I got the following configuration (new ISP):
a). Cable internet 32 MBit/s Download and 2MBit/s upload. The gave me an ARRIS cable modem.
b). I use a internationally unkown small router brand (AVM) - I bought it, didn't get it from my ISP.
c). I use a 8-port Gigabit Switch (TP-Link TL-SG1008D)
d). I use Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
Now I noticed, that b). seemed to make problems, i.e. dragging down my download speed to a sixth of the full speed! (The only solution I found was: Instead of plugging the cable-modem's LAN-cable in the LAN1-port of the router, I plugged it into the Gigabit-Switch and from there one CAT6-cable into the LAN1 port (now WAN-port) of the router. This works so far for the router. Because I need the WLAN of it for my smartphone or whenever I decide I need to go wireless on my laptop and not by LAN-cable. Now I can't access my Drobo FS, because it is still on the Gigabit-Switch as before (because I bought the switch to support the full speed, which was really necessary) and as the switch seems to be passive and the connection to the router only transfers the internet connectivity, but not the drobo access, i.e. meaning that the drobo dashboard on my PC doesn't show up.)
'edit' A technician was here and checked with my laptop - and it seems it is not my router, but sth. on my laptop! Or the combination of my laptop (got a Gigabit-LAN connection) and the other devices. The LAN-cable to my laptop is plugged into the router, but I tried to plug into the Gigabit-Switch as well. It can only be the laptop, because it worked on the technicians laptop with full download speed even in the pluggin-combination that is "broken" for me!
I deactived my antivirus and Windows Firewall and of course shut down every software that could potentially connect to the internet beforehand. My Windows installation is three weeks old. The only thing could be that I got a malware, I'm currently checking. But against this hypothesis would speak, that the internet runs on full speed, when I exclude my router and surf via my Gigabit-Switch! The technician also checked all cables for connection issues. While they worked fine already anyways...
The traffic shapping has the right limit (32 MBit) and the upload speed funny enough isn't dragged down! And I don't think the speed limit is on the router, it's still a quite recent model (get's constant firmware upgrades, even beta/lab versions!). I could provide the details if necessary.
'edit' addition of TCP-Analyzer results:
« SpeedGuide.net TCP Analyzer Results » Tested on: 04.21.2011 09:48 IP address: 188.195.xxx.xxx Client OS: Windows 7 TCP options string: 020405b40402080a00218e5f0000000001030301 MSS: 1460 MTU: 1500 TCP Window: 5840 (multiple of MSS) RWIN Scaling: 1 bits (2^1=2) Unscaled RWIN : 2920 Recommended RWINs: 64240, 128480, 256960, 513920, 1027840 BDP limit (200ms): 234kbps (29KBytes/s) BDP limit (500ms): 93kbps (12KBytes/s) MTU Discovery: ON TTL: 49 Timestamps: ON SACKs: ON IP ToS: 00000000 (0)
Now the question is: What could cause the dip in download speed on my machine?
I still assume it is the combination of my laptop and the router that isn't working.
What can I do? What should I check for? I know there is an (objective) answer out there...
Thanks in advance!