Are download speed and download quota related to each other?

Anonymous September 3, 2013
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I have question about internet speed and monthly quota.  I want to know if a person is using an internet with a download speed up to 4 mbps is it enough for him if he had a quota of 20 GB? In other words are they related to each other or does it depend on individual  use?

Thanks in advance.

  1. Alan W
    September 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Your download speed is the max speed that you can download at whereas your download quota is the maximum amount you can download.

  2. Guy M
    September 3, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Oron is correct in saying that Download Speed and Download Quota are not really related. At least not without the system administrator making it so.

    First I want to deal with your download speed. You said, "Up to 4 Mbps." Unless you actively monitor the download speed available to you, as you are downloading, your download speed could drop to near zero for any number of reasons. It could be that the bandwidth is being divided between you and other users on your network, or even other users on the ISP's (Internet Service Provider) network. Hard to say.

    Now, some ISPs will have policies in place that will cut your download speed if you are downloading whatever they consider to be an 'excessive amount'. Satellite ISPs in particular have Fair Access Policies that will cut you down to next to nothing as you approach your daily download limits. This allows other users to be able to use the bandwidth in a more fair way.

    So, test your speeds, as suggested, and look into what your ISP's policies are regarding throttling bandwidth.

    • Sara S
      September 4, 2013 at 9:34 am

      thanks alot for your replay , im using ADSL connection and i have tested my download speed with speed test . most of the time it reaches to three something . i know the ADSL is shared bandwidth and the speed might to drop down yet im satisfied with it only the Quota makes me go crazy .

    • Sara S
      September 4, 2013 at 9:37 am

      One more question ,is watching a video online considered as downloading it in my laptop .

    • Guy M
      September 5, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Yes. Anything that you see on your laptop from the web, has been downloaded to your laptop. Even if you don't save it on your computer.

  3. Erlis D
    September 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    They are not related to each other. But, in a way, yes; since if you have have a faster connection, you can browse even more pages.... In case you are using the internet only for surfing the net (like reading, chatting, watching videos, listening to music and so on..), the limit of 20 GB should be enough. But, if you want to download things like movies and other files with big size, I don't think it will be okay.

  4. Hovsep A
    September 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Broadband Internet Speeds Explained
    http://broadband.about.com/od/speedissues/a/Broadband-Internet-Speeds-Explained.htm
    Broadband Technology: Cable Modem; Download Speed Range: 4 Kbps - 25 Mbps; Connection: Coaxial Cable
    If you are on a 4mbps, your download speed should be close to 500kbytes/s.

    Download speed =Connection speed/8, 4mbps it should be 1024x4= 4096
    Max attainable Speed on downloads 4096/8 = 512 max.

    BandwidthPlace: Test Internet Download & Upload Speed
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/bandwidthplace-test-internet-download-upload-speed/

  5. Oron J
    September 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    By and large, your download speed and quota size are independent. Your connection/download speed has to do with how fast the data reaches you at any given time , whereas the quota has to do with how much you download *in total* over a month (or whatever your billing period is).
    Of course, if you download a lot, a low connection speed can be a bottleneck (not enough hours in the month to download so many terabytes...), but this is rare. For example, the 20GB you mention should take only about a day to download at 4mbps.

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