My download speeds, in real life, have been okay - often seeing around 8.5 MB/s when downloading large file etc.
It was only when doing another speed test that I noticed one of the thread titles in the 'Latest 10 active forum discussions', this being spudgun's 'Poor single thread performance' thread.
After reading through it all I came to realise that what I was experiencing maybe wasn't normal, so I rang Zen Support, who I've always found efficient, and explained the situation and referring examples of people's experience in that thread, plus that one of their engineers (JonGreen) had posted in the thread as being aware of the issue. The support guy said that as far as he was aware the issue that may have affected people had been resolved a little while back. We went through some speed tests (same results as I'd always had) but as my router wasn't plugged into the master socket (on an extension) he wanted me to do a test in that (which meant I'd be cut off the phone) so he left me to do that as and when and call back with the results. I did, and the speed tests were the same, but I decided to PM Jon Green on here just to see if there was anything on his side that he was aware of, given his familiarity with the issue.
He promptly replied and said he would have a look into it. The following day I had another update to say that my exchange was actually due to have some work done on it this evening (by Zen) which should resolve the single thread issues I was having. I should expect to see an improvement around 10pm tonight.
They obviously finished the work earlier as I did a speed test a short while ago and the single thread speed test has jumped from being around 30Mbps to around 63/64Mbps!, quite a significant increase. So thanks Zen, particularly Jon Green, for resolving this for me and to spudgun, as without your thread I would have been none the wiser of the relevance of my single thread speed tests.
On that note, can someone explain exactly what the significance is of the single thread speed? I always had around 75Mbps overall speed, on the HTTP x6 part, so thought all was good. Is it a case that not all sites/servers can connect on multiple threads?, so downloading from some sites would be slower if the single thread speed is slower?
I downloaded an Nvidia driver this afternoon (around 380Mb) and noticed that it was only downloading at around 3 MB/s, but when I downloaded it again a moment ago (post exchange work) it zipped along at 8.5MB/s. Yet in the past I've seen downloads of around that same speed (8.5MB/s) yet my single thread speed was around 30Mbps then, so I'm just unclear as to what the impact is on and real life usage with a much slower/reduced single thread speed compared to the multiple HTTP x6 speed?
Edited by LightFantastic (Wed 25-Jan-17 22:02:53)