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Some download fast and some at dial up speed ; Why ? - HELP PLEASE !

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  1. eggplant

    eggplant Thread Starter

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    I apologise if this isn't the right place to ask this.

    I connected up to broadband last night (SpeedTouch 330 modem).

    I'm baffled by something though.

    I've downloaded several files - including a movie clip and two game demos. Each of them downloaded at around 100 kb/s (Have I written that right ?).

    I then went to download a couple more files and they started downloading okay, but the weird thing is tha they download at the old dial-up speed (around 5 kb/s).

    This was tried both with a download manager (my usual way), and without, but it happened the same with each.

    I went back and tried the other files that had downloaded at FAST broadband speeds and they still did that (FAST), so it's not anything wrong with my PC or Broadband stuff (I believe).

    Is it possible that some downloads just WON'T DOWNLOAD AT FASTER THAN DIAl-UP SPEEDS ? I've never heard of this happening.

    This is one that downloads fast ; A game demo

    This is one of the ones that only reaches dial-up speed on download ; A file containing text adventures

    Thanks, and sorry if I'm asking in the wrong place - again.
     
  2. Deathblow

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    It all depends on the bandwidth available both from your end, and the end the file is sent from. If they have 100k of sending bandwidth, but several other people are getting files from them at the same time, then it's very possible you will only get 5k. To get a good idea of your bandwidth, try a bandwidth test such as the one at http://www.nyc.speakeasy.net/ .
     
  3. eggplant

    eggplant Thread Starter

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    Thanks. This is what I got ;

    Your download speed : 886447 bps, or 865 kbps.
    A 108.2 KB/sec transfer rate.
    Your upload speed : 235017 bps, or 229 kbps.

    I don't think it's got anything to do with the business of the slower site. The file download is a very obscure and boring one, especially compared to the fast download site I posted.

    What I don't understand is that the slow download speed ON EVERYONE OF THE DOWNLOADS THAT WERE SLOW, was exactly 20x slower than my broadband download speed and exactly the same speeds that I was getting up to my broadband installation, last night, on my dial-up connection. Is it possible that some websites only have downloads that will download at dial-up speed ? :confused:
     
  4. kiwiguy

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    The link you gave for the slower file is also slow here as you noted it's about 5 kB/s when it settles.

    It must be the speed of their link, and nothing more sinister.
     
  5. eggplant

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    Excellent. Thanks very much for that. I've learned something new .......... again ! :) (y)
     
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