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Slow internet. How to make it go faster?

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  • Started 9 years ago by NeedGeekHelp
  • Latest reply from lalitha7
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NeedGeekHelp
Posts: 10

Hello,

I have ADSL Broadband internet. It is connected to a second computer and then wirelessly connected to my computer using a Netgear USB receiver.

I just recently formatted my computer last week. Before this the internet connection was very fast and quick. But now after I installed all the software and Netgear drivers etc on to my compter, it is really slow and takes a long time to load the page.

The other computer that is connected to the wall has very fast connection.

How can I speed up my internet connection and make it faster?

Thankyou for your time and help.

Posted 9 years ago
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Scott
Posts: 5618

Before you attempt any fixes, try running this, http://www.speedtest.net/ , from the site closest to your home.

Posted 9 years ago
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ScottW
Posts: 6609

Scott, nice speed test -- very snazzy graphics. I have used this one, too, which is less frilly but gives similar results:
http://www.dslreports.com/speedtest

With two speed tests you can always get a second opinion.

Posted 9 years ago
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zbd
Posts: 1

Try these. They are both free.

TCP optimizer
http://www.speedguide.net/downloads.php

Advanced Windows Care:
http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html

Posted 9 years ago
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NeedGeekHelp
Posts: 10

I done the speed test. It said the my download rate is 62Kbps and my upload is 57Kbps.
Is this good? Also is there anything i can do to make the internet connection go faster or is it out of my control?

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

What speed are you paying for?

Posted 9 years ago
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whs
Posts: 17584

62 and 57 is quite slow. On mine, for example, it is 5100 and 375 Kbps.

Posted 9 years ago
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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

I have an 20MB connection (which means around 700KB download speed)
I did 5 tests this morning from test sites in US (I'm in France)
and was getting download speeds between 87 and 4400KB
go figure

Posted 9 years ago
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sparky7415
Posts: 419

Has to be dial up,I checked mine out of curiosity and download was around 15,000kbps,upload about 1,400kbps.Would these readings be normal for cable broadband?

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

I'm on ADSL2+, if that means anything to you statesiders.

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sparky7415
Posts: 419

Isn't ADSL2+ similiar to dsl broadband connected to a phone line?

Posted 9 years ago
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whs
Posts: 17584

sparky, your's is exceptionally fast. You are lucky. You must have a 16000 DSL.

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sparky7415
Posts: 419

I tried DSL at my roomies request(less expensive)and that nearly started WW 3. We switched back to cable within a month.

Posted 9 years ago
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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

@sparky. Yes, we only got ADSL in this area last year (about March time). The company had to get 250 local subscribers before they could install it.

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sparky7415
Posts: 419

I've seen ads on t.v about satellite connections. Gethughes.net or something similiar.Don't know the cost or how well it works.Some kind of wireless internet from outer space,I'd think that be up Lighthouse's alley.

Posted 9 years ago
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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

I looked at sat. connections. Expensive (very) and slow

Posted 9 years ago
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sparky7415
Posts: 419

Waiting for some software my roomie bought online that's suppose to optimize internet performance. I tried the free scan the other day and it seemed to have boosted my machine somewhat. I think it's called PC Pitstop Optimize 2.0. http://pcpitstop.com/

Posted 9 years ago
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Chanta
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I'm in Moscow (Russia) and I got 251kb/s and 243 kb/s, which means that my current internet company is not a bunch of liars. I get what I pay for.

Posted 9 years ago
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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Out of interest Chanta, who is your ISP?

Posted 9 years ago
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sparky7415
Posts: 419

Don't know what living in Russia has to do with who lies or doesn't.I've tried various test sites which aren't owned by my ISP,and I get different results.Bottom line is that I can reach various web sites at under 5 seconds,and that's good enough for me.

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whs
Posts: 17584

5 seconds to pull up a website is not really fast.

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sparky7415
Posts: 419

Ok whs,I timed it closely and it was 2-3 seconds. I'm just wondering is there a real way of accurate testing?

Posted 9 years ago
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whs
Posts: 17584

That looks more like the norm. Your line speed you can test with this tool http://www.dslreports.com/speedtest -- But for the individual websites the timing can , of course, widely vary depending on server load, internet load, how busy your system is at this time (e.g. if a security system scan runs in the background, that can impact it), etc. Even the line speed will vary if you do it at different times of the day or a different day. But the above tool gives you a pretty good idea.

Posted 9 years ago
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sparky7415
Posts: 419

I tried the site whs suggested from different areas and the download speeds were inconsistent.13,000kbps-3758kbps.Upload speeds were more consistent,about 1000kbps.Anyway I'm going to try the PC Pitstop Optimizer when it arrives,I've heard a lot of good things about it.

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Please keep us informed of that sparky.

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sparky7415
Posts: 419

One way or the other I will. I believe it cleans up the registry as well.Sounds like a super crap cleaner(CCleaner).

Posted 9 years ago
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elpaelpa
Posts: 717

zbd,tried TCP Optimizer.Works great!Already use AWC Personal.Thanks!

Posted 9 years ago
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lalitha7
Posts: 1

Hi,
To speed up your internet clear cookies and delete all temp files...thats enough,
one more thing if u wanna check your net speed try here http://www.ip-details.com/internet-speed-test/

ip-details

Posted 7 years ago
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