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Can someone please explain why FTP is so slow?

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Can someone please explain why FTP is so slow?

I've just tried uploading a file of 415bytes to a server in manchester. Here is the log file from cuteftp. As you can see it started at 19:25:28, and finished at 19:25:55, thats a whopping 28 seconds.

I know I've hit level one of my usage allowance which now restricts me on an evening, but surely even @ 512k I sould be able to upload a file in less than 28 seconds. I've had this problem ALL day, so I know it's not just related to an evening.

I read in another thread that the network is now full from 9am until 3am, if thats the case then shouldnt plusnet be investing in a new pipe? didnt plusnet close a pipe a few months back, can it not be reopened? I can understand this decision coming down to the finance, but the network performance is surely detrimental to the service it's providing to customers, who expect half decent speeds during off peak time.

The strange thing is, web traffic is lightning fast, so obviously php traffic is being shaped to prevent high downloads, but what about us that use FTP for small files that mount up to about 5-10mb a day.

I'm very close to upping sticks if there isnt an improvement shortly. I use my connection for business and cant afford to spend time waiting for files to upload to ftp. I would upgrade to a business account, but I cant justify spending an extra 11-12 quid a month to be able to use FTP at reasonable speeds, when I should be getting reasonable speeds anyway.

STATUS:> [12/01/2007 19:25:28] Login successful.
COMMAND:> [12/01/2007 19:25:28] PWD
[12/01/2007 19:25:30] 257 "/" is your current location
STATUS:> [12/01/2007 19:25:30] Home directory: /
STATUS:> [12/01/2007 19:25:30] This site supports features.
STATUS:> [12/01/2007 19:25:30] This site supports SIZE.
STATUS:> [12/01/2007 19:25:30] This site can resume broken downloads.
STATUS:> [12/01/2007 19:25:30] Checking directory existence: "/www/dev".
COMMAND:> [12/01/2007 19:25:30] CWD /www/dev
[12/01/2007 19:25:32] 250 OK. Current directory is /www/dev
STATUS:> [12/01/2007 19:25:32] PWD skipped. Current folder: "/www/dev".
STATUS:> [12/01/2007 19:25:32] Remote directory already exists: "/www/dev".
COMMAND:> [12/01/2007 19:25:32] SIZE test.php
[12/01/2007 19:25:34] 213 413
COMMAND:> [12/01/2007 19:25:34] MDTM test.php
[12/01/2007 19:25:36] 213 20070112192628
COMMAND:> [12/01/2007 19:25:37] PASV
[12/01/2007 19:25:40] 227 Entering Passive Mode (87,117,201,104,215,56)
COMMAND:> [12/01/2007 19:25:40] REST 0
[12/01/2007 19:25:49] 350 Restarting at 0
COMMAND:> [12/01/2007 19:25:49] STOR test.php
STATUS:> [12/01/2007 19:25:49] Connecting FTP data socket... 87.117.201.104:55096...
[12/01/2007 19:25:53] 150 Accepted data connection
[12/01/2007 19:25:55] 226-File successfully transferred
226 1.897 seconds (measured here), 209.80 bytes per second
COMMAND:> [12/01/2007 19:25:55] CWD /
[12/01/2007 19:25:57] 250 OK. Current directory is /
STATUS:> [12/01/2007 19:25:57] PWD skipped. Current folder: "/".
5 REPLIES
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Can someone please explain why FTP is so slow?

that would be the traffic shaping policy that plusnet uses.
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Can someone please explain why FTP is so slow?

I've found FTP seems to be throttled (http downloads are fine, mail is fine etc etc) - I'm currently uploading at 0.6 kbps

Is this a new plus net policy to throttle ftp? - if has it just been implemented because it's been fine up till 3 days ago.

Rob
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Can someone please explain why FTP is so slow?

I find the FTP throttling to be a nightmare!!

Use use FTP for work to upload and download Legitimate software and files, needed for my job.

But it is a waste of time! 4-5 k is the max I can get.

Basically if you download, you are link:censored with PN now.

All they want is browser HTTP!

Moderators note by James (sallyandjames) : Removed attempt to bypass swear filter, also removed double post. link:rules
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Can someone please explain why FTP is so slow?

I guess a simple call tomorrow morning will confirm if they are going to continue to throttle my service - if so I'm going to be forced to shift as I need ftp upload facilities and to just start to throttle me without saying anything is not how I want to be treated.

People only treat you as badly as you let them ;-)

Rob
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Can someone please explain why FTP is so slow?

Yeah can also confirm that i'm lucky to see 6KB/sec on any FTP activity. Ridiculous.