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Upload Speed (2 posts)

  • Started 16 years ago by graphicsALM
  • Latest reply 16 years ago from Scott McGuire
  • graphicsALM Member

    When I use fetch, the upload speed ranges from 40KB-50KB per second. This seemed really slow to me, so I went online and checked the upload speed for our network and it said the speed was 515KB. How can I get the upload speed in Fetch higher?

    Posted 16 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator


    One important thing to be aware of when comparing Fetch's speeds with the speeds your ISP promises is that Fetch reports speeds in kilobytes per second (KBps), whereas your ISP is advertising speeds in kilobits per second (kbps).

    8 bits equal 1 byte, so the numbers you see in Fetch will appear to be smaller than the number advertised by your ISP. You have to multiply the number you see in Fetch by 8 for an accurate comparison. So, you are seeing 40-50 KB/s = 320-400 kb/s, which is within the normal expected range given the 512 kb/s speed of your connection.

    Your upload and download speeds will almost never match the maximum advertised speed of your connection. It's normal to only get 80-90% of the advertised maximum, and in the small print of your service provider's advertising you'll find that they only promise "up to" the advertised speed, not that you will always get that speed. This happens for several reasons. First, your connection may be shared with other people in your building or neighborhood, so if a lot of other people are using the Internet you may experience a slowdown. Second, servers may be busy uploading and downloading files for many different users, so they are unable to provide the maximum possible speed for your files.

    Unfortunately, uploads can seem very slow in comparison to downloads because most high-speed Internet connections are designed to provide much better speed for downloading than uploading - uploads are often 4-6 times slower than downloads.

    Please let us know if you have further questions or concerns.


    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 16 years ago #


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