Just downloaded a documentary at an average of 1.1MB/second

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by skateny, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. skateny macrumors 6502

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    My iBook rarely gets to that speed, certainly not as an average.

    I realized when it was done that I've little knowledge as to what accounts for the varying download speeds, and whether or not and how the PowerPC and/or other hardware/software settings accounts for the variation.
     
  2. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a

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    The only three things your download speed will be constrained by realistically is disk speed, network adapter speed and internet connection speed.

    A PowerPC processor should have no trouble with low data rates like that.
     
  3. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    It's basically what kind of wireless you are using (B/G/N) and your proximity to the router. There are more, but those are the big ones.

    And, obviously, your internet speeds.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    When I went to university back in 2004 and 2005, my G4 iBook could download things with those speeds quite easily, but that was because the university offered speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s. It has nothing to do with being a PowerPC, as even old Windows and Linux computers from that era could download with such speeds, wirelessly and wired.

    Your iBook is capable of up to 12 MB/s with the Ethernet interface and a fast internet connection.
     
  5. skateny thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The USB WiFi signal booster I use handles b/g/n, and I typically get a strong signal, though never had such a consistently high average download rate.
     
  6. rjcalifornia macrumors 6502a

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    I don't understand this, why is this rare?

    Back in college, I used to have an ibook G3 and download speed was always 1MB After spring break or thanksgiving break, since no one was around, I used to stay up all day downloading at 7mbps (Using YellowDog Linux)

    Gosh, I miss those days :)
     
  7. skateny thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I don't know why this is rare for me. I do know that I don't often get such a consistent speed when I download something from a Web site using Camino. I downloaded another documentary since my last post and got similar speeds.
     
  8. burnout8488 macrumors 6502a

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    It all depends on where you are downloading from. Download a trailer from Apple.com and you will max out your internet connection. Download a trailer from a sketchy website, and you are at the mercy of however good their upload is to the internet.

    What speed is your internet connection?
     
  9. skateny thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm pretty sure it's 15Mbs.
     
  10. Smithcraft macrumors newbie

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    I don't use wireless, but I've gotten up to 1.9MB/s on my G4 mini.

    SC
     
  11. rjcalifornia macrumors 6502a

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    I forgot to mention, I used to get that over Wifi...
     
  12. skateny thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I use WiFi too.

    I did an online bandwidth test a few times last night after I started this thread. I was getting ~12Mbs total on the high end, and ~7Mbs total on the low end.
     

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