Why would my download speed be 1Mbps on a 10Mbps line?

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Why if I have a 10 meg dsl account I only get 1meg download speed? connection shows as 10 meg and line speed shows 10meg, but the actual download speed is only 1meg?

this was tested with various speed test sites and utilities?
asked Feb 4, 2015 in ADSL by anonymous

1 Answer

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The things that determine your download speed include:

  - What your line is busy with besides that download
  - How well your line is working (signal to noise ratio and all that)
  - Whether your exchange is busy or not (ie. what your neighbours are doing)
  - The extent of overall demand for services
  - Whether you have an uncapped account or a capped account
  - If you have a capped account, your usage to date - if you are a big user things are different
  - The network(s) you are downloading from may be busy or unloaded
  - For peer to peer downloads, the particular Linux distribution you are trying to obtain may be well seeded or poorly seeded

This could be because of congestion at the exchange you are connected, line copper quality, the distance you are from the exchange and the quality of the equipment that you use to connect to the internet. You also need to check the details of what you are downloading, how you are downloading and the server you downloading from and its location. You need to check if the server you are downloading from is not experiencing any high loads that are causing the server to respond very slow. If after all of this the issue still persists, kindly send all the test results and your account details to answers@afrihost.com so that they can assist you further.

Afrihost Team
answered Feb 4, 2015 by AfriDude (43,950 points)