Steam has changed the way it delivers content: Here’s what you need to know

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By on June 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Last year, we announced that we’d been working closely with Valve to deploy Steam content updates via our massive, Australia-wide content delivery network. Now that we’ve fully switched off our old Steam content servers and moved to the new SteamPipe system, we thought we should remind you to take a moment to reconfigure or switch off any Steam filter programs you may be running.

Due to the fact that Steam content is now piped through our distributed Australian network instead, your Steam filter programs may no longer be functional. We highly recommend you either disable or turn off your filter as it will probably no longer be effective.

The one Steam-filtering program that seems to be still working with the new CDN system is Steam Limiter, which can be found here. Please note of course that no Steam-filtering program is 100% effective and, as before, iiNet and Internode can not guarantee that any updates will be quota free. However, the new CDN system does mean that you should be able to get more quota-free Steam updates more often — if anything, this change to SteamPipe means you should get less unexpected metered traffic.

There are many benefits to switching over to the new SteamPipe system, which are outlined here on Valve’s developer wiki. However for you, the home consumer, all you need to know is that your game updates will be faster, smaller, and more efficient — and just as quota-free as ever.

TL;DR: It’s business as usual. You probably won’t even notice that anything has changed. Happy gaming!

40 comments (Leave your own)

Well that explains a thing or three…trying to redownload BL2 over Steam with Steam Limiter with limited success since last night. Will have to fiddle with this when I get home…

 
Lord_PorkSword

I’m with Adam, so I’m not entirely sure if my steam content comes down via your CDN, but I’ll have to say that everything in the last month has come down flat chat which is nice to see.

 

Do we get games quota-free as well? Or is it just updates for games and steam?

 

dragon9000:
Do we get games quota-free as well? Or is it just updates for games and steam?

Anything steam delivered over the iiNet/Internode CDN should be quota free, including games and updates.

The large benefit of this new SteamPipe system is, additionally, that game updates/patches should be smaller than ever.

 

Tim Colwill,

Ok thanks!

 

So am I correct in selecting Australia – NSW (Internode) as my download region? Cause I have not once had quota free downloads off steam using it, at best it just lets me download at full speed after I’m capped sometimes. (Yes I am with Internode)

 

Internode still uses quota? LOL what the hell. I’ve been on unlimited for atleast 2 years now.

 

what about mods and games (such as Garry’s Mod) which still use the old content System?? Will these still be accessible for users through Internode’s CDN?

 

omgwtfbbqhax:
what about mods and games (such as Garry’s Mod) which still use the old content System?? Will these still be accessible for users through Internode’s CDN?

Garry’s Mod is moving to SteamPipe shortly :)

http://www.garrysmod.com/2013/05/31/steampipe-switchover/

hind: So am I correct in selecting Australia – NSW (Internode) as my download region? Cause I have not once had quota free downloads off steam using it, at best it just lets me download at full speed after I’m capped sometimes. (Yes I am with Internode)

That should be correct, but depending on what game you are downloading it may not always have been on the node Steam content servers. Unfortunately those servers were controlled by Valve and so there was no way to guarantee what would be on there. Additionally, choosing that in your Steam settings basically means Steam will vaguely try to use what you’ve selected, but will just give up really easily.

I would recommend using a steam-filtering program to ensure that your downloads only come from quota-free servers or not at all.

 

Thanks, looks like my settings had switched to the 3FL mirror, now back on internode for quota free goodness.

 
|3lack|)eath

Can’t believe people are still having raging hard-on’s for unmetered content.

Having things unmetered is nice yes but I don’t care if my Steam content gets metered or not.

 

My parents don’t see the point in going above 20Gb/month, so it’s a pretty big deal to me.

 

3lackeath:
Can’t believe people are still having raging hard-on’s for unmetered content.

Having things unmetered is nice yes but I don’t care if my Steam content gets metered or not.

There are large areas of rural/outback Australia where you have no choice with plans and you get piddling quotas as the only offered service and with the extra sucker punch of none of the “fabulous” city speeds. Unmetered content is a blessing to those affected and it is a very big deal to them. Even to larger families it is a blessing to have unmetered content.

If reasonably priced and net speed unlimited quota plans were available Australia wide it wouldn’t be as much of an issue.

 

mejiIf reasonably priced and net speed unlimited quota plans were available Australia wide it wouldn’t be as much of an issue.

There is… its called ‘everyone except Bigpond and Internode’

 

Tim Colwill,

Thanks for the info Tim I’ve been pondering about this for a long time I’ll have to find one of those filter programs.

As for the quota yes I have to have one cause Internode seems to be the only company who is able to give me a stable connection when it comes to gaming, worst part is I’m not even in rural Australia just my exchange is known to be bad and yet, our area is to be one of the last ones to get the NBN in 2015.

 

I just want to say thank you so much for trying to make as much steam downloads as you can be quota free. You might want to email people as I am sure many use steam content server limiters.

In recent times I have noticed that steam is always doing bigger updates and more often for games and the more games you own the more they download. I’m having to micro manage my 60 gig quota all the time each month.

I speak to my mates in the USA and they have no quota limits at all and it makes me jealous. I have to always buy a disk to be posted out to make sure I am not charged for data.

Also any chance you can add origin games to quota free downloads. Had to download battlefield 3 from them for 5 bucks but it took 20 gig of download quota?

Anyway please continue to do what you can to make sure steam content is unmetered. Really appreciate it and the reason I am with internode and not other companies that have bigger quotas as well as a stable network and aimed at gamers.

 

3lackeath,

How can you say you don’t care. The only reason can be you don’t download and play games from steam when they are on special. Games are huge in size these days for the latest AAA titles.

 

Bit slow there Node, this happened ages ago.

 

korten:
Bit slow there Node, this happened ages ago.

Actually we only switched off our steam content servers last week, so, no it didn’t really :)

 

meji: There are large areas of rural/outback Australia where you have no choice with plans and you get piddling quotas as the only offered service and with the extra sucker punch of none of the “fabulous” city speeds.

Im in rural QLD on telstra wholesale with unlimited 50$ a month.

 
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