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~*~Chloe~*~
24-03-09, 09:29
"Currently we estimate that the maximum download speed your line could support is upto 512 Kb1."

Is this slow> If it is how can I make it go up?

Phys
24-03-09, 09:43
That's half a megabyte (mb). I'm on a 28mb broadband line and the max speed I get usually when downloading files is 750kb a second. Obviously 512kb isnt all that fast, but its definately faster than dial up :p

I'm not sure as to how you can make it go faster.

Punaxe
24-03-09, 10:19
Actually, pay attention to whether they say kb (kilobit) or kB (kilobyte). 512 kB is indeed half a megabyte, and half a megabyte per second is pretty decent. However if it is in kb, the actual speed is 64 kB (1/16th of a megabyte), which is what you would expect from modems in the mid/late 90's.

~*~Chloe~*~
24-03-09, 10:48
Phys, what internet server are you on?

Phys
24-03-09, 12:04
Do you mean internet service provider?

I live in a city called Kingston Upon Hull in England where they have an independent ISP to the rest of the country. Therefore we are forced to sign with that ISP which is called Karoo, or not have internet at all. Its unfair and we get charged more for it than the rest of the country but speeds are good I guess.

So yeah, my ISP is called Karoo (http://www.karoo.co.uk/).

EscondeR
24-03-09, 12:15
Actually, pay attention to whether they say kb (kilobit) or kB (kilobyte). 512 kB is indeed half a megabyte, and half a megabyte per second is pretty decent. However if it is in kb, the actual speed is 64 kB (1/16th of a megabyte), which is what you would expect from modems in the mid/late 90's.

Speeds are most likely given in Kbits (it depends on where this speed is shown: if online service - Kbits, if downloader software - Kbytes), but the thing is that speed of "mid/late 90's modems" is in Kbits also, therefore 64 KBytes speed is never accessible by a common modem.

john_york
24-03-09, 12:26
Another internet thread, Chloe?! You'll be needing your own sub-forum soon!

Punaxe
24-03-09, 12:44
Speeds are most likely given in Kbits (it depends on where this speed is shown: if online service - Kbits, if downloader software - Kbytes), but the thing is that speed of "mid/late 90's modems" is in Kbits also, therefore 64 KBytes speed is never accessible by a common modem.

I meant that 64kBps was about the speed people around that time had, at least here. It was another way of saying "yes, that is slow". :p

disneyprincess20
24-03-09, 13:39
Another internet thread, Chloe?! You'll be needing your own sub-forum soon!

Can't there just be a Chloe's internet thread in Technical Support?

xMiSsCrOfTx
24-03-09, 14:39
However if it is in kb, the actual speed is 64 kB (1/16th of a megabyte), which is what you would expect from modems in the mid/late 90's.

I still use a modem and I only get like 5kB when I download stuff... :(

john_york
24-03-09, 14:44
Can't there just be a Chloe's internet thread in Technical Support?

That's not a bad idea...

mizuno_suisei
24-03-09, 14:47
I still use a modem and I only get like 5kB when I download stuff... :(

Yeah, Mines like that too. When I download, the highest I ever get is maybe 6kbps. I dont get it though, when I connect, it says Connected to Webtec, 52.0kbps. If only it actually DID IT at 52kbps haha. Well, Atleast I have unlimited downloads on dialup xD

Punaxe
24-03-09, 15:02
Yeah, Mines like that too. When I download, the highest I ever get is maybe 6kbps. I dont get it though, when I connect, it says Connected to Webtec, 52.0kbps. If only it actually DID IT at 52kbps haha. Well, Atleast I have unlimited downloads on dialup xD

kilobyte = kilobit/8; 52/8=6,5, so it's true - it's 52 kbps. Refer to the difference between a bit (b) and a byte (B). :p

da tomb raider!
24-03-09, 15:09
My connection speed is usually 46.6Kb, but still does the job fine on most websites (like forums, e-mail, and eBay, for example). So, as long as you don't want to download any large files or play modern games online, 512Kb should be fine.

Larson_1988
24-03-09, 15:24
Wow, reading through this thread makes me feel spoiled. :( Here i am with a 10MB connection, (It's meant to be 16).

EscondeR
24-03-09, 15:27
The average connection speed claimed by ISP tells you nothing actually. E.g.:
I have 5Mbit officially

though actually it is

up to 12Mbit download/9Mbit upload on russian nodes
up to 10Mbit dl/ul on UK nodes
up to 7Mbit dl/5 ul on US nodes
up to 2Mbit dl/512Kbit ul on Japan nodes


All depend on servers load/quality of the networks/distance/etc.

spikejones
24-03-09, 15:58
what service is reporting that speed? (this may be configurable if you are using something like a torrent application) blah. blah..

lets see what your report is from here:
www.speedtest.net (http://www.speedtest.net)

http://www.speedtest.net/result/436080513.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

those are reported in kilo bits per second.
bits are the general method of reporting speeds on the internet.
8 bits comprise a byte, so my speed is something like 861.5 kilo BYTES

toxicraider
24-03-09, 16:00
Mine is so slow, about 512Kb/s, or 64 KB/s

But we can't get any faster in our area :(.

stranger1992
24-03-09, 16:59
http://www.speedtest.net/result/436121842.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

^^goto speedtest.net and test your speed. :)

spikejones
24-03-09, 17:09
*smacks stranger for saying the same thing I did* :smk:

it never ceases to amaze me how many people will do that :rolleyes:

stranger1992
24-03-09, 17:22
ooops...sorry!!

Reggie
24-03-09, 17:42
I seriously hate my internet connection.
http://www.speedtest.net/result/436151249.png

spikejones
24-03-09, 18:22
get a land line connection Reggie (or else a wireless connection that uses 3g/evdo broadband technology)

Reggie
24-03-09, 18:40
Yeah, I think we should get a landline connection but basically we've ended up between a rock and a hard place. The circumstances around how I've got my T-Mobile connection are as follows: My Dad who needed it, got impatient and took up a T-Mobile contract of 18 months when he was basically offered one from a street salesperson. So he's taken to the store, signs his name etc and basically signs away about 180 quid. So now we're stuck with it unless we go through Citizens Advice or just switch.

Personally, I didn't see what was wrong with my old connection with BT Broadband. I mean, it did the job alright and cost about the same except no stupid blocking or incredibly slow speed. I think something needs to give though. I'm spending ages on the net just waiting for pages to load most of the time.

Phys
24-03-09, 19:26
Result from last time I did it in december:

http://www.speedtest.net/result/380167378.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

ShadyCroft
24-03-09, 19:44
^^ Your download speed is 7919 kb/sec ?!! :eek:

I'm using a 128 bandwidth, and the download speeds reaches maximum 13 kb/sec. meh :o

Phys
24-03-09, 19:52
:p Actually the max speed I get usually when downloading files is 750kB a second.

Tony9595
24-03-09, 19:57
:( my internet is so slow :(

now I understand why it takes ages to upload a video to youtube :o

http://www.speedtest.net/result/436246660.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

Neteru
24-03-09, 19:57
Bandwidth (Up/Down) [kbps/kbps]: 1,390 / 23,663

EmeraldFields
24-03-09, 20:38
I take it that mine is on the slow side....

http://www.speedtest.net/result/436273583.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

Spong
24-03-09, 20:51
http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/2842/73106045.jpg

Not great, but not terrible either (considering my connection costs me absolutely nothing :pi:).

angelfaithrox
24-03-09, 21:47
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Phys
24-03-09, 22:50
Bandwidth (Up/Down) [kbps/kbps]: 1,390 / 23,663

Jebus Neteru.... Show off :ton: I'm on 28 mb broadband but I never actually get above 10 mb... :pi:

Camera Obscura
24-03-09, 22:52
http://www.speedtest.net/result/436344180.png

Better than some others here. And damn Net, what service are you using? :yik:

Titanium
24-03-09, 23:02
Bandwidth (Up/Down) [kbps/kbps]: 1,390 / 23,663

Tell us how. :p

Neteru
24-03-09, 23:07
Jebus Neteru.... Show off :ton: I'm on 28 mb broadband but I never actually get above 10 mb... :pi:

Sure I am. It's not as if the thread was asking for my stats now. :p

I should imagine then that you are at some distance from your exchange. I'm under a kilometer away. It does make a difference.

And damn Net, what service are you using? :yik:

ADSL2+.

LaraCroftRox
25-03-09, 05:47
Hmmm.

http://www.speedtest.net/result/436496612.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

I wish I knew whether that's terrible or not. :tea:

CerebralAssassin
25-03-09, 07:18
http://www.speedtest.net/result/436526056.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

Phys
25-03-09, 07:54
Sure I am. It's not as if the thread was asking for my stats now. :p

I should imagine then that you are at some distance from your exchange. I'm under a kilometer away. It does make a difference.



ADSL2+.

Hmm I am also on ADSL2+. My ISP is only in my city (its the only choice we have as its independent from the rest of England). I live on the outskirts of my city. Maybe that's why :)

mizuno_suisei
25-03-09, 11:55
Is it just me or is this test obviously wrong :S The Internet provider is right..but the Speed, no bloody way.

http://www.speedtest.net/result/74526972.png (http://www.speedtest.net)