How to Get Faster Uploads

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Got fast download but slow upload speeds? Here's a fix.
Brought to you by Techwalla. Yeah, it most defiantly is not. Internet service providers generally dedicate more bandwidth for downloads than uploads, so any little bit of effort you put in to improve upload speeds can go a long way. Transfer speeds measured by most web sites have to be taken with a huge dose of skepticism. Share Share on Facebook. One solution is to set rules for computer use -- when your family can play games online, say -- or to obtain more bandwidth. And here it is:

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How to Make Upload Speed Faster

As you can see on Wikipedia ADSL , the frequency band for download is larger than the one for upload and thus the data bandwidth. This is reflects the expected behaviour of most users who download much more content than they upload.

The lower than theoretical maximum speed is most liekly due to slow connection of your ISP to bandwidthplace. Measuring bandwidth can be tricky, so you should usually run tests several times and from several different sites. Take the average or what seems to be the most common speed of the various tests.

Finally, you cannot trade upload speed for more download speed. Those are independent numbers. The maximum value for each is determined by your Internet provider based on the technology they use and the plan you pay for.

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service , privacy policy and cookie policy , and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. How to get higher download rate than upload rate Ask Question. And here it is: Usually, the more restrictive the firewall settings, the slower your connection becomes. If the settings are too tight, the firewall may block you from uploading at all.

Open up your firewall program and check the security settings. If it's higher than "medium," reset it to that level or to the "default" setting, then test your connection to see if that speeds things up. Your Internet service provider has its own speed limits, independent of anything you do at home. If the ISP has problems in your region, your upload speed may pick up once they're fixed.

You can also pay more to get faster service. If you're at the maximum speed your provider offers and you're not satisfied, switching companies -- if there's a competitor in your neighborhood -- may be your only option. There are several websites that offer easy one-click access for testing your connection speeds see Resources.

For example, a wireless-B Wi-Fi network or a base Ethernet network would at best only be able to use half of the bandwidth on a 20Mbps upload connection. The only way to overcome this limitation is to replace the aging network technology.

Additionally, devices uploading via Wi-Fi that are located at the edge of the router's range may experience a much weaker connection that will have to resend data frequently because of packet loss data that didn't make it to the router.

Moving the router and uploading device closer together can improve upload speed when there's a weak signal. Even on a switched network, where each device has dedicated bandwidth, it's possible to interfere with upload speeds by having too much network traffic running through a device. Upload speeds may be affected if other network users are copying large files across the network that originate from the uploading computer.

Uploading from a server can be slow because of file requests. Dan Stone started writing professionally in , specializing in education, technology and music. He is a web developer for a communications company and previously worked in television.

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