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Dial-up - Fast Download - Slow Upload

by snapshot / June 9, 2004 11:25 AM PDT

A fiend has Bellsouth for an ISP and states that his modems connects at 49 to 50k.

He has two computers, each with its own modem.
One with Win-XP and the other with Win98.
Both are soft modems.

He claims that his upload speed is about 4 to 5 times slower than his download speed.

Is there someway to measure this accurately?

Is there any reason for such a situation?

Joe

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Re:Dial-up - Fast Download - Slow Upload (asymetric)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 9, 2004 12:03 PM PDT

This is by design. Well before ADSL, the trick to eek out more speed was to allocate more of the possible bandwidth for download vs. upload. On a 640K DSL setup, it's not unusual to see all of 32 to 64K upload speeds.

From memory the downlink is dependent on link quality, and uplink is from 1/2 to less of the the download speed. This works well for most users.

Bob

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I Don't Understand Your Reply.
by snapshot / June 9, 2004 12:58 PM PDT

Your reply appears to be for an ADSL or DSL user.

He has dial-up service.

His upload is approx 5 times slower than his download.

i.e. download is approx 40k and upload is approx 8k.

That seems to be an excessive difference to me.

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Re:I Don't Understand Your Reply.
by Stan Chambers / June 9, 2004 2:23 PM PDT

DSL or Dial-up. The same applies. As Bob said, it is by design in order to preserve bandwidth for downloading. I have both connections and the ratio is similar on both. Upload speed appears the be approx. 20% to 25% of download speed. However, some isp's may have a different set up.

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Reply was for all link types.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 9, 2004 8:57 PM PDT

Dial-up, aDSL, Cable, Satellite and most consumer links are asymmetric due to the usage nature of most consumers that download more that 10x what is uploaded. It was done to give the link more speed for web browsing or "content delivery."

For dial-up, there are NO offerings of symmetric connections, but in DSL there is. Not many will pay for it since it runs double to quadruple the price.

Bob

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Thanks - Bob and Ernie - I Learn something new each day. (nt)
by snapshot / June 10, 2004 12:00 AM PDT

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Re:Dial-up - Fast Download - Slow Upload
by Bob__B / June 9, 2004 11:32 PM PDT
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Thanks Bob B.
by snapshot / June 10, 2004 12:04 AM PDT

I tried it on my computer and the internet results were just about what I expected.

I am running Dial-up for upload and
C-Band Satellite for download.

I'll send the pcpitstop link to my friend.

Thanks again.

Joe

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