Slow Internet

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by egghead1993, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. egghead1993 macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008

    i am with virgin media in the UK, and am subscribed to a 2Mb package.

    In the iStat Pro widget in says that my 'in' is at 249KB/s, this is also reflected in Safari in the downloads window.

    I ran a speed test on :

    Your connection is: 1777 Kbps or 1.8 Mbps
    You downloaded at: 217 kB/s
    You are running: 31 times faster than 56K and can download 1 megabyte in 4.72 second(s)
    Member Ident: CompID:75303172957
    Test Time:: 2008/12/18 - 1:28pm
    Test Browser and OS info: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X 10_5_6; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.27.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.2.1 Safari/525.27.1
    Test ID: BJCPMD409 (if this is a screenshot go to to see if this is fake)
    Diagnosis ^info^: May need help : running at only 59.87 % of your hosts average (
    This was tested from a 1536 kB file and took 7.081 seconds to complete

    I am confused, it says my connection is 1.8mb/s which would be OK, but my download speed is 217kb/s. why isn't it downloading at 1.8mb/s.

    Also i have even tried at different times of day to see if i could get it faster, but it is almost like the computer won't let it go above 250kb/s as it always caps there

    thanks for any responses.

  2. atszyman macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2003
    The Dallas 'burbs
    lowercase 'b' = bits a single 1 or 0
    uppercase 'B' = Bytes = 8 bits

    If you multiply youre 217 kB/s download rate by 8 you get your rate in kb/s which should be close to 2 Mb/s.

    Edit: overcame my urge to be lazy and did the math you're downloading at 1736 kb/s which is right where you should be.
  3. egghead1993 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    thanks for the reply, but when i download something in Safari in wont download at 1736 kb/s, it will download at 250kb/s.

    Sorry i didn't realise that capitals made a difference.

    So in Safari, it will go 0.2mb, 0.4mb, 0.6mb... and so on every second so it takes about 25- 30 seconds to download just a song.

    Thanks again.
  4. atszyman macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2003
    The Dallas 'burbs
    Safari lists the downloads in Bytes, the 8 bit increments and the size of the song, and the progression, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6 is also in megabytes as is the song size. A 4 MB song is really 32 Mb which would take around 19 seconds to download at 1736 kb/s. Your internet is performing at the speed it's supposed to.
  5. poolvibe macrumors newbie


    Sep 1, 2006
    Kilobytes per second = KB/s
    Kilobits per second = kbps

    1 kbps = 1000 bps
    1 KB/s = 1024 B/s
    1 KB/s = 8.192 kbps
    1 kbps = .1221 KB/s

    KB/s to kbps
    Take KB/s and multiply by 8.192
    100KB/s = 819.2kbps

    kbps to KB/s
    Take kbps and divide by 8.192 (or multiply by .1221)
    1000kbps = 122KB/s
  6. egghead1993 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    that seems like a very good connection, there isnt much contention in your lines. i would be very pleased with your connection.

    i have 20mb downloads, which should equal 20,000kbits per second.. i only get around 17,000 kbits.. you are averaging very well.


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