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Connection Speed....FACTS !!!!!

By cyberghost_1 ·
This is the deal...I have a 68 KBps Motorola Surfboard Cable Modem. My connection is as follows: PC..to..10Mbps Ethernet Hub..to..another 10Mbps Ethernet Hub..to..Cable Modem. Is USB faster? Honestly, why is my DL speed averaging 7 Kbps? Sometimes slowes to 3. Is this accurate? My Dls always start at 63 kbps and linger down to my average very quickly. Please let me have the low-down !! Just incase: 700 MHz Celeron, 64 Mb RAM, Win98SE, Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC......It's a Dinosaur isn't it?

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by TheChas In reply to Connection Speed....FACTS ...

My first thought is that you should add another 64 to 128MB of RAM.
Your low amount of RAM may be slowing you down for downloads.

Next, do other computers share the connection through the hubs?

If so, any web access they perform will take away from the download rate.

Finally, do you know if your neighbors are using cable internet?

For some cable internet systems, all users on a specific trunk share the connection speed.
The more people on line, the slower your download speed.

A good way to check your speed is to use the speed tests at Broadband Reports:

http://www.dslreports.com/tools

A USB connection will be slower than your 10Mbps network.

Chas

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to

HOw do I bacome pingable? I am not behind a Firewall or using a router. I tried connecting this PC directly to the modem and I still get the same results. 20 %packet loss, and I still can't get my MTU to 1500. DrTCP says it is at 1500 but dslreports.com's tweak test still says it is 1460. I am getting some retransmitions too..?? The reason for the Hubs is because I have 2 PC's and one modem. Cable aren't long enough. Do you think if I connect the PC's to ONE Hub for now, until I get a router, it would I help? None of my neighbors are using Cable...although there is a school about 1 block away that might be, but i suspect they are using a 1/4 T1 or close to T1. Could it be the Ethernet Card I mentioned? Is there any drivers or patches for my 10Mbps network? I say ask this because I just grabbed 2 Hubs and connected the PC's together myself. One question...onthe 10Mbps Hubs, Mbps = Mega bits per second, right? Or Mega Bytes per second? Please help !!!!! Don't froget, how do I become PINGABLE????

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by CG IT In reply to Connection Speed....FACTS ...

why 10mbps ethernet? Allow auto negotiate on the NICs and why the hubs? another factor affecting speed is ICMP squelch settings [e.g. servers will serve up pages, within their bandwidth allocation, as fast as YOUR system can take em.

In addition to Chas's recommendations on upgrading your hardware, I would go with a Cable/DSL Router with a built in 4 port switch [connect right to the Cable modem], change NICs to auto negotitate connection and head on over to http://www.dslreports.com and do their tweek test and run Dr. TCP/IP utility. You can tweek your RWIN settings with their tools.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Connection Speed....FACTS ...

ahem.
let's say you get T1 speed on that cable modem. that is 1.5 MBs. really fast. you probably don't have that fast a connection. but let's just say you did.
so you need to get it to your computer across measly 10MBs bit ethernet connection.
hmmm. wait a minute. seems out slow ethernet connection is almost 10 times faster than our internet connection. probably, it is not the bottleneck. you can optimise this connection as others have suggested by configuring the media types on nics and routers from auto to whatever works with all your gear, 10mbs safe and effective...
you look up usb, lazy bones. think it is 4 mbs for usb 2
so slow network faster than internet and usb. if working properly. you can test that yourself by moving files over the network and timing them. get some facts for yourself, see?
your symptoms of download quick start then slow down are betch in the microsoft knowlegebase at support.microsoft.com
or you could email your isp with copy of your post here and see what they think...

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by ITcog In reply to Connection Speed....FACTS ...

my suggestion is this:

replace all the hubs you have and get a regular router or a wireless router (preferably G), your up/download will definitely increase

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