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dialup speed on DSL

Discussion in 'Networking' started by transmothra, Mar 16, 2008.

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  1. transmothra

    transmothra Thread Starter

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    Hi, i was wondering if anyone could help me?

    I've got a laptop (Vista, wireless), an Xbox (wired), and two desktops (XP, wired + wireless). We use AT&T/Yahoo/SBC DSL (yeah, confusing). On all of them it seems like we have a slow connection, but on my wifi desktop upstairs, where i am getting excellent signal, i have been experiencing dialup speeds and worse. I seem to recall a time when it wasn't like this, but i can't point my finger at any specific changes.

    Our router is the classic Linksys wrt54g. Everything really seems completely 100% spiffy, except that loading any web page generally takes a full minute.

    I have run network diagnostics and can paste the results in if you need.

    Any ideas? TIA...

    p.s., if another forum would be better, please let me know as i wasn't sure what this would best fall under.
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    You're in the right forum.

    Have you tried changing the channel on the router to see if wireless interference is the issue? Do any of the computers connected to the DSL have good speed connections? If changing the channel doesn't help, I'd suggest temporarily moving the computer next to the router and testing with a wired connection.
     
  3. transmothra

    transmothra Thread Starter

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    Thanks!

    I've tried changing the channel. None give any better results. It seriously took about a minute to load this page. I'm getting excellent signal. None of the computers experience DSL-like speed, but the wireless ones are even worse.

    Naturally, our ISP blames the router manufacturer, who blames our ISP. This is router #2, the first being a Belkin.

    Connecting the PC next to the router directly to the modem seems to make it much faster.

    I ran diagnostics via XP:

     
  4. TerryNet

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    Try this speedtest http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/ or a similar one. Do it with a PC connected directly to the modem and then again with an ethernet connection to the router. If the PC also has wireless, test a 3rd time with wireless.
     
  5. transmothra

    transmothra Thread Starter

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    THANK YOU! This is crazy! Here's the results from the slowest connection in the house:

    Download Speed: 2050 kbps (256.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
    Upload Speed: 431 kbps (53.9 KB/sec transfer rate)​

    The kooky thing is that i definitely experience sub-dialup speeds here on this PC, yet it tested at right about where it needs to be. I didn't even test the modem-direct or wired routed connections, because this says a lot, i just don't know what it means. It must be something on my system that's throttling bandwidth, but the other PCs are almost as slow too, unless they're connected directly to the modem.

    The other PCs can't get much better than what this machine tested at, though, because we pay for 3mbps d/l.

    When i say dialup speeds, i definitely remember the 56k days, and if i try to load, e.g., 5 tabs at once, it usually takes 4-5 minutes, often timing out. I'm just taking about basic web pages like Yahoo!, Livejournal, MySpace, Wikipedia, etc.
     
  6. JohnWill

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    How does the machine do with a wired connection. It would be very useful to isolate this to either a wireless issue or some other issue with the machine or network to start.
     
  7. transmothra

    transmothra Thread Starter

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    I have to be perfectly honest and answer that i really don't want to unplug everything, run it all downstairs, set it back up, visit a web site, then run it all back upstairs and set it back up again. I'm sorry - i'm just being honest.

    i can tell you that the PC downstairs runs a little faster wired than do either of the wifi rigs, and it (or the laptop) runs totally fine going straight to the modem.
     
  8. TerryNet

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    And the reason you can't do what I asked in post #4 with the laptop? Or is that the one that's too difficult to get within ethernet cable range of the modem?
     
  9. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Well, I'll be honest too, I'll let the issue "age" until the idea of narrowing down the possibilities gets more appealing. ;)
     
  10. transmothra

    transmothra Thread Starter

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    c'mon, give me a break here. my girlfriend sprained her ankle and i've only slept for a little over one hour in the last two days. i will do what you ask as soon as possible.

    i do appreciate the help.
     
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