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Is there a way to increase my Steam download speed?

#1El_DustinoPosted 6/7/2014 3:31:34 PM
Currently, my download speed is 1.25 Mbs on average (which is annoying considering it should be 3, but it looks like I need to wait until Monday to call Verizon), but when downloading something on Steam, I only get about 160KBS max.

But it's strange when Steam says that whatever game, when I click on install, will take "16 minutes at 1024KBS" or whatever, but then I don't get that. :/

Just wondering if there is something I am missing, because these downloads are SO slow...
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#2WyzeGyePosted 6/7/2014 3:32:41 PM
Click on the steam button in the top left corner of the steam browser then click settings. Head to the Downloads+Cloud tab, from there you can select a new download location.

This probably won't help though. Steam picks the fastest one automagically.
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#3itzzsinnedPosted 6/7/2014 3:41:16 PM(edited)
Is your download speed 1.25Mbps or 1.25MBps? There's a big difference between the two. If it's the former, then your download speed is about right.

1250Kbps/8 = 156.25KBps
#4El_Dustino(Topic Creator)Posted 6/7/2014 3:34:41 PM
The Downloads+Cloud tab does no longer exist, but they are separate. Under download, I tried switching to a few different servers, but they were usually slower. :/
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#5kill2thisPosted 6/7/2014 3:34:54 PM
1.25 megabits is 160 kilobytes what's the problem?
#6El_Dustino(Topic Creator)Posted 6/7/2014 3:35:45 PM
Lemme take the speed test and see what their exact spelling is...

But either way, why does Steam tell me it will be faster, and then have it be slower?
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#7itzzsinnedPosted 6/7/2014 3:37:10 PM
El_Dustino posted...
Lemme take the speed test and see what their exact spelling is...

But either way, why does Steam tell me it will be faster, and then have it be slower?


Those estimates are not based on your download speed.
#8Orestes417Posted 6/7/2014 3:37:54 PM
It's not telling you it'll be faster, it's telling you a reference time it'd take at a given speed.
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#9kill2thisPosted 6/7/2014 3:39:03 PM(edited)
Steam doesn't tell you it will be that speed it tells you how long it would be if it were that speed, I receive the same "x time at 1024" message even though my downloads are around 13MB/s

edit: guys beat me to it.
#10El_Dustino(Topic Creator)Posted 6/7/2014 3:40:10 PM
http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/3549799701

I guess it is bits... huh. Verizon told me we were getting MegaBYTES. Either they slipped up when I was last on the phone, or i REALLY need to call them...

Still, that is... strange. I guess the numbers just looked so similar, I thought that was supposed to be my DL speed.

Well, thanks for letting me know that there is not a problem on Steam's end.
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