Progessively slower downloads?
Right now I'm dowloading a 600mb file from Oracle. When the download started, it reported a dowload speed of 230mbs. After downloading for a few minutes, it slows down to about half that. I'm at work right now, but I've also see seen this a lot at home on my cable modem. One theory I have is that the IE's download manager miscomputes the rate at first somehow, but I'm pretty sure I've seen similar behaviour from Firefox so that doesn't seem likely. Or it might be the remote server is intentionally limiting my throughput, but its seems like this happens on any site when downloading a large file.
I believe DSL (at least some types of DSL) traffic comes in 'bursts'.
I am not Jack anymore because I can't keep coming up with suitable facets of Jack to be
You must also consider that the presumed way to do this is to estimate the time remaining using the amount of data received, the time elapsed, and the amount remaining.
Frank "Grimey" Grimes
Also, on Windows XP / IE, I *think* the download starts when the 'save as' box pops up, not when you click save. But the speed calculator doesn't take this into account. So, if you take your time choosing a file name & path, then you'll get an astronomical download speed straight away (as the 10mb that took 2 minutes to come down while you were saving, actually appears to have come in the first second after you clicked save) and it will slow down pretty quickly after that.
"Also, on Windows XP / IE, I *think* the download starts when the 'save as' box pops up, not when you click save"
I think James and Gwyn are right.
I use a program called NetPerSec (used to be free form PC Magazine) that shows you how fast your connection is in real time.
Also under WinXP, Ctrl-Alt-Del and the Networking tab under task manager will give you a nice realtime graph of bandwidth usage.
Is it an FTP download, ronk?
Good point matt. I always forget about that thing. Now why can't MS put that in the systray?
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