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Old 01-02-2016, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I have 25Mbs download from xfinity. I do a speed test I get 22 (Speedtest.net by Ookla - The Global Broadband Speed Test). No big deal. My question is why if I have 20-25Mbs, when I download a program to run 40.8MB why does it take 10 minutes? It should take literally 2 seconds correct? I'm downloading the Netgear Genie. So not a big file at all.

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Old 01-02-2016, 11:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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is it just that file?
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Because the server you're downloading from has it's own upload bandwidth limits.
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Default Re: Internet speeds???

Part of the issue is detailed in your post. "... why if I have 20-25Mbs ..." - Mbs = Megabits per second. "... download a program to run 40.8MB ..." - MB = Megabytes. It takes 8 bits to equal a Byte so you can't expect a 40MB file to download in 2 seconds with a connection that has a 25Mbs download speed. There's also some additional bits of overhead added here and there for error checking and such.

The server you are downloading from may also have limits set, could be overtaxed or could simply be a slow server. I personally have run into servers that I'd swear are actually an old 386 box using a 1200 baud modem to connect to the internet.
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Asian servers are usually slower too.
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Old 01-04-2016, 05:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If you're looking for those speeds where it's downloaded by the time you lift your finger off the ENTER key, I would suggest getting top tier fiber optic service. Even then it's gonna take more than a couple of seconds.
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theoretically the speed of 20Mbs is about 2.5M per second. But there are many factors having influence on the internet speed, like the cable material, distance, and so on.
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