some dedicated server companies set them as half up half down, and some set the full as up etc. If you want to know the difference, email sales dept! 10mbit, you would only do one, as a 10mbit port can only fit 10mbit at one time. People may want unmetered connections, but not necessarily a very high speed, or a low speed for that matter, so they offer many unmetered connections
Yes, in the example you gave with 10mbit unmetered, you can do 10mbit up and 10mbit down simultaneously. That is, unless your provider is one of those who notoriously puts customers on half-duplex switchports and claims they give everyone full duplex, which is dishonest at best.
As far as metered transfer, you need to ask the provider you're considering. I believe most providers list a combined number when they advertise. We always give very clear and concise indications to our customers when we advertise, i.e. 1500 GB in + 1500 GB out. I have seen a few others who do this too.
Hope that helps.
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Most unmetered plans are full duplex, meaning that you can do 10 Mb/s in and out at the same time (Depending on how oversubscribed the network is). That being said, most companies won't care so much about the inbound bandwidth since most datacenters get billed on 95th percentile and since they push a large amount of bandwidth outbound, will most likely never realize the same amount of bandwidth inbound, which means, it's essentially free, in a manner of speaking.
I don't have much experiance but the company I was with before was jhservers which I belive is mostly a reseller of hivelocity and I was paying 140 canadian a month for a 2.4 ghz cel with half gig ram and a 120 gig drive (was advertised as 80 gig) and a 10mbit unmetered and it was going 1100KB/s both was at some times. origonally I had troubles getting over about 400 both ways but I called tech and they played with it then told me nothing was wrong but they fixed it without knowing.
it was odd too because their test downloads went full speed but stuff out on the net wouldn't.
I did email a few I was considering and asked they what they meant when they stated their bandwidth.
Layered tech said BW meaning both ways means they state their bandwidth as combined usage... still kinda vauge wether or not you could use all of it as upload or not... or if 2 TB is only 1 TB upload max...?
I am pretty sure LayeredTech counts it as total, and they don't care if you use it all up, all down, or all in a circle.
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Great thread. Answered some unanswered questions i was building up. But i wanna ask a few more questions myself.
I also have a 10Mbit connection, and i use it for a game server and it seems like its lagging once i got like 35 people in my server. I installed DUmeter and im wondering what should i be seeing in Kbps before my clients start to lag? Is there a place where i can test my connection to see what its sending/receiving at?