Very slow droplet upload and download speeds only on my pc


I made a file sharing platform and noticed that its upload and download speed were very low.

However, none of my users noticed any change in the upload/download speed.

I also checked out with my collaborator and he didn’t notice any speed issues.

I set up a python http.server in the droplet to do some tests (, if you’re interested):

After doing some more checks I noticed:

  • The speed is only low on my pc. My phone and tablet have decent speeds and are connected to the same network (same IP, 2.4GHz) as my pc.

  • I tried visiting the site in different browsers (in pc) and the low upload/download speed persists.

  • I also tried using python’s requests module and the low upload/download speed persists.

  • I also tried changing the droplet’s IP and the problem persisted.

  • I tried to use a VPN and I think the problem disappeared (can’t be too sure because of the low VPN bandwidth limits)

  • I tried inside a VM in my pc and the problem persisted.

  • I tried resizing the droplet and the problem persisted.

  • I tried uploading/downloading files from other websites and there was no problem at all.

Note that I’m using a direct ip so the problem is not related to TLS.

Also note that my normal download/upload speed is 50Mbps and this issue makes it drop to about 3Mbps.

Do you have any idea what may cause this problem?

I’m literally out of ideas…

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Bobby Iliev
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August 4, 2022

Hi there,

Are you able to replicate that behavior with a tool like this one:

It sounds like it might be a problem with the LAN card or the WiFi adapter on your laptop.



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