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slow internet speed
show user profile  STRAT
Hi guys

at home i'm on a 2 mb cable connection which has been acting really slow over the last week or so. really slow. uncached new pages take up to 30 seconds to open and downloads average out at 10 kps.
i'm trying to get to the bottom of it. i've refreshed and house kept my machine free of shite and all that, and even my cable company have confirmed a good clear line, but still very very slow.

can anyone suggest a site where i can download a file where you know their servers are fast and will allow you to utilise your own full bandwidth connection please?

the next step is to manually plug into my modem and bypass my wifi router to try to find hardware issues.


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8/30/2009 9:20:00 AM (last edit: 8/30/2009 9:21:10 AM)
show user profile  inxa
I am a 256 kbps line :P

I keep downloading stuff from rapidshare to keep in check my speed. I generally get 30-33 for 256

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8/30/2009 9:44:25 AM (last edit: 8/30/2009 9:45:17 AM)
show user profile  twitt
why dont you try the new rc of opera 10? it has opera turbo :D for slow(ish) connections

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8/30/2009 9:52:23 AM (last edit: 8/30/2009 9:52:48 AM)
show user profile  Jollabollathan
I'm told a good way to check is to torrent any common Linux build, since they're always being seeded by nerds with mega torrent boxes set up you can get as good a speed as you can ever get from them.

Also just Google for any of the many speed test sites that are about and compare results.

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8/30/2009 10:00:02 AM (last edit: 8/30/2009 10:00:02 AM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred

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8/30/2009 10:10:23 AM (last edit: 8/30/2009 10:10:23 AM)
show user profile  VKotek
your download speed should generally be one eight of your connection speed.
Vojtech Kotek

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8/30/2009 10:44:35 AM (last edit: 8/30/2009 10:44:35 AM)
show user profile  Jimboliah
I've noticed a slowdown too Strat.
It seemed to start right after the latest FF update, but IE isn't any better.
I thought maybe I caught a bug on my machine, but after installing Ubuntu on my son's laptop it appears it's no better.
My speed tests show an intermittent problem.

Maybe Dr. Evil is taking over the net again!

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8/30/2009 10:59:51 AM (last edit: 8/30/2009 10:59:51 AM)
show user profile  parkerfamily
my internet keeps dropping out to like bloody 56k randomly, and i'm on a 26 gb/s fiber optic line cause my neighbor payed for the whole street to have it (somehow he convinced comcast that it doesn't cost them anything extra, since they expensive cables are already in place) man, maxforums needs one of those shades smiley faces from other forums for moments like this.
:cool: (curses, it doesn't work here)
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8/30/2009 11:42:19 AM (last edit: 8/30/2009 11:42:19 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
twitt - my download/stream internet speed has zero to do with the browser. not a sausage. i'm talking core fundamentals here, not the subtle minor speed differences a browser can cause. i determined the browser wasn't a problem first off

VK - depends what connection you have. my cable (as opposed to the standard adsl lines) never suffers in general. our 10 meg cable line in work often actually gives us a 10 meg download speed. your theory should only allow is 2

joll and manny - i never use speed sites. each and every site gives massively varying results. even my own isp cant get it right.

jim - i've gone back to FF3.0, but again, my speed is awful

i'm going to move my computer and plug directly into my internet cable (bypassing the wifi completely) today to see if there's a problem there...


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8/31/2009 4:05:32 AM (last edit: 8/31/2009 4:08:56 AM)
show user profile  Pil
VKotek is talking about the difference in BITS and BYTES.

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8/31/2009 4:43:07 AM (last edit: 8/31/2009 4:43:07 AM)
show user profile  Jimboliah
I unplugged the cable modem and my router for about 5 minutes, plugged em back in and alls well so far. :)
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8/31/2009 6:39:19 AM (last edit: 8/31/2009 6:39:19 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
well, i've yet to move and bypass my router, but i've trying numerous downloading this morning with a top speed of a sustained 50 kps download. this is about 1/3 of my usual regular.

i'm downloading the itunes and adaware updates as we speak, each around 40 kps.

i cant even stream youtube properly.


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8/31/2009 6:42:31 AM (last edit: 8/31/2009 6:42:31 AM)
show user profile  VKotek
"VKotek is talking about the difference in BITS and BYTES."


My internet was really slow lately as well, and kept crashing and facebook would work well. (mainly FF but IE too)

switched to Chrome and now my internet is faster then ever. maybe its a campaign strategy by google, to get more people to use their browser :D
Vojtech Kotek

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8/31/2009 6:51:28 AM (last edit: 8/31/2009 6:51:28 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
i might give chrome a bash, but my speeds are with download and stream, not browsing. downloading bypasses whatever browser i use. and what about software updates? they dont use browsers, they just logon direct to their servers. this is also where my speed is slow, so the browser doesn't really come into the issue.


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8/31/2009 6:53:58 AM (last edit: 8/31/2009 6:53:58 AM)
show user profile  VKotek
hmmmm, connect to your modem and check the connection speed there, also check if nobody has hacked your wifi and is stealing your bytes.
Vojtech Kotek

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8/31/2009 6:59:33 AM (last edit: 8/31/2009 6:59:33 AM)
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