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Impossible download speeds

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Technetium, Mar 1, 2004.

  1. Technetium

    Technetium IncGamers Member

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    Impossible download speeds

    I'm on dialup. The highest data transfer speeds I should be able to get are somewhere around 6 kbps (I'm not going to bother finding the exact number).

    Every now and then, when I go to download something (perhaps on Kazaa, for example), it will tell me that I am getting as much as 10-15 kbps. This isn't just a blip that lasts for a fraction of a second. I've had it go on for as long as a minute before dropping back below 6 kbps (and it will display that I have indeed transfered a huge amount of data from that amount of time).

    How can this be possible?
     
  2. Canadia142

    Canadia142 Banned

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    Maybe because you have so many sources it just made it go up that far.
     
  3. Ash Housewares

    Ash Housewares IncGamers Member

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    you are downloading from multiple sources, lets say 3 users, all 3 of them going at 5k

    thats what I'm guessing anyways, or it's just something screwy with the display
     
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    TheOgreMan IncGamers Member

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    Unless I am a total idiot dial-up is usually on a 56k modem; that means you are capable of going up to 56 kb/sec. That is the impression that I get from it. On dial-up I have gotten speeds as fast as 45 kb/sec. On DSL now, I get nice 500 kb/sec connections (sometimes even 3.6 mb/sec)
     
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    Canadia142 Banned

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    What the hell? How did you get that high on dial up?
     
  6. Smelly

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    It's not, Tech. Just had to respond before I go, god this forum is addicting. Well, it's basically a screwed up song. Every song that does that on dialup will end up being one of those nasty annoying screeching sounding songs, or a corrupt file. When you see that number hit 10 kbps, you know it's time to hit cancel. Ok guys, I'm outtie.
     
  7. redneck hater

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    Back in the day when I had KazAa I had a 56k dial up modem. Like you say I'd typically get around 2-8 kbs. While back I upgraded to a DSL modem, 2.7 mbps. Now on KazAa I was able to obtain speeds of around 60-80ish kbs. I dunno KazAa is always really slow for download speeds. If I'm downloading a file from a reliable source I can sometimes hit 90-100 kbs but not frequently.
     
  8. TheOgreMan

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    That is because on Kazaa you are relying on other people's connection speeds/number of uploads. You can have a T-3 connection but downloading from a guy only hooked in at 3 b/sec will be very slow. Also, some people allow for many, many downloads splitting their broadband up into several smaller packets, hence the slower downloads on Kazaa.
     
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    I would rather eat glass than play the file-sharing game on dial-up. :teeth:
     
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    This is true. although i thought that the 56k meant an upload, not download speed. But nonetheless it is possible to download at much higher then 5-6k/sec on a dial up connection.
     
  11. asdf

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    a 56k modem is 56kilobits, not bytes. that translates to about 7 kbit transfer rates maximum.
     
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    {KOW}Spazed Banned

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    *Hugs his 10MB cable modem*
     
  13. dantose

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    no you're not
     
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    Back in the day, using my 14.4 modem--file sharing required commitment.
     
  15. Silvermyst

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    As bogus as this sounds, I downloaded an 80meg file instantaniously, and the download speed said it finished at a speed of 142gigabytes per second (yeah, gigabytes). Scariest moment of my life.
     
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    it was already downloaded before?
    if you go to speed rating sites, and press the back/forward button after the test instead of reloading, you can get impossible/negative dl speeds
     
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    That sounds bogus, as in "you already had the file cached on your HD and the browser just went and grabbed that."
     
  18. Silvermyst

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    no, this was on a school computer that would have (and i know I didn't download it before) never downloaded anything. Let alone be in the same folder I saved it to.
    This was divine intervention i tells you.
     
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    Was this before or after your newfound alcoholism?
     
  20. VampiroXIII

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    Bingo .

    How is that possible? :scratch: The fastest connection I've ever heard of being possible was 9.9 Gbps, and that is an expensive-*** WAN connection.
     

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