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

#41justchill433Posted 8/5/2014 11:36:13 PM
tommyrocket posted...
I don't think any of you get what this guy's problem is. TC is having sluggish speeds because of his ROUTER. How do I know? I used to have the same issue before we got a new router for the household, and this one has 1 gigabyte bandwidth per connection. This is extremely important as it allows leeway for each computer.

So TC, you're absolutely correct in the assumption that your router is limiting you. I would suggest going for a new router ASAP, preferably a newer NETGEAR brand, they are great. If you don't think it will help, you'll be very surprised as it actually does help more than getting more bandwidth for your internet connection.

Trust me on this and upgrade. Ignore all the other goobers here who have no knowledge about the importance of having a good router.


You mean 1 Gigabit not 1 Gigabyte. But no, you're wrong. Even if he had a 10 year old router it would be a 100 Megabit connection, which is still faster than the speeds of 99% of ISPs.
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#42WyzeGyePosted 8/5/2014 11:50:44 PM
justchill433 posted...
And for ****'s sake people, its 8 bits in a byte so the ratio is 1/8 not 1/10


It works in a pinch for a close guesstimate
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#43tehbigdPosted 8/6/2014 1:28:55 AM
Several reasons for this, most of them boil down to "your ISP is a bunch of filthy liars":
1: Mb vs. MB ISP's like to pump up their numbers by advertising in Mb, instead of the more common usage of MB that you're used to seeing for storage. Multiply your MB's by 8 to get an equivalent Mb.
2: ISP's tend to advertise "burst speeds." Meaning, they advertise their best rates, like when there's little traffic, or when they prioritize certain connections.
3: You could have old hardware that doesn't support more than a 1.1 MB/s transfer, creating a bottleneck. If you're using plain Cat5 instead of Cat5e or better, have an old ethernet card, use an older router (especially wireless!), or have an old switch in your network; yeah, replacing them with something newer could help.
#44Born LuckyPosted 8/6/2014 4:08:41 AM(edited)
Gimme an M

Gimme a B


no

a lowercase b.

Let's try again

Gimme an M . . . .
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#45crawdadPosted 8/6/2014 4:18:53 AM
TheC0ndemnedOne posted...
Just show us a speedtest.net result so we can see if you really mean 10MB/s or 10Mb/s.


Plot Twist, TC does a speed test that clocks at 100 Megabits/Sec
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#46AnatomyHorrorPosted 8/6/2014 4:26:01 AM(edited)
Regardless, he should still be able to browse the net if he's limiting Steam to only using 20 or so percent of his bandwidth.

As said here:

Mwulf posted...

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.
#47SetzeraPosted 8/6/2014 4:45:27 AM
Aside from ISP's being shady, and confusing people with Megabit and Megabyte terms..

The entire Dragonball + Z + GT series only takes up about 18 GB (That's, Gigabytes). Due to the quality in which they originally aired.
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#48Code 51 50Posted 8/6/2014 8:49:36 AM
I know this hasn't been brought up before, but I believe that you're mixing up megabytes and megabits.
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#49kingoffpsPosted 8/6/2014 8:53:06 AM
Capital 'M' for "mega".

Capital 'B' for "bytes".

Lowercase 'b' for "bits".

It's really not that hard. I cringe every time I see people write "10 Mb" as either "10 MB" or "10 mb". Even in this very topic people are doing it.
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#50kingoffpsPosted 8/6/2014 8:55:43 AM
Oh and to any one who argues that a kilobyte is not 1024 bytes...

The entire academic community of the world (i.e. the guys who invented the equations which your computer operates under) would care to disagree with you.
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