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Why does it take so long for attachments to load?

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Why does it take so long for attachments to load? PerpetuallyPerplexed 4/19/10 12:15 PM
Explain your issue in full detail here:

When trying to send my daughter some short movies I took of her kids, I found I had to first zip the movies, then discovered it took a terribly long time for the attachment to load. Why does it take so long? And why is the attachment size limit (25mb) so low? I had to send each movie in a separate email, even zipped! Then it took an additional several minutes for each email to send!

Program and version used to access gmail = GOOGLE CHROME version 0.0.0.0 (whatever THAT means!)
Operating system = WinXP
Antivirus software = Norton 2010

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Re: Why does it take so long for attachments to load? Joshua 4/19/10 12:34 PM
That's just a heck of a lot of stuff to transfer over your local internet connection. A typical home internet connection will be far under 1 megabit per second. 25 megabytes is 200 megabits, which would take over 3 minutes in perfectly ideal circumstances. In the real world, you would expect it to take many times that, with the exact speed depending mostly on your internet service provider.

25 MB is, by the way, one of the highest attachment limits for any email service.

In general, sending videos by email is not a great idea. You should upload them to a video sharing service like youtube.
Re: Why does it take so long for attachments to load? Joshua 4/19/10 12:35 PM
(By the way, when I say under 1 megabit per second, I'm talking about upload speeds which are typically far slower than download speeds on DLS lines.)