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post #1 of 19
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Forgive me for my ignorance, but

At a friends house, I can "borrow" his uber epic 30mb/s fiber optic (30megabits per second according to speedtest), to download a couple of games. Currently, I just have a standard cable modem at 600-700kb/s at my house. Im hoping this could work, as I could have 50gb of games in less than half an hour.

Can the steam servers support that speed of a download? at 30mb/s? The summer sale is over, so it seems like there wont be too many downloads going on.

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Fastest I've ever gotten was around 5-6mb~ :3
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im thinkin no. best dl speed ive ever seen was ~2.3 mbps and that was just for a few seconds it then slowed down to a steady 700 kbps and that about the average i always see. unless hes downloading or u are downloading at a time when the least amount of steam users are downloading games.
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post #4 of 19
30mbit = 3.75MB/s, but with network overhead you'll probably cap out around 3MB/s.

And yea, the servers should be able to handle it. I have a 25MBit connection and I've managed 2.2MB/s over WiFi.
    
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post #5 of 19
I have 45/45 fios and I get 5.2 MB/s on steam. This isn't 100%, but I usually get over 4MB/s
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post #6 of 19
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30mbit = 3.75MB/s, but with network overhead you'll probably cap out around 3MB/s.

And yea, the servers should be able to handle it. I have a 25MBit connection and I've managed 2.2MB/s over WiFi.

Hmm, so bits are way different than bytes eh? looks like i misthought that one lol =P

ah well, a couple hour download while slamming some beers watching sports aint a big deal =)
    
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post #7 of 19
He has 30megabit, which isn't 30 megabyte. You're looking at toping out around 3.6-4.0 megabytes per second with that speed, not enough to download 50 gb of games in a short time span. The best I've ever seen from steam was around 3mbps in a screenshot someone posted. Best I've ever managed was 1.3mbps which is my max download speed.
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post #8 of 19
Steam can definitely handle it. I've seen 11MB/s at school on a 100mb line.

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post #9 of 19
Steam definitely won't throttle you~ it'll give you the best speed it can possibly give, given your connection.
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Steam can definitely handle it. I've seen 11MB/s at school on a 100mb line.
Yeah, that is generally what I get at school as well. So you should see Steam using what it can for the download speeds, obviously dependent on the server loads and what not.
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