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

#11Ikari GendoPosted 8/5/2014 6:20:10 PM
I think what people are failing to tell you is that there are 8 bits to a byte and you may be confusing the two.
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#12DV8ingSourcesPosted 8/5/2014 6:23:46 PM
Ikari Gendo posted...
I think what people are failing to tell you is that there are 8 bits to a byte and you may be confusing the two.


This is probably it TC. Take your ISP number and divide by 8. 10 becomes 1.25 and 15, 1.875.
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#13Wyand_VoidbringPosted 8/5/2014 6:40:09 PM(edited)
ISPs advertise in megabits.
Steam shows megabytes.

10 megabits per second is roughly 1 megabyte per second.
#14ChromaticAngelPosted 8/5/2014 6:45:39 PM
PhilOnDez posted...
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.


a megabyte is and always has been 1000 bytes, a mebibyte is 1024 bytes. Steam download statistics are displayed in mebibytes, not megabytes.

To get your actual download speed, you would take 10 megabits, or 10,000,000 bits, divide by 8, then divide by 1024, then divide by 1024 again. If you do that, you get this number: http://puu.sh/aGydM/302f018a11.png which matches up nicely to your Steam download speed.
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#15WerdnAndreWPosted 8/5/2014 6:49:27 PM
I don't think anyone mentioned this but I think you're mixing up megabytes and megabits.
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#16machetemanPosted 8/5/2014 7:09:52 PM
not sure if its been said, but you seem to have megabytes and megabits mixed up.
#17PsythikPosted 8/5/2014 7:12:05 PM
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#18PsythikPosted 8/5/2014 7:18:41 PM
You have 15Mbps, not 15MBps.

15Mbps = 1.875MBps

Since you're getting 10Mbps over WLAN, that comes out to about 1.25MBps, which is about what you said you're getting from Steam and thus perfectly normal.

If you want to actually be able to download at 10MBps, call your ISP and ask them to upgrade you to their 80Mbps tier if they have it. Note that in most places those speeds are either very expensive or unavailable.
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#19fallenswordsPosted 8/5/2014 7:20:06 PM
Because steam uses Bytes not Bits.
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#20wolverinerob79Posted 8/5/2014 7:20:14 PM
You know, you might be mixing megabytes and megabits.