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Internet speed i'm I getting what i'm paying for?

by Ganbayar1 / March 3, 2006 10:03 AM PST

I have a dell xps m140 with 1gb ram I,m running cable internet but it seems slow. The fastest i've seen a download is 100 /kb, am i getting rip by my cable company is thier a standard speed requirement that they should provide?

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Some do, some don't
by ikjadoon / March 3, 2006 10:24 AM PST

I know most providers won't guarantee a set rate, but if you get about 80% of what you are asking for, then it is usually ok. Now, you see you get downloads at 100 kb. Downloading a file from a random server is not the best way to measure your true speed. Try these sites:

Usually, when you get slow downloads, it is usually because of your distance from the server, your computer speed, type of connection, etc. Are you using Wireless? I am supposed to be getting 3.0 Mbps of download speed, but guess what speed my demo downloaded at, a 560MB file? 140Kb average. Busy Busy server. hth


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My Speeds
by ikjadoon / March 3, 2006 10:38 AM PST
In reply to: Some do, some don't

Both tests were done on Speakeasy, Chicago IL.

On Wireless 54Mbps on a Dell Inspiron 2200: 1.4GHz Celeron M, 512MB Memory, 10 feet away from router.


Downloads:3000/2160 (72%)
Uploads:384/317 (83%)

Download isn't what is promised, but then again, it is wireless.

On my Dell Dimension 3000, which is hardwired: 2.63GHz Celron, 1024 MB Memory


Downloads:3000/2791 (93%)
Uploads:384/317 (83%)

Downloads were much much better. For the 37.95, I am getting, on average, 83%, not bad I guess.


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by dave_2001 / March 5, 2006 5:45 AM PST
In reply to: My Speeds

our cable connection is supposed to be at 768 kbs im running 1,82ghz 768meg ram and running on network downloading at 1124 uploading at 386. not bad at all

it also depends on the internet traffic to how fast your connection is going to be.

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Internet speeds
by El Alquimista / March 3, 2006 1:04 PM PST

You don't say what speed your cable company says you should get; many offer different speeds at different prices. But whatever speed they can support, what you actually get for a download depends on many factors that are beyond the control of the cable company, as was alluded to in Ibrahim's post. You probably have a car that can easily go 100 mph; but when you are in rush-hour traffic, you may do good to average 25 mph. Is that the car's fault? No.

But first, are you sure the the speed was 100 kb/sec (kilobits per second) and not 100 kB/sec (kilobytes per second? If you got the figure from the Windows download panel, it was the latter -- so the speed was really 800 kb/sec.

But this speed, as Ibrahim indicated, is not a measure of what speed your cable connection can support, but is mainly the speed that the server from which the file was being downloaded can support -- and as this depends in part on how many users are accessing that server at the moment, it can vary with time.

Within the past hour I downloaded a file; it averaged 68 kB/sec, equivalent to 544 kb/sec -- quite slow, as I have about the fastest cable connection available. I immediately ran about a dozen speed checks -- from the east coast, the west cost, the gulf coast, the upper midwest, and even Honolulu. All indicated speeds in excess of 5000 kb/sec, except for servers in Los Angeles and Honolulu, which indicated over 3000 kb/sec. Therefore, the slow download was not the fault of my cable connection, nor of heavy internet traffic, nor of distance. It was due to the server from which the file was being downloaded.

As Ibrahim said, don't judge your provider on the basis of random, uncontrolled servers -- use real speed test servers. He listed several test outfits.
The best, in my opinion, is (now renamed because it gives you access to oveer 300 test servers worldwide -- including my personal favorite, Speakeasy with test servers from coast to coast.

The bottom line is that you probably are getting from your cable company what you are paying for -- it is just that some individual sites can not provide the speed that your cable company can accept.


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by Ganbayar1 / March 4, 2006 12:53 AM PST
In reply to: Internet speeds

Thanks for the info

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