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I recently downloaded IE4 from the internet, and the speed that it came was stupid. It took something like 5 hours to get around 20Mb. i could have got that from a BBS in around 2! What is wrong with my modem/comp, could it be my Isp?
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Well, tomclark, when you connect to a BBS you have a steady, unaffected speed and the file you download is actually in a hard drive near the modem you connect to.
On the other hand, when you connect to the internet the file you request has to pass through several "points" in the internet before reaching you. For example, when a packet of information begins its journey from microsoft to you, it will choose the quickest way. If this "way" is not available, then it will try a less quicker path, etc...
As an overall conclusion, when you connect to the with a given speed (let's say 33,6kbps) it doesn't mean that you can sustain this speed through all your visits.
So the problem is definately not your modem or your pc. The problem might be your ISP if the bandwidth it offers is not enough. But the most likely reason is the Internet itself, since its internal architecture philosophy hasn't changed for many many years.
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