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Extremely slow internet speed after reinstall

I have recently had a hard drive failure so I was forced to reinstall my OS (Windows 7). After a fresh install, I noticed the internet speed became extremely slow (~15 minutes for downloading a 20MB ...
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Connection speed fast once I start Fiddler

I have two laptops, one of them has no problems whatsoever when it comes to browsing the internet, everything is speedy and pages load as expected. The other one however, is a nightmare. Pages load ...
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I sometimes get lag spikes causing ping times of 200 ms; might using different (e.g. Google's) DNS servers be better?

I live in the UK and I am a heavy gamer and I get lag spikes that take my ping to 200ms. Will using a third-party DNS Service, for example the one provided by Google, rather than those provided by my ...
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Could installing DD-WRT speed up my Internet?

I believe that my router's firmware is causing me to get much lower Internet speeds than I should be getting. This is true for general browsing, downloading large files and uploading files. Would ...
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How much bandwidth does a T1 typically give?

We're about to move into a new apartment which has a T1 for $35 a month. How much bandwidth does a T1 usually supply? Right now we are with Comcast cable which theoretically gives us 14mb down / 7mb ...
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How can I determine the minimum theoretical internet speed needed for smooth streaming in each Youtube video quality?

How can I determine the minimum constant internet bandwidth that is theoretically needed for smooth streaming in each video quality levels for Youtube: 480p, 720p and 1080p?
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Internet is unbearably & abnormally slow on one PC after recovery using sony recovery partition

I recently restored a laptop, a custom SONY VPCF1390X, using the built-in recovery partition. Everything went about as well as I expected, but I noticed that download speeds were much lower than what ...
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How do i use a specific dns on my wifi connection in Ubuntu?

I read a few articles which stated that my isp(BSNL) has weak dns servers and using a different faster dns like opendns or google will increase the speed. I use a wifi connection through the router. ...
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I can't reach the download speed result of speedtest [closed]

I'm from the Philippines. I have a PLDT connection. My download speed at speedtest goes up to 1183kB/s but my download speed only reaches 300kB/s. Is there something wrong with my internet connection? ...
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Direct ethernet vs router+ethernet

I have a 60m long CAT5 Ethernet cable connected to my cable modem. When I connect my laptop directly to the ethernet cable speed tests show my maximum internet speed (20Mbps). If I connect the 60m ...
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Is it possible to break IP address based network speed restriction?

My company restricted the network speed by IP as 200K. That mean my maximum download speed is 200K per second. However, since the restriction is IP based, I can install a virtual machine and set its ...
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What could be causing two different laptops both with Wireless-N adapters to have very different speeds?

My dad recently bought a Dell XPS 14 laptop that had an integrated Intel(R) Centrino(R) Advanced-N 6235 wireless adapter, but it appears to be known to drop connections a lot. He'll suddenly get ...
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My internet speed wont run at 1.0 Gbps on my Realtek PCIe Family Controller its stays at 100mbps

I have an asus Gigabit Router and a gigabit NIC (Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller) witch is running at 100Mbps rather than 1000Mbps (1.0 Gbps). When I use an old laptop on the same Ethernet ...
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Why do ISP's offer faster download speeds than upload speeds? [duplicate]

In most cases (in the USA) the major ISP's offer moderate download speeds, but the uploads speeds are a fraction of the upload speeds (normally about 10%). Why is this done? It would seem better ...
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A desktop application that capture internet speed over a period of time [closed]

We can check the internet connection speed by using speedtest.net. This is an invaluable tool to check whether your ISP is really delivering its promise. However, we can only use speedtest.net by ...
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Does Internet speed affected when connecting by Bluetooth or USB cable?

I'm curious about this. My friends told me that there is difference between the speed of internet connection when you connect your PC/Laptop with Bluetooth or USB cable. They said that the internet ...
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Why do wireless routers claim speeds of 300 mbps but then ISP's only provide a fraction of that?

I am having quite a difficult time trying to understand internet speeds. I have xfinity internet with a 50 mbps service, I also have a 300 mbps netgear router. Why is there a massive difference ...
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Wifi limited speed at 24MB [closed]

I have a problem/mystery I do not know what I do. I have with my ISP a 35Mb/s internet speed, the router delivered by the company has Wi-Fi B/G/N at 2.4GHz with a bandwidth of 20. The router is ...
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Debugging slow internet connection

I've been experiencing a slow internet connection for the past couple of days. Using torrents to measure the speed, it has gone from about 400 kB/s to about 50 kB/s. I've already checked all "slow ...
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How do I calculate maximum video size to be streamed smoothly on a limited bandwidth

I mean, I'm gonna put up a video on my website, but the target audience will probably have slow internet connections (500kbps to 2mbps). So my video editor allows me to tweak the video's quality in ...
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How does distance from the source (router) affect wireless transmissions?

As I move away from my wireless router my download speed decreases. However, I have read some conflicting arguments where they claim that, at least theoretically, the download speed should not be ...
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Alternative methodologies for measuring internet speed?

When I go to a website to measure my internet speed, I get exactly the results I would expect I should get based on my plan... that is, of course, after I've spent 5 minutes just trying to get the ...
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Closing the laptop lid makes my Wifi download slow

I have windows 8 on a HP Laptop. When I close the lid while downloading "peer to peer" the speed decreases dramatically. The laptop is not sleeping nor hibernating (I disabled those options), and the ...
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Internet connection really slow

For a while now, my internet connection has been seriously slow. I have changed ISP and there is still no difference. My main problem is when I play games, and it is literally unplayable. For example, ...
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Windows 10 half speed Internet

My wife has an HP all-in-one 21-2024 that came with Windows 8.1. I upgraded the OS to Windows 10 a few weeks after the release date. My wife has been complaining about how slow her Internet ...
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Speedtest: Why are some devices limiting despite there should be almost no difference?

I have different devices testing the internet speed. The first number is the download speed in Mbps and the second number is the upload speed in Mbps (see this video comparing Alpha, iPhone and ...
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suspicious linksys WRT54GH router behaviour - AND a bad line?

I've got what I think is a bad broadband line, but I also think there's an additional problem with the router (a Linksys WRT54GH). Could someone let me know if I'm just unlucky, or if there's ...
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352 views

VPN boosts internet speed?

I have extremely slow internet speeds (Capped at 1mb/s download and 50kb/s upload). For some reason, I was messing around with different VPN's and suddenly noticed that while downloading a big while ...
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2 connections for improved speed? [duplicate]

I have a small office with 8 computers on the network. Our local internet is OK but we want to improve our speed. I have two internet lines into the office so how can I use these to improve speed? Do ...
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Comcast Connection Suffers - No Explanation

I was hoping someone might have a clue as to what's causing my Internet problem, since Comcast is clueless, despite two visits from “technicians”. I am seeking some advice as to what I can tell ...
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Slow/restricted internet speed on Ubuntu 14 (driver/hardare issue?)?

I recently built my own desktop and I have noticed that it consistently gets ~ .8 mbps download speed when on the ethernet and slightly better when using wifi. I have run several tests that can ...
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How to benchmark internet connection speed, but not just top download speed of one big file?

I'm not sure if there's a term for what I'm looking for, but I'm not talking about just connectivity or just testing speed here. When I was on cable, webpages virtually always loaded very quickly. A ...
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Home router with NAT makes internet much slower than with bridged-IP

I have a BeWAN iBox A5100 wireless router and a 100 Mbps direct internet connection (non-DSL). When I use the bridged IP option, speedtest.net reports downlink speed as 85mbps which is quite OK. When ...
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Slow transfers on localhost

On my page, I have a HTML5 video tag with one .mp4 source. I've noticed that even though it's loading from the same physical machine, transfer speed is about 300kb/s. Even when loaded correctly the ...
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WiFi - slow download, fast upload. Affects only one device

My desktop computer is getting terrible download speeds, while other devices work just fine on the same network. Here are speedtest.net results from my devices, Mbps: Nexus 4: 24.9 down / 26.8 up ...
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Orbit Download Manager massive send packets (no torrent)

recently I've noticed my internet connection speed is low even my modem console was opening very slow , after troubleshooting using Wireshark I've found massive packets send to "sg.ilovewebgame.co.kr" ...
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How come my internet speed is not constant?

I've had this PC for 4 years now, and I've always been having this same problem. For some reason, roughly once every minute, my internet connection will freeze, then resume. Not long enough to ...
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odd wifi speed issue - after reset runs at 10mb+, after 5 minutes back to 0.5mb

i our office we are running 4 computers all using wifi - 2 macs, 2 pcs and a couple of smart phones (not that they are using the wifi all that much) the internet is really slow, so if we reset the ...
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Cable modem ping times go to thousands of milliseconds after 10 minutes of use

I have a wireless router (NetGear WNDR4500) which has a wired connection to a cable modem (Thompson DCM275). My connection to the wireless router seems to be working fine and the traceroute and ping ...
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How do I accurately measure internet speed? [closed]

There is a very similar Q already. Here I am asking for a test to accurately measure the upload and download speed. I tried two/three of these services mentioned in the link (and some others also) ...
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19MB/s Net Speed but Only 2MB/s Usable

Hi so i just got internet a about a month ago and my net speed is 19MB/s, I have tested it on loads of sites they all say the same thing(19MB/s), but it wont use more than around 2MB/s i have tried ...
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Not getting expected download speeds

I am using Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium on a desktop computer. My internet provider is BT since it is the best ISP in my area. The speed test says I should expect speeds of 4-5 Mb/s, but my ...
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How can a 3 Mbit/s connection be faster in actual use than a 10 Mbit/s connection? [closed]

Can anyone enlighten me about this. I live in a place where internet connection isn't really that good. We switch to different plans just to get the best connection we can get. We currently have the ...
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1answer
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Speed difference between cat6 and cat5

At what speed am I likely to see a real difference between Cat6 and Cat5 Ethernet cables? From what I know, there is little difference speed wise when the connection is slow, so what is the minimum ...
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Override speed limit per PC of a public wifi in Windows

I have a public wifi in my hostel but it never provide download speed more 1mbps. I am sure it has a speed limit of 1mbps per P.C because it always give download speed of 1mbps. If I connect two or ...
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Why maximum 1.0 Gbit Ethernet connection an old notebook, and only 100 Mbit on newer faster computer

Strange problem about Ethernet speed: recently we bought an i7 core computer running Win7 64 bit with an onboard Gigabit Ethernet controller (Realtek PCIe Gbit Ethernet Family controller). ...
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Is traffic shaping for speed tests a legitimate approach?

VW recently got into a lot of trouble for designing a car that performed differently when being tested compared to when it was actually out on the road. This seems a bit analogous to ISPs providing ...
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Can a slower device slow down the entire wireless network? [duplicate]

My uncle told me that if a slower device connects to a wireless network, the entire network slows down more than can be attributed to the bandwidth being split even further. So a network with 2 ...
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Internet Traffic counter and current speed for my laptop with Windows 7

I'm looking for a free software that shows me total traffic during the last connection to the Internet and the current speed. I don't care about what program connects to the Internet. I want to know ...
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Why do broadband speed test results vary so widely, and are there any truly accurate ones? [closed]

I've tried a bunch of broadband speed tests. Up until the last year or so, they usually agreed fairly closely when measuring my connection. Recently, the reported speeds have been much more diverse. ...