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Bandwidth confusion

by Guest on 2013/08/02 02:50:07 AM    
Dear All,

Please forgive what may be a silly question from someone with limited IT knowledge.

I am running Tixati V1.96 on a Windows 8 box. According to, download speed is +- 8.5Mbs and upload speed is 0.6Mbs. In Tixati I have Limit incoming at 6000KB/s and Limit Outgoing at 60KB/s.

The question...... With Tixati currently running, my incoming speed is 71.2KB/s and outgoing speed is 60.6KB/s. Simple maths says that is 131.8KB/s traffic into my router (cable connection). Yet Task Manager is showing network usage at 1.5Mbps.

Why is there such a large discrepancy?

Yours in confusion
by EvilLivesHere on 2013/08/02 07:55:40 AM    
Hello Phillip

I believe the problem here is that you do not realize the difference between MB (MegaBytes) and Mb (Megabits).  There are 8 bits in a byte, so if we take the 1.5Mb/s and divide by 8, we get .1875, which is roughly 187.5KB/s.  So in reality your Task Manager only shows a descrepency of about 55.7KB/s.  This most likely can  be attributed to other traffic on your network, or even lag between Tixati's reading and task manager's readings.  So this answers your question I think.  As a side note, you can change how Tixati displays data rates and file amounts on the settings menu under "Output Formatting" in the "User Interface".

Also, You may want to set your incoming speed much lower, as in reality, you can only download at a max of about 1006KB/s.  The auto limit option on the bandwidth page is usually a good choice if you don't know the best value to set it to.

For an article on data rates and the various meanings of these symbols, try reading:
by Guest on 2013/08/02 10:03:14 AM    
well there are a lot of possiblities first off when you say your speen with tixati running is so low do you mean you did another speed test with it running or the speed tixati say is in the kB range. also note that tixati measures things in the Byte range and speed test's default setting if i remember correctly are in the bit range so Kb is not the same thing as KB if you want to find out what your speed really is either change the setting in speed test to kilobyte instead of kilobit or divide that 8.5 by 8
by Guest on 2013/08/04 01:29:31 AM    
Thanks guys! It makes sense now.... knew it was something silly.

One more question...... is there a way to prioritize the bandwidth usage i.e. when the computer is idle, Tixati can run at maximum usage. However, if bandwidth is being used by another application (e.g. Chrome) then Tixati will limit or stop its bandwidth usage. There appears nothing obvious in the settings menu.

by EvilLivesHere on 2013/08/04 08:31:36 AM    
I don't know of a way to do this via Tixati.  You can add presents to Tixati (One way is to right click the taskbar icon and go to bandwidth), but you need to manually choose them when you are using other applications or before you go to sleep.  May be a nice possible feature in the future.

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