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Why is upload so slow with Fetch. (3 posts)

  • Started 15 years ago by fred2
  • Latest reply 15 years ago from fred2
  • fred2 Member

    I've only recently needed to upload large files so this issue is not becoming a problem. I'm using 10.5.2 and Fetch 4.03

    I'm getting about 25kbps uploads on a 1500/256 connection. I can get over 100kbps uploading through a torrent client but Fetch just won't get up to speed even with everything else shut down. I can see any preferences for limiting upload bandwidth.

    Any suggestions on where I can look to see what's going on here?


    EDIT:, I've just downloaded 5.3 trial and it is no faster.

    [This message has been edited by fred2 (edited 05-08-2008).]

    Posted 15 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator


    Fetch reports speeds in kilobytes per second (KBps - with a capital B), whereas your Internet connection's speed is given in kilobits per second (Kbps - lower case b). 1 byte equals 8 bits, so the numbers you see in Fetch will appear to be smaller than the numbers advertised for your Internet connection. You must multiply the number you see in Fetch by 8 for an accurate comparison.

    So, if Fetch is reporting 25 kilobytes per second for your upload speed, that means it achieving speeds of 8 x 25 = 200 kilobits per second. That's about what would be expected for an Internet connection whose maximum upload speed is 256 kilobits per second (unfortunately, you are almost never able to achieve the maximum advertised speed due a variety of factors such as connection overhead and server speed).

    I suspect your torrent client is reporting speeds in kilobits per second as well, since if it was really getting 100 kilobytes = 800 kilobits, it would be uploading at a speed three times your Internet's maximum speed.

    So, it sounds like Fetch is uploading files as fast as it can. Unfortunately, on an Internet connection with a maximum upload speed of 256 kilobits per second, large files are going to take a while to upload.

    Please let us know if you have further questions.


    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 15 years ago #

  • fred2 Member

    Hi Scott, thanks for that considered reply. Yes I understand the difference between bits and bytes, but somehow got it mixed up anyway.

    Posted 15 years ago #


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