Quote: Originally Posted by C13H18N2
My upload limit is about 2.4 mbps. I tried downloading a file from my newly created FTP server to my GF's computer which is about 25 miles away. The download speed was about 200 - 250 Kbps. I've downloaded large files via torrent to her computer at 1.0 mbps (slightly faster on rare occassions) before, so I know her bandwidth limit is well above 200Kbps. Is there any way to increase this speed? Does windows have any default restrictions on bandwidth allocation for FTP's? Or is FTP just inherently slow?
I should also mention that I'm not using any file transfer software, just the default Windows 7 FTP manager.
First thing I always clarify in these sorts of threads are the units in which data is quoted.
Your line speed is measured in Megabits per second (Capital M, Small b).
File sizes are quoted in Kilobytes and Megabytes (Capital K/M, Capital B).
There are 8 Megabits in a Megabyte.
Check your upload speed at Speedtest.net - The Global Broadband Speed Test
Now divide that by 8.
That is how many Kilobytes can be uploaded to the internet per second.
You should now find that the sums start to add up.
If they still don't add up (allowing about a 10% margin for error) then post back.
File transfers are dictated by the slowest data transfer speed, which in this case is your upload speed therefore she will be able to download files at the same rate you are uploading at.
You can only change your upload speed by paying for an Expensive SDSL Line or the cable equivalent of SDSL.
In answer to your question windows doesn't restrict any upload or download speeds unless you put something in place to do so.
If I've missed anything, you need more explanation or just have a question please ask.