Is 18 kb/s fast when downloading?

When downloading music it takes forever. Are BT mugging me off with this speed or is it normal. i'm not a computer person.

10 Answers

  • Jim P
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    Might be also,that BT are 'throttling' your downloads

    Buying the music legally,should resolve this issue!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It sounds really slow for a broadband connection.

    18 kB/s is around 150kbps.

    However there are several factors influencing what speed you actually get.

    Go here to carry out an accurate speed test :

    If you get less that 1 Meg, I'd get on the phone to BT and start complaining as you may have a line fault.

    Also note that the internet slows down, between 6PM And midnight due to congestion so try downloading during the day or after midnight for better speeds. Also if you're using file sharing to download music BT restrict this traffic on options 1 & 2 and will also restrict your connection if you go over 100GB / month on option 3 (this includes the traffic uploading the file back to other users while you're downloading it when using file sharing software e.g. Azureus, Vuze, BitTorrent, Gnutella, eDonkey etc...)

  • 1 decade ago

    It is slow but you might be connected to a slow source.

    Try one of the speed tests to get a better idea of your download speed, for example:

    If your speed really is low (18 kb/s is terrible and WAY below normal), eliminate all possible causes in your own setup before contacting your ISP. If you get BT out and it turns out to be not their fault, they will bill you - about £130.

    A common cause of slow data rates is interference on your domestic wiring which affects your broadband signal. Your broadband card at the exchange detects this as a fault and slows your data rate to compensate. A cheap and effective solution which is worth doing by everyone anyway is to fit a special filter called an i-Plate on your incoming master socket. It is easy to do and completely legal - even encouraged. It may not solve your problem but it will always help (unless, like me, you do have modified your internal phone/broadband wiring).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You are stealing music off of someone else's computer with their own upload speed. That other computer could be on the other side of the planet. That person has bit torrent and can set their upload speed to others wanting to steal the same piece of music. You have no control over their uploading speed.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Not really..

    I had a speed of 438 b/s in downloading

    it took me a week without stopping to finish the download

  • I consider 18 KbPS a slow speed. I find myself satisfied if my client offers me a speed of 200-250 KbPS.

  • 4 years ago


  • 1 decade ago would roughly take you 10-15 mins to download a 5mb song

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    HELL NO!

    thats is equal to 225 keystrokes per second!

  • 1 decade ago


    Hope you are doing well...

    It is slow........

    Thank you.

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