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I've recently upgraded my connection to 50 Mb/s and want to download a very large file from a very fast server. I don't care what's in the file. I've clocked my download at 62 Mb/s, but haven't been able to find a decent download test site. Everything I've found is either too small for an accurate test (i.e. finished before it reaches top speed) or seems to be choking because I can increase my speed by downloading multiple files at once. My ISP throttles BitTorrent, so that's right out.

Where can I find a nice big file (1GB+) on a nice fast server and transfer via FTP or HTTP?

asked Oct 30 '10 at 20:43

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closed Nov 01 '10 at 00:39

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Madison Tries

The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, right answer was accepted" by Madison Tries Nov 01 '10 at 00:39

I'd suggest using FlashGet (or some other downloader) to download FreeBSD (or some other large file) using multiple mirrors. I've found that most local ISPs around my area host FreeBSD. I have little doubt yours would, too. If not, there are hundreds of mirrors distributed around the world that you can use simultaneously.

answered Oct 30 '10 at 20:50

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What speed did you end up getting via this method, tsilb?

(Oct 31 '10 at 23:11) Seb Seb's gravatar image

7.03 MB/s (megabytes), including 4.2 on one file. Confirmed via resource monitor (6719089 bytes per second).

(Nov 05 '10 at 14:36) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image

GREAT! 50Mb/s!! Is that FIOS?!?

I would go to Microsoft's Downloads site (1st link below), then find a large file to download. I've also included some other links related to speed testing. Enjoy =0p...

answered Oct 30 '10 at 21:08

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Nope, Comcast. Even had to get a new modem as the old one apparently would only work up to 22 Mbps. Not sure if I believe that...

(Oct 30 '10 at 21:11) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image

FYI: Comcast Cut Off My Service for Busting Usage Cap of 250GB/Month

  • That's Easy to do, just streaming movies from NETFLIX!!!
  • I'm with QWEST VDSL2, and will be getting up to 40Mb/s for $15/Month, NO USAGE CAP!!!

QWEST is working some line issues to get service up from the current 20Mb/s =0p...

(Oct 30 '10 at 21:22) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

I get 6mb per seconds. :( Parents wont upgrade to the higher plans even though we can afford it easily.

(Oct 31 '10 at 22:36) Madison Tries Madison%20Tries's gravatar image

@Ryan Sweigert: That would stink. My parents got the highest home Comcast plan they could get a while ago and so I get about 30 mb per second.

(Oct 31 '10 at 23:00) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

You could try some free, public domain sites that offer downloads or torrents. But MAKE SURE the content is public domain first. Copyright infringement/stealing = not good (morally and legally)

answered Oct 31 '10 at 03:55

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