I must admit, I can't remember the speed, somewhere in the region of 50Mbps so was pretty quick (this was about 5 years ago).
Can I ask, what speed should I be seeing when I download? I'm sure that the speeds I used to get with Sky were the same speeds I'm seeing now - I'm currently getting about 4MB/s download speed - which is fine, such as it is...I guess what I'm not understanding is that with my old speed (3.5Mbps), I was getting 350 kb/s download speed, which was insanely slow (and bear in mind that with Sky I was getting 3.5Mb/s download speed on a normal ADSL connection).
It makes sense that now that my broadband speed is ten times faster, that my download speed should also be ten times faster...but as the 350kb/s download speed was ridiculous, I would have expected to see a download speed of much more than ten times faster...about 35MB/s really - is this not how it works?
35MB/s is 35 mega bytes per second i.e. capital B for bytes so it would be a bit over 100 times faster than 350kbps or 0.35Mbps (lowercase b for bits).
Your 37Mbps connection could download at up to around 3.7MB/s but as others have said it depends on lots of factors like where the host is, how fast their connection is and how many people are downloading file among others.
Allowing for the overhead dividing by 10 would be nearer the mark when converting from bits to bytes when dealing with tcp traffic surely?
That gives 0.35MB/s for a 3.5mbps connection which is exatly what the op had.
dividing by 8 give max speed so speed just below that is good and maintains the 8 bits to a byte - dividing by 10 does allow for overheads
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