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Old 01-13-2013, 11:53 AM
 
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Wondering what I can do, if anything, to increase my upload speed.

And just curious because it's so glaring: Why such a huge number difference? One's 25 Mbps the other one's not even 1.0 Mbps. This is kinda typical with my connection (an upload Mbps of just shy of 1.0 and a download Mbps in the 20's).
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:43 PM
 
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I had that problem and it turned out that Comcast did not properly (forgot the word - provision?) my new Docsis 3 modem. It was a real pain to get them to do it right, but once they did, the upload speeds came in at the amount I was supposed to get.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:58 PM
 
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Think of bandwidth as a highway with lanes. Each lane can go one way (up or down) and due to physical limitations, there are a limited number of lanes.. Residential consumers download a much larger amount of data than they upload. For example, you're more likely to download hours of movies per month than you to upload hours of movies per month. Replace movies with anything (photos, music, websites, etc). So ISPs have dedicated more lanes to downloading rather than uploading. As a result, your downloads are fast (since the data can be split among the multiple lanes) and your uploads are slow (since the data has less lanes).

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Old 01-13-2013, 03:23 PM
 
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Time Warner has the upload speeds for their basic plans listed at 1Mbps so if you're on one of those plans that's all you're going to get.


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Old 01-13-2013, 03:26 PM
 
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Showing us what you're getting is pointless without telling us what you're paying for, but upload will generally be much slower than download.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:52 PM
 
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Think of bandwidth as a highway with lanes. Each lane can go one way (up or down). Residential consumers download a much larger amount of data than they upload. For example, you're more likely to download hours of movies per month than you to upload hours of movies per month. Replace movies with anything (photos, music, websites, etc). So ISPs have dedicated more lanes to downloading rather than uploading. As a result, your downloads are fast (since the data can be split among the multiple lanes) and your uploads are slow (since the data has less lanes).
Nice analogy.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:59 PM
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Npbody above has really answered your "why" question and the answer is simple. Because your ISP doesn't want you running a server on your residential connection and clogging up your neighborhood's network pipes.

This low upload bandwidth prevents that from happening and also enables the ISP to charge 2-3x as much for a Business connection to the tiny percentage of people who do want to run a server on their home Internet connection.
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:18 PM
 
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This low upload bandwidth prevents that from happening and also enables the ISP to charge 2-3x as much for a Business connection to the tiny percentage of people who do want to run a server on their home Internet connection.
I think that's the biggest reason for limiting uploads and if you're going to be running a public server you might as well go with a hosting company.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:06 PM
 
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Time Warner has the upload speeds for their basic plans listed at 1Mbps so if you're on one of those plans that's all you're going to get.


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thanks everyone, I'll just need to live with it
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:35 AM
 
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thanks everyone, I'll just need to live with it
Unless you're using a one of those backup services, uploading a lot of images or any service that has big files you're sending it's really inconsequential. Most of your upstream traffic is going to be very small amounts of data.
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