Internet download Speed discrepancy

February 27, 2010 at 22:46:43
Specs: Windows XP, 1.21 GB
Yesterday when i was downloading a video from cnet download.com i got downloading speed between 250 to 300 kB/sec you can see the print screen shot here : http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/... . i have didn't do anything at that time. Again i have redownloaded that video and i got speed between 20 to 30 kB/s which is as usual. Here is the print screen shot of redownloading : http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/... . So my question is how can i tweak my pc so i will get speed between 250 to 300 kB/s. Once i have called computer technician he has changed some values in my pc and after this change i got speed between 300 to 400 kB/s. So i want to know which value and which parameters he had changed. I am asking him for this change but he isn't answering me may be he wants to keep monopoly.

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#1
February 28, 2010 at 05:16:42
Download speed is more controlled by the server you're downloading from and the network between you and that server than it is by your system. Chances are when you redownloaded and got the slower speed the server was busier with more people downloading from it at the same time than your first download.

Tweaking the PC won't help since the problem exists outside of your LAN.


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#2
March 2, 2010 at 22:52:02
thanks Crus for your quick reply but you have didn't see my question properly. "Once i have called computer technician he has changed some values in my pc and after this change i got speed between 300 to 400 kB/s. So i want to know which value and which parameters he had changed. I am asking him for this change but he isn't answering me may be he wants to keep monopoly."

So please if you know the tweak that can increase internet speed let me know.

Thanks Again
Mayank


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#3
March 3, 2010 at 08:00:40
You're missing my point, or perhaps I wasn't clear enough.

You "internet bandwidth" has nothing to do with your "LAN (Local Area Network) bandwidth" and typically, your LAN bandwidth is a lot higher than your external (internet) bandwidth.

A typical highspeed package, be it xDSL or cable, is 1.5 Mbps

A typical SOHO Router these days offers 1000 Mbps on the LAN. The older ones offer 100 Mbps.

As you can see, in either case, the LAN bandwidth is significantly higher. 100/1000 Mbps as vs. 1.5 Mbps

What this means is, there are no tweaks you can do locally on your PC to improve your internet (external) bandwidth.

It only seems like it caused an improvement. What is more likely is that the number of users connected to the same server you were connected to dropped and you got more bandwidth as a result.

Just so you know, I have spent the last 5 specializing in Enterprise level Networking and have a total of 15+ years working in many aspects of the IT industry doing everything from hardware on up to domain administration. I say this to you so you know that I actually know what I'm talking about very well.

Any/all tweaks you can do on your PC can only improve your PC's LAN connectivity and nothing more.

The only way to increase your internet bandwidth is to pay your provider more money each month and get a higher bandwidth package. That is of course assuming they offer higher bandwidth packages. Mine offers a lite package, the "standard" 15. Mbps, a medium 3.5 Mbps package and a 10 Mbps package. But each is incrementally more expensive.

One last thing and I'll leave you alone.

People often get confused when talking about bandwidth. It's typical for people to think of it in terms of speed like mph or kph. It's not!

Bandwidth is a measure of how much data can travel past any one point in a network in one second.

The data on a 100 Mbps network travels at the exact same speed as the data on a 1000 Mbps network. The difference is, a 1000 Mbps network can move 10 times as much data in one second as the 100 Mbps network.


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#4
March 4, 2010 at 08:26:24
Thank You So Much Crut R. I am very glad that you have gave most easily understandable reply. Now i know all the thing about my connection.

Thanks
Mayank


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