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post #1 of 14
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Hey all so I am with rogers and have their express service which is advertised at 12Mbps. I know that I won't get anywhere near that speed but was wondering why when I download things off lets say megaupload my download speed seems to not go higher than 1Mbps? I went to a speedtest site and it said that my download speed was 8Mbps. Any ideas why I can't go over 1Mbps download speed?
I also have a linksys router.
post #2 of 14
That seems about right. You have to divide by 8 to convert from Megabits (Mb) to Megabyte (MB).

So 12 Mb/s is roughly 1.5 MB/s.

Best way to check to see whether you are getting what you are paying for is to run a speedtest.

http://www.speedtest.net/
Edited by NitrousX - 8/21/11 at 4:02pm
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Your speed may be capped for certain sites. Try to encrypt your transfers using hotspot shield or something similar and see how it goes.
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post #4 of 14
ISP's here will cap your internet at slower speeds if your line cannot handle the max. We had a damaged phone line and it autocapped at 15kb/s download -_-

Check for line damage.
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So 12 Megabytes is only 1.5 megabytes a second? Then why the hell would they advertise it as 12MB/s if it's only 1.5MB/s? I understand that you wont actually download at your speed in which your ISP is rated, but I've honestly never seen above an average of 600KB/s download. Every once and a while I've seen 1.1MB/s, but it drops back down.
post #6 of 14
NitrousX is right. If Speedtest says you get 8Mbps then 1MB/s download sounds right. But if you're getting 1Mbps (125kB/s) download then you have a problem.

Remember 12Mbps is NOT 12MB/s. MB/s = Mbps/8. Unfortunately its just an internet thing, but EVERY single ISP measures their speed in Mbps.
Edited by CourageD - 8/21/11 at 3:18pm
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Just like NitrousX stated. You get 12Mb, not 12MB.

If you had 24Mb, you could potentially see 3MB. When I had 24Mb, I usually saw about 2.7MB download speeds. With my Current service rated at 50Mb, I have seen over 6MB downloads.
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post #8 of 14
As stated, 8 bits in a byte.

8 mbit on your speed test is dead on for a 1 MB/sec download speed, however still 50% slower than their advertised package. Might be worth giving them a ring.

Which Linksys router do you have? If it's ancient, it may not have enough resources to accommodate 12 mbit.
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by InfamousLegend;14666304 
So 12 Megabytes is only 1.5 megabytes a second? Then why the hell would they advertise it as 12MB/s if it's only 1.5MB/s? I understand that you wont actually download at your speed in which your ISP is rated, but I've honestly never seen above an average of 600KB/s download. Every once and a while I've seen 1.1MB/s, but it drops back down.

It's NOT Megabytes. Internet speeds are stated in MBit/s

Your Express line can only get you 1.5 true down. If you're a MU free user 1 is probably the most you're going to get. buttkick.gif
post #10 of 14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by beers;14667065 
as stated, 8 bits in a byte.

8 mbit on your speed test is dead on for a 1 mb/sec download speed, however still 50% slower than their advertised package. Might be worth giving them a ring.

Which linksys router do you have? If it's ancient, it may not have enough resources to accommodate 12 mbit.

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