Download speed

  Bob Bob™ 17:37 02 Dec 2004

I was running Windows Internet Explorer and I downloaded a large file. It's download speed was 1.5 MB per second. Normally it is 50 to 80 KB per second. How was it that fast & can I get it that fast permintly. I have broadband. The speed is 512kbps of whatever the letters are that go after it.

  Valvegrid 17:50 02 Dec 2004

1.5 MB sounds a bit fast.

You can test your speed here:

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What ISP are you using?

  Noelg23 18:09 02 Dec 2004

I dont think the speed was 1.5Mb per sec...maybe you were looking at the amount of data being transfered cos there is no way you can get a download speed of 1.5Mb when your broadband connection is only 512K. I have 1Mb connection and my download speed is about 120-150KB/sec...

  SurfMonkey _#:@} 18:14 02 Dec 2004

I don`t think it really matters that your connection is 512kbps I think it has something yo do with the other end and how fast it is I was told some time ago that you connection will not go above the speed you have only up to and that also depends on the other end ie you cannot download from a say 56k connection and get 512k if you get my drift thats is I can also work it out

ps how do you get the tm after your man Bob Bob

  Forum Editor 18:38 02 Dec 2004

it certainly wasn't your download transfer rate per second.

  CurlyWhirly 19:11 02 Dec 2004

I was puzzled at first with download speeds until I did a bit of research using Google.

I think I am right in saying that on a 56K dial-up connection the fastest possible speed you can get is 7kb/sec which is 56,000 / 8 = 7 Kb.
You divide by 8 as there are 8 bits to a byte, so for example 01100101 is ONE byte or EIGHT bits.

On my present 1 mb broadband connection the MAXIMUM speed I can ever get is 125 kb/sec which is 1,000,000 / 8 = 125 Kb.

On all connections it is VERY rare to get the maximum possible speed due to 'overheads' so on my connection I normally get between 110 Kb and 118 kb/sec.

  CurlyWhirly 19:20 02 Dec 2004

By the way you say that you have a 512kbps service so the maximum speed you can get is 64 kb/sec i.e. 512,000 / 8 = 64 Kb.

In order to download at the 1.5 Mb per second speed that you mentioned in your original post, you would need a 12 Mbit connection as 12,000,000 / 8 = 1.5 Mb!

These sort of speeds are not yet available in the UK and you have to look to countries where they use fibre optic cable as opposed to the POTS (Plain Old Telephone System) copper cabling.

  Noelg23 19:21 02 Dec 2004

well get you madam getting all technical now lol...yes you have a point 8 bits to byte indeed..but 01100101 cant be ONE should be 00000001. I am sure of it...but then again...

  Bob Bob™ 19:26 02 Dec 2004

The file was 17MB. I was not lookin at the file size and it took about 11 to 13 seconds to download. I think to connection 512k. I have a wireless network, do you think it got 'stuck' in the router and then went to my pc in one huge chunk? To me it does not seem lightly but mayby. Also before I got the B-band I had ISDN. It was 115kbps and it downloaded at 700 bytes per second. My mams laptop had standard internet which vareyed from 35 to 45kbps & downloaded at about 19kb per second. Somthing went wrong with that.

To SurfMonkey _#:@}. I got the ™ by going to All programs, Accessories, System tools, Charachter Map and copy & pasteing to my nickname.

  dan 11 21:32 02 Dec 2004

It may have been already installed on your computer. I did this awhile ago with sp2. I downloaded sp2 and deleted it after a problem. I then re-downloaded here

  Bob Bob™ 21:39 02 Dec 2004

I am not going near SP2. My brothers machine went down when he put in a wireless card which is the same make & model. Also I have a graphics card in my pc.I dont know what it will do to my machine.
But that is what I saw in the download except slower.

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