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Inconsistent download speeds

Discussion in 'Networking' started by hungledink, Apr 19, 2009.

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  1. hungledink

    hungledink Thread Starter

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    Normally, the fastest download speeds I acheive are 350 KB/Sec. I have just installed Metaboli Games on Demand. This is currently downloading a game at 1000 KB/Sec. How is this possible?
     
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  3. hungledink

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    I havent done a speed test as such. The figures I have given are those stated on the download status window. I am currently downloading a game using Metaboli Games on Demand, and it has reached 1000 KB/Sec. (Big B, at this speed the file was downloading at 1MB per sec)

    Generally, when I download files, the highest i have seen is 350 KB/Sec
     
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    Files will not download at the same speed from different sites and different global locations and during different times of the day.

    I have high-speed cable with an advertised download speed of 20 Mbps. Depending on what I'm downloading and where I'm downloading from and what time of the day it is, the download speed can vary quite a bit.

    What's the advertised download speed of your ISP?

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  5. pedroguy

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    Do a speedtest and report the results.
    If my math is correct:350KB would equate to 2800 kb or about 2.8 mbps.About standard for a 3.0mbps bandwidth.(There would be some difference on a speedtest of a hardwired vs a wireless connection.)
    And,lastly,what bandwidth are you being provided by your ISP?Generally I believe this is measured in mbps not mBps
     
  6. hungledink

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    Thanks for your help so far. My advertised speed is upto 8MB.

    Using speakeasy.net my results were 2008 kbps download. On Speedtest.net I got 2.93 mbps. These are roughly the results I expect and the speed at which I normally download files.

    The reason I have queried this is that when I was downloading the game, the status window indicated the file was downloading at 1000 KB/Sec. Therefore, either the download status is giving incorrect data, or my line is capable of much higher speeds than I currently acheive.

    My line stats are as follows;

    Uptime: 18 days, 5:33:39

    Modulation: G.992.1 annex A

    Bandwidth (Up/Down) [kbps/kbps]: 448 / 3,904

    Data Transferred (Sent/Received) [GB/GB]: 9.79 / 25.84

    Output Power (Up/Down) [dBm]: 12.0 / 19.0

    Line Attenuation (Up/Down) [dB]: 30.5 / 56.0

    SN Margin (Up/Down) [dB]: 18.0 / 9.5

    Vendor ID (Local/Remote): TMMB / TSTC

    Loss of Framing (Local/Remote): 0 / 0

    Loss of Signal (Local/Remote): 51 / 0

    Loss of Power (Local/Remote): 0 / 0

    Loss of Link (Remote): 0

    Error Seconds (Local/Remote): 195 / 0

    FEC Errors (Up/Down): 0 / 1,567,986

    CRC Errors (Up/Down): 0 / 9,947

    HEC Errors (Up/Down): 0 / 7,181

    Line Profile: Interleaved
     
  7. pedroguy

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    I would venture a guess that your download status is incorrect and if you are only getting 2.8 mbps and you are paying for 8 mbps,I would ask your ISP about the difference.
    Your enclosed line stats seem to indicate a download of 3.9 mbps,which is still only 1/2 of what you are paying for.
    And,if I read correctly,not an expert here,quite a few transmission errors.
     
  8. Chisenganori

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    are u downloading thru P2P or with that little windows pop up thing
     
  9. hungledink

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    , yep thats what I was quoting.

    These are my results from Speedtest.net

    Test1 comprises of Best Effort Test: -provides background information.
    Your DSL connection rate: 4320 kbps(DOWN-STREAM), 448 kbps(UP-STREAM)
    IP profile for your line is - 3000 kbps
    Actual IP throughput achieved during the test was - 2801 kbps


    For an advertised 'upto 8MB' service is this acceptable? I leave 5 km away from the exchange which may effect my downloads.
     
  10. Chisenganori

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    well...depending on YOUR connection and THEIR server, speeds may vary...for example if u had a good connection but they have a crappy server...you can ONLY PULL SO MUCH outta them, and if they have a good server but u have a bad connection...they can only give you so much...
    Also...the speeds depend on how many people are also downloading at the same time you are...(the splitting of their server bandwith) so these inconsistent speeds...i dont REALLY think u can exactly "fix" them...
     
  11. pedroguy

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    The operative word here is"up to 8mbps"
    On dsl,the further you get away from telco office the slower it gets
    Chis's comments are correct re what can affect download speeds.
     
  12. hungledink

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    I am aware of the factors effecting speed, I was more wondering if its capable of the faster speed, why do I not get this more regularly.
     
  13. pedroguy

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    I think that posts 10 and 11 address pretty much address all known issues regarding speed.

    Might want to try to isolate times when this happens and if there appears to be a pattern,contact your ISP and present them with those facts.
     
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