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Just as the title says, I am getting very low download speeds on my MacBook Pro.

I did a speed test at speedtest.net, and am getting 7 MbPS down, .5 up. However, I can only seem to get 270 KB PS max (averaging 100 K), whether on my school's network or on my home network, wired or wireless.

I am on Mac OS X 10.5.8, with Google Chrome. My ethernet settings (under System Preferences -> Network -> Ethernet Connection -> Advanced -> Ethernet) are set to "Configure Automatically", "Speed: 100TX", "Duplex: full-duplex, flow-control", and "MTU: Standard (1500)".

As far as I can tell, there are no throttles or anything between here and the ISP, so...

Any ideas on why I'm getting such low download speeds?

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Download speeds are largely dependent on the speeds of the server you are downloading from. Often they will limit the speeds to avoid one person sucking up all of their bandwidth.

Another option would be to use a download accelerator like Speed Download. This will use multiple connections in parallel along with an optimized request to try and increase the throughput.

Speed Download

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Was that picture really necessary? Plus you're not going to want to use that to web browse. –  Nathaniel Apr 28 '10 at 3:05
    
I like pictures, if you feel it's unnecessary edit it out. When he says "download speeds" I'm assuming he's not browsing the web and actually downloading large files. –  Josh K Apr 28 '10 at 13:58
    
Well, mostly it's streaming video/music from Hulu/Pandora/etc. So no, Speed Download isn't really what I'm looking for. –  Austin Hyde Jun 14 '10 at 2:09
    
Oh, and I'm still having this problem... –  Austin Hyde Jun 14 '10 at 2:09
    
Speed Download is no longer supported, i have created a minimal free replacement fatpipeapp.com –  Chad Scira Jun 18 at 13:09

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