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I have Verizon FiOS 25/25 and uTorrent cannot download more than 4mb/s at a time. If I am downloading 1 file it will get close to the max 4mb/s or if I am downloading multiple files it will split the 4mb/s amongst the files. (i.e., 4 files at approx 1mb/s).

I have done the uTorrent configuration tweaks that are all over the internet. Is it Verizon preventing me from attaining higher download speeds? Or maybe something to do with the crappy Actiontec they provide? Is there anything I can do to get around this and get my 25mb/s that I pay for?
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post #2 of 35
Are they selling you a 25megaBYTE per second connection or a 25megaBIT per second connection? I would guess the latter, and if that is the case you are actually getting a little bit more than you bargained for.
25megaBITps = 3.12500 MegaBYTE per second

Edit: Looking at the advertisements they have here in California at least, they advertise 25Megabit. So, you are probably sitting at about the advertised speed cap for your connection. On the advertisements MB = megabyte Mb = megabit, it's a pretty sneaky little trick that the ISPs do, but they have been doing it for quite awhile now. End users rarely talk about Megabits because their information isn't stored in that form, so they assume Mbps = megabyte per second, but that isn't the case.
Edited by Evanagar - 4/24/11 at 10:53am
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post #3 of 35
25 Mbps

8 Mbps = 1 MB/s

8 bits = 1 Byte

You need to know the difference between a Megabit and a MegaByte.
Edited by Riou - 4/24/11 at 11:02am
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it's probably because of utorrent or the number of seeds it has.. FIOS is absolutely blazing fast.... fiber optic internet is like that....

why are they not available in chicago!!! bull
Edited by badatgames18 - 4/24/11 at 11:00am
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Hmmm I didn't even think about that. I tried to look through some of their ads and literature and they just say 'Mbps'.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LastBucsfan;13254723 
Hmmm I didn't even think about that. I tried to look through some of their ads and literature and they just say 'Mbps'.

Yeah, it's all in the capitalization. Mbps = megabit, MBps = megabyte per second. I'd say in 99.5% of the cases it will be Megabit, with perhaps a rare exception being a private line connection speed number (I recall seeing one for COX private line being advertised that way and being surprised)
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Originally Posted by badatgames18;13254716 
it's probably because of utorrent or the number of seeds it has.. FIOS is absolutely blazing fast.... fiber optic internet is like that....

why are they not available in chicago!!! bull

I agree, FiOS feels fast for everything. I was just curious if they were doing something to torrent downloads. Now I remember that I'm retarded because I forgot about the difference between a megabyte and a megabit.
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I have the 25/25 package as well..I haven't torrented in a while but speedtest.net I get 30/25 so it's definitely working to rated speeds tongue.gif
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post #9 of 35
99% of the time they mean bits.

25 megabits per second sounds way better than 3.125 megabytes per second to the average user.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Evanagar;13254744 
Yeah, it's all in the capitalization. Mbps = megabit, MBps = megabyte per second. I'd say in 99.5% of the cases it will be Megabit, with perhaps a rare exception being a private line connection speed number (I recall seeing one for COX private line being advertised that way and being surprised)

Megabit then. Good to know, thank you.
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