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johcar
23-07-2012, 10:27 AM
Does anyone know whether there is a site like this: http://www.thinkbroadband.com/download.html closer to home?

I am doing some tests around the recorded accuracy of downloaded data in special circumstances (time-related), and need some easy known-size files to download.

Unfortunately, the site I linked to above is in the UK and I need some largish files (>0.5GB) to download within a ten minute time-frame... The 20MB file on that site is looking to take an hour!! Even at a speed of nearly 14 down...

SP8's
23-07-2012, 10:35 AM
The 20MB file on that site is looking to take an hour!! Even at a speed of nearly 14 down...

That doesn't sound right ... sometimes when you first start a download it will give a false "estimated download time", however, this will change dramatically once download has been running for say 30 seconds. Some that I have done start out estimating 1hr 15m 30s ... after the first 10 or 20 seconds seconds, it comes back saying 3m 20s

Edit .. just tried your link ... 20MB estimated download less than 3 minutes (Took just over 2.5minutes)... and my download is only around 8

johcar
23-07-2012, 10:38 AM
That doesn't sound right ... sometimes when you first start a download it will give a false "estimated download time", however, this will change dramatically once download has been running for say 30 seconds. Some that I have done start out estimating 1hr 15m 30s ... after the first 10 or 20 seconds seconds, it comes back saying 3m 20s

Well - it's been running for 15 minutes now and is still saying 35 minutes remaining....

Sorry - that should have read 200MB not 20MB

SP8's
23-07-2012, 10:42 AM
Something is up at your end johcar ... haven't got a knot in your Ethernet cable have you ... :D

johcar
23-07-2012, 10:47 AM
No knots - maybe a few kinks.... :D

johcar
23-07-2012, 10:50 AM
Average ping for that site from here is 333ms... so not a quick connection. Which is why I'm looking for something more local

R2x1
23-07-2012, 10:55 AM
Check there's not a chair resting on one of the interweb tubes and throttling it mechanically.
It is a serious thing when your tubes get squashed unless you can get data that is neatly aligned head to tail and with the bytes restricted to nybbles. Test files are often random data, just flung into a file by the handful and often come out with the long axis of the data across the direction of travel. Naturally this causes crashes and a major slowdown at the narrow sections of the intertubes, almost like having a Norton attack.
Have you tried iLiner?

johcar
23-07-2012, 11:29 AM
The first 200MB file took 54 minutes. Then I downloaded it again and it took just two minutes (obviously cached)... Maybe I can use this site

Did you know that 1024 nibbles (rather than "nybble") represents 512 Bytes...??

R2x1
23-07-2012, 12:18 PM
That's byting off Moore than you can eschew ;)
A nYbble is a Young nibble and, as well as being smaller, doesn't attract the legal sharks like an iWord would :yuck:

wainuitech
23-07-2012, 12:31 PM
Theres one in Aussie, so its a bit closer :) http://speedtest.dodo.com.au/ Just brought through the 200MB and it was consistent at 1.2MB/Sec

johcar
23-07-2012, 12:42 PM
Awesome - just what I was after - thanks wainuitech!

Chilling_Silence
23-07-2012, 12:49 PM
You can also try your local akamai cache? Things like iTunes firmware updates are pulled locally. Try this:

http://appldnld.apple.com/iOS5.1.1/041-4346.20120427.1RuDG/iPhone4,1_5.1.1_9B206_Restore.ipsw

johcar
23-07-2012, 03:00 PM
Cheers Chill - 800MB is just a bit outside the download time-frame I'm looking at (with my speed, anyway)

Chilling_Silence
23-07-2012, 03:30 PM
There are smaller downloads you can test with, older firmware versions etc...

http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/