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I have Win98- IE6-- barb wire fence phone line--
Normal download speed is 3-5 kbs after it gets started
and levels off.My phone line goes to a mux box
1/2 mile away- on 6 miles to little town phone exchange-
then 12 miles to bigger town exchange where my ISP is.
part of my township is on newer mux boxes, hooked to
fiber optic from little town to big town.Mine is not, it's
still hooked to old copper from little town to big,
and we want it changed, but phone co refuses.I hook up
at 26400, neighbor 3 miles away on new box hooks at48000.
And he downloads 3-4 times faster than we do.And heruns the net faster with pictures on than I can with them off, which is the
only way I can get anything done at all. Forums, ebay seller,
web store, ebay store.I'm in Central Michigan.
A few weeks ago went to a State site to get some forms that were
mainly script. One was 346 kb and downloaded in 100 seconds,
starting out about 10kbs and going back to my old slow 3kbs.
Another was 1.6 megs(1600kb) and it downloaded in 120 seconds,
starting out at 25kbs(which we never expected) and slowing to
about 15 kbs.What is going on here???My isp guy says he
doesn'tknow why. he did mention that their modems being on
main fiber optic trunk line that he thought that they get
everything instantly to their office. I don't know. These are
not zip files,just regular files. I looking for answer as perhaps
it can be used to speed up all that we do.Ed Hubel

Edited by hubel458, 17 March 2006 - 05:58 PM.

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The speed of a download is dependent on a couple of things:

1) The speed of the server you're downloading from.
2) The number of hops (the "tunnel with platform stops" if you like) you go through to get to the end-server.
3) Congestion and internet traffic overall.

Also to take note of, when you go to Save a file, the download rate is only calculated from the time you choose where to save it. While it waits for you to find somewhere to save it locally, the file is already downloading. This is why you often see a 100kbps connection immediately after you click save and it slows down a lot.

On the other hand, I have seen download speeds on dial-up get up to about 10k/sec but that was exceptional. It can also depend on how crap your phone line and/or telephone exchange is. Don't forget also that modems are sensitive to line noise and will throttle back to slower speeds at the slightest hint of line noise.
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Thanks for response--I am sure state has a line above normal
quality, and bandwidwith,
and I click on "save the file" just as fast as possible,
knowing that it is downloading from the time I start
the process on the states site.
Ihave done this about 20 times with these two for comparison at all times of the day and it acts the same.I can't understand why small file won't go 15kbs like big file.And why sites on the internet can't come in like that.Ed.

Edited by hubel458, 17 March 2006 - 08:28 PM.

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