Downloads (non local) are capped at 2mb/s....I get 10mb/s local

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Nextcloud version (eg, 20.0.5): 26
Operating system and version (eg, Ubuntu Server 22.04): Ubuntu Server 22.04
Apache or nginx version (eg, Apache 2.4.25): 2.4.52
PHP version (eg, 7.4): 8.1

The issue you are facing:

Download speeds outside of my local network are capped at 2mb/s. This can be tested as soon as I use a VPN - speeds drop from 10mb/s to 2bm/s.
Other downloads outside of nextcloud are very good.

Is this the first time you’ve seen this error? (Y/N): Y

Steps to replicate it: Try and download anything from my nextcloud outside of my local network.

The output of your Nextcloud log in Admin > Logging:

Not sure what log to show...

The output of your config.php file in /path/to/nextcloud (make sure you remove any identifiable information!):

$CONFIG = array (
  'instanceid' => 'ocim0r96utwm',
  'passwordsalt' => 'CC8OqNUPaU7OkwLWU6aRsWDPpGHfUW',
  'secret' => 'Xc39ea0xDJ6iHcT1MFAeI1B0f2Pf1utFTUk8Ceqd5IUBKxcE',
  'trusted_domains' =>
  array (
    0 => 'localhost',
    1 => '',
    2 => '',
    2 => '',
    3 => '',
  'datadirectory' => '/var/www/',
  'dbtype' => 'mysql',
  'version' => '',
  'overwrite.cli.url' => '',
  'dbname' => 'nextcloud',
  'dbhost' => 'localhost',
  'dbport' => '',
  'dbtableprefix' => 'oc_',
  'mysql.utf8mb4' => true,
  'dbuser' => 'nextcloud',
  'dbpassword' => '************',
  'installed' => true,
  'memcache.local' => '\\OC\\Memcache\\APCu',
  'default_phone_region' => 'AU',


The output of your Apache/nginx/system log in /var/log/____:

Nothing to share?```


Output errors in nextcloud.log in /var/www/ or as admin user in top right menu, filtering for errors. Use a pastebin service if necessary.

No errors according to nextcloud```

You pass through a VPN to simulate an external access? And you share the same connection as the server? What is the up/down speed of your internet connection?

Like this, it can be a lot of things. Regarding the logs it can be interesting to know the difference between a local and remote access. There can be things like reverse DNS lookup for the logs (domain name system - Apache httpd won't stop doing reverse DNS requests for clients' IPs - Server Fault) that can slow down the overall performance.

And there could be network stuff as well. As you write that you don’t have issues with other services, I suppose it is just Nextcloud. As a next step, you could just do a static download via the webserver (large iso-file or something) and see if you have the same issue. That way, you see if it is Nextcloud-specific or not.

Hey thanks for the reply, much appreciated.

The slow speeds were noticed when I connected from home, then asked a friend and they got the same speed cap (it’s right bang on 2MB/s). When back in at the server’s network (local), the speeds are 10Mb/s. Then I thought, I wonder if a VPN can simulate the external network slow down effect, and wouldn’t you know - bang on speed cap of 2MB/s. So I’m not sure if that’s an accurate test, but it is interesting.

Of course I tested my internet download speeds outside of Nextcloud and they are 10MB/s from many test sights. I then check speeds to and from the server without going through the internet (static download?) and they are super fast (700MB/s using 10GbE). I did this from a samba share.

I think you could be onto something regarding the up/down speed…specifically the up speed. Wouldn’t that be the cause? If the up speed is 2MB/s wouldn’t that theoretically cap the external down speed?

My internet max upload speed is 18Mbps which equates to 2MB/s…is that my issue do you think?

Thanks for your patience, I’m still learning all this stuff.