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What is the maximum download speed for your ISP connection?

Type: General

Submitted by lk2fireone (194)
less than 100 KB/s (dial-up) 0% 0 Votes
100-200 KB/s 2% 1 Votes
200-400 KB/s 7% 3 Votes
400-600 KB/s 18% 8 Votes
600-800 KB/s 13% 6 Votes
more than 800 KB/s 60% 27 Votes

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45 Votes Total

May 29, 2010

Poll Replies (17)

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mr smut (42) In that case I'm convinced that bigger is better :-) to download movies in HD would be a real pain with a slower connection than the one I have now.
05-29-10  12:27am

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hodayathink (18) I've seen it get as high as 2Mb/s, but it usually hangs around 1.1 to 1.5.
05-29-10  02:41am

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james4096 (126) I almost never get over 1.5 from porn sites. Of course my ISP has a lot more potential.
05-29-10  06:22am

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Monahan (42) REPLY TO #3 - james4096 :

My ISP says 1.5Mb but I've actually exceeded 1.0Mb only a few times and only by a small amount. The speed is usually limited by the site's servers and not by my ISP's offered speed.
05-29-10  09:32am

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BadMrFrosty (56) My ISP gives a maximum of 10 MB/s fibre connections. On a single video most sites dont give me more than 4-5 MB/s but usually I can max my connection with multiple concurrent downloads. Downloading HD video is no problem, finding space to store it is the issue; I'm constantly adding hard drives to my servers.
05-29-10  09:57am

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pat362 (369) I know I have a very fast download speeds but then again it should be since I'm on fiberoptic cable system.
05-29-10  10:24am

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Wittyguy (95) I have broadband which well exceeds 800 kbs but it is mostly wasted when it comes to porn. Rarely do I find sites that hit more than 600 to 700 kbs so I'm probably paying for too much speed but there really isn't an affordable middle ground where I live.
05-29-10  12:49pm

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badandy400 (103) One thing to be careful about is the way the question is worded it is asking about kilobytes, not bits. There is a factor of eight, many know this and others do not.

Looking at the question I assume he does actually mean kilobytes, but the first choice makes it hard to tell. Dial up is no where remotely near 100 kilobytes/second. It was legally limited to 53 KBit/s, which of course is less that 7 KBytes/s.

Many broadband ISPs offer at least a few MBit/s. I had a 3 MBit DSL for two years which was extremely consistent. Now I have a 15 MBit cable connection that was good for the first three months but seems to be acting very funny (different story).

Getting more than 1.5 MByte/s downloads on a single file is rare without splitting. If you use either splitting of download many files at once most sites can sustain 45 MBit/s, and some as high as 90.

05-29-10  05:32pm

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badandy400 (103) REPLY TO #5 - BadMrFrosty :

"Downloading HD video is no problem, finding space to store it is the issue; I'm constantly adding hard drives to my servers."

Welcome to my world! :)

05-29-10  05:32pm

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Goldfish (67) I don't know what the absolute top download rate is but I've see download rates over 3 Mb/s
05-29-10  09:29pm

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lk2fireone (194) REPLY TO #10 - Goldfish :

When I had dialup service, my download speeds were about 3-4 KB/s, but sometimes slower.

With DSL, I am getting a maximum download speed of 150-160 KB/s.

As far as structuring the poll questions, I did not know precisely how to split the speed options. I know that dialup is much slower than 100 KB/s for max download speed. But since the poll is a multiple choice format, I wanted to provide simple choices.

If the poll, instead of multiple choice, offered a way to write in each individual's actual maximum download speed, we would get a more precise idea of what PU members are using.

But I think this poll gives a nice approximate answer to what PU members are getting for download speeds.

This reply was somewhat directed at badandy400's reply #8. And for the sake of simplicity, it's better to use Kilobytes, instead of mixing Kilobytes and Kilobits for the answers.

05-30-10  12:12am

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Goldfish (67) I have Verizon FIOS. That actual download rate is something insane like 25 MB/s (Upload speeds are similar amazingly). I've only seen 3-3.5 when downloading from porn sites, probably because the Web sites themselves cap it off.
05-30-10  06:12am

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james4096 (126) I actually can't get over 750 without using a download manager/accelerator.

I see more people are getting fiber optic. Like I said before, us PUer are about the only ones who need 25 mbit/sec downloads, not those who only use the internet for email and facebook. What a waste.

05-30-10  07:30am

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Monahan (42) REPLY TO #5 - BadMrFrosty :

Downloading HD video is no problem, finding space to store it is the issue; I'm constantly adding hard drives to my servers.

Welcome to my world.

Just bought a Hitachi 2.0 Tb ($129.99) to add to my two Seagate 1.5 Tb's and a maze of smaller ones. I remember only 3 years ago being "sure" that my HUGE 500Gb would be enough. Wrong.

05-30-10  01:34pm

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RagingBuddhist (65) REPLY TO #14 - Monahan :

I remember paying 200 some dollars for my first 120 gigabyte drive and thinking the same thing. What kills me is that I still have some of those drives and they still work, even after having been in daily use for 5+ years. They've long been retired to the shelf for data backup but it'd be nice to get that kind of reliability in drives today.
05-30-10  05:24pm

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BadMrFrosty (56) REPLY TO #14 - Monahan :

After having so many hard drives fail over the years I feel a bit uneasy about having so much data on one drive. That said I do have several 1.5 TB drives, if any of those died I would start weeping like a little girl :)
05-31-10  03:03am

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kkman112 (12) You stop at 800Kb/s max? When was this poll created? 1995? My max download is 10Mb/s. I hope that that can be increased to between 20-50Mb/s some time this year (come on ISP, UPGRADES!). Unfortunately my max upload is only 1.5Mb/s. Would like to see between 5-10Mb/s at least.
06-02-10  06:39pm

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