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Topic # 109579 22-Sep-2012 15:36 Send private message


I am downloading a huge game from steam at 400Kb/s though I have a 70Mbit connection, and I am wondering IF there are any tips for improving download speeds? Can I force use of a NZ cache or something, force the use of a local server? 

Sorry if this is in the wrong thread, wasn't really sure where best to put it. 


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  Reply # 689901 22-Sep-2012 15:58 Send private message

You can force NZ caches, but sadly steam changed their distribution system and the existing caches cant cache much of the newer content. If something has been released or updated on steam in the last 6 months, good chance its not on an ISP's cache server.

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  Reply # 689941 22-Sep-2012 17:23 Send private message

Mine wont go over 400Kb/s. I usually get 1.6MB/s. With telstraclear

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  Reply # 689966 22-Sep-2012 18:42 Send private message

Moved to correct forum.

Yesterday I downloaded Borderlands at around 5 MB/s with 7 MB/s, with TelstraClear cable, 100 Mbps service. Most likely got it from the TelstraClear's own Steam server.

If your ISP doesn't a Steam server then sorry to say but... sucks to be you.

Seriously though, even though TelstraClear has its own server, if you request a game that's not cached then Steam will download from any other server and you have no control over it. There are ways to configure firewall connections to only allow the program to connect to a specific server though, which will require some manual configuration on your part as well as testing each server to find the one with best speeds - and again if you lockdown to one specific server and the content you want is not there then you won't be able to download...

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  Reply # 690388 24-Sep-2012 08:54 Send private message

Managed to get 1.3 MB/S on an ADSL 2 connection which isn't too shabby.... I found that if I picked NZ it would drop back to 400kB, but if I picked Sydney's servers, it was 1.3 MB/s :)

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  Reply # 690391 24-Sep-2012 08:59 Send private message

Checkout Steam Limiter ( )

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  Reply # 690394 24-Sep-2012 09:07 Send private message

Was downloading updates from steam last night on vodafone adsl2 (mainly updates for Mafia 2) and connected to the telstraclear steam server and I was pulling down data at about 1.6MB/s so that link seems fast

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  Reply # 696155 4-Oct-2012 14:06 Send private message

ChevronX: Checkout Steam Limiter ( )

That's what I use to make sure it only connects to Orcons server works really good and is easy peasy to setup and get going

I was pulling 1.5MBps (MegaBytes)from it the other day downloading HL2

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