Had 1GB service installed last week and I seem to have the same issues with speed as others on this thread.
The SamKnows RealSpeed shows me getting the full 1GB but my wired i3 PC (which is quite old) will only show a download speed of around 350mb. I tried this with Windows 10 and also a live dvd of Ubuntu.
Is it just the network card is not up to the speed (it is motherboard integrated) so would popping in a standalone card boost the speed?
Technically you are getting the speed, you just can’t use it all on one machine!
But this does illustrate something which was mentioned somewhere above, this 1Gig provision by VM is not really intended to be used on a single device or necessarily to be expected that you can get it on a single device - it’s more targeted at homes with a large number of machines which might all be heavy downloaders. In fact if I were a cynic I might say that the 1 Gig speed is a much a marketing ploy than something that the vast majority of customers will actually make use of.
Incidentally this also nicely demonstrates how ‘doing a speed test’ isn’t quite as simple as it sounds. There is a chain of devices involved all the way from the source server down to the buffer and the write speed of the local disks subsystem. Any one of them can drag the overall test result down - so it’s certainly not the case that if you are getting somewhat less than 1 Gb/s (more like 950 Mb/s) that there has to be a problem with the hub or connection.
Even a PCIx1 Express bus is a 250Megabytes/sec so well above the speed needed to max out a gigabit card.
@StuBFrost you might actually be getting a higher speed to your computer on regular downloads etc. what you are not getting is a good test from speedtest.net. The traffic that is going from and to speedtest.net and or other benchmark sites is "simulated data" and your system and some of my systems struggle with. Speedtest.net does not appear to be using my SSD when downloading and that would not be a bottleneck anyway.
Steam, on the other hand, will quite happily sustain downloads at 100+Megabytes/sec on a computer that runs Speedtest at around half the speed.
I am going to dig a bit more into the traffic from speedtest.net to have a look.