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Slow download with wireless connection.

Discussion in 'Internet, Connectivity and Communications' started by Colloghi, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. Colloghi

    Colloghi Kilobyte Poster

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    Hi all
    I m completely baffled with this, search the net and not found anything of help really.

    So maybe someone can provide a solution

    Ok, my wireless connection is running fine whilst browsing the net, but once i go to download anything, it snuffs it almost.

    My overall stated connection is 54 Mbps, although i know i wont get that. The speed however drops to sometimes, 1kps, although normally it averages around the 10 - 15k mark.

    Last night for the first time, i was getting steady downloads of ten times this.

    As i said my browsing is fine, its just downloading, it just keeps dropping and dropping.

    Slower than dial up

    Just to note.

    Im on Linksys Wireless G router, connected to blueyonder with telewest:)
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    1k? 10-15k? or do you mean 1M and 10-15M? I find it hard to believe you're getting 10-15K on a 54M connection, even if you were slowed down to 1Mbps wirelessly.

    Additionally, your wireless speed isn't the speed you'll get on the Internet. The bottleneck won't typically be your wireless connection - it'll be your Internet connection. In any case, I'd be surprised if it was slower than dialup.

    Remember that Web browser download speeds are often displayed in Bytes per second (Bps), not bits per second (bps), which are used to report connection speeds. To translate KBps/MBps to Kbps/Mbps, you need to multiply by 8. FOr example, downloading on a 56Kbps dial-up link will report as 7 KBps (7 KBps x 8 = 56 Kbps).
     
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  3. hbroomhall

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    The first thing to do in this sort of situation is to connect to the router with an Ethernet cable to eliminate the WiFi part.

    The typical max throughput of WiFi is half the advertised speed, so about 27Mbps. However, this will be far more than your cable connection so *shouldn't* matter.

    Using Ethernet remeasure the speed and let us know what it is.

    Harry.
     
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  4. Colloghi

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    I connected with an ethernet cable, browser viewing was the same, as for downloading, it slightly got better, but not much. tried a direct connection to the cable modem as well without the router, exactly the same thing. Tried another computer with the ethernet cable connected, same thing, and the read out is ranging between 4KBps and 24KBps.

    http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h268/Colloghi/Champ/cackspeed.jpg

    Took a shot of me trying to download something, for an 80 MB file, its telling me i have to wait over 5 hours:blink.So im assuming its something to do with my ISP:( I was hoping it would be my end, so i could sort it out ASAP.
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    Do you get that speed from every site? sigames.com might be throttling their outbound connections.

    EDIT: It's incredibly slow pulling up their Website... looks like *they* have connectivity issues.

    EDIT2: I'm downloading the same file you are... and getting between 6-8 KBps using a 10MBps connection. It's not you, it's them.

    Again, be careful about your B's and b's. The readouts on IE will show KBps, not Kbps. They're two different things. 4KBps is equal to 32Kbps.
     
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  6. Colloghi

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    Ive tried a couple of sites all day, similar download rate ....


    Like i said its odd because, last night, i was hitting a lot higher download rate and as far as im aware there are no download limit issues that have been put in place by the ISP in relation to the broadband package we have.


    EDIT


    Cheers for checking that, still concered though as i have been at various sites all day, maybe its the weather:)


    And i need to kick myself up the bum about those b's & B's. , keep doing it.....!
     
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  7. Bluerinse
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    Just a thought but your connection speed experience on cable will be dependant on other customers download habits that are on the same cable ie it is a shared medium and can be fast, as long as too many people are not abusing it. It may be that you have some serious file downloaders in your area and they are robbing you of bandwidth. Or it maybe a configuration issue with your modem settings. Either way, it's time to pick up the phone and contact your ISP to see what they have to say.
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    If there's a "clog" anywhere between you and your destination, you will experience slow speeds. Both of us are experiencing problems with sigames.com... and I'm not experiencing other problems, so that particular problem probably lies with sigames.com.

    I'd test some other sites to see what your download rate is elsewhere. You can also use performance.toast.net to test your bandwidth performance (there are plenty of others out there as well).
     
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  9. Boycie
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    Colloghi,

    I would read through the T&C's for you ISP. Although most advertise *no limit's* there is usually something in place for people constantly downloading such as a Static IP (where you would usually be assigned a dynamic) for monitoring.
    They can then restrict (if they need too) your connection.
     
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  10. Colloghi

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    Thought id replied to this::blink

    Anyhow

    Couldnt find anything in the terms and conditions.

    It seems to be running ok again now, especially in terms of downloading. Sometimes it starts to slow down and but ive noticed when disabling, then re-enabling the connection, it seems to run again at my anticipated speed.Although i have started using a download accelrator, because otherwise its like getting my toaster to try and access the net

    Browsing however is slow at times, i can honestly nip upstairs to the toilet and back before say this page has loaded::blink
     
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