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Is the connection (actually, download) speed fixed when you login at your ISP, or does it vary each time your browser goes to fetch a page? Mac specific: On OSX 10.3, where and how do I tell the download speed I am actually getting? Thanx....

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    Default Connection speed

    Is the connection (actually, download) speed fixed when you login at
    your ISP, or does it vary each time your browser goes to fetch a page?

    Mac specific: On OSX 10.3, where and how do I tell the download speed I
    am actually getting?

    Thanx.
    RPS Guest

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    RPS <void> wrote:
     

    It can vary greatly depending upon many factors, including the server at
    the far end.
     

    Download a file. Time how long it takes, in seconds, and divide the size
    of the file by that. Now you know how much you downloaded per second. m.

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    In article <060220041629521433%void>, RPS <void>
    wrote:
     

    How do you connect to the internet?

    With a modem (dial up), the modems negotiate the highest possible speed
    they can communicate at when you first connect. The speed may vary if
    conditions vary, but should in theory always be as high as possible
    given the modems and the line quality.

    With a cable modem I'm told it varies depending on how many other people
    in your area are also using their cable modems.

    With DSL it's supposed to be fixed.

    Of course, with high-speed networking, the actual download speed may be
    limited at the site your downloading from (e.g. if they're overloaded)
    rather than at your end. In that case the download speed varies
    depending on how overloaded the site is.
     

    Generally the program you're downloading with will tell you-- e.g. your
    web browser telling you how many kB/sec.

    --
    Tom "Tom" Harrington
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    Version 2.0: Delocalize, Repair Permissions, lots more.
    See http://www.atomicbird.com/
    Tom Guest

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    In article <060220041629521433%void>, RPS <void>
    wrote:
     

    Go to :

    http://www.dslreports.com

    and try their speed test. It will give you a good idea of how fast your
    upload and download speeds are.
    Slartibartfast Guest

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