tickets 8 day.

    bad support my vps down 22 day

    November 14, 2011 @ 7:01 pm | Reply
  36. Criss:

    Suddenly, they suspend my VPS and didn’t reply to any ticket I submit yet since last 4 days ago. Very bad support :( Does any one know where should I contact them? My VPS has been down since last 2 weeks.

    December 20, 2011 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

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