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Posted · Original PosterOP

I was downloading (Not installing) WoW's latest PTR, and it achieved a peak of 20 MB(Yes, capital B)/s.

Yet, whenever I go to a site like speedtest.net, (testmy.net somehow more inaccurate) it says I only have 57 mbps speed (Lower b). 20 MB/s = 160 mbps

I could understand if it was close (Like 130), but it's not. The download was pretty consistently above 17 MB/s (136 mbps)

 

Is there something here I'm missing?


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I'm sure you know this, but nothing else was downloading/streaming during the test? 


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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm sure you know this, but nothing else was downloading/streaming during the test? 

Yeah, I paused the download to do the test.

After I downloaded the whole PTR build, I restarted my computer and only went to the website with no downloads active.


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maybe the ookla server near you isnt that good? try manually changing the server to one in chicago or something


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Posted · Original PosterOP

maybe the ookla server near you isnt that good? try manually changing the server to one in chicago or something

I honestly have no idea how to do that.


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I honestly have no idea how to do that.

on speedtest.net just click one of the white dots, those are different servers you can choose from c:

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

on speedtest.net just click one of the white dots, those are different servers you can choose from c:

Thanks, I just now tried that with a bunch of different servers (Around me, and Chicago ones as well), no luck on the DL speed. Although, the ping did get lower.


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Thanks, I just now tried that with a bunch of different servers (Around me, and Chicago ones as well), no luck on the DL speed. Although, the ping did get lower.

hmm, have you tried different browsers/PCs? maybe your isp loves you :P


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Posted · Original PosterOP

hmm, have you tried different browsers/PCs? maybe your isp loves you :P

Well, I tried on Chrome originally. Just tried it on Firefox, the speed improved a small bit, 1 ms ping better and 1 mbps better on the website lol

There are only two PCs with an ethernet cable here, and my dad just tried it on his PC (The second one) with the same result.

 

Oh well, as long as my actual speed is higher, I guess it doesn't really matter. :P


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Speedtest.net isnt a well recommended way of getting accurate speeds of a network. Even ISP companies dont recommend it.

Your routers status should give you an speed exactly on what the exchange line is giving. Search cnet's website for a speedtest basically called  "Network Speedtest" This gives you the same results as the router. Speedtest.net gives you the speed of what the exchange side says NOT what it gives at the home user end.

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I think the WoW downloader message may have been misinterpreted. they probably meant 20Mb/s (that sounds a lot more reasonable).

What speed do you pay for? Unless you pay an arm and a leg, and live in a specific area I would not expect 160MB/s to be correct.

 

By the way, AT&T recommends the Speedtest.net site, so I believe it is at least going to give you a number that is in the ball park.

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I think the WoW downloader message may have been misinterpreted. they probably meant 20Mb/s (that sounds a lot more reasonable).

What speed do you pay for? Unless you pay an arm and a leg, and live in a specific area I would not expect 160MB/s to be correct.

 

By the way, AT&T recommends the Speedtest.net site, so I believe it is at least going to give you a number that is in the ball park.

160 mbps, not 160 MB/s

And also, the speedtest.net site is also notoriously inaccurate for using flash. But, you're right - I'd figure it'd at least be in the ballpark.

Also, keep in mind WoW isn't the only thing that said my DL went up to 20 MB/s. I've used JDownloader to download many large files before, and each time it gets above 15 MB/s DL speed, which is 120 mbps. Now, I can understand Blizzard (The silly devs that they are) accidentally putting a capital B for what's supposed to be a lower case b, but that's not the only time I reach high speeds. Even the few times I use steam, I get 14-17 MB/s when downloading. Again, way out of the ballpark of 57 mbps that speedtest thinks I have (~7 MB/s)


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My experience with speedtest.net is the same: rated too slow for a sufficiently fast Internet connection. I would suggest getting second, third, etc. opinions from speedof.me or testmy.net,... something that uses only HTML to test, no plugins (although there are also some pretty bad HTML-based speed testers out there as well).


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It could also be that the Blizzard download is compressed and the downloader is showing how fast it receiving the download once uncompressed (I think Origin does this).

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Case-to-case basis imo...

 

Try using the farthest speedtest.net server from your location, do it thrice then average the speeds...

 

Effective internet speeds are dependent on route taken, geographic location, server location, server status, and server connection...

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