NYC1 Speedtest vs test file / sftp transfer speeds?

This is my first time using a VPS, I have basic knowledge to get some stuff don’t but obviously don’t know everything. What should you be seeing for SFTP transfer speeds?

I usually see downloading from sftp speed plateau at 500-600KiB/s & upload via sftp plateaus at 600-700KiB/s.

I uploaded a test file to my site to test via browser & it’s the same as sftp.

Here’s my connection speed to a NYC server via speedtest.

Here’s the speedtest with DigitalOcean flash tester.

DigitalOcean 100MB speed test file.

If these are normal then I’m sorry for bringing it up, just curious.


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I’ll be honest with you, even though I’ve ran multiple UPS’s in the past, I didn’t even think about that being an issue until you mentioned it. I ran in to a similar issue a few years back before moving to where I am now. Most of the time UPS is set and forget (for the most part), though it didn’t even occur to me since it’s been so long!

Definitely glad to hear you were able to get that resolve though! I know I go a little crazy when my speeds start dropping off for no apparent reason. That’s one of the reasons for the router swap, but I’ll have to keep UPS in the back of my head moving forward so I don’t overlook that in the future!


You’re download speed is right where mine is (I normally max at 65Mbps) and I’m downloading from NYC1 at between 6-8MB/s using Chrome, which is spot on since 65Mbps = 8.125MB/s.

With your download speed capped right where mine is, you should expect around the same if you’re ISP allows you to download at semi-consistent speeds (for the test file).

482KB/s definitely isn’t normal. What I would recommend is trying other locations, just to verify that the same same either is or isn’t happening. Their network connectivity is vast and Droplets are on a shared 1Gbps port, which would definitely provide more throughput than under 1MB/s unless it happens to be under high load (i.e. too many people connecting will drag speeds down).