YouTube performance between work and at home varies majorly. Now, you might say it is because at work, my work station is part of a fibre fed network and if I run a speed test I get 98Mb/s down and 89Mb/s up. Compared to home where I get a maximum sync of 1.8Mb/s...
At work, YouTube says the video is buffering at massive 61300kbps. At home I get about 122kbps. It almost renders YouTube unusable unless I use a download manager to manage multiple streams. What I am confused about is, why can a single stream work at 61Mb/s at work but not 1.5Mb/s at home?
Is it because fibre is handled differently and a single stream is more capable? I didn't think this was the case, because at my folks house who have a 23Mb ADSL 2+ line at home, YouTube manages to stream a 1080p video at 18Mb/s.
So again, it has left me wondering, why my computer (which is not a slouch by the way) and my browser can't seem to stream a video at line speed. I don't mind waiting 10 minutes for a download to watch later, its just bugging me as to what is actually happening here. I initially put it down to caching and the video being unpopular. But it does not matter if I'm watching a video with 34 million veiws or 34.
I've been trying to find a browser that allows buffering on multiple streams, but have yet to find one.
Any information would be nice :)