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Old 09-11-2019, 03:04 AM   #1
RedBlueYellow12
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Crippling low internet speeds, that don't match up with speedtests


Hi,
I use slackware 14.2, in Australia. Speedtest.net gives me a nice, healthy 8 mb per second download speed, but in practice file downloads return 0.8 mb at best, at worst (specifically AlienBob's repositories) only 50kb. I'm not sure what configs to post, or if this is normal at all, considering this is Australia.
 
Old 09-11-2019, 04:02 AM   #2
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Many ISPs prioritize traffic to known speed tests and only to them. Everything else gets the "normal" treatment. I presume this is also the case in Australia, too.

But it is still possible that something can be optimized on your part. Which protocol are you using and how many hops away is the source?
 
Old 09-11-2019, 04:14 AM   #3
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I think you will find that it is a limit on the source side in this case. I just tested downloading Chromium from the Alien Bob repositories and it was fluctuating between 50KB and 250KB. I have a 400Mb/s connection and most downloads tend to be 20-40MB/s.
 
Old 09-11-2019, 05:28 AM   #4
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Quote:
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Many ISPs prioritize traffic to known speed tests and only to them. Everything else gets the "normal" treatment. I presume this is also the case in Australia, too.

But it is still possible that something can be optimized on your part. Which protocol are you using and how many hops away is the source?
No clue what protocol I'm using, or how to check, but bear.alienbase.nl is 15 hops away

1 mygateway.gateway (192.168.0.1) 3.321 ms 5.090 ms 5.421 ms
2 gateway.vb04.melbourne.asp.telstra.net (58.162.26.196) 25.069 ms 27.038 ms 29.341 ms
3 144.130.211.210 (144.130.211.210) 31.116 ms 39.384 ms 41.576 ms
4 bundle-ether12.win-core10.melbourne.telstra.net (203.50.11.111) 44.957 ms 46.806 ms 49.347 ms
5 bundle-ether12.ken-core10.sydney.telstra.net (203.50.11.122) 59.754 ms 62.053 ms 64.534 ms
6 bundle-ether1.pad-gw11.sydney.telstra.net (203.50.6.61) 71.292 ms 31.647 ms 31.668 ms
7 bundle-ether1.sydp-core04.sydney.reach.com (203.50.13.90) 34.720 ms 35.029 ms 38.336 ms
8 i-20802.eqnx-core02.telstraglobal.net (202.84.141.25) 215.617 ms 217.944 ms 219.560 ms
9 i-0-0-0-1.paix-core02.telstraglobal.net (202.84.143.210) 220.720 ms 208.278 ms 210.342 ms
10 i-92.paix02.telstraglobal.net (202.84.247.41) 212.267 ms 214.278 ms 217.024 ms
11 xe4-3-3.paloalto2.pao.seabone.net (195.22.206.129) 217.235 ms 218.132 ms 219.039 ms
12 ae21.parigi52.par.seabone.net (195.22.210.107) 431.628 ms ae22.parigi52.par.seabone.net (195.22.210.195) 431.557 ms ae21.parigi52.par.seabone.net (195.22.210.107) 431.556 ms
13 online.parigi52.par.seabone.net (213.144.168.103) 431.521 ms 373.833 ms 371.353 ms
14 51.158.8.183 (51.158.8.183) 371.321 ms 371.523 ms pni-th2-a9k1.th2.poneytelecom.eu (195.154.1.37) 357.844 ms
15 195.154.1.25 (195.154.1.25) 355.763 ms 195.154.2.195 (195.154.2.195) 359.579 ms 195.154.1.25 (195.154.1.25) 352.889 ms
 
Old 09-11-2019, 07:20 AM   #5
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One other thing to clarify - when you say the best download speeds are 0.8mb - do you mean MegaBytes or Megabits?
 
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:57 AM   #6
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could you choose a mirror that is closer?
after a quick look I see no mirrors for AlienBob

and yeah, there might be some some confusion with the units

8 megabits
8 megabytes

8 bits to a byte, so

8 megabits == 1 megabyte

once you factor in other overheads 0.8 megabytes looks about right

since you are so many hops away
you could use a friendly nearby squid proxy
and hope someone else has already populated that cache

ideally you want a local ( or at nearer ) mirror

I didn't look very hard for AlienBob mirror, so there may be some out there.

for slackware itself
this hint is in
/etc/slackpkg/mirrors
Code:
# Slackware64-14.2
#----------------------------------------------------------------
# USE MIRRORS.SLACKWARE.COM (DO NOT USE FTP - ONLY HTTP FINDS A NEARBY MIRROR)
# https://mirrors.slackware.com/slackware/slackware64-14.2/
but Australia is at top of list if you wanted to be certain
note: further down list you have -current
 
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:24 PM   #7
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100% sure it’s megabytes, 800kb per second. It seems this is kinda normal, even if the ISP’s way of prioritising speedtests seems pretty scummy. Not sure why that’s not illegal. I haven’t heard of a squid proxy before, but I’ll look into it.
 
  


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