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Why does a 1.1MB/s download speed from Steam destroy my 10MB/s Internet?

#1MwulfPosted 8/5/2014 5:49:51 PM
Maybe this is a stupid question. If it is, I'm sorry.

It just seems strange to me that I can pay my ISP for a 15MB/s connection, and have speed tests tell me I've got a 10MB/s connection to the WLAN, yet see Steam at 1.1MB/s absolutely destroy my Internet connectivity to the point where I can't even load up Google.

I get that the other machines on the network are constantly using up some bandwidth--but none of them are active right now. So what's the deal? Do routers limit bandwidth based on the number of machines assigned IPs or something funky like that?
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#2WyzeGyePosted 8/5/2014 5:53:29 PM(edited)
10mb/s=1.1 ish mB/s

You're demolishing your connection because that's all there is to be had

Somebody will be around shortly to explain the difference between bits and bytes
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#3Orestes417Posted 8/5/2014 5:52:00 PM
You sure you don't mean a 10mb/s connection? Because that'd be about right for saturating it if you're downloading at 1.1MB/s
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#4PhilOnDezPosted 8/5/2014 5:53:33 PM
Do you have a 10MB connection or 10Mb, because those numbers are completely different. 10MB=10 Megabytes, 10Mb=1.25
Megabytes.
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#5Mwulf(Topic Creator)Posted 8/5/2014 5:55:52 PM(edited)
According to the ISP, the new package is 15MB/s, old was 10MB/s. Not that I can ever actually see those extra 5 bits when I check, though.

So is each machine on the router only allocated 10% of the bandwidth?

EDIT: even with Steam down to 200kb/s stuff is slow and sluggish to the point where simple websites fail to load. Like I'm back on dial-up. Maybe I just have a terrible ISP.
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#6datopgamerPosted 8/5/2014 5:56:00 PM
You are maxing out your connection when you download at 1.1mb
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#7TimePharaohPosted 8/5/2014 5:56:17 PM
You might want to go ahead and figure out what the actual units of measurement are broham
#8WyzeGyePosted 8/5/2014 5:56:37 PM
Mwulf posted...
According to the ISP, the new package is 15MB/s, old was 10MB/s. Not that I can ever actually see those extra 5 bits when I check, though.

So is each machine on the router only allocated 10% of the bandwidth?


No, you're confusing bits and bytes. Your ISP tells you what to expect in bits, you're expecting that in bytes.

1 byte is 8 bits
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#9PhilOnDezPosted 8/5/2014 5:58:42 PM
No, megabytes (MB) and megabits (Mb, how carriers/providers advertise their service) are just completely different. A megabyte is 1000-1024 bytes, depending on who you ask. A megabit is 1000 bits, a bit being 1/8 of a byte.
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#10TheC0ndemnedOnePosted 8/5/2014 6:14:08 PM
Just show us a speedtest.net result so we can see if you really mean 10MB/s or 10Mb/s.
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