Download speed cap increase for Supporters and non-Adblockers

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Since 2007, Nexus Mods has had a download speed cap of 1MB a second on all downloads unless the user is a Premium Member. Starting this week, this download speed cap has been increased to 2MB a second if certain criteria are met.


Why does Nexus Mods place a speed cap on downloads?
The download speed cap on Nexus Mods ensures we can budget for and keep our substantial bandwidth bills within an acceptable price range and makes sure we aren't shocked (or utterly destroyed!) by spiralling bandwidth costs.

We use a global CDN to serve our files and our bandwidth is charged by the 95th percentile method. Essentially, that means we're charged based on the speeds we deliver, not the total amount of files that are downloaded. Thus, the faster users download from us, the more our bandwidth bills will cost. By limiting the speeds, we ensure that our expenses remain linked to the number of users who use our site and not the connection speeds of our user base. As a result, it's far easier to budget our bandwidth bills based on our active user base because more users typically means more ad revenue which means the increased bandwidth costs will be offset by the increased advertising income. If we didn't cap our downloads we could not budget in the same way.


What are the caps?
Premium Members who have financially supported Nexus Mods are able to download without a speed cap as they are directly supporting the upkeep of the sites. If you're interested in finding out about all the perks of Premium Membership, or want to become a Premium Member, please head to our information page.

Thus, up until now, there have been two tiers of users on Nexus Mods when it comes to download speeds:

  • Normal users. Members who have not bought Premium Membership. These users are capped at 1MB/second.
  • Premium Members. Members who have an active Premium Membership. These users are not capped.

We've now created a third tier of users on Nexus Mods that directly impacts the download speed cap. This third tier includes "Supporters", and users who do not use Adblockers. Supporters are users who previously bought a Premium Membership that has since expired (or who have specifically bought the "Supporter" membership from the site for a price of £1.29).

Supporters, along with users not using Adblockers, will have their download cap increased to 2MB a second, which is double what Adblock users will receive. This is how the speed cap tiers now look:


  • Adblock users. Members who have not bought Premium Membership and use Adblockers on the site. These users are capped at 1MB/second.
  • Supporters and non-Adblock users. Members who are in the Supporter member group or who consistently do not use Adblockers on Nexus Mods. These users are capped at 2MB/second.
  • Premium Members. Members who have an active Premium Membership. These users are not capped.


This speed cap increase is live now for manual downloads and will be rolled out to Vortex within the next two weeks.


Why increase the speed for non-Adblock users and Supporters?
Simply put, if you're reading this, you've cost us money. To keep this site running we need to pay a very hefty price. From direct expenses, like the servers and bandwidth that are used to serve the page content to you, to more indirect but equally important expenses like our office space, the staff that maintain and improve the site, the hardware we work on, software license fees, HR, payroll, legal fees, insurance and so on and so forth. All of these expenses need to be accounted for in order to keep these sites up and running well. If you'd like a full breakdown of what Nexus Mods needs money for, we've dedicated an entire page of the site to an infographic that puts it all in to easy to read data points. You can see that page here.

In this age of Adblockers, we believe that the users who financially support the site should be rewarded for their help. Whether by directly donating towards the site by buying Premium or Supporter Memberships or simply by choosing to not use an Adblocker while browsing the site, these users are the ones who help to keep the site up and fully operational. Without them, Nexus Mods would simply cease to exist. We believe the help they provide, consciously or unconsciously, should be incentivised and rewarded.

On the flip side, we do not want to punish users who want to use Adblockers but do not financially contribute to the running of the site. There are myriad different reasons why users choose to use Adblockers, and a lot of them are perfectly valid. For these users, their experience is not changing at all. They'll still be able to browse the site and receive the same experience as they always have done in the past.

In conclusion, we are now rewarding users who contribute financially to the running of the site and we are not placing any further caps or punishing users who use Adblockers.

282 comments

  1. KuroDragoona
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    slow downloads here as well, manual or with manager doesn't matter, max of 140kb. Located in Ohio, with U-Verse internet
  2. Mercury71
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    Of some reason i download at about 200-500 KB/s today
     
    Nexus has never been this slow for me before.
    1. Dark0ne
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      What file server are you downloading from? We haven't changed anything on the file servers for this, but I'm happy to do a quick test.
    2. DannyDan4
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      I have been also having this issue for a while now, which makes NMM almost entirely unusable, and in helping my friend get NMM to work, I found he also had this issue.
    3. draftcola
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      same deal here, 96kb was getting good speeds yesterday
  3. DarthAndrea2814
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    Okay the new Vortex manager's purpose is obvious. Limiting downloads to 1mb unless you pay for the "Premium" Version .. that's absolute s*** .. All this is going to do, is make people do more manual downloads and install from files. Which is exactly what I'm doing. Some of these mods are nearly a gig at 1mb it's going to take forever. So Nexus can try and take the piss out of my argument any way they want. It's a money grab plain and simple. 


    I've been a supporter for at least a year, and my download speeds manually and thru Vortex are running about 175kb on a 80MB line.
    I'm not sure how long you've been with Nexus, but I've been here for nearly 8 years, and downloaded TONS of mods... how difficult would it be to add Nexusmods.com to the whitelist in adblock? Not to mention that they've been here for modders and content creators for how long? If all they're asking you to do is whitelist them in your adblocker(s) because they need help; it's the least you could do.
    Because of the Nexus I've been able to enjoy 4,642 hours playing Skyrim... JUST Skyrim. That's not even counting Fallout 3, NV, and FO4.
    And premium membership is $2.99 a month for those who can't drop a larger sum. Just sayin'.
     


     
     
     
    Did I mention ads or Adblock, The Vortex Manager Itself restricts download speeds unless you upgrade to "Premium". Which I'm sorry is not happening, I'm paying for enough memberships as it is and I'm not being blackmailed into paying for another.
     
    As for Adblock I refuse to use ANY website without it. Because the companies that deliver ads to websites, including Google's AdSense, do not guarantee that the ads their delivering to websites are Virus or Malware Free. And until there is Legislation in the U.S. at least that mandates that companies delivering advertising to websites guarantee those ads are clean I will continue to use Adblock. 
  4. Lrkr71
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    Okay the new Vortex manager's purpose is obvious. Limiting downloads to 1mb unless you pay for the "Premium" Version .. that's absolute s*** .. All this is going to do, is make people do more manual downloads and install from files. Which is exactly what I'm doing. Some of these mods are nearly a gig at 1mb it's going to take forever. So Nexus can try and take the piss out of my argument any way they want. It's a money grab plain and simple. 



    I've been a supporter for at least a year, and my download speeds manually and thru Vortex are running about 175kb on a 80MB line.
    I'm not sure how long you've been with Nexus, but I've been here for nearly 8 years, and downloaded TONS of mods... how difficult would it be to add Nexusmods.com to the whitelist in adblock? Not to mention that they've been here for modders and content creators for how long? If all they're asking you to do is whitelist them in your adblocker(s) because they need help; it's the least you could do.
    Because of the Nexus I've been able to enjoy 4,642 hours playing Skyrim... JUST Skyrim. That's not even counting Fallout 3, NV, and FO4.
    And premium membership is $2.99 a month for those who can't drop a larger sum. Just sayin'.
  5. DarthAndrea2814
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    Okay the new Vortex manager's purpose is obvious. Limiting downloads to 1mb unless you pay for the "Premium" Version .. that's absolute s*** .. All this is going to do, is make people do more manual downloads and install from files. Which is exactly what I'm doing. Some of these mods are nearly a gig at 1mb it's going to take forever. So Nexus can try and take the piss out of my argument any way they want. It's a money grab plain and simple. 
  6. Gaspare79
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    Not sure if this is the correct thread, but I've bought a month premium, then I've started downloading new california mod but it's downloading at ~400 Kbits/s (my max speed is 8.7 MBytes/sec or 69Mbits/s, according to steam). What can I do to fix this, if it's fixable?
     
    edit: after a few minutes, downloading other mods, the cap raised to 1.7/1.8 MBytes/s, now I'll restart new california.
  7. thamythic
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    Want to buy life time premium and heave the money on my paypal ,but i cant buy it because for some reason you need a credit card???? thats just stupid!!!
    i can buy a shitload off stuff from ebay without a credit card but i cant buy a premium from you!
    1. Dark0ne
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      You can pay with Pay Pal. Just select it in the payment method drop-down menu.
    2. thamythic
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      i did that and everytime i get asked for creditcard numbers to proceed with the payment in paypal
    3. lyoko1
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      Can't you just use a debit card?
      Maybe sience the premium is a subscription type thing, paypal request your card to charge in case you can't pay whit the funds you have on paypal, all being said this is only a hypothesis.
      have you tried purchasing the life time premium or the supporter rank? maybe sience those are not subscription based paypal don't ask you the card?
    4. thamythic
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      i am trying to buy a lifetime premium!
  8. Darkernard
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    I have disabled my AdBlock on this site, I see every single ad, but my download speed is still capped at 1MB/s. It doesn't bother me seeing your ads, but having a 1MB/s download speed, while I should go up to 2MB/s really does. Please fix this.
    1. spitefuldemon
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      Same here. I see all the banner ads, and the videos that plays on every page, but I still only get 1mb/s max download speeds.

      Edit: For extra info, My uBlock has been off since October 4th.
  9. Sohei2
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    I have had my adblocker disabled for this site forever but the site never figured it out. I still get the nag messages to turn off the blocker instead of ads. Vefrified multiple times that it is off and the site is white listed. Perhaps the site admin should fix the site to recognize this properly and serve ads again rather than punish us for cooperating as requested.
    1. Dark0ne
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      If you're still seeing the "nag message" and not seeing actual ads, then something on your system is still blocking our ads from working. Those nag messages are only shown if the ads are being blocked. So it's definitely something on your end.
  10. theiillustriousfrogdog
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    hey im gonna find a way around the adblock thing because i don't like malware from your shitty ads, peace my dude. get a patreon.
    1. EmmaTherMermaid
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      ya the problems with these ads are freaking ridiculous
    2. Dark0ne
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      We have Supporter membership, which costs $2, or Premium Membership, which costs $4.50. Either of which give you ad free for life.
    3. lightswornknight
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      Just pay the 2$ donation and be a supporter with no ads for life. You support them and they support you with no ads.
    4. BlueGunk
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      I've found my Premium Membership excellent value. I like to support this site and its managers and modders, they've given me a great amount of enjoyment over the years. It's not a lot, and it's good to know I'm helping out.
      And with the new Supporter level you've got faster downloads for less cash.
      Get yourself a membership!
    5. Brennan
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      Membership or not, my adblocker stays, and I don't whitelist any sites ads. If it was just a matter of paying for an increase in download speed, that would be fine, but trying to force me to pay to get rid of bandwidth hogging, malware laced adverts is a good way of ensuring I don't support you financially. Why would I pay you to stop bothering me with ads when I can just block them?
    6. BuffyKillsVampires
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      +1 Brennan's comment
    7. F33RK1LL5
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      +2 BlueGunk's comment.
    8. JohnnyXD23
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      If you can afford to buy a lot of games buying Supporter is no different.
    9. anthonyjohnadlington
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      +3 Brennan's comment.

      +3 BlueGunk's comment.
    10. gamingmaster
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      Ads are fine they don't bother anything on my computer. I recently unblocked them and i haven't gotten any for the past weeks. If they take them off they don't get paid as much, if they stop making you pay same thing. The ads and memberships are what keep nexus here, they deserve a lot more than what there getting now in my opinion. Edit: Brennan your comment is a paradox it makes no sense how you said if it were just for bandwidth then fine, but it is also for ads which isn't fine. You just said you would buy it with the bandwidth but sense it takes away ads your not getting it. The purpose is to get rid of the ads so technically by that statement you would be happier with the deal sense it takes away ads and gives you bandwidth. They don't force you by the way you can still download just fine, and now they give you 2mb with no ad blocker which i'm finding fine. I can't figure out why you guys and gals are having problem with malware, I have no problems at all and i scan all the time for viruses.
    11. Sohei2
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      A membership isn't really for life if you lock us out of the account after a few months idle
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