SCP via SSH max's out at 1.1MB/s - is this a DO imposed limit?

April 5, 2014 2.3k views
When I SCP files from a DO to my local dev box, the connection seems to throttle at 1MB/s (sometimes 1.1MB/s). I don't have this issue when SCP'ing from other non-DO servers which leads me to believe the bottleneck is not my office router or my upstream provider. Has anyone else encountered this? I'm wondering if this is a DO-imposed throttle or something related to the network settings in my droplet. Thanks, B
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  • Hi I do encounter same results. It looks like the DO dropplets do have some kind of throttling.

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DigitalOcean doesn't throttle the network speed of droplets. Your droplet, however, is sharing a hypervisor with a number of other droplets, depending on your size.
The reason you don't get this speed decrease when communicating between servers is that datacenters are peered very well. There is less latency than to your office connection. See the effect of bandwidth delay product on transfer speed here:
I suggest you open a ticket if you feel like the speed should be investigated. The support staff will take a look at the droplet and node for you.
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