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Thread: Usenet and DSL - Download Speeds not fast with DSL

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    My download speeds are not very fast with supernews, is their another usenet provider that has faster download speed. I have 1.5 fast DSL service and downloading a 3.5 GB file takes forever! : (

    I have also bought a usenet-news block but get the same download speeds. I'm using unison and am on a mac os 10.6.

    Please help me with any tips or tricks that might help me. Would giganews be a good option for me?

    Thanks everybody for their help.

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    if i understand correctly your dsl is 1.5mbps ?
    if so than it should take freaking forever about six and a half hours.

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    JustDOSE's Avatar look at my meatwad
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    1.5mbs down is very slow, and is the standard package for most internet providers. It would take an hour to DL a 700mb file on that connection so I doubt its the news provider fault your getting slow speeds. You should look into getting a faster internet package from your provider.
    Last edited by JustDOSE; 09-24-2010 at 12:25 AM.
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    1.5mb/s may be the fastest available in the OP's location; I lived with 1.5/768 for some 4 years, it was the fastest available from the local telco, and the cableco at the time was running Docsis1.0, about the same speed at twice the price.

    I keep telling folks that 'speed' isn't the same as 'throughput'. Do some basic figuring:

    1.5mb/s = 90Mb/minute = 5400Mb/hour = 675MBytes/hour (note I switched from bits to bytes at the hour level)


    675MBytes/hour = 8100MBytes/12hours ~ one DVD9 = 16200MBytes/24hours ~ 2/DVD9's = 24.2GBytes/36 hours ~ BD25

    So, time is the element. Figure that a lot of that is during what is known as 'sleep', and the transfer amount really adds up.

    One can get a LOT done with such a slow connection, if one simply puts their mind to it. Of course, also, as long as ones 'circuit' hasn't any 'caps' or such nonsense.

    Then it becomes a storage problem, which at today's drive pricing, or blank DVD/BD pricing...
    Last edited by Beck38; 09-24-2010 at 08:00 PM.


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