Impossible download speeds

Technetium

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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?
 

Ash Housewares

Diabloii.Net Member
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
 

TheOgreMan

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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)
 

Smelly

Diabloii.Net Member
Technetium said:
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?
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.
 

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.
 

TheOgreMan

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redneck hater said:
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.
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.
 

ragnar_ii

Diabloii.Net Member
TheOgreMan said:
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)
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.
 

asdf

Diabloii.Net Member
a 56k modem is 56kilobits, not bytes. that translates to about 7 kbit transfer rates maximum.
 

dantose

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Smelly said:
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.
no you're not
 

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.
 

asdf

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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
 

DurfBarian

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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."
 

Silvermyst

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asdf said:
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
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.
 

Kore

Diabloii.Net Member
Silvermyst said:
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.
Was this before or after your newfound alcoholism?
 

VampiroXIII

Diabloii.Net Member
asdf said:
a 56k modem is 56kilobits, not bytes. that translates to about 7 kbit transfer rates maximum.
Bingo .

Silvermyst said:
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.
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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