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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar Agh, internet. Fri 30th Jul 2010 1:44pm

Category: General Bitterness

My site-redoing is being slowed down drastically by something. Apparently my lovely ISP is throttling - I mean, 'traffic shaping' - my connection because I download too much. On its Unlimited Downloads plan.

I'm a fairly heavy internet user and download a lot of large files; I'm certainly not the type who uses the internet just for checking Facebook and emails, anyway. So I probably download quite a bit... and I can understand if my speeds would be slowed somewhat during 'peak times' when everyone else needs to use the bandwidth that I am, uh, 'hogging' (to use a term I hate).

But the thing is, I only download heavily at *off-peak times*. 'Peak times' means between 5pm and midnight, which is a huge chunk of the day, but that's when I only use the internet for viewing pages, basically; I only download big files overnight.
So apparently the ISP is drastically reducing my times during peak times, *but not other times*, because I am downloading during other times, *but not peak times*. This doesn't make a whole lot of sense, really. It's like banning a smoker from a no-smoking pub even though if they smoke, they go outside to do it...

Anyway, the speeds I get are awful at the best of times. When it's going at its fastest, my connection downloads at like 3-4Mb/s. Which is pathetic, for this day and age. When it's throttled though, it goes at like 0.4Mb/s, which is worse than dial-up. It's not just that they slow down my speeds slightly; it's basically like turning it off altogether for much of the waking day.

I update the site via FTP, and the main thing that's bothering me about all this is that the FTP isn't just slow; it won't connect at all. Which means I can't edit a single file between 5pm and midnight.

I'm not mentioning this because I need solutions; I'm just explaining why it's been taking so long to get the site done, especially since I wake up at stupid times these days (like 2pm) and have only a small number of hours to do anything at all, and by the time midnight's come, I'm too exhausted to do work (even though I stay up until like 4 or 6am).
I'm currently trying to switch over to a better ISP and a better plan in general; we're currently using one that was set up by someone who didn't know the first thing about the internet, several years ago... Hmm.

The main reason I'm bringing this up is because I'm curious about other peoples' speeds, and there's an easy way to check.

Go here: [LINK]

I'd be interested in seeing what speeds are like in different parts of the world! I would be surprised if *anyone* has speeds slower than what I have, and I'm having to endure this even though I've got a website to make. Ugh.
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Mousazz`s Avatar
Rating Orb Mousazz 14 Lithuania PhlegmaticCholeric 20C 22F
7 years ago | (3)
This is my internet speed: [LINK]

Apparently, Lithuania, after the liberation of the Soviet Union, is growing extremely fast economically. Although this has probablt nothing to do with it, it does seem that our internet is very fast for such a small country. Once again, it may have no factor in this, but it's very strange that, according to Speedtest's world results, Lithuania is the second country in it's internet upload speed, and fourth in it's download speed. Hmm...

When I download a file using BitTorrent from a Lithuanian server, I seem to get a 3-6 MB/s download speed. Which is surprisingly fast. A 6 Gigabyte file seems to download in 10-20 minutes.

And one more thing: how did you get such high internet speed The Wolf? It's almost unbelievable! And I thought Australia had weak internet. While I'm not jealous, I am amazed. wow.
banakeg`s Avatar
Rating Orb banakeg 15 United Kingdom MelancholicCholeric 5C 26F
7 years ago | (2)
My Dad keeps on trying to get a better one, because I got this with my sister doing next to nothing and the third computer off. I could have had to fight my dad's stupid music uploading/downloading whilst he plays games, and my sister downloading music for this speed.
[IMG][LINK][/IMG]
nickcool321`s Avatar
Rating Orb nickcool321 15 SanguineMelancholic 66C 0F
7 years ago | (4)
on a good day i get 1500-2000+kilobytes a second for my downloads thank you M.I.P.X.500
split9102`s Avatar
Rating Orb split9102 14 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic 11C 3F
7 years ago | (4)
My internet is slow mainly because my family is too poor to get much better than this:
Download: 1.02 Mb/s
Upload: 0.38 Mb/s
Ping: 49 ms
ISP: Verizon Internet Services
Server: Boston, MA, USA
Lyphirum`s Avatar
Rating Orb Lyphirum 16 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic 9C 11F
7 years ago | (5)
wow, i'm using a portable Verizon internet connection card on my computer while in a concrete tunnel and i'm getting better connection speeds than you! it's gotta suck trying to design games and websites with that kind of speed. But it'll probably get better eventually.
The Wolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb The Wolf 19 Australia CholericPhlegmatic 120C 284F
7 years ago | (2)
Here's my result: [LINK]
Looks like I 'win'. The only reason it's so fast is because I stay on campus at uni and they have a 10gb connection which my college shares.
And it has it's own exchange.
So, hurrah! And stuffs.
DeNovo`s Avatar
Rating Orb E β DeNovo 24 United States MelancholicSanguine 244C 201F
7 years ago | (2)
I'm hoping that your recent progress indicates that you've been testing how the site looks locally, instead of on the server, by installing an apache serve on your machine and using it as a server (I used to use something called WAMP, which is Windows Apache MySQL PHP) so you aren't being affected by connection speeds when you're just testing out the look and feel of the site; I'm pretty sure the test comments and test forums and test chat could be fully tested. But in any case, for future reference, this would certainly let you work on your site even when you can't get your work up where the rest of the world can see it! :D

Also, since it looks like the numbers currently around are not what I'm used to:

Download: 29.34
Upload: 2.55
Ping 14 ms

I also pay a pretty handsome sum for my internet, of course, and live in a technologically demanding city.

Adurna`s Avatar
Rating Orb Adurna 13 Sweden MelancholicPhlegmatic 3C 0F
7 years ago | (3)
Here is my result:
[LINK]
max1995`s Avatar
Rating Orb max1995 16 Portugal CholericSanguine 39C 0F
7 years ago | (3)
I would have been the happiest boy in the world if i had your download speed pseudo, when my internet is in its "top" the speed of downloading a file is 109KB/S, and when its normal it is around 60 KB/S.

I thought it was normal a speed so low until i saw the internet speed of other people
Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
7 years ago | (4)
3Mb/s is considerably different to 3MB/s. It's the difference between megabits and megabytes. A byte is eight bits, so one megabyte is eight times larger than one megabit. I would be lucky to actually download at a speed of like 100 kilobytes per second with a 3 megabits per second connection.
max1995`s Avatar
Rating Orb max1995 16 Portugal CholericSanguine 39C 0F
7 years ago | (1)
(Long Delay) Well i didnĀ“t know there was a big difference between a MB and a Mb so, in a universal matter, for me to watch an 40 min. video in youtube it will take me around 45 minutes just for the bar will reach to the end so there will be no interruption during the viewing of the video
Wiz Zumwalt`s Avatar
Rating Orb Wiz Zumwalt 32 Hungary SanguineMelancholic 247C 40F
7 years ago | (4)
Down 9.43 Mb/s, up 4.84 Mb/s, ping 8 ms. That's my work connection, the ISP is Claranet.
Wiz Zumwalt`s Avatar
Rating Orb Wiz Zumwalt 32 Hungary SanguineMelancholic 247C 40F
7 years ago | (4)
By the way, the theoretical maximum speed of a dial-up line using compression is 319.8 Kbps, but it hardly ever goes above 100-150 Kbps (because it can't reach the maximum compression except with ridiculously compressible data such as plain ASCII text), so 0.4 Mbps is not worse than dial-up. It would be fair to say it's "almost as bad as dial-up", though.
Wiz Zumwalt`s Avatar
Rating Orb Wiz Zumwalt 32 Hungary SanguineMelancholic 247C 40F
7 years ago | (3)
Up 9.85, down 0.49, ping 37 ms. That's Virgin Media, at home - significantly less symmetrical, to my surprise.
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