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When I upload (ftp) files to my remote server the speed varies a great deal.
Sometimes the upload speed is under 1 kBps. This varies a lot.
At the same time via speedtest.net the upload speed is showing .26Mb/s
Can anyone say what I can do to speed up the upload speed.
I am using BT broadband upto 8 mbytes
Many Thanks
john
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by:IanTh
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is that with all files or just with specific ie data files verses script and html
what ftp app are you using
your upload speed is approx 400kb imho so how big is your upload
are you on adsl rate addaptive as the upload speed varies on rate addaptive to give your download rate more consistency ie it pulls from your upload rate to your download rate as they consider download more important than upload
also is your ftp server in this country or elsewhere
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Thanks
The upload speed varies even within an upload. It did this today uploads speeds were from under 1 kBps and then at one time went as high as 48 kBps
This upload was quite large about 32 mbytes
Sorry I dont know what is adsl rate addaptive?
I usually use WS_FTP although I sometimes do this via remote desktop.
The server is in the UK.
Regards
John
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Are you running any applications in the background? For example BitTorren or other P2P apps completely slow your connection down. I'm going to assume you are not running anything in the background, but wanted to check.
Also is it that particular upload/ftp or all other ftp uploads. have you tried other methods of uploading such ass HTTP instead of FTP. for example try attaching a huge picture to you webmail (Yahoo, Hotmail or Gmail) and see how that upload works.
Basically let's try to see if it is your upload in general or it has to do with FTP, and if it is FTP protocol itself or that particular FTP server in UK that is slow.
Let me know since this is interesting.
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by:johnhardy
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Thanks emilgas
I have tried uploading to the server from my PC via Remote desk top and there is not much is any difference.
I do have a back up, Live State recovery. I watched the CPU usage when Live state recovery started but it did not seem to make much difference after an initial increase for about 15 seconds.

In Task manager I notice that the PF usage  is 1.62 and the CPU Usage is mostly about 5%
I also wondered if the contention ratio has something to do with this although if I carry out a speedtest.net trial I am getting between 2.5 and .48 for upload speed
Cheers
John
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But did you do what I suggested above?
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adsl rate adaptive

see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rate-Adaptive_Digital_Subscriber_Line

as it says it varies the upload rate to keep the download speed constant ish
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by:emilgas
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Yes, but not that low. your problem is completely different. You have to try uploading using HTTP to see if there is a difference.
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Sorry re:
"You have to try uploading using HTTP to see if there is a difference"
I am not familiar with that method, can you explain this please?
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Just attach a huge file (around 10 - 15MB) to an e-mail and send it. For example yahoo, hotmail or Gmail. and time it
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I use Norton 360 on my local PC and could not seem to send by outlook more than 10 Mbytes.
After that the send failed with a Norton message. (I disabled outgoing email scanning, made no difference)
I also tried to send a 15 mb file from yahoo and that failed as well.
However I sent an 8mbyte file from my local PC and that took about 3 minutes to upload to the server and about 3.5 minutes to download from the server to my PC again
Watching the down load it took about 3 minutes to download about 5% and then the rest came in a rush.
Hope this make some sense.
Thanks
John
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Why is Norton Controlling the size of the attachment? Do you have another PC that doesn't have Norton installed. If your computer is a bit slow then Norton could slow it down, which then slows down your Upload process. Again, I'm not saying that this whole FTP issue you were having is caused by Norton, I'm just saying it for you to be aware of.
But I want you to do it from a computer where you can attach a 10 or 15 MB file.
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by:johnhardy
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One puzzle partly solved
The size limitation is built into the server see page
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/238484 although I have not been able to find the complete path
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\Small Business\VAPReporting  as I dont seem to have Small Business
The OS one the server is Server 2003
The size limitation is not the main question, That is still why I get such large speed fluctuations.

Unfortunately I dont have another PC without Norton being installed.
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What Version of Windows are you running Microsoft Server 2003?
Is there another PC on your network other than this PC we've been talking about? Can you test the upload speeds on those computers?
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Thanks for your continued help
I am not very well versed on Operating systems but the server is running server 2003 web edition,
Version 5.2.3790 Servic Pack 2 Build 3790

On this local pc I have xp pro SP 3
I will do a test on a laptop I have but I know thats quite a slow machine and has Norton. I will try a 7.5 MByte upload
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Upload and down load from Laptop to the server took around minutes 3:40 seconds

Upload and down load from PC to the server took around minutes 3:30 seconds

The image was 7.4 mega bytes
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Any more advice will be welcome
Thanks
John
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Can you run the speedtest on this website?
speedtest.net

tell me your findings
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The tests on my PC are the worst I have ever seen tonight
My PC
Download 1.1 usually 5-6 Mb/s sometimes higher
Upload .34 Mb/s
Shortly after
Download 5.6
Upload .26
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The remote server rather struggles with the speed test
Download 5,69 mb/s
Upload .37Mb/s
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I expect I will have to accept this sitaution as it is and put it down to the variations of Broadband in the uk
unless there are some further points to cover.
Thanks
john
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