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I'm wondering how fast I should expect to be able to download a file on a 2 meg broadband connection?
If I download a file from a website it often starts at around 300-400kb/s and quickly drops for the first couple of seconds and settles around 220-240kb/s
My mate said (yes, I know) he downloads at around 600kb/s, also on a 2 meg connection.
I did tests after one another, though I have read they don't give a true reading - http://www.intel.com/personal/resour.../speedtest.htm
This one said 1Mbps http://www.bandwidthplace.com/speedtest/
This one said 1.8Mbps
It's not something I've ever looked into. I'm using a usb adsl modem if that makes any difference.
I've just done the test on my providers website and it said -
"Which means you can download at 239.78 KB/sec. from our servers."
Well you can figure out how many bytes you can theoretically download by knowing that there are 8 bits in 1 byte. If we assume your line is 2Mbit (roughly 2,000,000 bits), then your line is capable of theoretically downloading 250,000 bytes per second, so it seems the estimate is accurate. This is all theoretical though, as I'm sure you're aware, it depends on the server of the site you're downloading from as well as your line speed.