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Slow downloading speed on single files


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tazical

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I've been researching this problem for a while but would appreciate any input people might have about this issue, since I'm having limited success. I'm running Windows XP home edition.

Since I changed from dial-up to 512 broadband in August (AOL UK) my download speed was maxing out at 30k/s, although AOL assured me I should be able to get about 50k/s downloading speed.

A download accelerator has improved the rate to about 50k/s, but only when I download multiple files at the same time (ie, two downloads run at 25k/s each, 3 at 17k/s each etc). However, my maximum download speed for one file, with no other programs running is always about 30k/s, and this also seems to be the maximum speed I can reach with torrents, however many files I download at once. Frustrating!

The rate is the same whether I am downloading from a server, torrenting, P2P etc. (My upload speed is fine for my connection, usually about 30k/s, capped at 24k/s in bittorrent.)

Does anyone know of any tweaks, or anything that can improve my single file download speed to the rate that my connection is capable of?

Thanks guys!
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Mile Runner

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Hi Tazical welcome to Geeks To Go!!!
i personally do not know of any tweeks although some of the staff may know of some. My only suggestion for you whould be to contact AOL, and complain to them about your problem, remind them that you are paying them and that you have other options and they should pay attention.
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Thanks!

Sadly, I don't think it's an AOL problem- they've run a test on my line and told me I'm getting a full connection. I certainly seem to be using maximum bandwidth when I download multiple files, so I think it's probably some setting on my computer that's capping the download of a single file at a certain limit. I've asked the AOL technical support who seem to be remarkably useless- I was even told by one guy that they read off a spider-diagram diagnosis chart, so anything not covered on that is out of their expertise. *sigh*

Guess I'll keep on searching!
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I've asked the AOL technical support who seem to be remarkably useless-

That made me laugh audibly. I mean, it is common sense, but it was funny because you said it.

As for file download speeds, that depends on so many things. First, is the server that you are downloading from. If that server is busy, you will get slow speeds. Second is how many people are currently downloading using their AOL accounts, if there are a bunch of them, you will get slow speeds. There could also be some slowdowns between AOL and the ISP of the server. Somewhere way out in the internet cloud.

Slow speeds arent something that you can really diagnose. It just happens. If your download is really slow, try again later.

ScHwErV :tazz:
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Slow downloads speeds are maybe because the server is far from you or near you. I mean the downloads speeds depends on the server providing downloads for you.
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