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jimkyle
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join:2002-10-20
Oklahoma City, OK
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·AT&T Southwest
reply to smtipple

Re: Slow download speeds

You may be getting tripped up by the difference between bits and bytes.

Almost all ISPs rate the speed of connections in bits per second, while most downloading monitors report bytes per second. It normally takes eight bits to make a byte, so for a speed of 768 bits/sec I would expect no more than 96 bytes/sec in a download.

In practice, other things are also involved; downloads can be compressed to provide an apparent speed increase. The techniques that AT&T uses introduce some overhead, which normally cuts the maximum speed back down. My own connection in OKC is rated at 3008 bits/sec and I normally get only about 250 bytes/sec in a download. The consistent 150-160 you are getting is what I used to get on a 1536 bits/sec plan.

And the reported 777 you got on the speed test can be way low for your line; speed test results are greatly affected by the amount of other traffic at the other end of your connection, and along the way in between, not to mention any other programs that may be running on your machine at the time. I've gotten variations as large as 2-to-1 from speed tests run immediately after each other!
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Jim Kyle