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A Word About Transfer Speeds

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Some people are surprised when the files they download using fileai.com don’t come down at the hundreds of kB/s they are used to seeing when downloading things from the web. The reason for this is simple: fileai.com doesn’t involve downloading things from a server, it’s about transferring files peer-to-peer. The person you are downloading from simply cannot upload to you as fast as you can download from them, so it’s simply a case of them being the “weakest link in the chain” when it comes to your transfer.

Most people using broadband these days are in a similar situation: They can download at a much faster rate than they can upload. You can see this for yourself by visiting sites like Speedtest.net that measure your Internet connection and let you know what your maximum upload and download transfer speeds are, like this:

Some people are amazed at how little upload bandwidth they actually have.

The good new is this: Download rates can be improved greatly when, like Bittorrent, more than one person is downloading the same files from the same person at the same time. Multiple downloaders also attempt to connect with and simultaneously upload to and download from one another, increasing everyone’s overall download speed and lightening the load on the original uploader.

So the next time you are annoyed that your transfer is taking so long, don’t blame me.

Blame your friends. :)