Why do uploads to google drive slow download speed?

October 29, 2020 at 12:16:30
Specs: Windows 10, 8gb
I upload my photos to google drive for safe storage. I've got standard broadband and I'm the only user so 10-12mbps (UK). When files are uploading to google drive I'm unable to do anything on the web - loading simple pages take ages or times out etc. As soon as I pause the google drive upload my browsing speed returns to normal

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#1
October 29, 2020 at 15:02:02
Anything dealing with uploading or downloading consumes your bandwidth. While it's unusual for downloads to stop completely, they're usually significantly slower when trying to upload. Have you ran any type of speedtest?

https://fast.com/
https://www.speedtest.net/
https://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/

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#2
October 29, 2020 at 15:13:07
Typically one will find uploads “speed” is anything between 10% - 30% of the download.


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#3
October 29, 2020 at 15:48:07
It sounds like your upload connections take priority over
download connections. That would be adjustable, but I
don't know where. You probably want them to be more
evenly balanced.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
October 29, 2020 at 17:57:58
I think the isp determines the ratio/relationship between up and downloads?

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#5
October 29, 2020 at 20:52:01
Are you on WIFI or ethernet (wired)?
Older WIFI routers are "half duplex" meaning can only send OR receive at the time, but not both at the same time.
Ethernet is mostly "FULL duplex" meaning can send AND receive at the same time

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#6
October 29, 2020 at 22:05:46
trvlr wrote:

> I think the isp determines the ratio/relationship between up and downloads?

The uploader obviously has some control over the upload.
It can reduce the upload priority to allow more download.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#7
October 30, 2020 at 01:24:56
@Jeff:

New to me re’ uploader’s options.

Can you elaborate further; how it’s done?


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#8
October 30, 2020 at 02:35:53
My (albeit brief) around the duck pond finds no obvious tweaks to balance (to some degree) upload/download relations; but these articles may be interesting?

https://www.efilecabinet.com/how-to...

https://www.efilecabinet.com/how-to...



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#9
October 30, 2020 at 12:12:44
Thanks for all your suggestions.
To answer the questions above, my upload speed is poor (0.7mbps is average) but download is 10-12mbps typically. This is using Broadbandspeedtest (a UK test).
I'm on wifi not ethernet (there is a lengthy saga about my ethernet extension socket which has stopped working and I've been unable to fix). So, will have to stay on wifi.
Re older wifi routers, I just moved this year to Plusnet (a middle of the road UK broadband provider) and got a new router. I can't imagine that it's half duplex given it's new but how would I check?
I looked at the link from trvlr but nothing jumped out. I'm reasonably savy so regularly run RegOptimiser, clean my registry, defrag etc. The only thing I haven't done is a clean resintall of windows but this pc didn't come with a windows reinstall disk and I'm worried that I'll lose my windows licence so leaving it until the pc is unbearably slow (it's fine just now).
If you can provide more details on how to rebalance the ratio butween upload and download, that would be appreciated.

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#10
October 30, 2020 at 17:33:17
How To Get Faster Upload & Download Speeds In Windows 10
https://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-10...

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#11
October 30, 2020 at 17:47:49
"defrag etc"
Not needed with W10, it's automatic.
If using a SSD, do nothing.
https://www.windowscentral.com/why-...

"regularly run RegOptimiser"
What version?
Can I have a link to that program please.


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#12
October 31, 2020 at 06:09:22
This option to balance upload/download is presumably a new feature in win-10?

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#13
October 31, 2020 at 10:04:04
My vague memory of upload vs download priority is entirely
based on years-ago experience with Windows 95 through
Windows 7, and mostly with dialup rather than broadband.

Logically, it has to be possible to set both the maximum
upload and maximum download speeds in the client. I'm
sure I've seen that in Windows Networking. I know I've also
seen settings for priority, but aside from audio and video
priority settings, I do not recall where.

Windows 10 seems to handle this more transparently. It is
now normally taken care of invisibly to the user.

In any case, I expect that the OP can do something to get a
better download speed while uploading, either by changing
something in Windows Networking or something at the ISP,
at no additional cost. I just don't know what.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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#14
November 6, 2020 at 06:42:25
It’s all about Google’s scripting. They suck each info from your browser and then directing on giving you dependable service. I have also noticed that uploading to Google Drive slows the overall net speed, but this happens only for larger files.

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