Dropbox uploading slow

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by jasper smith, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. jasper smith

    jasper smith Guest

    Anyone else having slow speeds uploading files to Dropbox? For me, it's like having a 56 k modem. Even small files, 14 meg, take a long time. I'm supposed to have 1meg upload speed. I thought I'd check with someone before calling WISP.
    jasper smith, Oct 26, 2015
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    Pat Guest

    How long is "a long time"? It is hard to help without data. Note
    that your 1 meg upload spped is 1 megaBITs per second, but your file
    is likely 14 megaBYTEs. So, in a perfect world, it would take almost
    2 minutes. However, the world isn't perfect so assume up to double
    that time. So, if "a long time" is 4 minutes, nothing is wrong.
    Perhaps they were giving you much hogher before and just started
    limiting it to 1 meg. Again, it's hard to help without knowing the
    whole story.
    Pat, Oct 27, 2015
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  3. jasper smith

    jasper smith Guest

    For a 14 meg file it's taken as long as ninety minutes. Bigger files take many hours to upload, even when the phone sits unused giving Dropbox all the time it needs to upload. It's the same way on two phones and a tablet. It's just Slowwwwww. obviously you don't use Dropbox or you would have either told me yours uploads fast, or it also uploads slow. Do you not remember how slow a 56 k modem was? 1 meg is supposed to be the highest upload speed for my internet data plan, although I'm supposed to be getting 8 meg download speed, and it never shows to be much more than 3 meg when I do a speed test.
    jasper smith, Oct 28, 2015
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    dold Guest

    How are you measuring the upload speed?
    I tried writing in my Linux Dropbox folder, but I can't tell how fast it
    I used the web interface in Firefox to upload a 14 MB file, and it took
    about 14 seconds.

    Speedtest.net says my upload speed is 5.83 Mbps.
    dold, Oct 29, 2015
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    jasper smith Guest

    There must be a problem with the app where it automatically uploads photos & videos, when they're taken. After using the browser to select and manually upload a video, a 23 meg video uploaded in three minutes.

    Crap... using the app to automatically upload would be better if it wasn't so slowwwww.

    I wish there was a way to speed up the app.

    Thanks for your help. That was a good idea to use the browser to upload.
    jasper smith, Oct 29, 2015
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    dold Guest

    I am sometimes surprised to find that a whole boatload of photos and videos
    have not already uploaded automatically as soon as I go look ;-)
    There is a "photos" tab in the menu in the app. I can see the progress
    there, and it might run faster once I look, which might make sense (lower
    priority in the background that in the foreground).

    I also find that my WiFi camera sometimes goes to sleep, and doesn't upload
    anything, until I wake it up while connected to WiFi.
    dold, Nov 2, 2015
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