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Downloads always slow down...

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by Sharker, Jan 27, 2005.

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  1. Sharker

    Sharker Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have recently got connected to the net using a 56k modem. And I have noticed that when I start to download a file, the download speed quickly trails off. It seems to be about 20 to 40 KB/s to begin with, but after ten seconds it's around 7KB/s then after 30 seconds or so 4KB/s. (Is this bits / second or Bytes / second?) A modem connection is slow enough already. Is there a way of keeping the original high speed?

    I have win XP prof and am using internet explorer.

    Sharker

    P.S. When the download window pops up it shows the download speed. How do I view the download speed for general internet surfing?
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    On a 56kb connection, the theoretical maximum download speed is about 56/8 = 7 kB/s

    You need to remember that the speed is 56 kilobits per second, and that there are 8 bits in a Byte. Download speeds are reported in kiloBytes, not kbits. Look at the upper or lower case b or B, they are different by a factor of 8 or so (some overhead for error correction reduces the maximum speed, compression increases it a little)

    When you start a download, the computer has to download some data before it can report the speed. Then it counts that data it has already downloaded when calculating the speed, giving a false initial count.

    Ignore it, if you get 4 kB/s its all you can expect in reality on dial up.
     
  3. Sharker

    Sharker Thread Starter

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    Ok thanks,

    For some reason I missed your reply before.

    Just one thing though. I found that when one download was stable at about 4KB/s and I started another, I got the first going at 3.5KB/s and the other about 2KB/s so over all this is comming faster. And I could still view other web pages without these figures changing much. It this all a mislieding effect to make it seem like it's going faster like you said before?

    I just wondered if I could put the download at a higher priority and get it to use all the bandwidth available just for that.

    Thanks

    Sharker.
     
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