Download speed on Steam limited?


#1

Hi there,

I am using this service for the first time and have bought 10 Skycredits to test it out.
What i find strange is that it seems that the Steam downloads are kind of limited or throttled in speed.

I am using a SkyPC in Frankfurt and its downloading its content from the Steam Cdn in Frankfurt.
When i start a download the first 5GB of the download are going 600-700 Mbps, but if it surpassed 5GB the download seems to get limited to 4 Mbps, and stays that way, no matter if you try a later time or choose an other steam cdn.

I am download killingfloor 2 at the moment and its 15 GB, i wasted 1.50 EUR on skycredits so far only to still download the game it seems that my first 5 skycredits already are gone, before the game is completed with downloading.

This is getting too expensive this way, if i need to pay 3 Euros to download a game on steam. because the speed it getting throttled at 4 Mbps.

If download for a test the game home, from the same steam Cdn and time i get 100 Mbps download speed (my max ISP speed) so it seems not a limitation on Steams end in my case.

Does everybody else have this kind of issue, is my sky pc borked? or was the London location a better choice to house my SkyPC.

PS: the fast.com speedtest is giving 1Gbps on the SkyPC. that why i am suspecting network limiting and not capacity problems.


#2

Little Update,

Seems that this issue is related to the Frankfurt location, when i made a SkyPC in London everything is fine, regarding download speed.

That was 4 skycredits wasted... :frowning:
Only having the glitches and stuttering like i read more on the forums, this make gaming impossible atm.
Hope they sort that kind off issues out soon.


#3

You know I am connected to the Dallas server and have a similar problem. I can download steam games at a high constant rate on my own desktop but when I use LS to download my Steam games; it just starts out really fast as it should and then it would slow down severely down to around 5-10mbps and does that for the rest of the download. I have unlimited so I can just start it and leave it till I get kicked off from being idle for 30 mins then I will just come back later and start my LS PC and let steam resume downloading and just repeat until all my downloads are done. This is a major pain but I can kind of understand why they may throttle steam. Here is my theory; most stem games (New ones most) can be 20+ GBs and if they let that speed go as high as possible; it would chew their bandwidth and cost them more to run LS and it may even slow it down for other users.


#4

Only one big disadvantage regarding this approach is for Skycredits users.
I have the Pay as you go plan, to test this service. So i bought 10 credits and already spend 4 to only download Killing floor 2 from steam, that is 2 dollars for a Game Download, and then i didn't even stress their GPU yet to render the game. For me thats a lot of money only for a Data Transfer In this case.

I can understand if you have a Unlimited plan, this is not so big of a deal, the timeout you get after 30 min idle and get kicked you can only lose time with that, not Credits.

i hope that LS spend some attention to this, i don't expect 1 Gbit steam downloads, but more than 200 Mbps is not so much to ask, for 0.50 Dollar per hour?


#5

Hey buddy, I have figured out how to fix any problems with throttling. Just follow this link and ready my post! :slight_smile:
http://community.liquidsky.tv/t/how-to-fix-steam-download-throttling-tip/1661


#6

I give it a shot tonight and see if it helps :slight_smile:
I didn't know this setting could affect steam downloads with LS, i thought if only steam in home streaming was running your data transfer get limited.


#7

I think LS uses most of your data to give you high quality games so not much is left for Steam. That post is just a suggestion and may work. It worked for me.