A connection to the internet, through which one can view web pages, access servers, etc.

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Who provides the Internet service to Internet Service Providers (ISPs)?

I've been wondering recently about how the infrastructure of the Internet really works. I know that I have an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that supplies my connection to the Internet. But what ...
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Why would the Wi-Fi connection on my smartphone perform better than the same connection on my laptop?

The download speeds while connected on Wi-Fi to the same router—an ADSL2+ Wireless N300 Modem Router—seems to be significantly faster on my phone than on my laptop. This problem doesn’t occur all the ...
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How to enable Internet Connection Sharing using command line?

I can do it manually by right-clicking on a network connection, opening the Sharing tab and clicking on the "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection" check ...
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How to simulate slow internet connection

I currently deploy with GAE (google app engine) and I try to implement some AJAX validation. So I got a couple text-fields and "spinners" (ajax loaders) which should be displayed when an AJAX request ...
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How do I conduct a perfomance test of my internet connection?

Right now I'm in the process of possibly switching from a Cable provider to a DSL provider. I have both connections live, and before I cancel one or the other, I'm wanting to do some exhaustive ...
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How to disable internet access at night on the router?

I have an internet connection that I'd like to be enabled only during the day. With multiple household internet devices, this would need to be something disabled at the level of the router. I don't ...
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Can I route programs to two internet connections simultaneously in Windows 7?

I have two internet connections - one via a 3G modem, and the other via wireless. The modem is faster so I normally browse with it, but it does not support torrent downloads while my wireless does. ...
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Using ping google.com to test connection

Since the internet connection in our house does break down from time to time I set up a little experiment: For the last two month, one of my machines is pinging google.com on an half-hourly basis. ...
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MacBook can't use internet, but nslookup and ping both work

I have a user with a new high-end MacBook Pro that can't use the internet. He can connect to either our wired or wireless network and do things like browse file shares, but can get no further. When ...
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Why can't Win7 remember my tether? New Connection Setup every time

In Win7 when you connect to a new network you're prompted to set it as a Home, Work, or Public connection. Presumably this influences default security settings. That's all well and good, except for ...
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Can I use more than one internet provider at the same time?

Usually a home router has only one uplink connection, enabling a single internet provider at a time. But suppose I hack my router (ie. installing linux), could I use 2 internet providers then?
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How can I monitor my ISP's connection quality over time?

I've got a very bad ISP and want to monitor the connection quality over a month's time. At the moment I just wrote a script which logs ping requests to Google's DNS server 8.8.8.8. How can I do ...
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Two internet connections on a single computer (host to ethernet, virtualbox to dial-up)

UPDATE 4: After trying what JohnnyVegas suggested, I connected the dongle to the host machine, it wanted to install it's drivers, I cancelled the installation. I removed all network connections from ...
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Why does my fiber download speed increase when testing upload speed?

I recently switched to AT&T Gigapower 1GB fiber internet and have discovered a problem where download speeds are slow during normal use. But if I go to Speedtest.net and do a test, when it gets to ...
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Increasing link speed on OpenVPN (bandwidth)

I have bought a tunnel service by using OpenVPN. For a year I've had 10 Mbps max upload/download speed but now I've bought an additional 20 Mbps making the available total bandwidth 30 Mbps for me. ...
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What is eating up all my bandwidth?

After upgrading my internet connection from 512kb/s to 1.5Mb/s (and 14GB on-peek/month to 20GB on-peek/month), our download usage has gone through the roof. I have made special effort to be careful ...
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What does “relayed connection” mean?

I've seen this when receiving files over skype, and some other situations, but I don't know what it means.
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Can ping fine but no browsing

I've got a laptop which has a verified internet connection. I can ping www.google.co.uk and receive a response no problem. However IE, Chrome, Firefox, MSN messenger cannot connect to the internet. ...
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Need Software to Monitor Internet Uptime

[You would think there would be tons of software to do this. A Google search showed tons of requests but no useful responses (and lots of links to website monitors which is not what I want.] I am ...
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The Wifi is working fine but no internet connection in Windows 8

I'm currently having a Problem with my msi GT70 laptop. my laptop is running windows 8 and yesterday it requested a Restart to Update. after the Restart and the update I tried to surf the net through ...
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How to use PCs' internet connection on Android phone?

How to use PCs' internet connection on Android phone ? I want to use it for surfing and downloading apps from Google Play . Reverse tethering works for surfing but not for downloading apps . Device - ...
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Why do my Client Hyper-V connections keep dying?

I have Client Hyper-V on Win8, hosting a few VMs like ubuntu, a clean windows build-machine, etc. My VMs are connected to an external virtual-switch (shared with the management OS), and that works ...
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Google Chrome - Disable Network Connection

Using Google Chrome, is it possible to "Work Offline", that is, disable the network connection. I'm looking for the same feature that is included in Firefox 4.x under the File menu called Work ...
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Which stats are important when looking at DSL line quality, and what do they mean?

I've started getting periodic packet loss on my DSL connection lately, and am trying to understand what conditions are causing this. My DSL modem has a stats page with values for "SN margin (dB)" and ...
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Chrome (and Chrome alone) cannot access the Internet

My neighbour rang me this morning to tell me that she couldn't access the Internet so I agreed to have a look at it for them. The machine is an aging Sony Vaio running Windows Vista (didn't note what ...
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how to use two internet connection in one pc at the same time?

I need to use two internet connection at same time. Both the connection will be broadband connection using two LAN. Say, one of the connection's assigned IP is xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx and another is ...
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Why is my upload speed is much less than my download speed?

My download speed can go up to 1 or 2 Mbps but my upload speed barely goes above 100 kbps. I have tried checking on my preferences on my utorrent and also firewall and they all seem to be at optimal ...
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How do internet speed optimizers work (if they do at all)?

Are applications that claim to improve web speeds effective? If so, how? I would have guessed they were scammy, but I suppose if they can reroute traffic to a closer datacenter it might be possible?
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How can I access wireless Internet from far away?

I don't have regular access to DSL. My neighbor has. He is willing to get his signal wirelessly, but it's 835ft and lots of trees. Could I use 300ft of ethernet cable to get me through the trees to ...
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Why am I getting very high ping from this IP, but others aren't?

(There's a lot of new info in the updates.) I've been getting very high pings when dealing with some servers, and I can't figure out the cause. For the question, I'm using a specific IP, but I have ...
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Using a Mac to share a VPN connection

I am using an iMac to share a wired network connection with other devices in my house. I am using Apple's built-in sharing functionality which works very well. I have also been using Tunnelblick as ...
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Can I set dial-up connections as metered?

I connect to my metered internet connection through dialup. Windows 8 (and 8.1) has special support for metered connections in order to track and reduce data usage, but the option seems to be missing ...
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Firefox stops loading pages after I have several open

This issue started a few days ago. Firefox 6 started having trouble loading pages, especially pages with large numbers of connections, and once I have several tabs open. The pages will keep trying to ...
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Cannot make mobile broadband Vodafone USB connection Ubuntu 13.04

I have Ubuntu 13.04 and I bought yesterday a Vodafone USB stick for internet connection. I am located in Romania. This is what I've did: First Thing Network Connections, added connection. Selected ...
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Can a slow internet-connection corrupt a downloaded file?

When downloading a big file, can a slow internet connection cause it to corrupt?
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How do I simulate a slow internet connection on OS X?

I would like to test how some websites and other services behave when using them with a slow connection, say, a maximum bandwidth of 512 kBit/s, and a delay of 500ms. How can I do that in OS X?
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Internet connection speed slow, high ping, low bandwidth, what can be causing it?

Today I am experiencing extremely high ping (200-500 ms instead of usual 20 ms) and low bandwidth (3 Mbps instead of usual 5 Mbps). What can be causing it? I am using Windows 7, ADSL line, I am aware ...
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Upon turning on computer, Internet won't work unless I disable then enable connection to router

My PC is connected to a Virgin Media router/modem. After turning on my PC, Internet doesn't work. In "Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections" I see: Local Area Connection ...
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How to slowdown my internet connection to simulate 3G, WIFI, etc?

I wonder how can I slowdown my internet connection to test my application (not web application)? If I were at the browser I would use this, but that is not the case. I want to test cocoa/cocoa-touch ...
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Can I share my Internet from my laptop by bluetooth?

I want to share the Internet from my Windows 7 using Bluetooth so my other devices can connect to Internet through my computer. Do you know if this is possible?
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initializing network connection in Virtual Box

I have installed Win 7 in Virtual Box I don't know how add network connections in windows 7. My Win7 Network Configuration: My Host OS: Edit: My network details in Ubuntu and ...
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Still getting 407 from Proxy after CONNECT

I'm in a corporate network that access to the internet through a proxy. For instance i have connection to Internet through the browsers (Firefox, Chrome ...) The problem is that when i'm trying to ...
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Why do my proxy settings keep changing?

I am running Windows 7 and a few times a day the "Use a proxy server for your LAN (These settings will not apply to dial-up of VPN connections)." under "Local Area Network (LAN) Settings" checkbox ...
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Two internet Connections, one LAN - how to share?

Well, the title says what I'd like to achieve: I'd like some workstations connect through my 1st internet account and some through my second one. The workstations are in a workgroup. They're not ...
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ISP Replaces SSL Certificates… Any Solution?

My ISP uses a software that replaces site certificates with it own certificate so secure pages are always untrusted. Is there any solution for this? Is it safe to proceed with the resulting sites ...
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Reset Asus rt-n66u Black Knight Wireless Router

I have a connection that is 50 Mbs per second and I am having trouble downloading most files. for example watch this video of my attempted download of SourceTree. Edit I have determined it is ...
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Can't access some websites with any browser

I'm running Windows 7 64-bit on a new Samsung laptop and accessing the internet okay via ethernet cable to my university's ISP. Some sites work fine (e.g. google.com) but I can't access others at all ...
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“connect: Network is unreachable” in VirtualBox VM

Host: WinXP, guest: Ubuntu 12.10, connection type: only NAT. Kernel IP routing table (route -n) contains only header ifconfig: eth2 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 08:00:27:c6:86:82 ...
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What security changes are necessary when connecting DSL modem directly to PC instead of router?

Windows XP I have a user with a single PC that was connected to the internet via a standard home router. The router is now having hardware-related issues and to save money, they're considering ...
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Windows XP Wifi connected but can not access Internet with browser

I have two laptops: Windows Vista laptop which connects fine to Internet (writing this post from it now) Windows XP SP2 laptop which connects fine to Wifi, Router but not Internet When I try to ...