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Erratic Wireless Speeds


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#1 sausage

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:43 AM

Yesterday, I was downloading a large file at around 700kBps for a couple hours, which is a good speed, I liked that speed, and over the course of an hour it dropped to about 80kBps, and hasn't moved all night. I didn't do anything to change it, I even disconnected my other computers from the internet just in case, but it hasn't moved in 16 hours.

Is there a way to optimize wireless speeds or something? this is ridiculous.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 07:07 PM

From my experience, this is typical performance for the majority of household internet connections out there (if not all) when downloading large files via the browser. The download starts fast (on the order of a few hundred KB/s), then gradually slows to around 50-100KB/s where it remains until finished.

I'm not sure if this is a feature of the browser itself (torrent programs, download managers, and things like Steam can maintain the high speeds), or a consequence of the protocol used (http/ftp).

I can do some research if you're interested.

Either way, it's not your wireless adapter.
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Posted 01 August 2011 - 08:00 PM

I was torrenting, not downloading from a browser. I have also used steam to download Black Ops, and that wavered between 250kBps and 10kBps.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 09:21 PM

I dunno. Regardless, it's not your wireless adapter.
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