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Why is dial up so slow?

On a dial-up Internet connection, why is the speed is limited to 56 kbits/s compared to a broadband Internet connection which may carry 10 times as much as dial up through that same telephone line? ...
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Microsoft Remote Desktop Bandwidth Usage

I am wondering how much bandwidth in terms of bytes sent/received is consumed by a typical remote desktop session. I need to know this because our ISP enforces a cap on monthly bandwidth usage (i.e. ...
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Merging two incoming broadband lines for faster internet

We have a broadband line coming into our building which delivers around 8-10mbps, which is ok but not great, although fibre is available in our area (30-100mbps) its not available where we are just ...
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On Mac OS X how can I monitor what is using my internet connection?

I've got a relatively limited broadband connection (I live miles from the nearest exchange) and from time to time net access (but nothing else) slows to a near crawl. I know from a bit of monitoring ...
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Why is my speed only limited to 12% of my max bandwidth?

I subscribed in a 1Mbps broadband internet (data only). The provider said that customers would only get 60% of it which is approximately 600kbps of the 1Mbps, which is enough for me. But I've been ...
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Can an ISP provide two static IPs over a single cable?

Can an ISP provide my home or a business with two static IPs over a single cable connection so that they may be used simultaneously? If so, can someone point me in the right direction to understand ...
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Automatically collect internet (broadband) speed metrics over time

(Before anyone jumps to the conclusion that this is the same question as Quick way to check my broadband speed, please read it through. Also I am looking for more comprehensive and detailed data than ...
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How can I track network use for a particular website?

Once again I find we are exceeding our broadband's monthly data cap (even since it's been doubled). A friend of mine recommended an alternate ISP that offers a $5 per month service for all your ...
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Quick way to check my broadband speed

What is the simplest way to check my actual broadband connection speed?
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Security for 3G/Wireless Broadband connection

How secure do we think broadband wireless is? Should I be willing to do online banking over a mobile connection? I assume that it's more secure than, say, WEP, but I'd love to be pointed towards any ...
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No internet through a web browser but Skype still works

We get our office broadband through a BT Business Broadband WiFi router. We have a mixture of macs and windows PC/laptops connecting to it at any one time. All devices are able to connect to the ...
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Should ADSL routers be left switched on 24/7?

I've been happily using my ADSL wireless router for five years, only switching it on when I use it which is typically in the evenings and at weekends. Over the past fews weeks I had a dramatic drop in ...
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How do I connect to internet from command prompt?

I'm trying to create a task that connects to internet at a specified time. I have a broadband wired connection that I use to connect to the internet. How do I manage connect/disconnect of this ...
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Will a standard wireless router support 12 wireless users?

I'm having a fantasy football draft in a couple of weeks, and without thinking, I said we could do an online draft if everyone brought their laptops. So, will my poor little Dlink G band router be ...
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How to limit broadband speed in my flat?

I need help with limiting broadband speed in my flat. There are 13 people living in my flat and there's only 20GB of broadband data cap to use each month. I was wondering if there is anyway to limit ...
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Why is my ADSL download speed lower than my upload speed

I seem to be getting ~400 Kbps download speed here, and ~700 Kbps upload (yes, they're both rubbish). Does this seem wrong to anyone, and what could be causing it (apart from the 'acceptable' things ...
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internet bandwidth measurement?

How the internet speed is calculated, and how does it differ from other speed measurements (like CPU speed)? For example, what does it mean if somebody says, "my internet speed is 512"?
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Shareing two internet connections on my laptop running Windows XP

I have two internet connections, one is internet via our organization's corporate LAN network, and the other one is mobile broadband via a USB modem Is there anyway I can share internet connections ...
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My AirPort Express 802.11n is slowing down my broadband connection

I just upgraded my broadband connection to 64mbps. When I connect my MacBook Pro laptop directly to the router, SpeedTest.net reveals my downstream speed to be around 61mbps, which seems reasonable. ...
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Upload speed needed to Skype in 720p

I want to buy an HD web camera to Skype with family and friends. My current laptop cam is terrible, but I want to make sure that before I buy a new cam my connection can handle it. So - what is the ...
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How can I share one internet connection between two laptops

I have what appears to be a cable modem plugged into the wall with only one ethernet port on it. Therefore I can only connect one computer to it. Also, the modem has no wireless capability. I have to ...
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Win 8 / 10 - Slow internet unless using Safe Mode

I have a completely clean install of Windows 10 Pro 64bit (Installed and fully updated via Windows Update today), and when in Usermode I can see 46-47Mbit transfers (Speedtest.net, MS Iso downloads, ...
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Why does my Time Warner IP address change depending on device?

I currently have Time Warner Cable Wideband Internet service. This uses a SMC Cable Modem (Model SMCD3GN). If I plug my MacBook directly into the cable modem via Ethernet and restart it, I get an IP ...
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Can I use my modem's ethernet and USB simultaneously, to connect two computers?

I have a Netgear broadband modem. I use a desktop and a laptop. I have connected the modem to the desktop by using their ethernet connectors. But I need internet on my laptop too. There is another ...
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What is an “Insertion Fault”?

I'm having internet connection issue and after a long and painful phone call the engineer from my ISP (Virgin Media in the UK) has diagnosed that my Modem (Virgin SuperHub 2) is generating 2000 "...
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3answers
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How can I restrict my mates to stop downloading?

We are sharing an internet broadband connection with 6 users at a place we live. We get 20 gb fup ( Fair usage policy) with 2 mbps speed from the ISP after the 20 gb is consumed the speed comes down ...
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Tough problem - slow network connection late night

I'm stumped as to why one of my computers gets TERRIBLE broadband speeds late at night, and is OK in the morning. I checked for a scheduled backup or drive scan. There are none. Speedtest.net shows ...
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1answer
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Track/Monitor who is using internet, on shared network

I live in an apartment with my three other colleagues. We have a broadband network, and monthly rental plan that we share. I use a linux system. Can I track who is using the network at any time, like ...
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1answer
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How do I prevent my broadband connection from resetting my MTU?

I'm using an old PC as a Linux-based firewall, running Ubuntu and Shorewall among other things. It has 3 discrete network cards in it: one for the internal network, one that connects to a cable modem, ...
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How to configure two broadband connection on the network so that if one goes down other can automatically start catering to Internet requests

Our earlier setup was 12 PCs connected via a switch. These PCs can connect to eachother via LAN. Broadband connection was via ADSL modem cum router plugged into the switch so that all PCs get internet ...
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1answer
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How to use cellular broadband internet while connected to Wifi network too?

When I am connected to cellular broadband and a local wireless network simultaneously, it seems that internet requests go over the local network, which is logical for cost and performance reasons ...
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2answers
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Home wifi/broadband unable to load certain sites

The wifi/broadband in my house is failing to load certain sites (nothing dodgy, mainstream ones like bbc.co.uk, skysports.co.uk, so it can't be my ISP attempting some weird blocking). These are ...
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Swapping the ISP supplied router on DSL connections that also supply TV

My ISP is TalkTalk and I have one of their FTTC packages. With that I also have their YouView TV service. Before getting this service I used my own routers, as ISP supplied ones didn't have the ...
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Unusual memory usage spike

Ok, on Windows 7 64 bit, I basically use Firefox to browse the web, with a DSL broadband connection.Sometimes while surfing, I see the computer slows to a crawl for a few minutes and then goes all ...
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Change the NAT setttings on mobile dongle

Is it possible to change the NAT type on a mobile dongle modem? I've searched the web but couldn't find anything. Should I contact the ISP for this, is it even possible. At the moment it is set as ...
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How do I fix this internet connection error?

I am getting errors like: ERR Name Resolution Failed ERR tunnel connection failed DNS probe finished nxdomain I am using airtel broadband connection.
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Can file extension affect download speed

I have some home videos on my dropbox as mp4s, I wanted to download them again. I found the speed to be about 20KB/sec. However I noticed that if I renamed the file extension from mp4 to something ...
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How can I use ADSL line with a broadband router?

I have a broadband router (Linksys E1000) which I've flashed with a DD-WRT firmware. After doing so I realized that this router doesn't have an interface for ADSL port(RJ-11). How can I use the ...
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Why is using VPN can increase my speedtest result?

My internet connection is 2 megabit download. I connect to my VPN and did speedtest and the download speed result goes up to 11+ megabit download. However when I try to download any file the speed ...
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Slowing home broadband and prioritising users

A marginally selfish question but seeing as I do pay the broadband bill, it would be nice when I come home from a hard day of work to be able to watch YouTube or play my PS4, however I am regularly ...
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How to recover password of Broadband Connection in Windows 7

I've got a broadband connection at home but I forgot the password. I assume it's stored somewhere by Windows 7 but where? I remember there is some tools to recover the saved Wifi passwords. Is there ...
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How can I track network use per user in my house?

Our broadband account has a 60 GB monthly cap but we keep exceeding it. I'm trying to get the younger members of the family to understand they can't watch online videos all day but I need to be able ...
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How to connect network switch with ADSL broadband?

I have a ADSL broadband and I have connected two computers to that wired broadband using a network switch . But when I connect one computer to the internet and try to connect the other one , it does ...
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“RPC is unavailable ” while renewing IP address or connecting to broadband over ethernet

I already looked for solutions on internet and on this forum but it did not help so posting a new question. I have windows 7 Professional and i connect to broadband via ethernet (always on). When i ...
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Aggregating multiple ISP links via tunnels to an endpoint server

If I have 3 ISP uplinks of 25mbps each, is it possible to set up a type of aggregated connection from a windows 2008 server or linux server over each of those 3 connections to the same endpoint (...
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BEFSR41 to wireless?

I have the following device: BEFSR41 What is the best way to add wireless capabilities to this? Can I buy a wireless switch, attach the switch to one of the ports on the BEFSR41, and have wireless ...
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How to start/stop a Broadband connection at a specific time on Windows 7 Enterprise?

I want to start my broadband connection at a specific time, and stop it at specific time. How do I achieve it on Windows 7 ?
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Is there a specific test to check why Skype in not working well between two machines?

There are plenty of general broadband tests like speedtest.net. But are there similar tests around skype, which can say like "the problem is on side B, between 1.1.1.1 and 2.2.2.2, too narrow: 1.2 ...
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Slow ethernet broadband connection - is my cable wrong?

I just bought a 15m cat 6 cable and the connection to my desktop is slow 2-4Mbps. I have a Netgear DG834 router with the latest firmware that's reporting a 19Mbps connection speed. My wireless ...
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Windows XP reinstall, now I am unable to connect to broadband what shall I select to do this?

My hardrive was failing so I needed to reinstall Windows XP. I completed the reinstall and the drivers but now only the wireless connection works. The broadband states connected but does not go out ...