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June 26, 2009 in Tech by

Everyone knows the internet is made up of a series of tubes.  Since Unity has such a strong internet component in the webplayer, nothing but the fastest of all tubes are acceptable to deliver Unity webplayers to you and your players.

To harness the power of these tubes, Unity Tech has begun working with a content delivery service called Akamai.  Akamai provides server mirrors with fast connections around the world in order to make sure your downloads are as speedy as possible.  They do this for lots of big, well-known companies that you can see on their web site: http://www.akamai.com/html/customers/index.html

Because this download service affects users globally, we’d like everyone to help us make sure there are no kinks in the system.  If you can spare a moment, we have two tests for you to run.

Test #1: Download the Unity 2.5.0 webplayer installer through Akamai:

 

Test #2: Auto-update from 2.1.0 to 2.5.0 using Akamai

Steps:

  1. Download the 2.1.0 webplayer (not using the Akamai service)
    * For Mac: http://unity3d.com/download_archived_webplayer/2.1.0/webplayer-universal.dmg
    * For Windows: http://unity3d.com/download_archived_webplayer/2.1.0/UnityWebPlayer.exe
  2. Install the 2.1.0 webplayer
  3. Restart your browser
  4. Visit this url to auto-update using Akamai: http://beta.unity3d.com/AkamaiTest/

 

Both test #1 and #2 should be blazing fast.  If you can, please leave a comment about where you’re located and your average download speed, we’d greatly appreciate it!

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26 Jun 2009, 6:28 pm

First download took about 2 seconds at the most. I briefly saw 1.9MB a second flash up.

The update might have taken a second or more longer but not enough to notice.

Both on Mac

Custard Factory, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

26 Jun 2009, 6:32 pm

54 kbps here in the philippines. using a slow crappy connection though. its the best speed i get though so its fast. :) Windows machine

ak
26 Jun 2009, 6:38 pm

hong kong, around 540 kb/s, midnight. around the best speed for my connection.

Neil
26 Jun 2009, 8:57 pm

got between 1.9MB and 2.7MB a second on both downloads.

Both on Windows.

Location: Bournemouth, UK.

26 Jun 2009, 9:22 pm

Really fast here in Brazil.

Ashkan Saeedi
26 Jun 2009, 10:00 pm

i have a 15KBps connection (to slow) but the download was not arroun 15K. it was 13.5 and 14kBps

location: iran
our nasty government limits the interent speed to 128kbps (16KBps) for home users and in this sensitive times it’s slower but i think this 1 or 2 k decrease is your problem.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/iran_stop_the_crackdown/?cl=260799252&v=3541

Henrik Jademyr
26 Jun 2009, 11:35 pm

In sweden on 50Mb/s.

Downloaded 2.5.0 webplayer in about 3 seconds on avarage, so somewhere around 10Mb/s.

27 Jun 2009, 2:27 am

About 400 Kilobytes per second on a 12mbit link here in Singapore. That’s really really good for here as the link speed means very little when it comes to download. So all in all blazingly fast in the S’pore.

Nic.

Greg
27 Jun 2009, 2:31 am

I’m in Texas. The download finished before I can click save. I’m at work though, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we have some Akamai servers here.

27 Jun 2009, 11:59 am

It downloaded so fast that I couldn’t even check my top speed, it was over 1mb/s and probably hitting my max download speed of 1.6mb/s.

Holland

28 Jun 2009, 5:44 am

Montreal, Canada
Test #1: 2 seconds
Test #2: 6 seconds
PC Windows XP

Lee
29 Jun 2009, 5:41 pm

Akamai download was 2 – 3 times faster than the downloads that did not use it.

Danilo Isidoro
30 Jun 2009, 8:59 pm

I had torrent in the background and it got around 250kB/s total. It doesnt get much faster so it must be exelent.
São Paulo – Brazil

6 Jul 2009, 4:57 pm

Nice!

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