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post #1 of 8
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Evidently I'm still quite new to web servers and all what not...here is my question.

When there are several people trying to download content from my web server, the download speed for each person gets extremely slow. However, on my temporary server, CPU usage is low and RAM usage is low while this happens. The hardware is not being taxed at all, yet the server is quite obviously suffering and serving content very slowly.

I was suggested in an earlier thread here that I should "ideally" get a server with a quad core if I could afford it. So what is the advantage of buying better hardware for a server, since evidently it's not even being taxed?

EDIT:
Perhaps a better way to word it is this: What difference will I see between an Intel Atom web server and a 2600k server?
post #2 of 8
How about your bandwidth? Perhaps you don't have enough upload speed, and that's whats causing your slow downs?
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How about your bandwidth? Perhaps you don't have enough upload speed, and that's whats causing your slow downs?


Meh

Would getting a better server benefit me at all with this connection?
post #4 of 8
I don't think so, that upload is awfully slow.
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Yeah, that upload is very slow, that's why you're having problems.
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Funny because my ISP advertised a 5 Mbps up with my plan.

I bet, if I called them, they will say something along the lines of "the speed testing server is probably having problems, try again in an hour or something"

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They also market it is up to 5 mbps. There are no guarantees as to when or if you will get that speed, unless it is a business line with QoS.
    
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The fine print with every ISP only guarantees a maximum upload speed to hardware within the ISP infrastructure. Any point beyond is not guaranteed.
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