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yrneh12 2007-04-07 17:04

Anyone use mIRC? Because I have a problem...
Back when I first got mIRC, i was able to download at speeds up to 600kbs. Recently, my speeds have decreased dramatically, to around 50-150kbs. This started occurring last month, and I'm wondering if it's a connection problem or if every server on IRC has started to slow down. Thanks for any feedback.

Ledgem 2007-04-08 01:32

Just a note, when you download off of a file server on IRC, you're not downloading from the IRC server itself, but from a client connected to that server. The main IRC server merely relays the text and information of who is in what channel. I'm guessing you knew, but I wanted to make sure we're on the same page.

If you haven't changed any of your mIRC settings and you haven't messed with your router/firewall, I can make a few guesses:
1) You're connecting to servers that are overloaded/have bad routing to you;
2) You need to reset your modem (unless you're not experiencing slowdown anywhere else);
3) Your ISP has capped your maximum speed (cable companies have a tendency to do this if you're a heavy bandwidth user);
4) Some process on your system is saturating your bandwidth (malware? Could be easily verified if you have a bandwidth monitor like DUMeter or Netlimiter installed)

Those are just some ideas to get started with.

yrneh12 2007-04-11 17:56

Hmm, I tried everything you did, but there was no considerable difference. I guess my ISP capped my bandwidth. Thanks for the help.

Phantom-Takaya 2007-04-18 21:36

If your ISP has capped your bandwidth, you can verify by calling them. Some (if not most) ISPs sell bandwidth options. The higher the price, the higher download and upload bandwidth limits you have.

Like Ledgem said, the IRC servers are just intermidiaries. They don't control the bandwidth between the reciever (you) and the sender. It's possible that the sender's bandwidth isn't very high.

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