Answer Line: An Obscenely Slow Internet Connection When You're Paying For A Fast One
Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:05 AM
Occasionally, I have to reboot my router when I notice lower speeds.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:59 PM
Keep in mind that the "advertised speed" is like the speed limit on a freeway. Just because 75 MPH is allowed, doesn't mean you can always drive at that speed. (e.g. At rush hour, you'll be lucky to get 10MPH.) In particular, if you live in an area that is rapidly increasing in population, you will regularly experience slow-down problems, because ISPs will not expand their networks until they absolutely have to...
Posted 22 January 2013 - 02:39 PM
Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:37 PM
Most of the speed test sites don’t register beyond 50 Mbps, and most want you to download their software to improve your speed. Many have registered my speed down in the DSL range. www.speedtest.net does seem to provide a closer measure of the speed of my system, however “ronin7752” is correct regarding what your system might be capable of and what traffic will allow. If speed is measured at different times of the day, speed can vary a lot. On that site my speed ranges from Mid 40s Mbps to near 80 Mbps. Being in the eastern time zone where most of the population is at in this country, you can tell when everyone gets out of school and home from work. Around 4 PM my speeds are down significantly then those checked around 9 AM.
There is software that will allow you to track the speed of your system as you enter various sites on the internet, and you might be surprised to find the difference in connection speeds among the various sites you visit. Having the 100 Mbps capability is nice, but not many sites you visit are capable of communicating at those speeds. Still, it is nice when receiving and sending large files. Normally, the only way to really insure you are getting the speed you are paying for is to do the speed test between your computer and the ISP. If you are seeing significantly less than what you’re paying for it’s probably time to do some trouble shooting.
Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:44 AM
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Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:17 PM
Answer: Slow internet connections happen for various reasons, even when you pay for a 'highspeed connection' like DSL or cable. Because the internet (and World Wide Web) is built on hundreds of different technologies trying to talk to each other, there are many places where data can slow down before its reaches your computer screen. Your ISP might be at fault, certainly, but there are many other factors to look at before assigning blame. Some of these slow points are within your control, and can be quickly fixed with a little do-it-yourself effort.
Common reasons why highspeed internet connections perform more slowly than claimed:
You might have poor hardware connecting your machine to the wall.
Maybe your modem-router is not configured correctly.
Perhaps you have dishonest people leeching your wireless connection from across the alley.
Your network interface card (NIC) is older and slower hardware.
You might have spyware/malware infecting your machine, and secretly using your Internet bandwidth.
A download may be occuring in the background, and you are unaware of it as it leeches your bandwidth.
Your ISP (internet service provider) may be having issues with routing signals to you.
DNS (domain name system) tables might be outdated, so signals are getting sent to the wrong addresses on your ISP network.
Your browser memory cache is so full, your browser has to slow down to allow for its limited hard drive space.
Radio or microwave devices in your home might be degrading your internet wireless signal.
Your computer is more than 3 years old, and is not able to move electrons fast enough for modern web pages.
You have unwittingly left dozens of windows open in the background, and they are clogging your computer CPU.
A Windows or Mac dialog box is sitting open and unanswered in the computer background, stalling your computer CPU while it awaits your yes/no input.
These are just some of many possibilities. If you think that your internet connection is slow, we recommend you do two things:
Do a speed test on your computer: DSLreports.com speed testing or Speedtest.net