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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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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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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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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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Seeking tool to 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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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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Quick way to check my broadband speed

What is the simplest way to check my actual broadband connection speed?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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Which router should I buy for 3G/HSDPA using Three Mobile Ireland? [closed]

I've been spending quite a bit of time working over in the Republic of Ireland (Co. Donegal) at the moment. There's no terrestrial ADSL but there is a fairly usable 3G/HSDPA service from Three Mobile ...
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Is it normal for uploads on ADSL to make the connection unusable (> 4000ms latency)?

I have an ongoing saga with my internet connection; where the latency periodically goes through the roof. In most cases, this seems to coincide with something uploading data. I'm not having a lot of ...
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Ethernet connection not detected

my Ethernet connection somehow stopped being detected by Windows and Ubuntu on my laptop(Dell Inspiron M5010) all of a sudden after just another reboot. The local area connection is not showing up in ...
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How to bridge/enable (ICS) to a 3G modem?

I have two 3G modems, I want the first modem to bridge it with an Ethernet or wifi connection on my friend's computer which has a high speed and unlimited DSL internet. I do it in order to share ...
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Mobile Broadband, Windows, Router routing

I have a DGN2200v4 router (192.168.0.1), connecting 3 PCs. DHCP is enabled by default. One pc have a wifi broadband modem connected to internet (10.220.3.6) let say, router DHCP ip (192.168.0.2). I ...
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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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4g usb 551l will not connect linus 13.04

Ihave a hp pavilion dv7 dual operating systems, windows and linux.I Connect with 4g verison usb 551l modem.It Works on windows but not on linux.The modem has linux driver installed
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Broad Band LAN connection through existing 6 wire phone line ( no phone connected )

I have an (up to but never achieved ) 10 mb broadband signal coming into my house along the telephone line. The modem then connects the broadband signal via a LAN connection and Wi-Fi signal to my ...
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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 ...