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I'm Tyler, one of the developers in charge of the download servers.
This is very troubling to hear!
Highwinds is a new service we've been trying out—it's aimed at making the downloads much, much faster (roughly 5x faster than our previous update host), so if it's actually slowing things down for some users, we certainly want to know why!
Would you be willing to run a few tests for me to help diagnose the problem? It might take a few rounds of tests to get to the bottom of it, but each test should be pretty quick for you.
If you're willing, here are the first steps toward diagnosing the problem. You're welcome to answer here (in a comment), or by emailing me---my email is [my first name]@x-plane.com.
Well, those are definitely reasonable speeds! File 2 came from the new CDN, and it looks like the CDN was just about able to max out your connection (18 Mb/s is equivalent to 2300 KB/s).
At this point, there are two possibilities:
Sorry, I should clarify: with new technology, it is possible to pack the updates. But, this isn't something we're looking at doing in the near future, since it would require significant changes in the installer, and we're stuck supporting the version of the installer that comes on the X-Plane 10 DVDs for the foreseeable future. (In essence, we can't overhaul the way we ship updates without also overhauling the updater.)
So, while this is a possibility for the future, it won't happen soon.
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