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Internet Connection Speeds

By tony.hurst ·
How dreadful can it get ???

I have a 500 MHZ 128mb RAM box with a 128k ISDN line and still internet access is appallingly slow...

Any tips for housekeeping ?

Or is it my ISP ?


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You should talk to your ISP

by TomSal In reply to Internet Connection Speed ...

Oh boy do I remember dreadful ISP connections....thank God I'm on cable now - its faster than my work's T1 connection.

First off, your system RAM and CPU mhz speed has little to do with your overall connection speed. There's a simple way to actually witness this fact in motion - simply get one of the many computer diagnostic tools available that monitor CPU load (Windows has a cpu load monitor - its on the CD as one of the "extra tools" that are not installed by default). Anyway, just installed the program and connect to the Internet and watch your CPU load monitor - initially you may see it spike to even 80% - this will happen as it loads up the various services used to connect to the Internet (like DUN, or your ISP's proprietary connection software for instance) then it should (once connected) drop considerably...when I'm connected to the 'net at CPU load is a steady 3-5% max. Of course this will vary on your processor speed (naturally the faster your processor the leastamount of load it will be on the CPU while you are doing the intial logon process/handshake).

Overall I very much doubt your lack of a speedy connection is RAM or CPU based.

Call your ISP, let them know of the problems you are having.

Review your network properties, especially how TCP/IP is configured. Check your IP addresses.

ISDN uses digital phone lines, are you sure you have good quality phone lines - your lines could be of low qaulity - meaning lots of noise is preventing a clean signal.

You can often have your phone company test the quality of your lines (if this costs extra where you are, I don't know - its part of the service where I live).

Finally, make sure your hardware is working fine...are you sure your ISDN terminal adapter is good?

Good luck.


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No offense, but the information

by admin In reply to Internet Connection Speed ...

you are providing isn't going to help. A faster processor or more ram won't make you go faster on the net.

The first thing you should check is the throughput of your connection, which you can do with this "bandwidth meter"

128k isn't really all that fast though. At least checking you can see if this is what you are really getting, and from there you can figure out whether the issue is with your isp or phone line quality if it's below the 128 you are supposed to be getting. There is a good chance your expectations may be higher than what 128k will deliver, depending on what kind of content you are trying to get up or downstream.

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I go thru this question daily...

by LordInfidel In reply to Internet Connection Speed ...

If I had a penny everytime one of my users asked me why the net is so slow, I could buy Bill Gates.

Here's the issue.

You need to picture the net as an interstate.

At one section of the interstate you might be able to drive 75mph, then at another point it crawls down to stop and go.

Then when you finally reach your exit, there is a stoplight that has traffic backed up for a mile.

What does this analogy mean?

Well, it does not matter how fast your connection is in the "Big" picture. Your connection to the net is basically the "last mile" between you and your ISP. (Yes dirty phone lines will have a bad impact here as well as hardware).

We sit on multiple DS3's over multiple providers and the net is still "slow".

A quick tracert will show where the latency. Plus you never know how the server on the other end is reacting. Plus each hop you take means that your request has to pass thru another router.

And let's not forget peering, that awful bit of business when 2 different ISP's hand off your traffic between them. Peering is the #1 cause of slowdowns. The best image I can think of is the border between the US and Mexico. It can take a long time to cross. On the Net, that would be peering.

But there are other hardware issues. Brand/speed type of Nic. Obviously a crappy nic/crappy performance. Are their firewalls employed, that eats up time. Other apps running hogging up cpu time?

Basically there are a million factors that can contribute to the slowness. Take heart in the fact that you are not alone.

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And then there's "software"

by eBob In reply to I go thru this question d ...

For example, there's a fair bit of overhead with an FTP session:
- you computer says to the other computer "I want that file"
- the other computer thinks about says "ok" then starts breaking the file up into packets
- the other computer sends a packet, then sends "did you get that OK?"
- your comoputer says "yeah, OK. How about the next packet?"
- and so on...

It's not just a straight pipe between the 2 systems open at the full raw BW of a local connection. Yet.

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And then you could look

by radiic In reply to And then there's "softwar ...

and see if you are running Napigator or Bearshare or **** even a trojan of some sorts like Back Oriface. Maybe somehow you got infected and somebody is using your pc. Or if you are doing any of those file sharing programs i mentioned maybe somebodyis downloading mp3's like crazy from you. Or your x-rated movies you have

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by admin In reply to And then you could look

"Help! I'm running Limewire and can't get my home page up!"


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