How much bandwidth for WFA
Thread poster: Samuel Murray

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Nov 27, 2013

Hello everyone

Does anyone know how much bandwidth WFA consumes? I mean, if you're on an expensive mobile connection, for example. Not including the initial file upload and/or eventual file download.

Samuel


 

Dominique Pivard  Identity Verified
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Similar to Gmail Nov 27, 2013

Wordfast Anywhere relies on Ajax, like Gmail. It therefore doesn't have to move a lot of data back and forth and should be rather efficient (like Gmail). If you're concerned about it, the best would be to try it on a plan that doesn't cost much. The problem is isolating bandwidth consumption related to Wordfast Anywhere from the rest (for instance, a typical Windows laptop moves quite a lot of data even if it seems to be doing nothing).

 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Chrome's bandwidth meter Nov 27, 2013

Dominique Pivard wrote:
The problem is isolating bandwidth consumption related to Wordfast Anywhere from the rest (for instance, a typical Windows laptop moves quite a lot of data even if it seems to be doing nothing).


Yes, I suppose you're right.

Anyway, I used Chrome's bandwidth meter for a very short test (simply visit chrome://net-internals/#bandwidth in the browser), and I found that loading WFA takes about 1000 KB, and after that it takes about 2 KB per segment that you move forward (no matches displayed). WFA also consumes about 1 KB per minute for being idle (roughly 0.1 KB per 5 seconds).

I speculate that bandwidth usage will be higher if WFA also displays memory matches or other information, and possibly also for double-byte languages (?).


 

Dan Ilioiu  Identity Verified
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Volume of data Nov 28, 2013

Samuel Murray wrote:

Hello everyone

Does anyone know how much bandwidth WFA consumes? I mean, if you're on an expensive mobile connection, for example. Not including the initial file upload and/or eventual file download.

Samuel


I guess the problem is not the bandwidth, but the data volume, as you mentioned the "expensive mobile conection". Samuel answered the question.


 

Alex Lago  Identity Verified
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Should be no problem to use WFA on a mobile data plan Nov 28, 2013

As your question is related to mobile use, with those data volumes as Catalina says the problem will never be bandwidth there is so little data that any speed should be able to handle it no problem. Also as the data volume measurements you mention are so low I doubt you could ever run out of data in your plan just by using WFA.

If you have a 1GB data plan (bearing in mind this will be 1 million kb and not 1048576 kb) and your measurements show WFA using 1000 kb to start and 5 kb per segment (2 kb for the segment itself and I am assuming 3 minutes of "idle" time to write each segment), that would mean in theory you could do the following amounts of translation sessions (i.e. you would use the initial 1000 kb each time)

100 segments 666 sessions
500 segments 285 sessions
2000 segments 91 sessions

And in a single session you could translate nearly 200k segments.

So even adding data for displaying memory matches and double-byte languages should not make any noticeable difference.


 


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