[SOLVED] I should have 100 Mbps download, yet games only download at around 20 Mbps, how come?

ninjakarlsej

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I should be able to download at around 100 Mbps, which is also the case when doing a speedtest online.



When I try to download from either Steam og Blizzard App (Battle.net), my download seems to be capped at around 25 Mbps (2.5 MB/s).





I have checked to see if the download speed is capped in both programs, which it isn't. Weird thing is, sometimes it's completely fine and downloads at my promised 100 Mbps.

If anybody has any idea why this could be, please let me know :)
 
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I do know that mbps and MB/s isn't the same, but it still doesn't make sense that my download speed in say steam or blizzard app would go from 11 MB/s to 2 MB/s from one day to another.
If speedtest.net is giving you a consistent 95-100mbps, then the issue is not your PC or your connection.
It is completely due to Steam, and what they are delivering to you.
 

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You might want to check and see if you're on the latest drivers for your networking adapter. Also check and see that you're on the latest BIOS update for your platform/motherboard. Have you see if Windows 10 is taking some of that bandwidth in order to update itself?

Speaking of which, what version of Windows 10 are you on?
 

ninjakarlsej

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You might want to check and see if you're on the latest drivers for your networking adapter. Also check and see that you're on the latest BIOS update for your platform/motherboard. Have you see if Windows 10 is taking some of that bandwidth in order to update itself?

Speaking of which, what version of Windows 10 are you on?
I'm on Windows 10 Home version 1903, I've just recently reset everything and installed a fresh copy. The problem was happening before the reset too though, it seemed to just start from one day to another. Windows is not taking any bandwith, I'll try to find some drivers, thanks :)
 

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Different reporting units.

speedtest.net and your ISP report in megabits/sec.

Steam reports in megabytes/sec.
Approx 8:1 ratio.

Nothing is wrong, nothing is broken, nothing needs to be fixed.
It is all working as expected.
Alright I might have gotten the units wrong but everything is most definitly not okay. While downloading stuff from Blizzard and Steam I used to, and still sometimes have, a download speed of around 11 MB/s.
 

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Alright I might have gotten the units wrong but everything is most definitly not okay. While downloading stuff from Blizzard and Steam I used to, and still sometimes have, a download speed of around 11 MB/s.
11* 8 = 88.
Close enough to "94" to not make a difference.

Also, that don't necessarily give you 100% of you can receive all the time. They have traffic issues as well.

Lastly, is this wired or WiFi?
If wired, and you're getting the advertised speed from speedtest.net...there is no problem. Or at least, no problem that is in your sphere of influence.
 

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11* 8 = 88.
Close enough to "94" to not make a difference.

Also, that don't necessarily give you 100% of you can receive all the time. They have traffic issues as well.

Lastly, is this wired or WiFi?
If wired, and you're getting the advertised speed from speedtest.net...there is no problem. Or at least, no problem that is in your sphere of influence.
It's wired. The problem is that it downloads at those 2 MB/s like 98% of the time and it's been going on for a bit over a month.
 

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It's wired. The problem is that it downloads at those 2 MB/s like 98% of the time and it's been going on for a bit over a month.
Other people using the network, server traffic. I dont see anything wrong with the numbers. If you have steam installed and its updating games, that will kill your network bandwidth as well. Ive noticed and tested if I am downloading something on the xbox (usually get around 20-40mbps) if i download something on steam, the xbox download will drop to like 3-7, same for Battle.net.
 

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Other people using the network, server traffic. I dont see anything wrong with the numbers. If you have steam installed and its updating games, that will kill your network bandwidth as well. Ive noticed and tested if I am downloading something on the xbox (usually get around 20-40mbps) if i download something on steam, the xbox download will drop to like 3-7, same for Battle.net.
I'm only downloading one thing at a time, I've even tried having my computer as the only device connected. The problem with the numbers is that my speedtest always has given the same results (95-100 Mbps) yet my Steam and Blizzard App download has gone from ~11 MB/s to a maximum of 2.5 MB/s (most of the time).
 

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I'm only downloading one thing at a time, I've even tried having my computer as the only device connected. The problem with the numbers is that my speedtest always has given the same results (95-100 Mbps) yet my Steam and Blizzard App download has gone from ~11 MB/s to a maximum of 2.5 MB/s (most of the time).

Like someone else stated earlier, 100mbps does not equal 100MB/s megabits is different than megabytes. Your numbers arent wrong.
 

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Like someone else stated earlier, 100mbps does not equal 100MB/s megabits is different than megabytes. Your numbers arent wrong.
I do know that mbps and MB/s isn't the same, but it still doesn't make sense that my download speed in say steam or blizzard app would go from 11 MB/s to 2 MB/s from one day to another.
 

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I do know that mbps and MB/s isn't the same, but it still doesn't make sense that my download speed in say steam or blizzard app would go from 11 MB/s to 2 MB/s from one day to another.
If speedtest.net is giving you a consistent 95-100mbps, then the issue is not your PC or your connection.
It is completely due to Steam, and what they are delivering to you.
 

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