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Slow downloading of files with Cable

by Dxxgraham / November 8, 2009 12:58 AM PST

Bought a new computer. Having problems with extreamly slow downloading of files. I have broadband cable and used to download at about 275 kb per sec. now I get 50 to 60 kb a second. Is there a setting somewhere I can change? Its a dell running wind 7
and trend micro security. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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That email address
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 8, 2009 4:20 AM PST

You really do not want to post email addresses in forums like these or elsewhere. There's a risk that they will be harvested by forum bots, (robots), so they can be spammed.

Your choice there.

First thing first, test your broadband connection with a speed test. Google will help you find one where you are, but you could try CNET's own test at CNET's Bandwidth Meter for starters.

If that is low, try again later when traffic may be better. If it is consistently low, then you may need to contact your ISP.

What type of downloads? If you mean P2P file sharing like uTorrent, Limewire, or any other torrents, you may need to read your ISP's Terms of Service as some ISPs now cap file sharing usage.


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by Dxxgraham / November 8, 2009 8:31 AM PST
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thanks for the advice aboutthe email addy. I am taking online classes and have to download 1 hr long videos Takes 2 to 4 hours to download just one.

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Speed tests
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 8, 2009 7:45 PM PST
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I have asked Lee, our Forum Admin to edit out your email address.

How did you get on with the speed tests?


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Speed tests
by Dxxgraham / November 9, 2009 3:30 AM PST
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The speed test tells me I have 625kbps to 612 in that area. And thanks for the email adddy thing also.

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You're welcome, and that speed test looks fine
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 9, 2009 4:45 AM PST
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Yep the speed test looks good, so the problem seems to be not with your computer but elsewhere.

There are two other suspects;

1] Your ISP is capping your speed for downloads. More and more ISPs are doing this now, but generally only against persistent file sharers through P2P sites or applications for pirated or copyrighted files. You would have to read through your ISP's web site for their Terms of Service or similar.

You could test your download speed by downloading some software or other, (eg from ), and see how fast the download is. In fact, may not be a good example as their download servers are known to be quite slow. So, some other site where you can download genuine files, eg

2] But from what you say this is not the case with you, so the other possibility is the source of those downloads itself. If the server is slow, or busy, then this might be a cause of the slow downloads. If that's the case there is little you can do, except search for another source.

Good luck.


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