Steam not downloading as fast as it should?

Caliaton

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Hey guys, I've had steam for the longest time, have downloaded over 30 games, and always downloaded games at a rate of anywhere from 1.9 to 2.1 mb per second. But just recently, I discovered on speedtest.net that our download speed is actually 12.75 mb per second! Does anyone know why steam is downloading at a much lower speed than my internet is capable of? Thanks guys in advance for any help you can provide me with
 

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I don't think Steam itself caps speeds, but individual servers will probably throttle speeds though. I top out around 14MB/s. My ISP has their own content mirror which will contribute to higher speeds, but I know that most of my downloaded data doesn't come from my ISP's mirror.
 

Caliaton

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Nvm all, I just looked on the steam faq's and it seems that steam downloads in BYTES while internet speed is measured in BITS. Just a little confusion on my end but now i understand.
 

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I don't think Steam itself caps speeds, but individual servers will probably throttle speeds though. I top out around 14MB/s. My ISP has their own content mirror which will contribute to higher speeds, but I know that most of my downloaded data doesn't come from my ISP's mirror.
 
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