When I download a file, why do I get lower DL speeds than what I'm told on various broadband speed checkers?

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Basically when I download files off the internet, my DL speed always hovers around 500kb/s (very slow) whilst in speedtest.net apparently my broadband DL speed is at least 2.78 Mb/s. Is this normal?
 

jeremyj_83

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Depends on where you are downloading from for one. However, a lot of ISPs make sure that when you go to speedtest.net or something similar that you are going to get your best speed possible.
 
Is your download speed 500kb/s or kB/s? Bits vs bytes.

As said above, your download speed also depends on how fast the server you're downloading from is serving up that data. A lot of free file hosting sites only offer limited bandwidth unless you pay to be a premium user or something.
 
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well one thing I've noticed is that regardless where I download from, the download speed is always capped at 500kb/s so I dont think this is the problem surely?
 
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Yeah I use steam as my true tester tbh, always peaks at 500kb/s
 
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Ohhh so Steam is telling me bytes and speed checker is telling me in bits?
 

jeremyj_83

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Yes. When you see your download speed from Windows or Steam you are seeing it in KBps whereas speedtest.net and such tell you Kbps since your ISPs always tell you your connecting speed in bits/sec.
 

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