I have 256Kbps ADSL broadband but get download speeds of just around 20Kbps! Any way to resolve this problem?

Kindly explain the phenomenon and also suggest methods to improve download speeds.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Are you sure you are not reading 20kBps?

    b = bit

    B = byte

    8b = 1B or...

    8 bits = 1 Byte

    Downloading at 32 kilobytes per second would be correct since there are 8 bits in 1 byte. So 256kbps = 32kBps

    Source(s): To increase your speed, the only realistic thing you can do is make sure no-one is browsing on your network. If you have a wireless router or switch, make sure no-one is connected wirelessley and make sure it's just your ethernet cable connected to the device to make sure no-one else is connected via ethernet.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You may want to read up on ADSL at the below link, but basically ADSL divides the bandwidth up into some for upload and some for download, so you never have all the bandwidth available for either.

    Of course even with that 20 out of 256 doesn't sound right. Go to the bottom link and check what ADSL speed you're actually getting. If it's not 256 call your provider and ask why you're not getting what you're paying for.

    Good Luck and Happy New Year!

  • 1 decade ago

    Internet connections measure bandwidth in kBps which is kilobits per second. 8 bits = 1 byte, so the maximum speed that you will probably achieve is about 32 Kbps (Kilobytes per second, 256/8). There are various download accelerators that you can download, but still you will not achieve blazing speeds.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Same here. But my download speed is a tad better, usually 27-32 Kbps. Waiting for other answers............

    Happy New Year!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    See if Cable Internet is available in your area. DSL is generally much, much, slower. I get 6 MB/s on my Cable.

  • 1 decade ago

    write a complain to ur broadband service...ull get it rite

  • 1 decade ago

    complain to your phone company.... wow you can get faster on dial up

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